Before you dive into this post, please go over and vote for my Grasshopper/Creme de Menthe Bars over at My Baking Addiction/Good Life Eats! I would really appreciate it!

Giveaway details at the bottom of the page! 

I am feeling a little bit like a wholsesale retailer today.

Providing you with things you never even knew you wanted.  In bulk.  A five pound jar of mayonnaise.  Or a 62-pack of juice boxes.

Or two cookie recipes and a giveaway.  Get em while they’re still hot.


Have you started your holiday baking yet?  Because I have done no such thing.  No, no, no.

While all of the intelligent food bloggers/cookie extraordinaires’s on this earth are whipping up batch upon batch of cookie dough and then storing it safely in their freezer, I have been walking around my apartment saying things like, “I am going to lose five pounds before Christmas!” And then immediately heading into the kitchen to bake some cookies.

It’s the stress of dieting.  It’s compelling me to do crazy and irrational things.  Like immerse myself in butter and sugar. Oy.


But you can break the cycle!  You can make these and put them in your freezer so that they will be rip rarin’ to go when you need to fill up your cookie tray in two weeks.

Or you can bring them to a Christmas party.  And stand by the snack table.  Eating them.

(Is it tacky to eat your own Christmas cookies at a Christmas party?  Opinions. I want them.)

It’s your choice.


The kind sweet wonderful folks over at Tate’s Bake Shop contacted me earlier this month about taste testing some of their cookies and reviewing their cookbook.  (It is a strenuous life us food bloggers lead.)  I pondered this proposition for approximately two milliseconds before I hit the reply button and answered with a resounding YES.  I had actually had Tate’s cookies before, in Boston of all places, which is odd because I spent every single summer of my childhood in the Hamptons and did not encounter them ONCE even though that is where they are based.  That seems tragic in hindsight.

Anyways, so I received a box containing their white chocolate macadamia nut cookies, chocolate chip cookies, and oatmeal raisin cookies.  I am normally a chewy cookie kind of gal and these were crispy.  But between me, Sophie, Adam, and Anu.  They disappeared in approximately a week.  All 36 cookies.  One week.  And I wish I could say Adam, with his hypermetabolic self, had eaten most of them.  But I can’t lie to you this close to Christmas.  Let’s just say.  They were good.

And THEN, just when I was choosing which recipe to try from the cookbook, two Hachiya persimmons basically fell into my lap.  Really.  They dropped from the sky, into a fruit basket that my aunt brought over for Thanksgiving.  And since no one in my family actually knows what a persimmon is, I smuggled them out of my parents’ house without even a trace of guilt.  And put them into these cookies.  Which are splendid.  They are cake-like and rife with the flavor of the holiday spirit.  I chose to also douse them in Greek yogurt frosting, which I was sent a whole case of by the lovely and wonderful folks over at Chobani.  Because I have a propensity for taking healthy things and infusing them with confectioner’s sugar.  I can’t help it.  Stress baking compulsions and all.

As for the snowball cookies, they are part of an International Cookie Recipe Exchange that I’m taking part in.  And while I completely adulterated them by omitting the dried coconut (mainly because Sophie has a serious aversion to dried coconut and I couldn’t in good faith make cookies that I knew 1/3 of our apartment would not partake in).  They were truly delicious.  Crunchy on the outside.  Soft on the inside.  White chocolate goodness delicious.  Make them.  Now.


Persimmon Cookies with a Greek Yogurt Glaze
Makes 34, adapted from the Tate’s Bake Shop Cookbook

1 1/4 cups Hachiya persimmon pulp (2-3 persimmons, pureed)
1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1 tsp grated orange rind
1 large egg
1 tsp vanilla
2 cups AP flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp cloves
1 cup hazelnuts, chopped fine (original calls for walnuts)
1/2 cup dried cranberries

1. Preheat the oven to 350.  Grease two cookie sheets or line them with Silpats.

2. Cream the butter and sugars until creamy and fluffy.  Add the orange rind, egg, vanilla and persimmon pulp and mix in.  Add the flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves.  Mix.  Add the hazelnut and cranberries and mix until just combined.

