The Perfect Cookie: Your Ultimate Guide to Foolproof Cookies, Brownies & Bars

The Perfect Cookie: Your Ultimate Guide to Foolproof Cookies, Brownies & Bars


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Featured in the New York Times book Review, Real Simple, Huffington Post, Forbes, Parade, and Southern Living. Portable, fun to make, easy to gift, and open to countless flavor variations, cookies are everyone’s favorite sweet treat. America’s Test Kitchen has years of experience making the very best cookies; in The Perfect Cookie, the test kitchen has collected all of that knowledge in one place for the definitive guide to cookie baking. This comprehensive anthology includes kitchen-tested, never-fail recipes for cookie jar classics, in addition to recipes for rich and chewy brownies, fruit-and-crumble-topped bars, quick no-bake confections, holiday favorites, and even candies like fudge and truffles; they’re all included in this gorgeous package, with a full-page photo showing off every recipe. And, as only the test kitchen can, there are tips and tricks throughout the chapters, as well as an introductory section to get you started with insight on everything from what makes a cookie chewy versus crispy to what baking sheet you should buy so that your cookies bake evenly every time. The result? The perfect cookie.


From the Publisher

Raspberry almond cookiesRaspberry almond cookies

The Ultimate Guide

Discover foolproof recipes for all of your favorite cookies.

Assorted CookiesAssorted Cookies

Millionaire's ShortbreadMillionaire's Shortbread

Core Cookie-Baking Techniques

This book covers cookies of all kinds, from those you form into balls and ‘drop’ on a baking sheet and ones that you roll out and cut into shapes, to those you pat in a baking pan to create bars. But while different types of cookies may require different techniques and methods to achieve the desired outcome, all cookie recipes have five key steps in common: measuring, mixing, forming, baking, and cooling.

‘I’ll have just one cookie’

Famous. Last. Words.

In the world of baking, the cookie might just be the most beloved treat—and the most versatile. Whether they’re an afternoon snack or the sweet ending to a meal, cookies are welcome anywhere and anytime. Our test cooks have worked to make foolproof versions of everything from your standard favorites, such as Classic Chewy Oatmeal Cookies, to a variety of new, creative, and fun options, such as Frosted Red Velvet Cookies and even a Chocolate Chip Skillet Cookie.

250+ Foolproof, Kitchen-Tested Recipes

Core Cookie-Baking Techniques

Proper Equipment and Tools Needed

Flour, Butter, Sugar, Eggs: The Cookie Building Blocks

Storing, Shipping, and Sharing Cookies

And more

Chocolate Crinkle cookies

Chocolate Crinkle cookies

Apricot Linzer Cookies

Apricot Linzer Cookies

Lemon Bars

Lemon Bars

Smores

Smores

Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

Rolled in powdered sugar before baking, chocolate crinkle cookies (often called earthquakes) feature chocolaty fissures that break through the bright white surface during baking.

Vanilla Bean-Apricot Sandwich Cookies

We loved the preserves’ orange hue, so we cut a window into the top cookie with a small cookie cutter to allow for a peek at the bright filling inside.

Lemon Bars

We found that it was important to pour the warm filling over a still-hot crust to ensure that the filling cooked through evenly; you can prepare the filling while the crust bakes.

S’mores Blossom Cookies

To get a brûlée on the marshmallows without the burn, we ran the baked and topped cookies under the broiler until the marshmallows developed a toasty-roasty top.

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