Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Martha Stewart's Cookies

Yesterday I was lucky enough to get a copy of Martha Stewart's Cookies: The Very Best Treats to Bake and to Share. I some times have mixed feelings about Martha but I really enjoyed her holiday cookie magazine she had the year before last. Her book is very similar: cookies divided into categories like "crisp and crunchy", "light and delicate", "crumbly and sandy", "chunky and nutty", and "rich and dense", cooking baking tips and fun ways to package cookies to give as gifts. There really is a cookie for everyone and the instructions are clear and concise-no thousand step cookie here. The most involved ones are chocolate covered cookies (she has some homemade versions of thin mints and Mallomars cookies that look great) or the ones that need special equipment like the springerle or bratseli cookies. Beyond those there is a great range of cookies, everything from orange-cardamon madeleines to alfajores de dulce de leche and classics like snickerdoodles and double chocolate brownies. The pictures are beautiful and inspiring.