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Cookie Press Cookies

Rich, buttery, and made with lots of vanilla, these cookies are simple to make. Use a cookie press -- a hollow tube fitted with a decorative nozzle at one end and a plunger at the other -- to press the cookies directly onto the baking sheet.

Glazed Lemon Cookies

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

Recipes

Basic Sugar Cookies

Sugar cookies are a buttery classic that make a delicious anytime treat. Enjoy your sugar cookies plain, or decorate them with icing to make them festive. This recipe is a favorite of Martha's, who likes to add 1 tablespoon cognac alongside the egg and vanilla, after creaming together the butter …

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.

Brown-Sugar and Pecan Shortbread Cookies

Warm, spicy notes of clove and nutmeg mingle with a pecan crunch in these tender cookies.

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.

Dessert

Upside-Down Lemon Meringue Pie

Our recipe tester's grandmother Josephine Rege has been making her version of lemon angel pie for more than 60 years. We updated her recipe, and the result became an instant Martha (and test-kitchen) favorite. This recipe is one of our Better Basics: 10 New Takes on Family Favorites, see the others.

Mini Lemon Meringue Pies

This recipe can also be made as one large pie: Use a nine-inch pie pan and half of the pie dough recipe; freeze the remaining dough for a later use.

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."