The Morning News Holiday Cookie Collection

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***In Memory Of ‘Grampa Hakala’***

 E-mail your favorite cookie recipe (and photos if possible) and he’ll enter you in a random drawing to win a fabulous prize. All recipes will be posted online in time for the holidays. The winner will be selected on Thursday, December 21st during The South Shore’s Morning News!


2017 Cookie Recipes:
Updated Daily

Pizzelle Cookies:

6 eggs

3 cups sifted flour

1 1/2 cups sugar

1 cup butter. ( melted & cooled)

4 tsp. Baking powder

2 tbsp. Anise flavoring

Beat the eggs adding sugar slowly until smooth. Add the melted/ cooled butter & anise.

Sift the flour & baking powder together & add to the egg mixture. Mixture will be sticky. Drop by teaspoon onto a heated pizzele iron & cook approximately 45 seconds.





• 1 pkg. Cream Cheese

• 36 OREO Cookies crushed in food processor

• 2 pkg. Semi-Sweet Chocolate chips

• Jimmies (sprinkles)


• Mix cream cheese and cookie crumbs until well blended.

• Shape into 48 (1-inch) balls. Freeze 10 min. Dip balls in melted chocolate; place in single layer in shallow waxed paper-lined pan.

• Decorate with jimmies (sprinkles)

• Refrigerate 1 hour or until firm.

-Sheila from Pembroke


In a medium microwave safe  bowl, combine the semisweet chocolate chips and milk chocolate chips. Microwave on high power for 1 minute, then remove and stir.
Return the bowl to the microwave and cook on 50% power for 1 minute longer.  Remove and stit again. Continue microwaving at 50% power and stirring until chips are melted and the mixture is completely smooth.
Remove the bowl from the microwave and stir in the chocolate mint candies until smooth.
Add peppermint extract and stir until combined.
Dip the cookies one at a time into the chocolate mixture. Gently shake off excess chocolate and place each on waxed paper to cool and set. Store in cool place in an airtight container at room temperature.
-Sheila P from Rockland 


Click Here for Cookie Recipes from 2014

Chocolate Cake Mix Cookies – Sheila from Rockland
Italian Christmas Cookies – Sheila from Pembroke
Butter Toffee Cookies – Bill from Pembroke
Oatmeal Cookies – Sheila from Hanson
Three Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies – CariLynne from Rockland
No Bake Cookies – Hazel Fraher from Hanson

Grampa Hakala’s Peanut Butter Balls

18 oz. Jar of crunch peanut butter
½ sticks of butter or margarine

2 ¼ cups of graham cracker crumbs

1 package of confectionary sugar

12 oz. Package of chocolate bits

½ stick of paraffin wax

Mix peanut butter, butter, graham cracker crumbs, and sugar together. Roll into ¾ inch balls. Melt the chocolate bits in a double boiler, w/the paraffin wax. Take and dip the balls in the chocolate w/ a candy stick. Place on wax paper and later in refrigerator to cool. Enjoy!”

(Not a cookie, but a great Hakala Family tradition)


Click Here for Cookie Recipes from 2012: 

Gooey Delights – Sandy, East Weymouth
Coffee Dulce de Leche Icebox Cookies — Sheila, Rockland
Sour Cream Cookies — Sheila, Pembroke
White Chocolate Oreo Balls — Sheila, Pembroke
Death by Chocolate – Bill, Pembroke
Maple Bacon Cookies – Cari-Lynne, Rockland
Gluten free Peanut Butter Cookies – Doris, Hanson
Two-Ingredient Crispy Coconut Macaroons – Shelia-Marie, Hanson
Three-Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies – Meredith, Rockland
John’s famous ‘Cut Out’ Cookies – John, Rockland
Macadamia Coconut Cookie – Jim, Abington
Deep Fried Chocolate Cookies – Bev, Michigan

Click Here for Cookie Recipes from 2011:

Pizza Cookies
Cookies on a stick

Click Here for Cookie Recipe from 2010:

Almond Bark Drop Cookies
Dark Chocolate Mint Cookies
Ma Rollock’s Pizzelles
Easy Lemon Cookies
Orange Carrot Cookies
Macaroon Cookies
Plop Cookies
Cluffies (Cranberry Fluffies)
Chocolate Sandwich Cookies
Polish Christmas Cookies
Christmas Wreath Cookies
Chocolate-Expresso Snowcaps
Peanut Butter Shortbread
Red Velvet Cookies

Click Here for Cookie Recipe from 2009:

Coconut and Cherry Craisin Cookies
Christmas Rocks
My Favorite Sugar Cookies
Candy Cane Cookies
No Bake Peanut Butter Cookies
Candy Cane Ginger Snaps
Gluten Free Pignoli Cookies
Ricotta Cookies
Nutmeg Cookies
2009 Dark Chocolate Lava Drops
Lemon Shortbread Trees
Pudding Chocolate Chunk Cookies
Chocolate Peanut Butter Drops
Cranberry Coconut Bars
Anise Biscotti
Chocolate-Expresso Snowcaps
Easy Pecan Poppers
Hawaiian Christmas Cookies

Click Here for Cookie Recipe from 2008:

Carrot Cake Cookies
Orange-Chocolate Chip Biscotti
Lebkuchen Cookie Bars
Cherry & Chocolate Chip Cookies
Almond Lemon Cookies
Orange Juice Cookies
Mini Chip Snowball Cookies
Greek Christmas Cookies
Peppermint Snowball Cookies
Peppermint Candy Sprintz
Easy No-Bake Oatmeal Cookie
Nana’s Spicy Gingerbread Cookies

Click Here for Cookie Recipe from 2007:

Grampa Hakala’s Peanut Butter Balls
Secret Kiss Cookies
Chocolate Dunked Candy Cane Cookies
Sheila’s Scotch Shortbread
Caramel Oatmeal Cookies
Lemon Pecan Cookies
Butterscotch Brownies
Minnesota Munchers
Easy Drop Sugar Cookies
Chocolate Buttersweets
Matzo Brittle
Espresso Shortbread Cookie Bars
Cranberry Walnut Oatmeal Ginger White Chocolate Chip Cookies
Sugar Cookie Bars
Snow-Capped Christmas Trees
Chocolate-Chocolate Chip-Peppermint Cookies
No Bake Mocha Bonbons
Apricot Angel Cookies
Holiday Spice Drops
Mince Meat Oatmeal Cookies
Sugar Cookies

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