July 17, 2008

I Like Cookies

It has taken me far longer to write this post than I originally thought it would because every time I think I’m finally going to do it, I realize I’ve made another cookie and have to download the pics from my camera before I can complete the post.

Well it’s gotten to the point where it doesn’t matter that there are Peanut Butter Brownie pictures still on my camera, they will just have to wait until another day, this post must be written, the people must know more about this book! Actually, it shouldn’t be new to you anymore, I mentioned it here and wrote a review for in on Paper Palate, the book is Martha Stewart’s Cookies and it’s fantastic!

Since getting this book I’ve become seriously addicted to cookie making. It’s just so instantly gratifying. I can't stop at one cookie when there are 175 different recipes in this book, just waiting to be sampled.

What could be easier? I throw some ingredients in a bowl, mix it up, scoop it onto a tray, pop it in the oven and in no time at all I have a wonderful scent wafting through my little apartment and gifts for the people at work, (or my stomach or people on the street or anyone who will let me force cookies upon them at large).

Do you doubt me? Shame on you, I’m the same person who has 60 blog posts devoted to Dorie Greenspan. When I find something I like, I really like it. My motto is Go Big or Go Home for crying out loud! I’m currently hooked on cookies and I need to keep making more to survive. So what have I made so far?

Iced Oatmeal Applesauce Cookies, Lemon-Poppy Seed Crisps, Banana Walnut Chocolate Chunk Cookies, Turtle Brownies, Cigarettes Russes, Dark Chocolate Cookies with Sour Cherries, White Chocolate Chunk Cookies, Butterscotch Cashew Blondies, Milk Chocolate Cookies, Double Chocolate Brownies and Ne Plus Ultra Cookies.

Did I really make all those? Yes I did. And I’ve also made the Peanut Butter Brownies and am about to make the Earl Grey Cookies. No wonder I’m broke. Good grief! Is there a support line for this sort of thing? 1-800-PUT-THE-BUTTER-DOWN perhaps? With my luck it’s probably a 900 number and would cost me something absurd like $9.99/minute and I’d become addicted to that too. Ugh.

Martha’s not worried about my addictions though, she feeds into them by doing things like dividing her cookie book into categories such as Light and Delicate, Soft and Chewy, Crumbly and Sandy, Chunky and Nutty, Cakey and Tender, Crisp and Crunchy and Rich and Dense and then providing pictures for each cookie on top of that!

She’s got every angle covered, a cookie for every craving! But I’d be lying if I said I didn’t play favourites. I’m trying to be fair and make cookies from every section, but I have a particular affinity for some categories more than others. Now if only I could combine Soft, Chewy, Chunky, Nutty, Rich and Dense I’d have the ultimate cookie… That’s a challenge for you Martha.

The challenge for me will be not to use up the world’s supply of butter while I bake my way through the rest of this book. I think it’s time I bought a cow so I can make my own. I’m sure my neighbours won’t mind the occasional moo…

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34 comments:

Clumbsy Cookie said...

Ok Guess I'll have one of each then!

Y said...

I know what you mean about baking cookies being like instant gratification. Nothing wrong with that occasionally though! What an amazing collection of cookies you have baked so far! I'm scared to ask if you plan to make every single recipe from the book :D

LyB said...

I like cookies too! Hey, I'll email you my address, you can send your surplus my way. :)

Cookie baker Lynn said...

OK, you've got me talked into it. I've got to get my hands on that book!

Manggy said...

Hahaha! The world's supply of butter! At least you are aware! I sometimes shock myself that I run out of butter from time to time. omg, I really consumed that much?!

Your cookie parade is fantastic, I feel like I'm at a yummy bake sale and I want one (or more...) of each!

Peabody said...

Send the cashew blondies over to me...ASAP! Swoon.

Patricia Scarpin said...

Well, Bri, I though I was recovering from my cookie addiction, but you are not helping at all!! :)
These are wonderful. There are 2 I have tried already, but the others will go to my list!

