"Today I will live in the moment, unless it's unpleasant, in which case I will eat a cookie."- Cookie Monster
It's National Cookie Day, and I have nothing to offer you. I am completely unprepared. My previous two posts are about cookies, so you can go here or here . I promise I will be posting more cookies in the very near future.
A day just to celebrate cookies seems like a good idea to me. In spite of my fancy pastry chef training learning how to make mousses, creams, tortes, tarts and gateaux, the simple and humble cookie has always been the sweet that captures my heart the most. A small cookie is portable, no utensils are needed to consume it and the mere sight of a cookie makes even the most jaded among us smile in delight. I think most of us harbor a child-like love for cookies because it is the one treat that reminds us so much of home and childhood. Everyone I know has that one special favorite cookie, their version of Proust's madeleine. One bite and it's as if a time machine has swept us away to another place and time.
So since I don't have a recipe ready to share with you today, I will offer you some links to places to find excellent cookie options and some of my favorites from other people as well. Martha Stewart Living magazine is celebrating 25 years in publication. Wow! She has shared some great cookies over the years. This month they are sharing 25 of their favorite recipes here. I can personally vouch for the rugelach, the chewy chocolate gingerbread and the peppermint meringues. Take a look and see which ones catch your eye.
You can't go wrong with a recipe from Ina Garten, The Barefoot Contessa. Every recipe I have ever tried of hers has been wonderful. Her recipes are completely reliable and delicious every time. Of her cookies I can recommend the Pecan Shortbread, Chocolate White Chocolate chunk Cookies and her Ultimate Ginger Cookie. If you are a food Network fan, you can sign up for their 12 days of Cookie newsletter to get even more tasty options delivered right to your in-box here.
This is my favorite sugar cookie recipe. I have been using this one for as long as I can remember. They come out great. The creator of this recipe, cookbook legend Nancy Baggett, also has a recipe for a wonderful melt-in your mouth glazed lemon cookie.
This Pecan Caramel Surprise Cookie from Rachel Ray is crazy good. You must try it!
Lastly this Chocolate Truffle Cookie originally published in the now defunct Gourmet Magazine is a chocoholics dream come true bite. Make extra! At Christmas time I love to decorate the tops of these cookies with Royal icing wreaths to add a festive touch and a pop of color to my cookie tray.
Well I hope that gets you started. Share your favorite cookie recipes as well! One can never have too many great cookie recipes!