As mentioned in my profile, I am a recreational baker at best. I enjoy baking, enjoy eating baked goods, but can never guarantee my results with the oven. One day I may hear rave reviews, and the cookie jar is soon empty and in need of washing. Other days, all who come in contact with my baked goods seem to be “full,” “stuffed,” and “couldn’t eat another bite” with that same forced smile on their faces.
Yet, without fail, every time I attempt a recipe with Nancy Baggett’s The All-American Cookie Book, my cookies are uniform in size (the flattened-pancake-burnt-at the-edges look is out) and scrumptious in taste. What ensues in my household is no longer polite, forced enthusiasm, but rather a fussing of sorts over whom is entitled to the last cookie on the plate. In addition, Baggett places each cookie into a historical context which further justifies my incessant baking.
|Classic Chocolate Chip Cookie|
The All-American Cookie Book is an ideal book club choice to be accompanied with a cookie exchange for Christmas, Valentine’s Day, or simply to celebrate the cookie itself. An assortment of flavored milks- strawberry, chocolate, soy, almond- would definitely work with this snack of choice.