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Posted June 22, 2009
I saw this plain looking book at my favorite bookstore ten years ago but after getting it on a whim I have been making the best chocolate chip cookies imaginable, I am forever grateful for these ideas, when one hits the cookie recipe jackpot, happiness isn't far behind. I decided to start with the best and try the first winning recipes and truthfully it has been my go to chocolate chip cookie recipe for years now ( page 34 Chocolate Chip Cookies I by Richard McDonald) all the recipes are form winning contestants and they are stunningly delectable. Some days I will add nuts or spices to the cookie dough, I find that coconut extract makes the cookies taste very buttery and that a pinch of cinnamon makes them melt into little cozy vanilla rounds of heaven. It's been my absolute favorite cookie book even though I have many cookbooks; I always have this out of its cover even though I know the main recipe by heart.
After collecting many books about sweets for years this is still my best buy, the 1998 edition I have has no real pictures but I don't mind. The first chapters that describe best tips and tricks about creaming butters and types of sugar and egg handling were a blessing as a teaching tool; I took my time to read the first chapters a few times so it sank in and made some really effortless but spectacular cookies. Whether one loves pecans or ginger, molasses or berries or recipes for fudge and cookies of complex textures and goo factor this has something for everyone. I love and treasure this book; if I had to recommend a cookie book to a best friend I would pick this over any other.
- Kasia S.