C is for Cookie, That’s Good Enough for Me….To Eat!


I LOVE Cookies.  I love them in all shapes and sizes and varieties.

I love short cookies (not so sweet, more cake-y) and gooey cookies (the gumdrop cookies I put in the recipe book I’ll mention in a minute), and soft cookies (ginger molasses and chocolate and chocolate chip) and crisp cookies (sugar and gingersnaps and pecan sandies).

I love shaped cookies like gingerbread people and sugar cookie stars and hearts and christmas trees.  I love blob cookies (AKA “drop cookies”) that you slide off the spoon and onto the cookie sheet and hope they end up in some kind of vague cookie shape.


I’m good with your basic oatmeal cookie, your peanut butter cookie, and le basic Toll House chocolate chip.  They are the standards.  The “go to” cookie of any season.  They are the blue-chip-stock of cookies.  You cannot go wrong with those basic cookie types, no matter what the occasion.

But when it comes to the Holidays, beginning with Halloween in our household, it’s ALLLLLLLL about the Molasses Ginger Cookies, the soft Chocolate Sugar Cookies, the 7 layer Cookie Bars, the gingerbread and oooohhhhhhh! The cut out sugar cookies.

So when Tawny asked me if I wanted to be a stop on her Cookies and Kisses Author Hop, to celebrate the Holiday Cookie Season, I was all over it.  Grins.  There’s even a Cookies & Kisses cookbook!  Go to Tawny’s website and you’ll find the link!  0Q1qz4d4bo1_500_zpsb68a339fwww.TawnyWeber.com (that’s where my gumdrop cookie recipe can be found!)

Looking up that gumdrop recipe really took me back in time.  You see, when I was little, the Cookie Season began when Mama got out her recipe book – a heavy, black, leather journal-type book – and made cookie dough.

She loved to bake.  Baking was her glory.  Pies were her first love and like our Joan, she entered the Fair and won her “Fair Share” – hahah – of ribbons.  I even have a picture of her with a prize winning pie.

But her cookies were the highlight of my childhood.

So how do Cookies relate to Kisses?  In my Christmas story BEHIND ENEMY LINES in the Anthology, A JEWEL IN TIME, which I wrote with my pals Bestselling Author Barbara Devlin and debut author Caitlenn Ainnsley, there aren’t any cookies, alas, but there are LOTS of kisses!

Behind Enemy Lines is set in the chaos preceding WWII.  I was actually talking to my sons about my Mom and Dad both having been alive during WWII – my dad served in the Army with Patton’s divisions in France, Belgium and the Netherlands.  So was telling my Eldest, now 14, about this time-honored connection of cookie dough, recipes, and cut-out-cookie baking with my Mom and her notes in the margins, many of which were written during the War Years.

Did he feel the connection via these yummy cookies, to his elders, to his Grandmother Pickering whom he never met?

“Ummmm, kinda,” he said, munching on the last of the molasses ginger cookies I made last weekend.  “This was her recipe, right?  The one you won’t share?”

IMG_3162“Yes,” I replied, pleased that he remembered.  “The one she wrote by hand, in fountain pen.”  (You can see an example there below, of her hand written, fountain-pen elegance in recipe writing)

“You said she started that during the War, right?  By the way, what’s a fountain pen?  And are we making cookies this weekend?  You got the jam, right?”

I beamed.  He remembered. (BTW, the jam is for Apricot Jam Tarts.  Grins.  Slurpy Good.)

photoAlthough my sons never met my mother, they knew my stories about her writing notes in her own private recipe book – notes about how to get by without rationed sugar or without shortening or hard-to-get-in-the-city brown sugar.  Its funny, I can tell if a recipe is from the WWII era when it calls for “heavy cream skimmed off the top of the milk” or “lard” or it says “fresh eggs best, esp. from the Reds”  (Mother raised Rhode Island Red chickens as a girl.  Grins.)  So, despite never having met her, my sons and even my husband kind-of “know” my Mom.

