Serious Eats: Sweets
Bake the Book: 'The Cookiepedia'
Even the most hardcore bakers tend to retire their cookie sheets for the summer in favor of more seasonal pies and cobblers, but now since we've crossed over into unofficial fall territory, it's time to let the cookie baking commence. For our latest edition of Bake the Book we're cracking open Stacy Adimando's newly minted cookie companion, The Cookiepedia, a spiral-bound guide to cookies both classic and reinvented.
Within the brightly colored and adorably illustrated pages of The Cookiepedia, you'll find a concise guide to the ABCs of cookie baking—including an artillery of useful cookie baking tools, a demystifying glossary of baking terms, and handful of tricks to make for cookies that look as lovely as they taste. Adimando has created a wonderfully usable book with chapters broken down into cookie classifications: buttery, chocolaty, fancy, fruity, spicy, and nutty and seedy, so that satisfying your cookie-baking craving is as simple as deciding whether you're in the mood for a Sable (a French cookie firmly planted in the buttery territory), a spicy Cardamom Cookie, or pinenutty Pignoli.
For the next two weeks we're going to be baking our way through The Cookiepedia testing out sweet-and-salty Everything-but-the-Kitchen-Sink Cookies filled with chocolate chips, coconut, potato chips, and pretzels; pressing out Mint Thins, a make-at-home take on the Girl Scout classic; and rolling out Green Tea Cookies into the shape of delicate leaves.
Win 'The Cookiepedia'
Thanks to the generous folks over at Quirk Books, we are giving away five (5) copies of The Cookiepedia over the next two weeks.
All you have to do is tell us about the a batch of cookies that you've recently baked in the comments section below.