3. Drop the dough, using an ice cream soup or two tbsps, onto the prepared baking sheets.  Bake for 20-25 minutes.  They should spring back when done.

For the Glaze
1 container Greek yogurt (I used Chobani plain, 2%)
3 cups confectioner’s sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla
2 tbsp maple syrup

Mix away in your stand mixer/beat with a hand mixer until combined.  Place in fridge for a half hour (it should firm up a bit).  When cookies are completely cool, drizzle the glaze over the top of the cookies.

I am submitting these to this week’s Weekend Herb Blogging, which is being hosted by Haalo of Cook (Almost) Anything.

Snowball Cookies
Makes 2-4 dozen depending on how small you like your cookies, adapted from Melissa of My McDonald Meal 

2 cups flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice (not in original recipe)
1 cup brown sugar
3/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 tsp heavy cream
1/2 cup chopped pecans
1/2 cup dried cranberries (original called for dried cherries)
1/2 cup white chocolate chips (original called for dried sweetened coconut)

1. Heat oven to 375.  Sift together flour, baking soda, salt, and pumpkin pie spice in a large mixing bowl.  In a separate bowl, mix together brown sugar, butter, and egg and beat until smooth and fluffy.  Mix in vanilla and milk to the butter/egg/sugar mix.  Gradually add the flour mix to the butter/egg/sugar mix and beat for 2 minutes on medium speed.  Mix in the pecans, cranberries, and white chocolate chips.

2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and drop dough onto sheet, about 2 tsp per cookie.  Bake for 10-15 minutes.

This is my submission to the International Cookie Recipe Exchange hosted by Lori of Fake Food Free and Adrienne of Gastroanthropology.  And also to the Hearth and Soul Blog Hop!


Giveaway time!

This giveaway is open only to US residents.  (Sorry to my international readers!)  The prize is a copy of “Tate’s Bake Shop Cookbook” and a cookie gift pack containing Tate’s Bake Shop favorites – oatmeal raisin cookies, chocolate chip cookies, and white chocolate macadamia nut cookies.

Enter by leaving me a comment telling me what your favorite holiday cookie is. I  need cookie tray ideas.  So that I can do some more stress baking next week.  In the hopes of losing five pounds.  Right.

There are 2 ways to get extra entries.
1. Become a fan of Tate’s Bake Shop on Facebook and leave a separate comment telling me that you did so.
2. Tweet about this giveaway mentioning Eats Well With Others and making sure to mention my Twitter handle, @joanneeatswell, so that I’ll know that you did it!

The deadline for this giveaway is Monday, December 20.  Winners will be announced on Tuesday, December 21st.

You don’t have to wait to see if you won free cookies as Tate’s Bakeshop is providing a 15% discount on all online orders through December 31st. (Go to the website and use the code “cookie” at checkout to get the discount). It’s a great way to check off those difficult to buy for people on your holiday gift list!

Mega thanks to the wonderful folks over at Tate’s Bake Shop for giving me this opportunity!

Disclaimer: Although I received these products for free, I did not receive any monetary compensation for doing this review. My thoughts and feelings on them are entirely my own.

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130 Responses to Persimmon Cookies, Snowball Cookies, and a Giveaway!

  1. I have never used a persimmon before. I’d be willing to try for one of these cookies.

    I am a mint fan so I would have to say that anything minty would be my favorite cookie. The cherry tassies on my blog would be an awesome holiday cookie.

  2. girlichef says:

    Okay. Persimmons. Let’s talk. I have NO CLUE!! Seriously, I need to go out and hunt some down because I feel like I’m totally missing out 🙁 I want your cookies hmmm…that sounds decidedly dirty! Seriously they both sound delicious. I’m just today starting to work on holiday cookie tray items…and I do feel like I’m way behind. Ah well… 😉 Thanks for sharing w/ the hearth and soul hop, Jo 😀

  3. janet says:

    Wow – I have never seen a cookie with persimmon before. I wish I was at your place to help you eat your cookies. 🙂

    I haven’t made any cookies either, especially since it will be a smaller gathering this holiday.

    But I am plotting… some sort of Middle Eastern cookie will be made. 🙂

    After I write my paper.

    (so sad I can’t enter your giveaway..)

