The best cookie cookbook ever!

Have you ever picked up a book, flipped through it briefly, gotten hooked by a picture or paragraph, and realized you needed to read this book… like now? Only, because of other

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The *Best* cookie cookbook ever!

obligations – like fixing dinner for the family – you have to put it down to wait until those more pressing needs are taken care of. You have? So you know the feeling I’m talking about. The book, laying on the table, waiting for you. You can see it, you know it’s there, calling to you, beckoning you to pick it up, enticing you to peruse the pages, to be captured in the text or pictures. It takes all your willpower to keep at the appointed task (silly people and their need for food!), and avoid the temptation of that book. Then, finally you’ve finished dinner, and have clear time available for curling up with that wonderfully enticing tome that has been waiting so patiently. You dive in, thoroughly enthralled, and before you know it, you’ve finished the book. Now, has that ever happened with a cookbook?

It did just this week for me. I received my copy of Chewy Gooey Crispy Crunchy Melt-in-Your-Mouth Cookies by Alice Medrich, and couldn’t wait (but had to because of dinner preparations) to read it. When I finally got the chance, to read it, I was hooked. There are so many wonderful recipes in this book, including some wheat-free versions that sound just as tempting as their wheat-full cousins, and variations on the themes of many of the recipes. The recipe portion of the book is divided into sections: Crispy, Crunchy, Chunky, Chewy, Gooey, Flaky, and Melt-in-Your-Mouth; making it easy to narrow down what type of cookie you’ll be wanting to make. Also in the book are the author’s whys and wherefores – how and why she does things to make sure that her recipes turn out every time. The ingredients section is beneficial as well, for those who might not be familiar with the various flours, sugars, chocolates (just to name a few) used in the recipes. There’s even a resource section for some of the harder to acquire ingredients (like the India Tree naturally colored sugars and food colorings).

I was so inspired after reading this book, that I decided I’m going to try a different recipe each week. My family has very kindly volunteered themselves to be guinea pigs (way to take one for the team guys!) to taste-test all the cookies I make from the book… and all the rest of the recipes that I decide to run past them. 🙂 Look for the run down on the testing and pictures of the results in the coming weeks, starting next week with the Gooey section recipe for Very Tangy Lemon Bars 2.0. My husband is a huge fan of lemon bars, so I’m sure he’ll make the tremendous sacrifice {insert overly dramatic back of hand resting on forehead here} and try these out. You see how my family loves me? 😉

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