What’s your favorite holiday treat? Coconut macaroons or peanut brittle bars? This book includes those recipes and everything in between. The author loves baking cookies and giving them as gifts, so she struggled to whittle down the list to 50 recipes. These easy-to-follow directions yield mouthwatering results. Before you get started, read the first five chapters for tips and ideas, such as instructions for freezing dough, how to pack and mail your homemade goodies, and the basics for hosting a cookie-decorating party. By Lisa Zwirn, 2008, $16.95. Visit harpercollins.com.