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The all-American cookie book [electronic resource] /
Nancy Baggett.
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Boston : Houghton Mifflin, 2001.
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xvi, 395 p. : col. ill. ; 27 cm.
ISBN
0395915376
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Boston : Houghton Mifflin, 2001.
isbn
0395915376
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Licensed for access by U. of T. users.
catalogue key
12011220
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. 384-386) and index.
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Awards
This item was nominated for the following awards:
IACP Crystal Whisk Awards , USA, 2002 : Nominated
Excerpts
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ToffeeChocolate Chip Drop Cookies Makes about 30 (2 1/2 to 2 3/4 inch cookies) cookies. Up until the 1990s, if you wanted to add toffee pieces to cookies, you had to buy toffee candy and chop it up yourself. Now, a manufacturer sells bags of small bits. Though it might seem like gilding the lily, I think the toffee bits are particularly good folded into chocolate chip cookies. They add a hint of butterscotch flavor, plus a slight crunch and chew. In this recipe, they also make the dough more spreadable, which contributes to the appealing tender-crispness of these cookies. Even hard-core fans of traditional chocolate chip cookies have found this variation difficult to resist. 2 cups all-purpose white flour Scant 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon baking soda 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, slightly softened 21/2 tablespoons corn oil or other flavorless vegetable 3/4 cup packed light brown sugar 2/3 cup packed dark brown sugar 1 large egg 2 teaspoons vanilla extract 11/2 cups (9 ounces) semisweet chocolate morsels 1/2 cup Heath bar or other milk chocolate toffee bit Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Generously grease several baking sheets or coat with nonstick spray. In a medium bowl, thoroughly stir together the flour, salt, and baking soda; set aside. In a large bowl, with an electric mixer on low, then medium, speed, beat together the butter, oil, and brown sugars until well blended and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add the egg and vanilla and beat until well blended. Beat or stir in the flour mixture until evenly incorporated. Stir in the chocolate morsels and toffee bits until evenly incorporated. Drop the dough onto the baking sheets using 1/8-cup measure or coffee scoop, spacing about 2 1/2 inches apart; keep the portions as round as possible. With oiled fingertips, pat down the cookies slightly. Bake the cookies, one sheet at a time, in the upper third of the oven for 10 to 12 minutes, or until tinged with brown, slightly darker at the edges, and almost firm when pressed in the centers. Reverse the sheet from front to back halfway through baking to ensure even browning. Transfer the sheet to a wire rack and let stand until the cookies firm up slightly, 3 to 4 minutes. Using a spatula, transfer the cookies to wire racks. Let stand until completely cooled. Store in an airtight container for up to 1 week or freeze for up to 6 weeks. Copyright 2001 Nancy Baggett. Reprinted by permission of Houghton Mifflin Company.
First Chapter
Toffee–Chocolate Chip Drop Cookies

Makes about 30 (2 1/2 to 2 3/4 inch cookies) cookies.

Up until the 1990s, if you wanted to add toffee pieces to cookies, you had to buy toffee candy and chop it up yourself. Now, a manufacturer sells bags of small bits.
Though it might seem like gilding the lily, I think the toffee bits are particularly good folded into chocolate chip cookies. They add a hint of butterscotch flavor, plus a slight crunch and chew. In this recipe, they also make the dough more spreadable, which contributes to the appealing tender-crispness of these cookies.
Even hard-core fans of traditional chocolate chip cookies have found this variation difficult to resist.

