I have made every one of the cookies in the RLB Christmas Cookie book with the exception of the lion’s paws and the pistachio ganache rolls. Everything is wonderful, and it’s a great collection of recipes. The gingerbread cookie is my go-to recipe and the only one I use for the GB cookies I sell; everything else is spot on and very delicious. I don’t have a favorite recipe, I like all of them.
My other favorite cookie book is an old one - Maida Heatter’s Book of Great Cookies - the first one. I love the coconut washboards from this one, and the rugelach are really good; so are the striped ones (pinwheels I think, but I’ve made them as just stacked rectangles). This book is divided into the usual categories: drop cookies, bars, rolled/cut, icebox, etc.
Another favorite book is Maida Heatter’s Book of Great American Desserts - this one has a recipe for Chocolate Gobs, aka Charlie’s Cookies, aka Mulattoes (which are in her first ever book). I love this chocolate cookie - it’s a drop cookie and you can put just about anything you want in it - white choc chips and dried cranberries, or nuts or even the little Andes Candies baking bits.