COOOOOOKIES! As Justin would say. Typing that many O’s doesn’t seem to have the same effect as when he dramatically says it, but hopefully, it gets the point across.
Justin is a cookie monster, literally. I have never seen him say no or turn down a perfectly good cookie. They just happen to be my favorite dessert to make. It is a great situation all around (and don’t get me wrong, I love cookies too ;)).
Now I love a creative baking challenge or a recipe that is a little more involved: pies, crepe cakes and lately I have been really interested in cakes, specifically decorating cakes. However, none will ever hold a finger to cookies. Here is the thing, cookies are simple to make. You usually have most if not all of the ingredients to make on hand, there are thousands of different recipes to choose from and it takes relatively no time to whip up a batch. Now there is the whole chill the dough after mixing before baking thing…..I use to never follow that suggestion. I mean who has time to wait for them to chill when it is 9:00 pm and the movie is getting ready to start…NO ONE! Recently though I have turned a new leaf, more so in experimenting to see if it really makes a difference or not.
That experiment was really spurred on by this cookbook. I have been following Sally’s Baking Addiction blog for years (if you enjoy baking, stop right now and go follow, you won’t regret!). I can honestly say I have never made a bad thing from her blog (Greek Yogurt Lemon Bars, Brown Butter Pound Cake, Salted Dark Chocolate Cookies, and even treats for Rex are just some of the things I have made). I have Sally to thank for the introduction to all things brown butter and it’s life-changing flavor (shout out to Brown Butter Rice Krispie Bars!). What I enjoy most about her blog and why I continue to read and follow is her explanation of each recipe. Not everyone may care about this, which is totally fine, but baking is a science and I am super impressed by her explanations of WHY she did what she did. WHY you need to use certain ingredients and certain amounts and WHY NOT to use others. She has made each recipe multiple times until it is perfected and she takes you along each step explaining what worked and what didn’t work. I appreciate that and it takes a lot of time and effort. For someone who is logical, likes structure, plans and everything to makes sense….Sally hits all those points for me!
She has published several cookbooks but this summer she released a presale for her Sally’s Cookie Addiction Cookbook and I immediately ordered! I have always had a love for real-hold-in-your-hand-and-get-the-pages-dirty cookbooks. My mom used them all the time growing up and you could always tell our most loved recipe by if it has food splatters and spills all over it. I knew I would enjoy this one for years and didn’t hesitate when pre-ordering. It was hard to wait a couple months for it though….Justin thought so too (kidding).
I received it last month and immediately went to baking. I think this will be one that I can bake my way through the whole book. The design is beautiful, pages are laid out in an easy to read fashion, pictures are gorgeous (most important things for me), a variety of recipes and flavors, easy to understand directions and of course very thorough explanation of how to make each recipe. She even goes over the importance of chilling the dough before baking (all of the recipes require chilling) and Sally tells you how you can prep and freeze each recipe, which is incredible. Lately (well since I have been on a cookie frenzy) I will make a batch of dough, scoop onto baking sheet, freeze till solid then store the frozen balls of dough in a freezer safe gallon ziplock and keep in the freezer until needed (needed is such a relative term…). That way when the craving strikes late on a Friday night or we are going somewhere I need to bring something, I can just reach in the freezer and pop them in the oven and have fresh cookies in less than 15 minutes. I highly recommend trying that. You get the best of both worlds: the benefits of chilling the dough AND not having to wait for the chilling when a cookie craving hits.
So far I have made the Coffee Toffee Shortbread, Midnight Brownie Cookies, Pecan Turtle Cookie Bars, Lemon Burst Cookies, Favorite Oatmeal Raisin Cookies & White Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies (featured on the blog, not a cookbook, but I had them made already so why not throw them in the mix). My favorite of all of the so far honestly is probably the Midnight Brownie Cookies and I am not even a big chocolate or brownie person! They are DELICIOUS and taste just like a homemade brownie but in cookie form. Justin has been getting the Pecan Turtle Bars out of the freezer every night just for one bite, so they are definitely a clear winner for him. I have made the Lemon Burst cookies for a couple people and events (bonus recipe not included in the actual book) and to my surprise, they have been my most raved about and requested cookie the past couple months. You cant go wrong with any really.
You can purchase at a local bookstore like Barnes and Noble or let’s be real, just order of Amazon because Amazon and Prime is the best thing ever and you know it. Go give Sally a follow, get this cookbook if you’re a cookie lover and get to baking just in time for the holidays!! I know I have already gotten a head start. Happy baking friends!
**Disclaimer: I was not paid, asked or given anything to write this review. These are my honest thoughts and options. My own words and pictures were used.**