Magazine article Sunset

Will This Settle the Chocolate Chip Cooky Debate?

Magazine article Sunset

Will This Settle the Chocolate Chip Cooky Debate?

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Just released, Cookies: Step-by-Step Techniques (Lane Publishing Co., Menlo Park, Calif., 1985; $5.95) is a comprehensive and well-chosen collection of new and traditional favorites, party treats, and holiday ideas. The 96-page cook book, by the editors of Sunset Books and Sunset Magazine, is a splendid resource for good cooks looking for good cooky recipes, and for newer cooks who will find the step-by-step directions featured in the 84 color illustrations a reassuring guide to success. Opening remarks give some pertinent thoughts on how to store cookies.

The chapters are divided mostly by techniques--drop, bar, hand-molded, cut-out, icebox--and each opens with a dramatic, full-page color picture that is a sampler of the recipes to come. Among special mini-chapters tucked here and there, one gives information on the best cookies to mail and includes postal requirements.

Next are the easy-to-make bar cookies, then hand-molded cookies, sure to please those who enjoy the shaping as much as the baking. Cut-out and specialty cookies make sure of tools: cutters, presses, irons. Simple icebox cookies come next, followed by wholesome cookies made with hearty flours, seeds, and fruits.

The holiday chapter taps techniques from throughout the book. Old favorites mingle with cookies suited for tradition.

From the first chapter on drop cookies comes this quintessential chocolate chip recipe, with a variation that uses coconut and mecadamia nuts.

Chocolate Chip Cookies at Their Best 1 cup (1/2 lb.) butter or margarine, at room temperature 1/2 cup solid vegetable shortening 1-1/3 cups granulated sugar 1 cup firmly packed brown sugar 4 large eggs 1 tablespoon vanilla 1 teaspoon lemon juice 3 cups all-purpose flour 2 teaspoons baking soda 1-1/2 teaspoons salt 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon (optional) 1/2 cup rolled oats 2 large packages (12 oz. …

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