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Subject: Looking for the Best Cookie Book
Date Posted: 3/10/2009 10:15 AM ET
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I really want to get a cookbook that has a whole bunch of different cookie recipes to share with friends. Does anyone know of such a book they would swear by? It doesnt have to be on PBS; I just want a title to be on the lookout for. Thanks!

Date Posted: 3/11/2009 2:04 PM ET
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I swear by the  Martha Stewart " Holiday Cookies"  magazine   It has over 100 cookie recipes... I have tried a whole bunch and they were all "YUMMY"

Date Posted: 3/16/2009 7:02 PM ET
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I use a lot of different cookbooks but I  would not give up my BETTY CROCKER COOKY BOOK that was published way back in 1963.  You can't go wrong with that one.  There is a great selection of all kinds of different cookies and every one that I have tried from it has been a hit.    I checked here and while there is a wishlist for the same book that was reproduced in 2002.  #0764566377 with the same original cover.   

Date Posted: 3/21/2009 2:23 PM ET
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I dont really have a Favorite Cookie recipe book - but you might try doing a search on Rachel Rays Books or Paula Deens books.

Maybe they might have some good cookie books?

Date Posted: 3/23/2009 5:33 PM ET
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Check out the link above to my post in the book bazaar. I have some really great cookie cookbooks available! Thanks!

Date Posted: 3/23/2009 10:39 PM ET
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Paula Deen would be a great place to look...however R. Ray will tell you that she does NOT bake, so I don't know how far you will get with that.  I'm finding more and more when I need a recipe that before I go searching through all the cookbooks I go on line and do a search through any of the search engines for what ever it is I'm looking for i.e. chocolate chip cookie recipe...and can find 1,000's of posted recipes.  From there its really just a matter of deciding which I want to try.

I've started my own cookbook in a 3 ring binder with plastic page protectors for the printed recipes.  more and more that is where I end up going when I need soemthing.  For recipes I find in mags and such...I tape them to loose leaf binder paper and then put them in a sleeve in the binder. Since little goes in there until I've tried them, I know I am always going to proven recipes which is helpful when time is tight or the in-laws are coming to dinner and things have to be right.

Date Posted: 3/24/2009 2:37 PM ET
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Check out the Great American Cookie Cookbook.  It's put out by Publications International, LTD.  I really like it!

Date Posted: 3/24/2009 3:20 PM ET
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I have the Martha Stewart COOKIES cookbook and love it. The only problem is that it's a little too addictive! My favorite feature is that there's a table of contents in the front with a small picture of each individual cookie, so you can go through the little pictures to flag which recipes might interest you.

They've all tasted good so far, but the household favorites are the chocolate black pepper cookies and the espresso ganache bites. Yum!

Date Posted: 3/29/2009 12:09 AM ET
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I have to agree with Diane M with BETTY CROCKER COOKY BOOK from 1963.

When I was a kid, my Mom used to make almost every cookie in the book. There are no bad recipes in the entire book - they're all delicious!

As a wedding present, she found a copy in a used book store for me. I still have it (sorry, not swapping it).

Date Posted: 4/4/2009 1:53 PM ET
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If you ask me, the definitive cookie book is "The Complete Cookie Jar" by Gregg Gillespie. It has 1001 recipes for every type of cookie you can think of: biscuits, bars, drops, crescents, snaps and squares. It's a massive book (1,023 pages, although the pages are only about 4-1/2" x 6") with a photo of each cookie!   With this one book, I was able to get rid of all the others.

Date Posted: 5/19/2009 10:37 AM ET
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Thanks so much everyone! Ill probably request as many books as I can, steal the recipes I want, and then repost them. Thats why I love this site! :) Terri, the binder idea is great. I know friends who do the same. I better see if I have an empty binder laying around the house.

If you think of any more, post away! Yummy delicious cookies! :D

Date Posted: 5/20/2009 12:02 AM ET
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Sunset's Cookies Step-By Step Techniques is a rather slim book but it has a nice variety of recipes in all the various cookie catagories. The photos are very attractive. There are quite a few copies available here. I agree the Gillespie book is very complete. 365 Favorite Brand Name Cookie Recipes is a nice book. The recipes must be good for the companies to put their names on the recipes.

My husband collects cookie books and he has forty four regular size cookbooks and lots of booklet sized ones. There sure are a lot out there to choose from.

Subject: Taste of Home Best Loved Cookies and Bars
Date Posted: 6/17/2009 12:11 AM ET
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Taste of Home has some of the best cookie cookbooks I've found.  You might try:




Hope this helps....



Date Posted: 3/9/2010 12:44 AM ET
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Bumping this a bit to report my own findings:

- Hershey's Chocolate Cookbook is okay. It's got a nice variety but it's pretty blah.

- 201 Brownies and Bars I'm reposting now because it too is blah.

- The Taste of Home Baking Book was given to me for Christmas and I love it so far! I'm gonna go far with that one!

- I was also given Baking with Julia for Christmas. I have not had much time to delve into that but I am looking forward to it.

- The Great American Cookie Cookbook is filled with hundreds of recipes and is another keeper!

Thanks for all the posts and suggestions, guys! I really appriciate it!

Date Posted: 3/18/2010 5:37 PM ET
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I own a cookbook store, and there's no question that the Betty Crocker Cooky Book is the most popular, followed closely by any number of Mrs. Fields' cookie books.

But one that I REALLY like is called The Little Big Cookies Book by Pamela Egan. It has 975 pages of cookie recipes (one per page), each with its own picture on the facing page, and my customers report back that they're delighted with it.

I currently have one copy in stock. Check it out at http://www.cookbooksplus.com.


Subject: we love cookies at my house
Date Posted: 3/21/2010 2:46 PM ET
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Taste of Home Cookies. I bought this last year and it is wondeful. Over 600 different recipes. Check out Amazon--the price is about $12.