Ann said...

Good God, woman! I can help you with this addiction by taking receipt of your packages of cookies weekly. :-)

Dhanggit said...

i adore cookies..if only i could have all of them that would be great!!

Maria said...

I have browsed through Martha's book but I haven't tried any recipes yet. I guess I better get going! Your cookies look fabulous! I hope you have lots of milk in your fridge:)

foodiemama said...

where is the recipe to the banana cookies?

Katie B. said...

Holy cow, Bri! That's a lot of cookies!!! Save some butter for the rest of us! :)

Deborah said...

I am so in love with this book. But I haven't made it nearly as far as you - I've only made 3 recipes so far. I have a lot to go!

Trish said...

Which one was your favorite? The iced oatmeal applesauce look intriguing!

Emiline said...

I can't believe you baked all of those cookies! That's craziness.

I like all of them. That blondies with cashews caught my eye, in particular.

Cookies are so awesome. I think they're my favorite thing to bake.

thecoffeesnob said...

Oh my. I feel like i just died and went to cookie heaven. I'm so tempted to get that cookie back right now.

Robin Sue said...

What a great collection of cookies. Beautiful pictures too. I am interested in hearing how the Earl Grey Cookies come out, I love Earl Grey...

katiez said...

Back when I was gainfully employed, in an office with other humans, I could bake cookies. I had a place to take the bulk of them. Now I have to eat them all myself (well, me and mon mari). It's best for the waistline if I exercise restraint. You are not making it very easy... They all look wonderful!

Katie said...

Yum! All of those cookies look so tempting. I love your blog!

Zen Chef said...

Oh my God, you've been busy baking all these goodies! I'm like clumbsy cookie, i want to sample one of each! :-)

Hey, leave me some butter okay!? ;)

Flanboyant Eats said...

you should open up a cookie shop! nothing but cookies!

Mrs. L said...

I think I need to open that book and start baking! Those all look and sound yummy.

White On Rice Couple said...

Wow, I thought I liked cookies too until I started salivating over all your pics!
Now i really would LOVE on of your cookies right now! See what you did to me?! ;)

Fruit tart said...

Oh, yum! I like cookies that are soft, chewy, and dense too. Seems like you'll find the perfect cookie sooner or later in your baking addiction!

jilcov said...

So what have I made so far? Iced Oatmeal Applesauce Cookies, Lemon-Poppy Seed Crisps, Banana Walnut Chocolate Chunk Cookies, Turtle Brownies, Cigarettes Russes, Dark Chocolate Cookies with Sour Cherries, White Chocolate Chunk Cookies, Butterscotch Cashew Blondies, Milk Chocolate Cookies, Double Chocolate Brownies and Ne Plus Ultra Cookies

Marilyn (Simmer Till Done) said...

Hi, Brilynn - you do have a cookie problem, my friend, but it is a delicious problem to have. Those Cigarette Russes are so lovely, I can just feel them shatter now. Nice post!

Jeanine said...

Wow!! You have an addiction, but it's a good one. Those cookies all look FANTASTIC!! I take it that book is really, really good!! Wonderful pictures too, nearly licked the screen with a few of those cookies! :)

Kristen said...

Girl, you've been busy :) Every single one of these look delish.

Kevin said...

So many great looking cookies!

Katie said...

You sure do like cookies. I think we might need to start a Bakers Anonymous. Or get government subsidies for baking supplies. In any event all of these look great!

My Sweet & Saucy said...

I can't believe all these cookies! Each one looks soooo good!

ejm said...

What?? No peanut butter cookies? (I know; the peanut butter brownies are in the camera....) Cigarettes Russes are all very well, but I repeat, no peanut butter cookies?

-Elizabeth

Stephanie said...

Iced oatmeal apple cookie?! Yummmmm, they look so cute!

Claire said...

Butterscotch cashew chews...oh my! That sounds wonderful.