I hope, when they’re older, they’ll read BEHIND ENEMY LINES and know a little about that history-shaping time of  World War II.  So to go with your coffee and cookies this fine December day, here’s a short excerpt:

Grace conned enough German to know she was being held until Adolf Hitler himself arrived to talk to her. Somehow he’d learned about her antique jeweled brooch, and the legend around it, and around her family’s ancient Templar origins. Her lip curled in a silent snarl. It wasn’t like anyone had kept the legend secret, exactly. Each generation’s eldest daughter, if there was one, received the brooch. The previous generation’s eldest daughter passed it on to her daughter, or to the niece or cousin she felt should be the recipient. Grace’s Aunt, also named Grace, had passed it to her namesake on the day Grace turned eighteen. Aunt Grace’s brood was large, but they were all boys.

Grace didn’t really believe in the legend. How could dreaming of your “destined love” be helpful in any way? And really.AJewelinTimefinal
Different dreams? Compelling futures?

Balderdash. But she loved the jewel, and kept the tradition of wearing it, always. And because she did that bit, she kept the jewel-journal with her at all times, as well.

Grace looked at her watch as she heard the creaking of the great stairs down the hall from her room. There was a perfunctory knock and the grate of a key in the old fashioned lock.

The same pattern had been repeated for three days now. She’d been here a week, but within the last few days, three more generals had arrived. She’d been introduced, but then sequestered in her room.

“Fräulein Corvedale, your dinner.”  A woman, the lodge’s housekeeper, bustled in. Her name was Frau Shemper and she spoke superb English. “Come, come, I will set it up here, yes?”

She motioned the servant following her to put the tray down on the table near where Grace sat.  As he set down the tray, the man watched her. Harsh white scars ran like claw marks under a black eye patch. His stooped posture and distinct limp should have made him look menacing.  Instead, there was a knowing look in his good eye, an assessing look. It was as if he wanted–needed–to talk to her, but dared not.

“It won’t be long now,” Frau Shemper chirped chattily, pulling the curtains, shutting out the winter landscape. “Tomorrow night our special guests will be here,” the woman said, her smile twinkling, inviting Grace to enjoy the idea of that.

“Danke, Frau Shemper.”

The manservant had tended the fire, and now stood at the door, a hulking, dark-haired reminder that she was a prisoner.  His presence sent a shiver down her back, which she disguised by rising from her seat, moving to the newly awakened fire. There was something about him…something compelling.

Under her shirt, the jeweled pendant shifted against her skin. It was a warm and reassuring weight. Somehow, she’d get out of here.  Grace had been well trained as a spy, and her self-defense skills were superb. Unfortunately, even if she could take out both Frau Shemper and the manservant, there was a guard in the hall, and another patrolling the lower floor. Yet another guard walked a beat in the garden, with one at the gate, and at least one at the end of the drive, which she could see from her windows.

“Come, now, Fräulein. You must be hungry, yes?”

“Yes, of course. Thank you, Frau Shemper, for bringing dinner up yourself. You must be very busy with such important guests to tend.”

She and the man left, and Grace returned to the stew and her questions.  What could Hitler want with her? With the jewel? She didn’t want to think about the diary. She prayed it was still in the lodge, that she could find it. Though not as ancient as the brooch, it told only the stories of the women in her family who’d possessed the jewel through the centuries.

It was a story book, but a precious one. Those stories, magical or not, were her history, her people. Still. They were stories. Fables.  If it were only that, well, it wouldn’t be so dangerous. Unfortunately, she’d used the book to create a code system. She stored her notes in it, and had given her father the key to the code should she die.

“Lovely thoughts, Grace,” she chided herself as she sat brooding by the fire. The heavy tread in the hallway and subsequent scrape of the key in the lock startled her. She rose, expecting Frau Shemper.

The manservant was alone. He left the door open and Grace assessed her chances.

“I wouldn’t try it, Lady Corvedale,” the man said, his voice low and controlled. He spoke English! An American!

“What did you say?” As she watched, he transformed, standing taller, looking leaner and less bulky as he stood straight. His shoulders, already broad, were even bigger when he stood up to his full height, his posture exact and erect.

“Don’t try to jump me and I won’t have to hurt you.”


Squidge and CoffeeAnd there you have it, Banditas and Buddies!  A little taste treat for the day!

Do you like your cookies with Coffee?  

(There’s my daily dose with Squidge.  Squidge appears courtesy of the darling JADE LEE! I love my Squidge!)

Do you like your cookies with tea?

With hot chocolate?

With Milk?

Do you leave milk and cookies for Santa – or did you as a child, or with your children if you had/have them?

