A cookie is the kind of treat that is good for any occasion. You can bake them for an afternoon snack, bring a plate to a holiday dinner or serve them at a birthday party. They’re versatile and crowd pleasing. One thing that many people fail to realize, however, is just how versatile cookies are because there are almost an unlimited number of flavors that you can pack into a cookie to make them unique as well as delicious. In The Daily Cookie: 365 Tempting Treats for the Sweetest Year of Your Life, author Anna Ginsberg – who many of you may know from her blog, Cookie Madness – has put together a collection of cookie recipes that are perfect for every day of the year. In fact, there is one recipe for every day of the year.
The recipes are listed by date, rather than by category, and each date is pared with a holiday, occasion or other event that inspired the cookie recipe for that date. For instance, March 14th is National Potato Chip Day and the recipe paired with it is Potato Chip Cookies. It’s a lot of fun to read what eery date is, as well as reading the recipes. The format is great because it is very different from other cookbooks and really makes you take notice of more unique recipes – rather than flipping through yet another chapter of chocolate chip cookie recipes in another cookbook looking for one to catch your eye. It is very different to choose a cookie recipe by date rather than by ingredients (they’re also listed by pan size, yield and in a complete index at the back of the book), but you’ll find a lot more new recipes this way. And, of course, you will always have a reason to bake a batch of cookies.
The recipes are easy to read, with ingredients listed both by weight and by volume. The ingredients are all things that you’ll be able to find at the local grocery store, if you don’t already have them in your pantry. There is also a photo of each and every cookie recipe in the book, so you have a clear idea of what the cookies you are making will look like when they’re done (and which ones look good enough to make next!). And there are also many helpful tips printed along with the recipes that will make your baking go a lot more smoothly, from tips about the best choice for chocolate in a recipe to recipes that work well with whole wheat flour, for a slightly healthier option. There is literally something for everyone in this book, in addition to there being something for every single day of the year.