Have Fun With These Cookie Cookbooks

Baking cookies can be a lot of fun, but even experienced bakers will use cookie cookbooks. Recipes don’t need to be complicated but you do need to follow them to get great cookies.  Even a classic cookie like the Tollhouse Chocolate Chip Cookie has a recipe (you can find it on the chocolate chip bag!).  Your grandmother may have appeared to go with recipes, but she used them.  She may have used some so many times she had memorized the recipe, but she used a recipe to make those wonderful cookies.

Cookie Cookbooks Are Fun To Read

A good cookbook should have a few characteristics that are easy to spot.  The recipes should be well written and easy to follow.  No one should have to be a chemist to figure out a cookie recipe.  The ingredients should be well known.  No one wants to spend hours online or at the gourmet supermarket searching for obscure ingredients.  Last, the cookies should look and taste good.  We have all seen cooking shows where the end result is a visual masterpiece but no one would actually want to eat the item.  Cookies should be delicious and maybe a bit addictive.

There are thousands of cookbooks and recipe collections available, some good and some bad.  Here are a few of our favorite cookie specific cookbooks that have delighted us with cookies that we want to make (and eat) again and again.  Your family will love the new cookie ideas that you find in these cookbooks, there are some that will become new family favorites.

Sally’s Cookie Addiction

This is one of the better known cookie cookbooks and there is a reason for its popularity.  Sally McKenney is a well respected baker and her first cookbook, Sally’s Baking Addiction, became a favorite in thousands of kitchens.  This is the follow up and Ms. McKenney has created another fabulous cookbook for bakers to follow.

There are over 200 pages of recipes for cookies and cookie bars of all types.   Some are traditional cookies, such as sugar cookies and peanut butter cookies.  Others are interesting combinations of ingredients such as brown butter toffee chocolate chip cookies.  All of the recipes are very well written and easy to follow.  Even beginning bakers will find this cookbook user friendly and simple to understand.

The Cookie Collection: Artisan Baking for the Cookie Enthusiast

Artisan baking can scare off some bakers, the title implies some sort of higher skill level than the average baker.  That’s too bad because artisan in this case means creative.  There are over 100 well written, well presented and well designed cookie recipes in this book.  The photography is wonderful and, combined with the recipes and baking tips, make this a very good cookbook.

Some of the recipes are classic, such as peanut butter cookies and sugar cookies.  Others are very unique, but don’t use obscure ingredients or difficult baking techniques.  Some of these cookies are flat out addictive and you will be amazed at how many recipes you keep coming back to.  This is a very well written cookbook with excellent recipes.

 

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