What’s your favorite store-bought cookie? Pepperidge Farm Orange Milanos?  Oreos?  Keebler Fudge Stripes?

Do you dunk?  That is, do you dunk your cookies in milk/coffee/tea/chocolate or just eat them as an accompaniment? 


One lucky poster today will get a copy of A JEWEL IN TIME, and a copy of ENTER THE BRETHREN from Barbara Devlin.  (Her story in A Jewel in Time is a prequel to her Brethren of the Coast series, so you’ll get a great start to the series!!)  I’ll also put a copy of my Thanksgiving Themed novella, Deadly Delivery in today’s prize bundle!  (KINDLE ONLY!)



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  • Jane says:

    Hello Jeanne,
    I like to dunk cookies in milk, tea and coffee. I used to leave a plate of cookies and a glass of milk for Santa when I was little. A lot of store bought cookies are yummy, but my favorites are Oreos and Pepperidge Farm Soft Baked Sausalitos. Also a big fan of Walkers Shortbread cookies.

    • Jeanne Adams says:

      Good Morning, Jane! Wow, His Roosterliness will be overjoyed to be spending another day with you. Espcially as you’ve now admitted that there might be Walker’s Shortbread involved. Bwahahha!

      I love those too – the shortbread – and am excited to try the recipe Deb Hinshaw just gave me. I love Walkers too, though. I like shortbread with tea. Somehow tea just makes it better. Grins.

      And yay for the dunking!

    • Tawny Weber says:

      Mmm, Oreos! I went on an Oreo bing a couple of months ago. Those and the Flaky Flix are my favorite 🙂

  • Sally Schmidt says:

    I think it’s yes to all the questions! We love cookies. My mom’s old recipes and the favorites I made when my kids were little and the special to exchange or take as gifts, and even the store-bought cookies like a big tin of Danish butter cookies or anything Pepperidge Farm (especially Bordeaux).

    Even though there are no longer any little children here, we still leave cookies and milk for Santa – who would want to hurt the old guy’s feelings? 🙂

    • Jeanne Adams says:

      Awww Sally, so true! I love the milk and cookies for the Jolly Old Elf. Go you! Grins.

      I love Pepperidge farm cookies. Bordeauxs are yummmmmy. Grins.

    • Tawny Weber says:

      LOL I hope Santa appreciates how awesome you are, Sally 🙂

      I’m kinda upset to realize I haven’t tried Peppridge Farms Bordeaux yet. I think a trip to the store is in order! Cuz, yanno, one can never have too many cookies at Christmas time 🙂

  • Mary Preston says:

    My mother makes the best cookies. I doubt I had a store bought cookie until I left home. So, I don’t really have a favourite of those.

    My mother always said that Santa did not need another plate of cookies or a glass of milk. (This always cracked us up.)

    • Jeanne Adams says:

      Hahah! As if Santa could actually EAT all of that. Holy cow (so to speak) – if Santa ate all the cookies left for him, and drank all the milk, the reindeer would never get the sleigh off the ground! Hahah!!

      And like you, I don’t think I had storebought cookies until I was a good bit older. Maybe 3rd or 4th grade. Now you can’t bake for the class, it has to be storebought and no nuts or anything of that nature. Sigh. My mom used to bake acres of cookies for my class. Grins.

    • Tawny Weber says:

      Hmm, I can’t say that Santa looks like he’s missing out on cookies 😉

      We had a lot of store-bought cookies when I was growing up but my kids didn’t. We actually have a rule that while store-bought cookies are allowed in the house (um, yeah, Oreo binge) they can’t go in the cookie jar. Cuz, yanno, it says Homemade on it.

  • Minna says:

    I like my cookies with tea. And I didn’t leave milk and cookies for Santa. That’s not the custom here.

  • bn100 says:

    like cookies by itself

  • Caren Crane says:

    Jeanne, the beverage depends on the cookies. With spice cookies (akin to your molasses ginger), I want tea. With anything chocolate, it must be coffee. With anything rolled in sugar or covered in icing, I prefer milk. But really, cookies are good with anything at all. Even more cookies!

    My favorite cookies are all homemade, but I do love Murray’s Ginger Snaps and those Almonette cookies you can always find at the dollar store. Why are those so delicious??

    I also recently found those Biscoff cookies they give you on international flights at Rite-Aid, of all places. What??

