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Crescent Cookies

Abstract artist Karen Kimmel, featured in the January/February 2011 issue of Whole Living, says that her mother's dessert recipes are her most precious family heirlooms. Here is one of her favorites.

Glazed Lemon Cookies

For the true lemon lover, these crisp cookies are the perfect treat.

Old-Fashioned Lemon Sugar Cookies

These large cookies have a classic lemony flavor, a chewy texture, and glistening, crackly tops created with a double sprinkling of sanding sugar.

Monogram Cookies

A monogram transforms a simple sugar cookie into an elegant treat fit for a special occasion.

Almond-Orange Cookies

These cookies get tossed in confectioners' sugar and resemble little snowballs.

Giant White-Chocolate Pecan Cookies

Think big -- real big. This outsize crisp-chewy treat is rich with buttery pecans and enjoyably large chunks of creamy white chocolate.

Chocolate-Covered Marshmallow Cookies

Each tender cookie has a gooey marshmallow lodged inside, plus it's all covered in chocolate. The cookies are perfect for sharing at holidays and events or for selling at bake sales.

Crisp and Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies

Cookie people take sides. You're either a soft-and-chewy fan or a lover of thin and crisp. But everyone goes for these chocolate chip treats. They're soft in the middle, slightly crunchy at the edges, and extra-big.

Pistachio Spritz Pinwheels

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Pulse pistachios with 1/4 cup confectioners' sugar in a food processor until finely ground.<p>2. With a mixer on medium speed, beat butter with remaining 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Beat in extracts and food color. Reduce speed …

Dessert

Shira's Cranberry Thumbprints

Orange-scented cranberries -- usually a seasonal relish -- get a spot on the dessert table in these two-bite cookies. The crunchy yellow cornmeal crust, brightened with orange zest, is a fitting match. Says Shira Bocar, "With the tart fruit, it makes a tasty little holiday package."