Q: I would love some suggestions on really creative cookies — the kinds that bring out the oohs and ahhs. Something with rosewater, or Indian spices, or something that isn't your plain old oatmeal raisin (no offense to oatmeal raisin; you are my favorite).
I am just looking to spice things up a bit.
— Sent by Joanna
Editor: Joanna, on the one hand, we think that old-fashioned favorites are the most "ooh and ahhh" inspiring cookies. Big, pillowy whoopie pies, buttery chocolate chip cookies, and beautifully iced sugar cookies tend to be greeted with cries of joy.
But if you want to twist it up a bit, what about adding a 1/2 teaspoon of cardamom to a favorite chocolate cookie recipe? Or making cookies spiced with chai tea? Or icing sugar cookies with exotic jellies, like the heart cookies above? Those are from Martha Stewart, courtesy of the Jewels of New York, and they have lychee-raspberry preserves on them!
• Get the recipe: Jewel Heart Cookies at Martha Stewart
Readers, do you have some unusual, interesting cookies for Joanna to try?
(Image: Martha Stewart)