Cookies are my absolute favorite thing to bake.
I can’t remember what age I began baking, but it was pretty early in life. My dad loves cookies, and I love my dad, so I would bake him cookies often enough to keep the cookie jar full. I started out by following recipes, and little by little, I would exchange this ingredient for that, and add a little bit of this to see what happened.
While I love making the classic cookies, I also enjoy cookies that are interesting, mostly ones that have an atypical combination of ordinary ingredients. Especially if they involve chocolate.
Cookie Love by Mindy Segal is a cookbook all about cookies- drop cookies, shortbreads, sandwich cookies, egg white cookies, twice-baked cookies, bars- they are all in there! Not only does she include recipes, but she gives away some of her tricks, hints, and tool recommendations to producing perfectly delicious cookies.
All of the cookies she makes in this book are gorgeous and interesting. Lemon Goat-Butter Tea Cakes, Graham Cracker and Passion Fruit Whoopie Cookies, and Smokey Bacon Candy Bar Cookies (oh yes, she went there!) are just a few of the cookies that I thought looked delicious!
Being a more common-ingredient kind of girl, I found that most of the recipes included items that I hadn’t really heard of (muscovado sugar, bacon-chocolate candy bars, passion fruit puree, valrhona dulcey, smoked sugar), so I must admit that, while all of these cookies sound AMAZING, they aren’t really ones I’m interested in making at this point in my life. I have little desire to spend my days dragging 2 little ones around from store to store looking for mystery ingredients. 🙂
But, if you’re up for something new, love to bake, and have some time to explore the underworld of speciality grocery stores, then this is a fantastic cookbook for you!
Thanks to Blogging for Books for this complimentary cookbook in exchange for my honest review!