Remember those fresh-baked treats Mom had waiting for you after school? And the warm batch that you surprised your own kids with? Tied to so many of our happy memories, there simply aren't many things better than a cookie.
In seemingly endless varieties, cookie recipes are among the most traded, shared and treasured. For the holidays or anytime, there's no treat we love more. This passion for cookies was our inspiration for one of our newest cookbooks...
Best-Ever Cookies is this week's Cookbook of the Week!
Inside this book, you'll find over 200 cookies ranging from Old-Fashioned favorites to Fast & Fun cookies...we've even thrown in a chapter of Light & Healthy cookies!
Let's take a look at the rest of the chapters inside.
Best-Ever Cookies has eight chapters in all and they cover almost every cookie you can imagine...we even included those ever-popular cookie companions, brownies & bars.
The last chapter, Big-Batch Cookies, is filled with recipes that make a bunch. They're perfect for bake sales and other events when you need to make enough to share...so handy at the holidays, for parties and more. Stay tuned for a related cookie surprise later this week!
Okay, since you're all so nice, here's a hint: These recipes are great for COOKIE SWAPS too! Be sure you're signed up for our Circle of Friends email club. This month's edition of our eLetter, Feather Your Nest, is where we'll be revealing this surprise and you won't want to miss it!
Here's a recipe from the Cookie Jar Classic chapter of Best-Ever Cookies, complete with the story that makes it so special. Give it a try and treat someone you love!
Coach Vipp’s Whoppers
Barb Glenn of Mansfield, Ohio shared this family favorite with us. She writes, "These giant cookies are terrific and are well-loved by basketball teams at our local high school. Although our youngest graduated in 2006 and we no longer have anyone playing basketball there, Coach Vipperman has made it clear he still expects some Whoppers for at least one game each season! He recently sent me a note professing his “Whopper withdrawal” and listing the remaining games for this season...hint, hint! I was happy to oblige."
1-1/4 c. light brown sugar, packed
3/4 c. sugar
2/3 c. butter, softened
1-1/2 c. creamy or crunchy
3 eggs, beaten
1/2 t. vanilla extract
2 t. baking soda
6 c. quick-cooking oats, uncooked
1 c. semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 c. milk chocolate chips
In a large bowl, combine sugars, butter and peanut butter; beat until smooth with an electric mixer on medium speed. Add eggs, vanilla and baking soda; blend thoroughly. Beat in 3 cups oats with the mixer. Use a spoon to stir in remaining oats and chocolate chips. Drop by 1/3 cupfuls onto parchment paper-lined baking sheets, placing 6 cookies on each baking sheet. Flatten cookies with the bottom of a glass dipped in water. Bake at 350 degrees for about 10 to 12 minutes, until lightly golden on outside edges. Cookies will be crisp on the outside and soft on the inside. Slide parchment paper from baking sheets to wire racks; allow cookies to partially cool before removing them from the paper. Makes about 2 dozen.
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