  4. Kristen says:

    I am not entering the giveaway, but I had to comment anyway (compulsion, I guess). I found an 8 X 10 basket of persimmon at Albertsons last week and almost did a happy dance right there in the produce section. It’s been almost five years since I have seen one in a grocery store. Now if I could only find quince, my life would be complete. Anyway, long rambling short, your cookies both look wonderful.

  5. Lea Ann says:

    Not a cookie fan, but those persimmon cookies really got my attention. As always, great photos Joanne.

  6. Sanjeeta kk says:

    Wow! never thought of baking cookies with Persimmon fruits. It is rare to get these fruits at my place. Shall bake cookies the next time I spot them. Lovely texture and gorgeous cookies.

  7. Julie says:

    You know I’ve never eaten or made anything with a persimmon. These look so delicious. I started baking last weekend, Chocolate Peppermint Whoopie Pies for dessert on Christmas Eve!!

  8. Pam says:

    My favorite holiday cookie is any cookie that someone other than myself bakes and gives to me.

    And I don’t know what a persimmon is either.

  9. Shannon says:

    Oh, and I find it totally acceptable to eat the cookies you brought to the party.

  10. Shannon says:

    Just “liked” Tate’s Bake Shop on FB.

    Now I’ll stop plastering your comment section with my name.

  11. Mu 3 dozen cookies didn’t last long either Joanne. I tried to save some but my compulsions got the better of me:D Good thing the recipe is also in the cookbook:D

  12. Emily says:

    Oh. my. goodness. Those look divine! You’re putting the Greek yogurt to amazing use. 😉

  13. Lovely Cookies!I always bake chocolate-almond biscottis.

  14. Joanna says:

    I voted for your grasshopper bars, but how could I not? They looked amazing! As do these cookies.
    I am a Tate’s fan on FB, also 🙂

  15. Cate says:

    I just baked with persimmons for the first time (I made muffins…they were great!)

    My absolute FAVORITE Christmas cookies are mint and chocolate topped brownies.

  16. Katerina says:

    I have already voted for you. Your cookies look fantstic. I am on a diet too, hoping to lose 2 kilos before Christmas. Hope you will do an international giveaway someday.

  17. Amy says:

    I think eating your own Christmas cookies at a Christmas party is anything but tacky. It’s the best endorsement…like seeing Chinese people eating at a Chinese restaurant. Am I right?

    I’ve been a cookie making machine lately. My new favorite is Pumpkin Butterscotch…and if I can get my act together, I’m posting them in a bit.) I don’t know if I can pick a absolute favorite. My Chocolate Chip Pudding cookies from last year are in my regular rotation. And Snickerdoodles are the bomb.

    Oh, and I’d say if it took 3 of you a week to get through 36 cookies, you’re doing quite well. Those wouldn’t last 3 days in my house.

  18. Kim says:

    Voted! I love that you chose a persimmon cookie recipe. Sometimes I see them and have no idea what to do with them. I’ve been curious about them for a long time and would love to try these. I think you and I are on the same program. Losing 5 pounds and baking cookies is brilliant, no? Oh well, we get credit for trying, right?

    Anyway, I didn’t get the Tate’s book, but I do want one 🙂 There are two cookies we make every year, no matter what. The first one is the peanut butter blossom (pb cookie with hershey kiss on top) and the second one is the buckeye (pb ball dipped in chocolate). Yep, we’re full of variety. LOL!

    Off to catch up on your last two posts. Where have I been?

  19. Kim says:

    I’m a fan of Tate’s on facebook.

  20. 36 cookies in a week…wow! Sorry…My comp crashed before i cld post this one along with my previous comment 🙂

  21. That Girl says:

    You reminded me I really need to use the persimmons inky fridge. And the pumpkin kisses I keep meaning to turn into brownies

  22. Deborah says:

    Try being pregnant during the holidays – then it’s REALLY hard to stay away from the cookies!! I love every kind of cookie, and I don’t think I could choose just one. But I’ve never had a persimmon before, so this recipe is super intriguing!

  23. Dawn says:

    That is awesome about the yogurt! I have been having the blueberry one for dessert every day! And these cookies look SO amazing.

