It's no secret that Americans like their cookies. And in many ways, cookies are a great unifier. Cookies are very sociable creatures in that they bring people together. Whether it's a snickerdoodle or a chocolate chip cookie, it's rare to see somebody turn down a little sugary disc of yumminess (is that even a word?).
published by Rizzoli, 2011, £19.95 / $30 (US)
One Sweet Cookie by Tracey Zabar is like one big cookie swap by the great chefs from all over the US who have contributed their special cookie recipes.
The diversity of America's chefs becomes evident in the book when you see recipes for lamingtons, Hungarian crescents, and Florentines. But that's what America is - a great big melting pot of tastes and flavors. And the diverse flavors are easily adopted in the form of a cookie.
Sadly, many people opt to buy store-bought cookies as opposed to making them from scratch. I hope this book inspires people to reconnect with the joy of baking cookies. They don't have to be time consuming or fancy. As the recipes in the book show, most cookies start the same with flour, eggs and sugar. How you tart it up after that is entirely up to you.
Recipes to fill your cookie jar include:
- Lemon-Poppy Seed Linzers
- Jammy Dodgers
- Wicked Chocolate Biscotti
- Pistachio-Cherry Oatmeal Cookies
- Nonny's Mint Chocolate Chip Meringue Cookies
- Chocolate Knobs
- Quentin's Grandma's Rugelach
- Cashew Polvorones