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Jan 26, 2005 07:38 PM

Cookie cookbook recs?

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Anyone have thoughts on what basic cookie cookbook I should get? I'm not so much looking for elaborate confections as great recipes for the basics (oatmeal, peanut butter and the like). Actually, I guess I'm also interested in (separate, probably) recs for more complicated stuff, too.

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  1. I know you will get excellent recommendations for your query. I feel bad starting it off with an obscure choice - maybe you could look at this in the library first.

    I really, really like the cookies in the China Moon cookbook. I think the story is that Barbara Tropp stole away a pastry chef from Stars in SF because she loved her small cookies. Anyway, I dislike the rest of the cookbook, but the section on the cookies is so great. I think I've tried most of them and like them all. Not the basics, but not exotic either. Shortbreads and capuccino coins and little gingery cookies. The kind of thing it's nice to serve with coffee or as a complement to a soft dessert like poached fruit.

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    1. re: ks

      Let me second that China Moon recommendation. The cookies are sublime. Really incredible. I have a dozen baking and cookie books but none have equalled the recipes in China Moon. (Though I agree that the other recipes in the book are exceedingly complicated and time consuming for a home cook.)

    2. I have seen Nick Malgieri (sp?) on The Food Network, and perused his baking books at the book store. They are the ultimate source for bakers. Take a look I think it's exactly what you're after.

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      1. re: Toni10

        I have the Nick Malgieri cookie book and I'm not thrilled with it, I think the Good Cookie is a way better book.

      2. I have over a dozen cookie cookbooks and the one I use for the basic cookies I take to the guys at work are from:
        Rosie's Bakery Chocolate-Packed Jam Filled Butter-Rich No-Holds-Barred Cookie Book by Judy Rosenberg.
        I also have a lot of long time recipes I use from the Maida Heatter books.

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        1. re: AGM/Cape Cod

          yes to Maida Heatter!! I've been making cookies out of her cookbooks since I was a kid and everyone always raves. I know she one dedicated just to cookies.

          1. re: wurstle

            Maida Heatter's cookies are utterly reliable and full of flavor, well written recipes, couldnt ask for more. Pick up one of her earlier books you will be very satisfied. The pecan bars americana, in her first two dessert books have become a catering staple.

        2. Cookbook - King Arthur Flour Cookie Companion

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          1. re: Cynthia

            I love the King Arthur Cookie Companion! By the way, King Arthur has a wonderful website with lots of basic recipes. Here's the link:


          2. For a basic, oatmeal, peanut butter, chocolate chip cookbook, King Arthur is the gold standard. But for more interesting, and some very easy, cookies, I'm head over heels for Tish Boyle's "the Good Cookie" The first thing I made was Earl Grey tea infused shortbread dipped in dark chocolate. Melted butter and tea, flour, sugar - what could be simpler? And the little orange cookies with candied kumquat decorations were delicious, different, lovely and earned a permanent place im my Christmas cookies after the first try!

            I'm making the chocolate chip cookie variations, and my husband is purring away. I think what I'll wind up doing is a "Julie/Julia" type thing, and just work my way through the whole book, week by week. did I mention I love this book, LOL?

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            1. re: pastrytroll

              I love Tish Boyle's _The Good Cookie_. Fantastic recipes for both basic cookies (the oatmeal cookies are fantastic and I can't figure out exactly why, since the recipe looks so similar to most other oatmeal cookie recipes) and more interesting cookies. Most of the interesting cookies are still pretty simple in terms of technique, they just have a creative twist to make them better.