  24. Rachel says:

    Persimmons are my favorite hard to find, difficult to ripen fruit. If I had them it would be a challenge to to eat them all before I could make cookies! The cookies sound fantastic, though, especially with the Greek yogurt frosting!

  25. Julie says:

    i’m alreaaady a fan of tates! my sister is in love with tate haha and i kind of am too 🙂

    this reminds me that i have to start making my xmas food presents to distribute to people so i don’t have to buy them REAL gifts hahaha

  26. Julie says:

    i twitteratied it up! @julgolean 🙂

  27. Pam says:

    I am loving my Tate’s cookbook. Both of these cookies look amazing… I just happened to buy some persimmons yesterday.

  28. Mo Diva says:

    I cant see your lovely images…but i need to get on my baking game like whoa…

    Im making edible gifts this year for bosses and such. gotta get a move on it LOL.

    if i can get my internet to work (as this is my 5th attempt to post this comment I will be checking back later to become a fan and tweet!)

  29. elra says:

    Wonderful giveaway ! And that cookie sounds delicious.

  30. Your cookies look out of this world..nice job Joanne with yogurt and persimmon! I love choco- mint cookies a lot!

  31. Swathi says:

    I love persimons so i will try that cookies. like the chocolate mint one.

  32. ooooh tates cookies are delish! especially the white chocolate chip ones! sooooo yummy!!

  33. jen cheung says:

    oh lord! u make my mouth watery! the snow ball cookie??? love to try it!!!!

    have a lovely day!
    jen @ http://www.passion4food.ca

  34. Topher says:

    My favorite are snickerdoodles. Thanks!


    zekks at yahoo dot com

  35. What an awesome giveaway. My husband may not be super thrilled if I added one more tome to my cookbook collection . . . but he’d be happy once I made him some delicious cookies! =)
    My favorite holiday cookie as of right now is Bake at 350’s Vanilla-Almond Sugar Cookies. Here’s a link to her recipe:

  36. Wonderful! I have never put persimmon in a cookie before. What a novel idea!

  37. Louanne says:

    Ok, don’t count this as an entry for the giveaway – I’m holding my own Tate’s giveaway on Friday – but I wanted to tell you that I voted for your awesome grasshopper bars, and I love the persimmon cookies.

  38. Shanon says:

    i have always wondered what there is to do with persimmons! i love the hazelnut and orange zest with all the other flavors!

  39. Voted for ya , all the best babe!Ur leading there!
    We rarely find persimmons here but love when we do!!
    Oh i think if i was around those cookies wouldn last u day coz i love crunchy and crispy cookies!
    Now what i would really loveee to know is which brand of dried cranberries are good babe?
    Do lemme know ok!!
    And both ur cookies rock and perfectly good !!!
    I need to begin freezing cookie dough too but what am doing is making ans distributing only 1 type of cookie at a time and have already begun+ traditional goan sweets galore!:-)
    Well m gng to send this and gaze a bit more around ur lovely cookies!

  40. This is exactly why I had to take a ‘goodie’ break between Thanksgiving and now – there are so many fantastic cookie recipes out there. I’m lucky to have a store that sells persimmons when they are in season. These cookies sound great!

    I have two holiday favorites – shortbread and candy cane cookies. Both recipes are on my blog.

  41. Simply Life says:

    wow, once again, nice work and very creative use of the yogurt! my favorite holiday “cookie” is chocolate covered pretzels with nuts and/or sprinkles 🙂

  42. Erin Kiser says:

    My favorite cookie this year is a raspberry tumb print cookie. I was going to give them out this year but we’ve eaten most of them so I have to make more 😀 Your cookies look amazing I’m hoping to try to make some!

  43. Erin Kiser says:

    🙂 I “liked” them on facebook 🙂

  44. These look so moist. But I have to tell you the truth … it’s going to take a lot to top the grasshopper bars. I am still dreaming about them and trying to decide whether I should make them or not. I am afraid I may eat the entire tray myself.

