My fabulous colleague Tasia Rivero wrote this very convincing post about why we should all be baking cookies immediately, plus listed her favourite fall cookie recipes - including Creepy Witch's Fingers for Halloween night. I know it will give you all the reasons you needed to turn your oven on, eat some raw batter, and bake up your own homemade cookies. -------------------------- The gloomy dark mornings and return of a nip in the air means fall's back and winter's on its way. It also means we're all in the mood for some comfort - who can resist a cosy night on the couch, wrapped up in a blanket catching up on a great book (or watching Cover Me, Canada - I won't judge). For me, fall means baking and cookies are the obvious choice. I'll bring some to my fam, have one for breakfast and will probably take one or two to work. Spending a night in the kitchen - oven blazing with butter and sugar everywhere - is totally my idea of a good night. So without further ado, I'll share my top 5 reasons to get in the kitchen and bake up something sweet: 1. You need something to dunk in your hot tea/coffee/whatever. This fall I'll try my hand at making homemade biscotti, a cookie with substance and isn't too sweet to enjoy alongside a warming cup of tea. Try: Almond Anisette Biscotti 2. Fall spices beg to be made into soft, chewy cookies. What are fall spices? Nutmeg, cinnamon, ginger, cloves and allspice. Try: Double Ginger Drop Cookies 3. Practice your holiday baking Who bakes during a long, hot summer? As the cold weather settles in, now's the time to get back in your kitchen and practice holiday baking. Test a showstopping new recipe and perfect it before multiplying it tenfold and gifting to everyone you know. Try: Glazed Almond Spritz Rosettes Cookies (from our Cookies Cookies Cookies collection) 4. Make something spooky for Halloween. Rather than add to the mountain of prepackaged candy, make homemade goodies for the neighbourhood kids. Wrap in Halloween-themed goodie bags or cellophane, available at bulk and baking stores. Try: Creepy Witch Fingers 5. It's relaxing. Pick a quiet night and shoo the kids and the dog outside to play. Put on your favourite tunes. Bake your all-time favourite cookie recipe (and lick the bowl yourself). Enjoy. Repeat. Try: Best-Ever Chocolate Chip Cookies Chocolate Caramel Cookies Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies First on my list of recipes to bake will be Oatmeal Chocolate Chip - my fave. So tell me: What's your favourite cookie to bake?