The Ultimate Chocolate Cookie Book
Front Chocolate Melties to Whoopie Pies, Chocolate Biscotti to Black and Whites, with Dozens of Chocolate Chip Cookies and Hundreds More by Bruce Weinstein and Mark Scarbrough
The Ultimate Chocolate Cookie Book is another installment in the Ultimate series, one that began with The Ultimate Ice Cream Book and has continued through various incarnations, including party drinks, candy, shrimp, brownies, potatoes, and muffins. Chocolate cookies are a natural next step in this parade of America’s favorite fun foods, all fast yet homey.
Like the other ultimate books, this one presents a series of base recipes arranged alphabetically: Almond Coconut Cookies, Banana Chocolate Chip Cook-ies, etc. Most of the base recipes are followed by variations, usually an added or substituted ingredient or two: a little mint extract, some white chocolate chips, things like that. A few cookies are such classics, or the dough is so delicate, that variations proved impossible. These we’ve let stand on their own. But in the end, our notion for the Ultimate books holds true even here: we give you recipes you can customize to your personal taste—or style.
All hints and notations aside, the joy of baking is the joy of the unexpected. It’s an organic process, like life: you get what you make and what’s been made of it. And that’s enough of a reason to bake up a batch of cookies. Besides eating them, of course.
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