I have a favorite cookbook these days. And since my real passion is baking (probably because that’s what I most like to eat!), it is a dessert cookbook that features great recipes for familiar treats.
It is not fancy or elaborate or difficult. The recipes are all just really good.
It’s called The Bake Sale Cookbook *Quintessential American Desserts* by Sally Sampson. It was published in 2000 but remains timeless.
I was on a personal quest for the perfect hermit – a more grown-up kind of cookie – and the ones here (on page 41) passed the test. I adjusted the recipe slightly, baking them as drop cookies, thereby avoiding rolling them out, a task I really don’t enjoy.
For peanut butter purists, you can’t beat the cookie recipe on page 59. I can’t keep them in the house. They freeze very well but most of the members of my family are shameless about raiding the freezer and finishing them off.
I also made the All-American brownies on page 76 to rave reviews.
Now that Pesach is over I’m looking forward to working my way through the rest of the cookbook and refilling my, now empty, freezer.