    But the ultimate, all-time, must-have store-bought cookies are Walker’s Dark Chocolate-covered Ginger Shortbread cookies. Only available at Christmas in these parts and ALWAYS in short supply. Must go check World Market forthwith! 😀

    • Jeanne Adams says:

      Ooooh, chocolate covered shortbread? MUST try those! World Market you say? I have one of those! (Near the gym…darn the luck!)

      And yes, nothing goes with cookies like more cookies. Grins. But tea and gingersnaps? I’m there.

      Those Murray’s cookies are fab, aren’t they? And how weird about the Bicoff cookies being at Rite-Aid!

  • Barbara says:

    I like milk or hot cocoa with cookies.
    My favorite store bought cookie Oreos.
    When my children were small we left not only cookies but a sandwich for Santa, and carrots and apples for the reindeer!

    • Jeanne Adams says:

      I love it! My boys always wanted to leave carrots for the reindeer and I loved that. So cool!

      Oreos are such a weird cookie. I like them, even in their store-boughtedness. But the odd flavors they’ve been doing at holidays? Just weird. Did you try the watermelon ones?

  • Laurie G says:

    I like to dunk warm chocolate chip cookies in cold milk. Delicious! I’ve never dunked any others in any other beverage.

    We always put out milk and cookies for Santa. Plus we had to remember to leave crumbs! One year we almost forgot.

    Favorite store bought cookie- Lorna Doones

    • Jeanne Adams says:

      Snork! Love the crumbs. Nice touch. If you like dunking in milk, my favorite (besides that) is dunking shortbread in hot tea. Nom!!!

      And speaking of shortbread…Lorna Doones ROCK!

      • Laurie G says:

        Found this recipe for a thin mint style cookie on Facebook.


        1 pound bittersweet chocolate
        80 buttery round crackers
        1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract

        Using a double boiler method, melt the chocolate coatings over hot tap water for 15 – 20 minutes. Stir . Do not cook or get water into the chocolate.
        1. After it is melted, stir in a couple drops of peppermint flavor into the chocolate.
        2. Dip crackers into the melted chocolate and then place onto a cold cookie sheet and put into the refrigerator to set. (A freezing tray to rest the dipped cookies will keep the bottoms neat looking.)
        3. In a few minutes take them out and package in candy cups. The cookies are best kept at room temperature or a cool dry place away from any odors.

        1) I figured out something; don’t put the peppermint extract in the chocolate until it is fully melted. If you put the peppermint extract in the chocolate and then melt it in the microwave the extract burns the chocolate and makes it crumbly and hard, hence those reviewers having to use oil to make it smooth again. Once the chocolate is fully melted stir well and then put your extract in! For the holidays I used white chocolate chips too. You may crush some peppermints for the top.

        2) I used Nabisco Famous chocolate wafers and melted Andes mints. I am not even kidding how great these were! Thin, crispy and chocolaty! I am thinking about making sandwiches with the wafers with marshmallow cream in the middle and then dunking them in the melted Andes mints.

        3) It didn’t have enough peppermint flavor. I added more and the second sheet tastes just like Thin Mint Girl Scout cookies. First sheet is good, but much better with more peppermint flavor. After dipping crackers, pick cracker up with a fork, tap handle of fork on edge of bowl/double boiler to remove some excess chocolate. Put waxed paper covered cookie sheets in freezer before starting, helps cool these quickly.

  • Colleen C. says:

    Oh I love cookies!!! I enjoy dunking some types in milk… never really did the milk and cookies thing for Santa, but my sister started the tradition for her kids! 😀 Fudge Stripes are one of my favs… Happy Holidays!

  • Rae Latte says:

    Great post – super hungry for cookies now 😉

    OMG – so many decisions ?!? Ok, I agree with Caren – it depends on the cookie to determine which beverage I’ll have! I would say “what she said ;)” as it sounds about the way I would conquer my beverage selection. 🙂

    I just love baking cookies! Usually around the holidays I’m baking cookies, bars and other sweet treats! I find that homemade batter ends up in my freezer to bake for later, It’s also helpful for those unexpected guests who then get to enjoy freshly baked treats! Oh and it also prevents mass consumption!