2 cups all-purpose white flour Scant 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon baking soda 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, slightly softened 21/2 tablespoons corn oil or other flavorless vegetable 3/4 cup packed light brown sugar 2/3 cup packed dark brown sugar 1 large egg 2 teaspoons vanilla extract 11/2 cups (9 ounces) semisweet chocolate morsels 1/2 cup Heath bar or other milk chocolate toffee bit

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Generously grease several baking sheets or coat with nonstick spray. In a medium bowl, thoroughly stir together the flour, salt, and baking soda; set aside. In a large bowl, with an electric mixer on low, then medium, speed, beat together the butter, oil, and brown sugars until well blended and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add the egg and vanilla and beat until well blended. Beat or stir in the flour mixture until evenly incorporated. Stir in the chocolate morsels and toffee bits until evenly incorporated. Drop the dough onto the baking sheets using 1/8-cup measure or coffee scoop, spacing about 2 1/2 inches apart; keep the portions as round as possible. With oiled fingertips, pat down the cookies slightly.
Bake the cookies, one sheet at a time, in the upper third of the oven for 10 to 12 minutes, or until tinged with brown, slightly darker at the edges, and almost firm when pressed in the centers. Reverse the sheet from front to back halfway through baking to ensure even browning. Transfer the sheet to a wire rack and let stand until the cookies firm up slightly, 3 to 4 minutes. Using a spatula, transfer the cookies to wire racks. Let stand until completely cooled.
Store in an airtight container for up to 1 week or freeze for up to 6 weeks.

Copyright © 2001 Nancy Baggett. Reprinted by permission of Houghton Mifflin Company.
Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Publishers Weekly on 2001-08-06:
Baggett (International Cookie Cookbook) has spent the last few years searching this country for great cookie recipes, and enthusiasm over the results (such as Fudge Brownies Supreme) characterizes every page of Baggett's wonderful new cookie compendium. Her first chapter covers the basics, though other useful how-to's emerge throughout the book, such as shaping cookie dough in a loaf pan for Cranberry-Cherry Icebox Ribbons. The next nine chapters, mostly divided into flavors (chocolate, fruit, spices, etc.), reveal America's wide-ranging cookie bounty, from Vermont's Maple Sugar cut-outs and Kentucky's Bourbon Fruitcake Cookies to Coffee-Pecan Crunch Bars from Texas and Hazelnut-Chocolate Chip Cookies from Oregon. Enlivened by quotes from old cookbooks, each straightforward recipe tells the story of its heritage, whether it's a simple Mrs. Porter's Improved Jumbles from the 1800s or a contemporary "Chubby" weighing in with one pound of chocolate. (Oct.) Forecast: As a selection of the Book-of-the-Month Club, these cookies will reach the hands of many an American. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
Appeared in Library Journal on 2001-08-03:
A talented baker and cooking teacher, Baggett (International Cookie Cookbook) estimates that she made close to 30,000 cookies while working on this book. When she wasn't baking, she was traveling all over the country or poring over antique cookbooks in search of unusual regional recipes, ethnic specialties, almost-forgotten "heirlooms," prized creations from home bakers, and enduring classics. The result is this collection of more than 150 "best of the best" recipes, including Butterscotch Crunch Cookies, Fantastic Fudgewiches, Brown Sugar-Pecan Sticky Bars, and Almond Sweethearts; there's also a separate chapter on cookie decorating and crafts (e.g., Painted Cookie Jigsaw Puzzles). In addition, Baggett's research into early cookbooks will make this of interest to any culinary historian. For all baking collections. [Main Selection of The Good Cook.] (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Reviews
Review Quotes
"The All-American Cookie Book is an all-too-rare treat among cookbooks: a book that is as delicious to bake from as it is fascinating to read. Nancy Baggett's clearly written, easy-to-follow recipes are bound to delight cookie monsters young and old, while her many and far-ranging short takes on cookie lore and history are just what curious bakers crave. The All-American Cookie Book is the perfect book for every cookie-loving American." - Dorie Greenspan
"Let others eat cake. Grab a glass of cold milk and gobble up the finest in American cookies with Nancy Baggett as your guide. Whether you favor jumbles, jewels, Joe Froggers, blondies, brownies, black and whites, or the quintessential chocolate chip, you'll find them here. With Nancy's generous helpings of history and special tips to yield consistently great results, your dessert plate will be well loaded." - Cheryl Alters Jamison and Bill Jamison
"Nancy Baggett's comprehensive book on American cookies is a winner! This is a book for people who love to bake and want toknow the history and stories behind the cookies we eat." - Joan Nathan
"The All-American Cookie Book by Nancy Baggett (Houghton Mifflin, $35) is a flag-waver of a cookbook, built on the contention that American bakers have not just copied European customs but have created a distinct sweet repertoire of their own. The collection is accompanied by enough basic advice and instructions to tempt even a kitchen klutz to dip into the flour sack and the sugar jar."