  45. Oh my goodness, those snowball cookies look amazing!
    My favorite Christmas cookie is gingerbread men! I can’t wait to make a batch or two…

  46. I’m a fan of Tate’s on FB

  47. RamblingTart says:

    Girl, you’re amazing! How you find time to study, run, love on all your friends, AND cook like mad is truly inspiring. 🙂 What perfectly scrumptious cookies. My favorite cookies this year are Maple Shortbread. I just love them. Can eat a whole batch in a few days all by myself. Not. Good. 🙂

  48. i LOVE crinkle cookies. simple + delicious 🙂

    xo Alison

  49. theUngourmet says:

    Oh how I love persimmons! I am definitely trying this cookie recipe. Yummy! I’m off to vote now. 🙂

  50. Persimmon cookies?! It sounds just crazy enough to be totally delicious. I love me some shortbread cookies around the holidays but I’d love to see the other cookies in their cookbook!

  51. Love persimmon. Love wholesale clubs. Love dried coconut even though Sophie does not.

    That was the jist of your post, right?

    These look delish. Happy holidays, Joanne!!

  52. sweetlife says:

    two cookie recipes in one post, how you spoil us…I love persimmons and snowballs, well the name in itself is a treat!! great giveaway!!


  53. I love persimmons but have to say I’ve never had them in cookies….and if you’re ever at my Christmas party with cookies like that you’ll have to chase me away! Thanks for sharing with the Hearth and Soul hop.

  54. These are absolutely gorgeous! I must admit I’ve never eaten a persimmon before, now I’m curious =)

    My favorite cookies are a toss up between decorated sugar cookies (because I’m a 5 yr old) or the mint crinkle ones my mom makes. She doesn’t make them every year, but holy crap mint + chocolate = my heaven.

  55. Julie H says:

    Never had a persimmon but they keep popping up in blogs I read so I may have to give them a try.

    My favorite cookies are peanut blossoms… nothing better than peanut butter and chocoloate

  56. Eagles17 says:

    Persimmons are delicious! Growing up in an Asian household, they were always such a treat – incredibly sweet when in season! I’ll definitely have to try baking with them sometime.

    My favorite holiday cookies are definitely Mexica Wedding Cookies with Candied Toasted Pecans, mmm!

    Have a wonderful holiday! =)

  57. Eagles17 says:

    Already a fan of Tate’s on Facebook (Ashley So)! =)

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  59. Joanne, I just voted for you. Good luck!

    I just baked with persimmon last week. I like you persimmon cookies I bet they tatsed delish!!

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  61. teresa says:

    not only do i think it’s okay to eat your own cookies at a party, but i also think it’s okay to exclaim “these are the best cookies i’ve ever had!” whilst eating them.

    these look like the best cookies ever too, love them! and great giveaway. one of my fave christmas cookie are pb blossoms!

  62. Faith says:

    Oooh, great use for persimmon! I’ve been seeing them around and thinking about picking one up — I will definitely add it to my list now! The snowball cookies look fantastic too, love your addition of white chocolate!

  63. Hilarious…a rant, and then bake! I love it. Usually I bake, and then rant! Persimmons again! IT MUST BE THE SEASON for them somewhere. I will have to google where they grow. Certainly, not here. I haven’t eaten a ripe one as they are not sweet and don’t taste at all good when I buy them here… but, I keep hearing how sweet and wonderous they are. Maybe one day I will taste one. Good review and cookbook test! They obviously asked the best person for the challenge!

  64. Wonderful cookies recipe for the holiday baking!

  65. nico. says:

    these are so unique! I haven’t ever had a persimmon but I keep noticing them at the grocery store … hmm, a sign perhaps?

  66. daphne says:

    hehehe, i love what u say about persimmon literally falling into your lap! what a great way to use those lovely juicy fruits-into a cookie! who would have thought?!

  67. polwig says:

    That is exactly why I was late with my blogs cookies, I decided to loose 5 lb before Christmas and figured that South Beach was exactly my diet so I could eat like that every day. Went into kitchen created 3 new recipes and after a week I gained 5 lbs 🙂 So now I am off to baking cookies and loosing weight. This recipe looks amazing. I can’t say that I ever had persimmon, well maybe in ice cream.

  68. Little Inbox says:

    The cookies look absolutely delicious. It looks so inviting with the cranberries around.