    I don’t usually dunk my cookies but if I was forced to dunk one or two it would be an oreo. You can’t go wrong with an oreo dunked in chocolate milk! It just adds to the experience.

    Now that my taste buds are screaming for cookies I’m inspired! So many choices and so many days to bake! I think there will be a run on milk, butter, eggs and chocolate today Jeanne!!!

    Happy Holidays!!!

    • Jeanne Adams says:

      Bwahahahah! My work here is done. *VEG*

      Must ask though…you can freeze batter? I often bake lots of cookies and freeze extras, but batter????? Really!?!

      I know you often bake bread and I want your recipe. Grins.

      • Rae Latte says:

        Yes! When the kids were little I would make chocolate chip and sugar cookie dough. I would place them in “logs” on wax paper inside a freezer safe Tupperware or Bag. I freeze in smaller portions so that I’m not baking three dozen cookies at a time!

        I’m sure you could freeze other “dough” mixes. I think the sturdier ones hold up better.

        Bread? Yummy! Sure…which ones 🙂

  • MMMMMMMMM cookies.

    I don’t drink coffee, so I prefer milk with my cookies. Love homemade ones, but mint milanos are pretty darn tasty, too!

  • Cookies!!!!!

    You know, I’ve been running around here trying to decorate for Christmas around the big Thanksgiving dinner – that I forgot all about cookies! Need to schedule some baking time in an otherwise full calendar.

    I drink Diet Dr. Pepper with my cookies 🙂 (what else?) or milk if I’m being health conscious…but who is that when there’s cookies to eat! 🙂

    What a lovely cookbook you have from your mom – and how cool to tie it into your story! Homemade cookies are the best and disappear far too fast. For purchased cookies, I like Chessman (did you know that they have Christmas themed Chessman cookies?) and mint milanos from Pepperidge Farms. Oh – and those fudge covered mint creme oreos – they taste like thin mints and are addictive!!! Yum.

    • Jeanne Adams says:

      Ooh! Something that tastes like Thin Mints? I’m so there! :>

      I like Chessmen too. The DH likes the GIngerbread men from Pepperidge Farms. He claims “it takes a village” when it comes to those cookies….bwahahahah!!

  • Kim says:

    I don’t usually dunk cookies. My favorite store-bought cookie are Oreos. If I don’t want to make cookies from scratch, the Pillsbury Refrigerated Chocolate Chip Cookies are great in a pinch.

    • Jeanne Adams says:

      I would have to agree, Kim. IN a pinch, those Chocolate Chip refridgerated ones are good, The dough’s good by itself too. (Yes, I KNOW you aren’t supposed to do that, but…)

  • BethInIL says:

    My favorite store-bought cookies are Peppermint Oreo’s or maybe Mint Milano, or maybe the Snickerdoodles from the local bakery by my office or … OK, you got me – anything sweet, chocolaty or minty that I can eat while typing. (No frosting over the key board for me ever again!) LOL And Squidge is the best cookie and coffee companion ever! He holds my phone so I have one hand for the cookie and one for my coffee. :^)

    • Jeanne Adams says:

      Hey Beth! Had to LOL about the minty/chocolately! Squidge would have been holding my phone – rather than holding my coffee hostage – but I was taking the picture with my phone. SNORK!! Squidge is a hoot and I love having him on my desk. Thanks to Jade Lee for that everyday fun!! Have you read her What the Groom Wants? Great book!

  • catslady says:

    I never drink milk anymore so no more oreo dipping lol. But I love biscotti dipped into black coffee! Loved the excerpt!

    • Jeanne Adams says:

      Mmmm, biscotti! Hadn’t thought about that. I like some biscotti, but most is made with anise (licorice flavor) which I don’t like. :> But my independent little coffee shop carries these cranberry biscotti that are to DIE for. YUM!!

      Okay, now I want one. Grins.

  • Nettie says:

    I love Milk with my desserts, however, ice cold is even better in a frozen mug. I like to dunk hard cookies in milk. Softer cookies the milk just accompanies the eating. No store bought ranks over homemade.

    • Jeanne Adams says:

      Hi Nettie! That is so the truth – home made RULES. I like hard cookies in milk too. Frankly, I like milk with most anythng. Especially coffee and cookies…Grins

  • Hi Banditas.

