Chocolate chip or something more exciting

For as long as I can remember, I have enjoyed baking a variety of different sweets and candies. Above all I enjoy baking and eating cookies. Nothing, in my opinion, beats a warm cookie. They can be one of the easiest and quickest deserts to make while being delectably irresistible. Recently, I discovered and fell in love with a cookbook with over 250 different cookie recipes called “The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen Cookie Lover’s Cookbook: Gooey, Chewy, Sweet & Luscious Treats,” published by Good Housekeeping.

Nothing is more unexciting to me than a cookbook without pictures. I really like to see a finished product before I attempt a new recipe and this cookbook does not disappoint. Not only are there over 250 different cookie recipes, but the majority have pictures of the end result and/or offer pictures explaining unusual instructions.

Another benefit of this cookbook is the way it is divided into eight different sections including: cookie jar favorites, brownies & fudgy bars, health-conscious cookies, holiday cookies and more. The majority of the recipes require ingredients that most novice bakers almost certainly have in their pantry or fridge, making it a great go-to book for emergencies, last minute occasions, or a late night treat. A good majority of the cookie recipe selections are easy to moderate difficulty  and they have been tested and perfected in the Good Housekeeping kitchen.

The nutritional information is included with each recipe and some contain links to how-to videos located on the Good Housekeeping website. The very beginning of the cookbook even includes useful facts and tips recounting different types of flour, chocolate, kitchen appliances needed for different cookie baking processes. Next time you are looking for a quick or new recipe for cookies, shortbreads, brownies, or more complex cookies, come check out or place a hold on the “Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen Cookie Lover’s Cookbook” here at the Princeton Public Library.

Flickr photo courtsey of Klara Kim.

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