  69. ohhh…how do i lose 5lbs in this weather…i wanna eat every 10 minutes T_T

    persimmon cookies would be great please~

  70. Natalie says:

    I really DON’T need to win this. I’ve eaten way too many cookies lately…dozens too many….but I’m jealous of all this Tate’s business I’m seeing on everyone’s blogs 🙂

    Cookie ideas? I recommend choc mint puddles (http://www.thesweetslife.com/2010/12/chocolate-mint-puddles.html) or nutella pocket cookies (http://www.thesweetslife.com/2010/12/nutella-pocket-cookies.html). I consider them both calorie free 😉

  71. Shannon says:

    those are a different variation on the snowballs i know and love, but they look good too! and i must try your persimmon cookies… as soon as i pick some up 🙂

  72. Mo 'Betta says:

    I voted! And I’d like a sample of all the above cookies…along with a 62 pack of juice boxes 🙂 I can’t believe you are trying to diet this time of year…and you are probably the perfect size! Just wait until January like the rest of us! As for the giveaway – yes please! My favorite cookie is….probably a classic shortbread or “wedding” cookie. And everything chocolate.

  73. Mo 'Betta says:

    I’m a Tate’s FB fan! (Kim M)

  74. s says:

    Ive never had these before..but they look just divine.

  75. Raina says:

    This cookie sounds incredible. So unusual in a good way:) Your healthy frosting sounds really good too. Love that Greek yogurt.

    Maybe, eating your own cookies that you bring to an event might be tacky, but I do it all time..lol I only bring cookies I really like.

    My favorite cookie for the holidays are mastaccioli (on my blog). They are a chocolate cookie infused with spices like cloves and nutmeg…really, really good.

    Love this giveaway. My kids would go nuts for the cookies, and I, of course, would go nuts for both the cookies and the cookbook:)

  76. I don’t have a favorite traditional cookie, since my mom isn’t American and my dad can’t digest sugar, so we didn’t bake any growing up and just ate the fruitcake sent by relatives. But when it gets cold, I always get the urge to bake oatmeal cookies with white chocolate chips and Craisins. Nomnom.

  77. Anonymous says:

    never cooked w/ persimmons – i’m going to be looking for some. what size yorgurt for the frosting? and does it need it? i prefer cookies w/o.

    as another person commented – very different version of snowballs.

    favorite cookie – pecan balls.

    jacquieastemborski AT comcast DOT net

  78. Mary says:

    I love that you selected some atypical recipes to share with us. They really sound interesting. I hope you are having a great day. Blessings…Mary

  79. Donna says:

    Peanut butter with a chocolate kiss

  80. Eden says:

    Whoa, so many entries, theres no way I’m gonna win this no matter how much I want it!
    Holiday cookie? Have you seen my homemade samoas? Yea, those a pretty much a hit with everyone (even those that dont like coconut).

  81. Hi Jo jo my love! I see you are just like me and leave everything to the last minute and it is simply because you work well under pressure! A great sign of a good doctor for certain! We get tates all the time on the cross sound ferry and so I know exactly how good they are and I will be sharing this giveaway on my thoughts on friday link love at a moderate life! Thanks for sharing with us on the hearth and soul hop this week! Big hugs! Alex

  82. Beautiful cookies,looks so yum

  83. Vivienne says:

    permission cookies?!?! i’m drooling just thinking about it…i can imagine it must be soo delicious. gotta wait until it’s persimmon season over here tho ><
    ohh i totally eat my own food at parties…is there something wrong with that? 😉

  84. grace says:

    nothing as awesome as persimmons ever fall into my lap. jealous. 🙂

  85. Well, with these gorgeous little ones, I suppose I should try persimmons soon. (I have never tried these fruits before, not raw, not baked, never…shame for an food explorer…)

  86. Cookies with persimmons! wow..this really sounds awesome! Snowball cookies…the name itself is already great. Bet they taste as great as they sound!

  87. This is a fantastic recipe! I’ve never cooked with persimmons, but they are so tasty, I can only imagine these cookies are swoon-worthy.

