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Big Fat Cookies

I just got this cookbook out of the library, and WOW!!!! I made the Pumkin Butterscotch cookies, and they are fantastic. They are all big and fat, and I can hardly wait to make some of the other one's, like Peanut Butter Cup cookies!!! The sad thing is, the book is out of print and shows up online for $99. A bit pricy for me. Has anyone else made anything from it? The author is Elinor Klivans.

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    1. re: OldDog

      Thanks so much. I just went to BFC's and bought it. Happy baking to me!!! And yes to Pawsinhand, the lemon whoopie pies are there. Woopie, now I can make them. Again, thanks one and all. I love these boards!!!

    2. I'm seeing it on Amazon in paper back new or used starting at $5.86, plus s&h.


      Also see it on eBay's half.com for the same, $5.86, plus s&h.


      1. Yes, I have that cookbook and it's been a while since I've used it, but I loved what I made. I think there is a recipe in that one for lemon whoopie pies? I remember really liking them.

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        1. re: Pawsinhand

          TELL TELL TELL!!!
          Lemon whoopie pies??
          Recipe wanted!!!
          Can someone post the ingredients, and any unusual instructions? I've made the normal whoopie pies many times, and they're always a hit. Lemon would nominate me for sainthood. (I'll look around online for it as well)


          1. re: violabratsche


            The recipe for lemon whoopie pies is in Elinor Klivans' cookbook "Big Fat Cookies" It's on page 104. I don't think I am allowed to post due to copyright issues. These are very yummy and the cookbook is great.


        2. I had never heard of this book before, nor was I in the market for yet another cookbook, but this one looks too perfect - just sent my order through on Amazon!

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          1. re: pamalamb

            Believe me, the last thing I need is another cookbook, but this one is great. Speaking of another cookbook, try Bittersweet by Alice Medrich. She is fantastic. Not only the recipes, but all the information she gives you. I did make the Bittersweet Decadence Cookies, and they are to die for, of course with all the chocolate in them you just might!! Again another library find, and I suppose another cookbook to add to my collection. Next I am going to try the Molten Chocolate-Rasberry Cakes, for a dinner that I'm invited to, and I'm to make the dessert. Let you all know how it turns out!!! That's if I can still fit in my size 8 pants to make it to the dinner!!

            1. re: Mother of four

              I just got my copy, and I'm pysched. The only problem is, they should have made the pages waterproof, because I want to lick them all, the pictures look so good!

          2. I love this cookbook! I've made a number of the recipes, usually smaller in size so I end up with more, and they've all been good.

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            1. re: Chocolatechipkt

              Okay, now I have to get this book. I am a cookbookaholic. And a cookie freak as well. Thanks for the info. The publishers are going to see a sharp increase in sales all of a sudden and be like"what the ....?" LOL

            2. I really like the molassas cookies and the "cookie toffee brittle" recipe from this cookbook as well. Also, Elinor Klivans has another cookbook that I love called Fearless Baking. I think it is also out of print, but I think you can still get it from www.ecookbooks.com for ~$10 which is where I have gotten it from to give as gifts to a few people.

              1. The big and fat cookies sound delicious!! I was watching Unwrapped on the Food Network the other night and they featured a bakery that made HUGE gooey cookies that could fill you up in no time. I wanted one so badly!

                1. Well, it arrived!!! I love it, and I can hardly wait to start the baking!! I honestly don't know what to make first, as everytime I tun a page I keep saying "this one"!!!! By the way, I made the Molten Chocolate-Rasberry cakes from Bittersweet by Alice Medrich, and they are fantastic!! The rasberry truffles in the middle make the cake!! Try it, you'll like it!!!!

                  1. If "Big Fat Cookies" is out of print, Amazon doesn't seem to know about it.


                    I made the Super Sized Ginger Chewies and they are great, and I weighed them and got exactly 14, as the recipe stated. That recipe is available on Chow.

                    1. I made the maple cranberry oatmeal cookies last night to bring to work. After eating a couple now, the verdict in the office is that they are great. The maple flavor and especially scent really comes through. It is a cookies that screams fall to me. I did slightly modify the recipe and made them a little smaller to yield about 23 cookies rather than 15 called for in the recipe. I baked them at 350 for 16 minutes. Before baking, I also sprinkled a little kosher salt on slightly flatten tops (I was out of fleur de sel). They are a chewy cookie the next day rather than crisp or cakey. I would certainly make them again.

                      1. I made the Fudge Filled Chocolate Chip Cookies on page 119, what a disaster. They spread all over the pan, didn't hold shape at all. I have a feeling that Ms. Klivans and I don't agree on the weight of a cup of flour. I weigh my ingredients. Can anyone tell me what a cup of flour weighs when you measure flour? I really looked forward to this book, big cookies are so yummy looking and enticing. But after the disaster, I hesitate to try again and waste ingredients on recipes that may fail. Thanks!


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                        1. re: MrsM

                          One reason that could have happened, is you let the butter melt? Perhaps you delayed baking it which can somtimes cause the cookies to fall flat after rising, or not rise at all. I have had this problem when making the cookies, but fter rectifying this, they turned out fine =D. Happy baking.