There are quite a few cookbooks out there that promise recipes from favorite restaurants and bakeries. Many of them deliver exactly that very well, but for others the recipes don’t translate quite as well to the home kitchen. Milk & Cookies: 89 Heirloom Recipes from New York’s Milk & Cookies Bakery is a cookbook that uses this same concept, but definitely falls into the former category. It is packed with recipes that taste like they’re bakery quality but look and feel as homey as anything your grandmother ever made.
This cookbook is one that you can really be creative with because it has a slightly unusual format. Rather than giving readers a selection of cookies to choose from, several chapters in the book set you up with recipes for basic cookie doughs and variations that can turn them into all kinds of different cookies. This makes it a great jumping off point for creating your own cookie flavor combinations – and knowing that the doughs will work with different types of add-ins and a variety of flavorings will help even novice bakers put together some new favorites. Of course, in addition to these basic doughs, there are also plenty of ideas for cookies that you won’t need to put your own spin on, so if you aren’t in the mood to try to come up with your own, there are still plenty of great ideas to choose from.
The recipes are clearly written and easy to follow along with. The thing that will really draw you in are the beautiful photographs that illustrate the book. The cookies look good enough to eat – and they all have the appeal of a homemade cookie that is fresh from the oven, so they look both accessible and very tempting. The introduction will give you plenty of tips on creating a perfect cookie dough, but it is very easy to just jump right into the chapter of your choice and start trying out the recipes for yourself.