    My go-to holiday cookie are these chewy ginger snap cookies: http://www.athoughtforfood.net/2009/07/recipe-chewy-ginger-snaps.html

  88. These cookies are probably the most unique ones I’ve ever seen! And it is TOTALLY cool to eat your own cookies at a party b/c really, as foodies, our cookies are probably the best ones there, right?? And in my line of work, you never know when someone has decided to sub applesauce or prune butter for some of the oil or butter (“See? You can’t tell the difference!” Me: “Then why are they brown and taste like cardboard?”). My favorite cookie is the Gingersnap from the American Heritage cookbook. I will try to make them later this season and blog! I have a big post coming up, which is why I’ve been so MIA… stay tuned 🙂

  89. I am already a fan of Tate’s on FB and I really really really want to win the giveaway!!! I’ve been reading about them for weeks and my salivary glands can’t take it anymore!!

  90. I love persimmons but have never baked with them before. Sounds really good and so are the snowball cookies.

    Nice giveaway! Favorite cookie? That’s hard but I think for this season, it has to be anything with hazelnuts in it.

  91. Barbara says:

    I made persimmon bread last year…it was divine. Nice to have a persimmon cookie recipe as well. Unusual, Joanne.
    And I love the snowball cookies. Chock full of good stuff.

    Oddly enough, the cookie most asked for around here is Gaida’s Apricot Nut cookies. I can’t make enough of them!

  92. Please. I always eat my own Christmas cookies nomatter where I am. They’re always the best ones. 🙂 My favorite are cranberry chocolate chip walnut, made with whole grain flour of course.

  93. great treats and hats of to Tates marketing team!

  94. Peggy says:

    Persimmon seems to be a popular ingredients around these parts this time of year! I’ve never cooked with them, myself, but I really think your cookies look fantastic and I may have to pop my persimmon baking cherry!

  95. The persimmon cookies sound so fantastic! That’s one I have to try. And, sadly, I’m definitely not one of those organized food bloggers. I’m running out of pre-holiday time here!

  96. claire says:

    ohh! my boyfriends name is tate! i am keeping my fingers crossed!

    i love sugar cookies- nice a gooey on the inside!

  97. Two more cookies to add to my box for the neighbors. Now, if I can just not eat what I’ve already made for them. Truly, I am happy to have a different cookie. I’m getting a little tired of my year-after-year sameness and the neighbors probably are as well.


  98. Monet says:

    No need to enter me into that giveaway…I’m still enjoying those lovely treats that Tate’s sent me. Aren’t those crispy cookies too good! I love seeing persimmon in baked goods, and this cookie recipe looks perfect. I adore cakey cookies, and I think that your greek yogurt glaze is truly inspired! I hope you have a wonderful end to your week. Thanks for brightening my day!

  99. Get out! Persimmon cookies. I don’t even like cookies, but I think that I need some just because I love persimmons. Thanks for sharing with the Hearth and Soul hop hop hop 🙂

  100. Joanne

    Persimmon cookies like these ought to be classified as a fruit serving, dont you think?
    Love their look, very plump and yummy

  101. Lori says:

    I enjoy that you “want to lose 5 lbs before Christmas” and then head into the kitchen to bake cookies. You sound EXACTLY like me (and I’m sure a lot of bloggers). I love it.

    As for your cookies- wow. I want each one of them, um, sans calories. They look amazing. Mmmm.

  102. Sippity Sup says:

    My fav cookie is any cookie baked with the Holiday spirit! GREG

  103. Stephanie says:

    Did you say a five-pound jar of mayonnaise?!

    I’m game. I love, love, love mayonnaise! I could eat it by the spoonfuls. Bathe in it. Marry it (don’t tell my husband). Have I grossed you out, yet?

    So what I’m trying to say is: I love mayo.

    On a lighter note, I had never thought to bake with persimmons before. They are quite lovely though, aren’t they? Just looking at them makes me smile.

  104. Never would have thought to put persimmon in a cookie. Seriously yum.

  105. Reeni says:

    I am ashamed to say I have never had a persimmon. I will seek them out especially because of you! And your delicious looking cookies! MMM yogurt glaze. Divineness.

  106. aipi says:

    I love the texture of your cookie, I like my cookies soft n chewy rather than crunchy. The fresh fruit flavor definitely goes a long way!