"From one scrumptious cookie to the next, Nancy Baggett weaves together regional favorites both old and new in this unique collection with a distinctively American flavor." - Flo Braker
"From one scrumptious cookie to the next, Nancy Baggett weaves together regional favorites both old and new in this unique collection with a distinctively American flavor." - Flo Braker "The All-American Cookie Book is an all-too-rare treat among cookbooks: a book that is as delicious to bake from as it is fascinating to read. Nancy Baggett's clearly written, easy-to-follow recipes are bound to delight cookie monsters young and old, while her many and far-ranging short takes on cookie lore and history are just what curious bakers crave. The All-American Cookie Book is the perfect book for every cookie-loving American." -- Dorie Greenspan "Let others eat cake. Grab a glass of cold milk and gobble up the finest in American cookies with Nancy Baggett as your guide. Whether you favor jumbles, jewels, Joe Froggers, blondies, brownies, black and whites, or the quintessential chocolate chip, you'll find them here. With Nancy's generous helpings of history and special tips to yield consistently great results, your dessert plate will be well loaded." - Cheryl Alters Jamison and Bill Jamison "Nancy Baggett's comprehensive book on American cookies is a winner! This is a book for people who love to bake and want to know the history and stories behind the cookies we eat." -- Joan Nathan "The All-American Cookie Book by Nancy Baggett (Houghton Mifflin, $35) is a flag-waver of a cookbook, built on the contention that American bakers have not just copied European customs but have created a distinct sweet repertoire of their own. The collection is accompanied by enough basic advice and instructions to tempt even a kitchen klutz to dip into the flour sack and the sugar jar." The San Francisco Chronicle
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Summaries
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"The perfect book for every cookie-loving American" (Dorie Greenspan, author of "Baking with Julia"), this exciting and definitive collection of the nation's best cookies covers every cookie imaginable--from Key Lime Frosties to Pennsylvania Dutch Soft Sugar Cookies. Full color.
Main Description
For this trailblazing collection of America's favorite cookies, Nancy Baggett crisscrossed the nation, visiting small-town bakeries, chic urban cookie boutiques, rural inns, bed-and-breakfasts, farmers' markets, and the homes of locally renowned cooks. She combed through community cookbooks and searched out long-lost heirloom recipes, sure-handedly reworking every recipe in her own kitchen. THE ALL-AMERICAN COOKIE BOOK celebrates regional gems from every corner of the country: Pennsylvania Dutch Soft Sugar Cookies, New York Black and Whites, New Mexican Biscochitos, Key Lime Frosties from Florida, and Mocha Espresso Wafers from Seattle. A sophisticated hazelnut chocolate sandwich cookie that was the closely guarded secret of an Oregon hostess is here, and so is a delightfully crisp (and easy to roll out) old-fashioned gingerbread cookie recreated from a handwritten 1880 notebook. Homespun classics abound: Chocolate Whoopie Pies, Caramel Apple Crumb Bars, Chocolate Chunk Brownies, and Caramel-Frosted Brown Sugar Drops. The collection also features devastatingly delicious contemporary creations like Chewy Chocolate Chunk Monster Cookies and Cranberry-Cherry Icebox Ribbons. For children and adults alike, one of the most exciting chapters will be the lavishly illustrated "Cookie Decorating and Crafts," which includes everything from simple projects like Christmas cookies and Chocolate Gingerbread Bears to an elaborate gingerbread house. As Nancy Baggett tells the story of America's heritage, she slips in fascinating bits of history, showing the evolution of our homegrown baking traditions.