    Sorry I’m late to the party, but I had doc appointments today. Everyone wants their copay. Anyway, in regard to the question, I love oreos. Usually, I dunk them in my coffee. However, while living in England in the mid 80s, and hanging with a bunch of drunk college kids, they turned me on to a favored treat–oreos and red wine. Seriously. And it’s oh-so-good.

  • Jo Robertson says:

    Delightful, heart-felt post, Jeanne! I love that you have recipes in your mother’s handwriting and that you’re passing the cookie-making tradition down to your sons.

    My fave cookies, Christmas or not, are frost sugar cookies. And almost anything other kind as long as they have nuts in them! Love nuts!

    • Jeanne Adams says:

      Its so fun, Jo! I’m not sure I’ll ever get them to do all the MAKING of the cookies, but they sure know how to appreciate them. Grins.

      Frost sugar cookies are SO good!! And I’m with you on the nuts. YUM!!

  • Shannon says:

    Coffee and cookies are a great way to start a morning. If I’m going to indulge in cookies, I want mine home-made or close to home made. One of the eateries at work has a soft white chocolate macadamia nut cookie. I pretend they don’t exist most days.

    • Jeanne Adams says:

      Snork. Shannon, my local bakery where I like to get bread, makes tarts and turnovers. I have to turn away and say “LALALA” to drown out the tempting cries of “You KNOW you want us!” that they call. Sirens! (Tasty, tasty sirens….) Heehee.

  • Ahhh…cookies…kinda hard to make without sugar which I stopped eating over a year ago. Haven’t yet tried any honey or stevia cookie recipes. Probably for the best…I’d eat too many in one sitting!!! Happy to be a fellow author in A Jewel in Time with Jeanne!!!

  • Amy Conley says:

    I like make cookies with tea or milk best worst best store bought cookies are Pepperidge Farms by a long shot. I don’t do any baking or cooking anymore passed out by I did my share when my kids were little and I will do some with each of my grandchildren but that’s enough.

    • Jeanne Adams says:

      Pepperidge Farms are dangerous, arent they? Grins. I love doing cookies with my boys (or before they get a chance to devour them!) and I hope I’ll get to do it with grands one day!

  • Mozette says:

    Do you like your cookies with Coffee?

    Actually the only time I ever eat cake is with coffee… and I have really bad mouth ulcers from cookies… 🙁

    (There’s my daily dose with Squidge. Squidge appears courtesy of the darling JADE LEE! I love my Squidge!)

    Do you like your cookies with tea?

    I like chocolate with tea..

    With hot chocolate?

    I like putting chili and a rind of an orange in my hot chocolate… jaffa and spice in one! 😀

    With Milk?

    Nah, I like my milk with Milo or coffee in it… nothing else. It’s more refreshing that way.

    Do you leave milk and cookies for Santa – or did you as a child, or with your children if you had/have them?

    I don’t have children, and I still leave them out for Santa 😛 Okay, I’m a big kid… what can I say? 😀

    What’s your favorite store-bought cookie? Pepperidge Farm Orange Milanos? Oreos? Keebler Fudge Stripes?

    Sorry, no store bought cookies… like I said. I know that sounds like I’m missing out, but really I’d rather not have the pain.

    Do you dunk? That is, do you dunk your cookies in milk/coffee/tea/chocolate or just eat them as an accompaniment?

    • Jeanne Adams says:

      Hey, ya gotta stick with what keeps you feeling great and living to the fullest! :> And wow on the chili and orange rind. Not sure how that would taste, but I’ll take your word for it!

      • Mozette says:

        Actually saw that on a Better Homes & Gardens show when they did a Winter Special, and I love it! Just make sure you only get the zesty part of the orange and not the orange juice part in there otherwise you’ll get curdled milk instead. 🙁

  • Pissenlit says:

    Yes, I like cookies with my coffee.
    Yes, I like cookies with my tea.
    Yes, I like cookies with hot chocolate.
    Yes, I like cookies with milk.
    Yes, I left milk and cookies for Santa as a child.
    The answer to what’s my favourite store-bought cookie is Yes. ALL THE COOKIES!!!
    Yes, I dunk my cookies.
    Yes, I eat them as an accompaniment.

    Yes. COOKIES!! 😀

  • flchen1 says:

    I LOVE cookies–I’m with Pissenlit and I will eat them plain or with just about anything 😉 COOOKIES!!!!! 😀