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November/December 2010 Baking Cookbook of the Month: Maida Heatter's COOKIES [ANY] and READY FOR DESSERT

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smtucker Oct 31, 2010 08:41 PM

Welcome to the general discussion thread for the November/December 2010 Baking Cookbook of the month featuring Maider Heatter's COOKIES, regardless of source, and READY FOR DESSERT: My Best Recipes by David Lebovitz.

We will use this thread for discussion of equipment, ingredients and any other issues related to this BCTOM.

If you are new to the Cookbook of the Month, the COTM [savory] archive thread explains how this all works:
http://www.chow.com/cookbook_of_the_m...

Here is a list of all the previous baking COTM threads, kindly assembled by the Dairy Queen here: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/7351...

The Baking Cookbook of The Month is open to anyone who wants to participate. Simply bake something, and tell us how it went. To post a full-lenth review of any recipe, please select the appropriate thread below:

READY FOR DESSERT: Cakes
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/744135

READY FOR DESSERT: Pies, Tarts and Fruit Desserts
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/744136

READY FOR DESSERT: Custards, Souffl├ęs and Puddings
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/744137

READY FOR DESSERT: Cookies and Candies
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/744138

READY FOR DESSERT: Basic Sauces and Preserves
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/744139

Maida Heatter's COOKIES: Drop and Icebox
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/744130

Maida Heatter's COOKIES: Hand Formed and Bar
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/744131

Maida Heatter's COOKIES: Rolled
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/744132

Maida Heatter's COOKIES: Macroons, Tartlets, Crackers, Biscotti, Zweiback, Et Cetera
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/744133

To review discussions from earlier threads, you can take a look at these related threads:
Post-Vote Discussion: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/741445
Nomination Discussion: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/738996

Finally, the Chowhound Team has asked me to remind you that verbatim copying of recipes to the boards is a violation of the copyright of the original author. Posts with copied recipes will be removed.

Happy baking!

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  1. pitu RE: smtucker Nov 3, 2010 08:58 AM

    The "Look Inside" feature on Amazon is useful if you only have earlier Lebovitz books. Some of the greatest hits are in Ready For Dessert, like the fresh ginger cake.

    1. Caitlin McGrath RE: smtucker Nov 5, 2010 03:04 PM

      I bought an extremely cheap used copy of Heatter's Book of Great Cookies, and in flipping through it, found myself charmed by a post-it note on one of the recipes in a child's handwriting which reads, "Can I make? Please, please, please? We have all the ingredients too?" Whomever s/he is, I hope s/he got to make Dutch Chocolate Bars (p. 83). The recipe looks delicious, too, so I may have to try: a shortbready base with oatmeal and pecans, topped with a cakey chocolate layer.

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        The Dairy Queen RE: Caitlin McGrath Nov 5, 2010 04:22 PM

        Oh, that's so sweet! Maybe s/he is all grown up and posting among us!

        They do sound delicious. I might have to make them.

        ~TDQ

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          dkennedy RE: The Dairy Queen Nov 5, 2010 06:49 PM

          I am very excited about my birthday coming this year (end of November). Among my presents is my much anticipated copy of Ready for Dessert! I will start posting soon after.

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            smtucker RE: dkennedy Nov 5, 2010 07:01 PM

            Happy Birthday!

            To stay on topic, I went to make some oatmeal cookies tonight, to eat with the freshly made applesauce, and was shocked to find NO OATMEAL in the pantry. Every other grain known to man, but no oatmeal.

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              oakjoan RE: smtucker Nov 5, 2010 09:14 PM

              Yeah, somehow quinoa cookies or rice flake cookies just don't sound right.

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                geminigirl RE: oakjoan Nov 8, 2010 04:33 AM

                Which reminds me I do want to try and make altons lentil cookies that someone posted, it has peaked my curiosity, plus I have a ton of lentils to use up...

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                  blue room RE: geminigirl Nov 8, 2010 04:56 AM

                  I just looked up and read that lentil cookie recipe
                  http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/al...

                  Be sure to post about how that goes, if you try it!

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                    The Dairy Queen RE: blue room Nov 8, 2010 06:37 AM

                    Huh, normally I'm not a fan of lentils, but I'm almost willing to try that lentil cookie recipe. Kind of reminds me of the black bean brownie recipe that's been circulating around weight watchers for years.

                    http://www.101cookbooks.com/archives/...

                    ~TDQ

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                      blue room RE: The Dairy Queen Nov 8, 2010 07:23 AM

                      Haha-- I love the 1st comment under that recipe-- "You're scaring me."

                      Lentil cookies and black bean brownies-- I wonder how much healthier they really are-- researchable, I know--too lazy--
                      I suppose fiber is added--but agave syrup/nectar is fructose--?

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                        The Dairy Queen RE: blue room Nov 8, 2010 07:54 AM

                        It just depends on how much butter or sugar are in the brownie recipe you would normally use and whether this recipe uses less than that, but, yes, agave nectar is just a different kind of sweetener. That Heidi Swanson recipe isn't really the WW recipe, just one that reminded me of it.

                        ~TDQ

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        shakkar RE: smtucker Dec 6, 2010 09:12 AM

        I havent tried making any of her cookies , but she is my Fav for cake recipes.

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          Delucacheesemonger RE: shakkar Dec 19, 2010 08:12 AM

          Her cookies work just as perfectly as her cakes. The biscotti recipes in MH Best Dessert Book Ever has been a standard of mine even when l was catering. Only change was candied orange rind in chocolate biscotti recipe. She is the BOMB

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            walker RE: Delucacheesemonger Dec 23, 2010 07:53 PM

            Can you paraphrase the biscotti recipe here? I tried "a" recipe for this once and it didn't come out right...I'd like to try again.

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              dkennedy RE: walker Jan 4, 2011 06:35 AM

              Does anyone know if we will be having a Baking COTM on a regular basis. I can't seem to find a link for the next monthly selection. Was this just a seasonal addition?

              1. re: dkennedy
                Caitlin McGrath RE: dkennedy Jan 4, 2011 01:06 PM

                It was a seasonal addition for the holidays. There was a Dessert COTM for a while, but it died out due to lack of participation.

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                  The Dairy Queen RE: Caitlin McGrath Jan 4, 2011 01:13 PM

                  All of those good intentions we all always have...

                  ~TDQ

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                    dkennedy RE: The Dairy Queen Jan 4, 2011 07:20 PM

                    Oh, that's too bad. Well, at least I can keep baking from these two books and continue to post. Thank you for the info.

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                Delucacheesemonger RE: walker Jan 4, 2011 02:13 PM

                nuts toasted first, sweetness from honey, lots of pepper and ginger; cocoa and El Rey chocolate and candied orange rind, bake for 45 min at 350 degrees. turning half way through; Slice them long and gracefully and bake another 35 minutes. If you want the exact recipe, just email me on my info page

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