Main Description
For this trailblazing collection of America's favorite cookies, Nancy Baggett crisscrossed the nation, visiting small-town bakeries, chic urban cookie boutiques, rural inns, bed-and-breakfasts, farmers' markets, and the homes of locally renowned cooks. She combed through community cookbooks and searched out long-lost heirloom recipes, sure-handedly reworking every recipe in her own kitchen. THE ALL-AMERICAN COOKIE BOOK celebrates regional gems from every corner of the country: Pennsylvania Dutch Soft Sugar Cookies, New York Black and Whites, New Mexican Biscochitos, Key Lime Frosties from Florida, and Mocha Espresso Wafers from Seattle. A sophisticated hazelnut chocolate sandwich cookie that was the closely guarded secret of an Oregon hostess is here, and so is a delightfully crisp (and easy to roll out) old-fashioned gingerbread cookie recreated from a handwritten 1880 notebook. Homespun classics abound: Chocolate Whoopie Pies, Caramel Apple Crumb Bars, Chocolate Chunk Brownies, and Caramel-Frosted Brown Sugar Drops. The collection also features devastatingly delicious contemporary creations like Chewy Chocolate Chunk Monster Cookies and Cranberry-Cherry Icebox Ribbons. For children and adults alike, one of the most exciting chapters will be the lavishly illustrated "Cookie Decorating and Crafts, which includes everything from simple projects like Christmas cookies and Chocolate Gingerbread Bears to an elaborate gingerbread house. As Nancy Baggett tells the story of America's heritage, she slips in fascinating bits of history, showing the evolution of our homegrown baking traditions.
Main Description
For this trailblazing collection of America's favorite cookies, Nancy Baggett crisscrossed the nation, visiting small-town bakeries, chic urban cookie boutiques, rural inns, bed-and-breakfasts, farmers'markets, and the homes of locally renowned cooks. She combed through community cookbooks and searched out long-lost heirloom recipes, sure-handedly reworking every recipe in her own kitchen. THE ALL-AMERICAN COOKIE BOOK celebrates regional gems from every corner of the country: Pennsylvania Dutch Soft Sugar Cookies, New York Black and Whites, New Mexican Biscochitos, Key Lime Frosties from Florida, and Mocha Espresso Wafers from Seattle. A sophisticated hazelnut chocolate sandwich cookie that was the closely guarded secret of an Oregon hostess is here, and so is a delightfully crisp (and easy to roll out) old-fashioned gingerbread cookie recreated from a handwritten 1880 notebook. Homespun classics abound: Chocolate Whoopie Pies, Caramel Apple Crumb Bars, Chocolate Chunk Brownies, and Caramel-Frosted Brown Sugar Drops. The collection also features devastatingly delicious contemporary creations like Chewy Chocolate Chunk Monster Cookies and Cranberry-Cherry Icebox Ribbons. For children and adults alike, one of the most exciting chapters will be the lavishly illustrated "Cookie Decorating and Crafts," which includes everything from simple projects like Christmas cookies and Chocolate Gingerbread Bears to an elaborate gingerbread house. As Nancy Baggett tells the story of America's heritage, she slips in fascinating bits of history, showing the evolution of our homegrown baking traditions.
Table of Contents
Read This: How to Make Great Cookies Every Single
Sugar Cookies and Shortbreads
Chocolate and White Chocolate Chip Cookies
Chocolate and Mocha Cookies
Brownies, Blondies, and Other Bar Cookies
Fruit, Pumpkin, and Carrot Cookies
Nut and Peanut Cookies
Oat, Coconut, and Sesame Seed Cookies
Ginger, Spice, and Molasses Cookies
Cookie Decorating and Crafts Bibliography
Index
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