Hold on to your cookie sheet! Here’s a delicious new cookbook that’s sure to keep your oven lit for the long haul.
The Cookiepedia: Mixing, Baking, and Reinventing the Classics by Stacy Adimando is the perfect go-to cookie book. You’ll find many of your standard favorites here: chocolate chip, brownie, fig bars, and chocolate sandwich cookies. You’ll also find holiday favorites like gingerbread men and sugar cookies. Adimando even has a “fancy” cookie section for French macarons, alfajores, and the like.
In addition to the tasty, easy-to-follow recipes, the user-friendly layout makes this cookbook handy. Every cookie in the book has an accompanying photograph so you know exactly what the finished product should look like. Recipes are divided into unique sections including Fruity Cookies, Spicy Cookies, and Buttery Cookies.
The book is sprinkled with tips. “This technique works for most cookie doughs,” Adimando writes next to instructions for making Rolled Icebox Cookies. Each recipe has a “notes” section so the cook can jot down their own lessons learned or substitutions. This should be mandatory for all cookbooks!—and it speaks to the home cook-centered nature of this book.
Another ideal feature that enables this book to succeed in a well-used kitchen: it’s bound on wire rings. The book’s binding won’t begin to fall apart as the book ages, and as you work on a recipe, the book lies flat. The pages won’t flip mid-recipe, and you won’t need to set a jar of honey on top to prop it open.
The book uses playful illustrations that kids will love. I made the Brownies with my nieces, and they easily followed the recipe without much assistance from me. The finished bars were light, airy, and cakelike with the fudgiest bits at the corners.
One of my favorites: the Cornmeal Cookies with Rosemary. Golden, crisp, and not too sweet, these reflect the simplicity and elegance that I love in a good cookie.
Win a Copy of the Book!
Wouldn’t you love to get your hands on a copy of this book for the holiday baker in your life? You’re in luck!
Leave a comment below. Tell me: What’s your favorite cookie? Be sure to leave your email address, too. On Saturday, December 10 at noon I will announce the winner on my Facebook page, and I’ll email the winner directly.