The Sugar Cookie Recipe That Won Contests, Changed Lives

Mrslarkin’s Chewy Sugar Cookie #2, winner of Your Best Chewy Sugar Cookie back in 2010, is now, nearly 10 years later, our most popular sugar cookie recipe ever. In celebration of the holidays (and sugar cookie season!), we reached out to mrslarkin to …

Mrslarkin's Chewy Sugar Cookie #2, winner of Your Best Chewy Sugar Cookie back in 2010, is now, nearly 10 years later, our most popular sugar cookie recipe ever. In celebration of the holidays (and sugar cookie season!), we reached out to mrslarkin to learn more about her contest-winning recipe and how she came up with it.


I created this recipe when the chewy sugar cookie contest was announced back in 2010. After a bunch of test-baking—different sugars, different temperatures—I landed on the perfect cookie: It's not too sweet, it's got the perfect crunchy-to-chewy ratio, and it's sparkly (thanks to the turbinado sugar coating).

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12 Crowd-Favorite Dinner Recipes for Any Holiday Feast

Whether you’re celebrating Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, or even just the end of a big year, you’ll want to share a meal that marks the occasion. We’re talking a big, bronzed holiday ham, perfectly braised lamb shanks, a whole roasted fish with winter …

Whether you’re celebrating Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, or even just the end of a big year, you’ll want to share a meal that marks the occasion. We’re talking a big, bronzed holiday ham, perfectly braised lamb shanks, a whole roasted fish with winter citrus, or (for the non-meat eaters in your life) vegan lentil shepherd's pie.

It’s okay that these dishes take a little extra time and effort to make it to the table. It's part of the celebration.

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How to Make Eggnog. Truly Good, Light, Frothy Eggnog.

Is there a more divisive holiday drink than eggnog? Made of cream or milk, sugar, and (yes) eggs—usually with a spirit stirred in—eggnog can be a cocktail of wonder…when made well. The right amount of spice, the perfect proportion of dairy to egg, an…

Is there a more divisive holiday drink than eggnog? Made of cream or milk, sugar, and (yes) eggs—usually with a spirit stirred in—eggnog can be a cocktail of wonder...when made well. The right amount of spice, the perfect proportion of dairy to egg, and of course just enough sugar to bring it all together, can make a world of difference when it comes to making a luxurious batch of eggnog at home this holiday season (or y’know, anytime).

Creamy, thick eggnog has quite a, pardon the pun, rich history. The first recorded use of the term "nog" goes all the way back to 1693, (thanks Mirriam-Webster!) and most historians agree that eggnog as we know it derived from posset, which we know these days as a cream-based pudding, but historically refers to a hot drink of curdled milk, alcohol (like wine, beer, or other liquor and flavored with spices), often drunk medicinally or on special occasions. Though the hot toddy has perhaps conquered the market on warm drinks to sip when you’re under the weather, posset of yore—and its transition into today’s eggnog—certainly stuck around as a party drink.

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