    US Masala

  107. My grand-dad had a persimmon tree- I don’t think I’ve had a persimmon in the last 20 years! The cookies look fantastic. 🙂 I don’t feel bad eating my own cookies, but I do like to try other peoples’ cookies. My favorite holiday cookie would have to be some kind of ginger- molasses spice cookie. Yum!

  108. OohLookBel says:

    Haha, ‘holiday baking’ – what’s that?? I only eat baked goods during Christmas, not make them 😉
    I’ve never seen persimmon used in baking before, but that first photo makes me want to start tasting NOW!

  109. Nicole, RD says:

    Maple Snickerdoodle as seen at Carrie’s Sweet Life, from Allrecipes.com

    2 cups all-purpose flour
    1 1/2 tsp baking powder
    1/4 tsp baking soda
    1 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
    1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened
    1 1/2 cups white sugar, divided*
    1 egg
    1/4 cup + 3 Tbsp real maple syrup, divided*


    Preheat oven to 350° F. Stir together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and cinnamon. Set aside.

    In a large bowl, cream together the margarine butter and 1 cup of white sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the egg and 3 tablespoons maple syrup. Gradually blend in the dry ingredients until just mixed. In a small dish, mix together the remaining 1/2 cup sugar and 1/4 cup maple syrup. Roll dough into 1 inch balls, and roll the balls in the sugar mixture. Place cookies 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheets.

    Bake 8 to 9 minutes in the preheated oven. Cookies will be crackly on top and look wet in the middle. Remove from cookie sheets to cool on wire racks. Yield: 3 dozen.

    Nutrition Information (per cookie): 79 calories; 2.6 g. fat; 6 mg. cholesterol; 30 mg. sodium; 13.5 g. carbohydrate; 0 g. fiber; 0.8 g. protein.

  110. Nicole, RD says:

    I’m a fan of Tate’s on Facebook!

  111. marla says:

    Gosh, these cookies are looking good & great giveaway too. My favorite cookies lately are my Pumpkin Cranberry Ricotta – the fact that they are healthy is a WIN!! XO

  112. marla says:

    I just fanned Tate’s on Facebook 🙂

  113. Katie K says:

    No matter what time of year, my favorite cookies always include chocolate or peanut butter. Or both!

  114. tigerfish says:

    I am super-boring. I’ll go with dark chocolate cookie.

  115. Karen says:

    I liked Tates on FB 🙂

  116. Karen says:

    I’m not crazy about cookies at Christmas. I’m making garlic knots to giveaway!

  117. Chris says:

    “Like immerse myself in butter and sugar.”

    Have such a visual right now……. 😉

    I’ve never cooked with a persimmon before.

  118. Lori says:

    My holiday baking begins this weekend! Thanks so much for participating in the exchange. The cookies look great!

  119. Ann says:

    Pinwheels with nutella!
    Seriously, though, I think you have reached a new culinary high, persimmon in a cookie? I woulda never thunk that.

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  121. high low says:

    So hard to pick my fave holiday cookie – but any variation of chocolate chip (with nuts, raisins, dried fruit, sea salt, etc) is always a big hit!

  122. Kerstin says:

    I’ve never had a persimmon before, how horrible is that? My favorite cookies are sugar cookies with frosting and sprinkles!

  123. Erin Kiser says:

    I can’t remember if I wrote this… but I also tweeted 🙂

  124. Nutmeg Nanny says:

    I have never had a persimmon before…I need to get on that. I hear they are delicious.

    Now the giveaway. I have entered a lot of these Tate’s contests and have yet to win. So here is to hoping one more time! I’m a fan of Tate’s on Facebook 🙂

  125. Sharon says:

    My favorite holiday cookie is gingerbread men! Though I still hate eating their heads. I’m weird like that, haha.

  126. Gorgeous flavors. I have added this post in “What am I craving’ column in my blog. I have linked to this post as well. Happy Holidays Joanne.

  127. Eva says:

    These cookies came out delicious. I altered the recipe a bit. I used oat flour, instead of all-purpose flour and used a 1/2 cup of semi-sweet chocolate chips instead of the nuts. Scrumptious!

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