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…