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Cookie week is not really over. Far from it. Heavy bouts of holiday baking are expected to perfume the Washington area this weekend -- especially as cookie exchange clubs and swaps have one last chance to do their thing.

To that end, we're onpassing additional inspiration: 2008's top 20 most-viewed cookie recipes from our Recipe Finder archives. (FYI, the best way to find holiday cookie recipes is to use the database's Advanced Search function; choose "Dessert" from the Course options and "Christmas" or "Hanukkah" from the Holidays options.)

This is just in case you weren't enthralled with this year's collection of 25. (Okay, the bottom crust of the Raspberry Snow Bars has given some readers fits. The recipe directions online have been expanded and clarified; ingredient amounts were not the problem. Hopefully we've worked through the issues of those who have e-mailed us, and any enmity they harbored has gone all gooey, overtaken by the warmth of the season's good wishes. Or at least that's what I'll be thinking at the Food/Travel potluck tomorrow night.) Happy baking!

-- Bonnie Benwick

Our most popular cookie of 2008: Caramel Crumb Bars. (Julia Ewan/The Washington Post)

1. Caramel Crumb Bars

2. Outrageous Oatmeal Cookies

3. Chocolate Peppermint Cookies

4. Pecan Snowballs

5. Sardinian Almond Cookies

6. Milk Chocolate Espresso Cookies

7. Kentucky Bourbon Balls

8. Koulourakia Butter Cookies

9. Heather Chittum’s Sugar Cookies

10. Heather Chittum’s Wedding Cookies

11. Almond-Joy Thumbprints

12. Frosted Spice Cookies

13. Sweet Banana Peanut Butter Cookies

14. Mama Katy’s Melomakarona (Honey-Spice Cookies)

15. Pumpkin Sandwich Cookies

16. Mun (Poppy Seed) Cookies

17. White Chocolate-Apricot Almond Balls

18. All-Purpose Nearly Normal Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Cookies

19. Favorite Bittersweet Chocolate Bars

20. Fig and Chocolate Bars

By The Food Section  |  December 17, 2009; 2:00 PM ET
Categories:  Recipes  | Tags: Bonnie Benwick, cookies, favorites, recipes  
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