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Baking Illustrated: Chapter 8: Cookies and Brownies (BAKE8)

The Editors of Cook's Illustrated Magazine
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See also: Chapter 1 and Chapter 6.
and Mrs. Fields Cookie Book

Requiring minimal time and effort and using mostly basic ingredients, baking cookies and brownies is always a favorite baking project. But with thousands of recipes circulating, how do you know which ones are the most reliable?

Enter the good folks at America's Test Kitchen, who have painstakingly tested every recipe they could find in order to discover the perfect, most fool-proof recipe for, say, the best sugar cookies, peanut butter cookies, and of course, chocolate chip cookies.

Included here are 33 recipes from Chapter 8 of Baking Illustrated. And if you've tried our other chapter from this book, you know that this is much more than a simple recipe list -- it's more of a baking encyclopedia. The editors at Cook's Illustrated and the cooks at America's Test Kitchen have exhaustively examined every ingredient, technique, and piece of equipment. As they say in the Test Kitchen, "We make the mistakes so you don't have to." This is a baking book that works.

There's cooking and there's baking, and the two should never be confused. Good cooks are ever commendable. Good bakers, on the other hand, have something about them bigger than skill or imagination, something that reaches back to the beginning of agriculture and the first inklings of civilization. Good bakers are their own mystic society.
-- review

An indispensable, comprehensive baking reference. -- Publishers Weekly

The best instructional book on baking this reviewer has seen. -- Library Journal

Recipe list for Chapter Eight:

  • Soft and Chewy Sugar Cookies
  • Gingered Sugar Cookies
  • Sugar Cookies with Lime Essence
  • Lemon-Poppy Seed Sugar Cookies
  • Snickerdoodles
  • Thin, Crisp Chocolate Chip Cookies
  • Thick and Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies
  • Chocolate Chip Cookies with Coconut and Toasted Almonds
  • Black and White Chocolate Chip Cookies with Pecans
  • Thick and Chewy Double-Chocolate Cookies
  • Thick and Chewy Triple-Chocolate Cookies
  • Peanut Butter Cookies
  • Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies
  • Chewy Oatmeal-Raisin Cookies
  • Date Oatmeal Cookies
  • Ginger Oatmeal Cookies
  • Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies
  • Nut Oatmeal Cookies
  • Orange and Almond Oatmeal Cookies
  • Pecan Sandies
  • Almond Sandies
  • Molasses Spice Cookies
  • Molasses Spice Cookies with Dark Rum Glaze
  • Molasses Spice Cookies with Orange Essence
  • Thick and Chewy Gingerbread Cookies
  • Thin, Crisp Gingerbread Cookies
  • Hermits
  • Chewy, Fudgy Triple-Chocolate Brownies
  • Triple-Chocolate Espresso Brownies
  • Cream Cheese Brownies
  • Blondies
  • Congo Bars
  • Seven Layer Bars