As mentioned in my previous Top 10, there’d be more than one Top 10. Tastes change, so this my current Top 10 as opposed to being a Top 11-20 or something like that. I’m calling it Fall 2007 Top 10.
Note, a couple of cookies have stayed on the Top 10.
Fall 2007 Top 10
Jacques Torres Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe – Crunchy edges, tender centers, lots of nooks & crannies and plenty of chocolate. These are the perfect chocolate chip cookies. Your friends will think you bought them at a bakery. Don’t make any substitutions. If you make one batch and they turn out flat, use a tad bit more flour the next time. If these cookies don’t work out for you, try this recipe.
White Chocolate Raspberry Bars — This recipe is adapted from an old Bake-Off recipe. Over the years, it’s been refined and revised and entered into more contests. For instance, it won a Nestle contest under the name Razz-Ma-Tazz Bars” and I’ve seen it many times in books and magazines with different fillings. You can’t go wrong with this one.
Giant Cranberry Oatmeal Cookies — This recipe, from Elinor Klivans, is perfect. The cookies are huge, soft in the middle, crispy on the outside and open to improvisation. That is, you can sub cranberries with cherries and raisins or change out the nuts. They’re sturdy and can be wrapped up easily for Bake Sales.
KA’s Triple Play Peanut Butter cookies – These should have been in the first Top 10, but at the time, I was kind into criss-cross type peanut butter cookies a few months ago. These don’t have the criss cross. They’re just big, rich, soft (or crunchy if you bake them longer) peanut butter cookies. By the way…. Sorry. I had to.
Dorie Greenspan Peanut Butter Fudge Brownies – What can I say? Dorie Greenspan plus a chocolate peanut butter combo? Easy pick.
Masterpiece White Chocolate Macadamia Cookies – I was impressed the day I first tried this recipe, then received many emails from people who also loved the recipe.
Gourmet Magazine Double Chocolate Biscotti – When you are in the mood for biscotti, this recipe will satisfy. Along with having a deep chocolate flavor, it has a very crunchy and kind of hard (but not tooth breaking) texture. Perfect for dunking or eating alone.
Wanda’s Fudge Brownies – I’m adding Wanda’s recipe to the Top 10 because I received quite a few emails from people saying how good they were. Plus, I like Wanda. I don’t know her, but I like her based on her intro to the brownies.
Apple Crumb Bars – These are another new addition to the Top 10. I’m putting them here because if made properly, they are as satisfying as a slice of Dutch Apple Pie. Plus, they’re kind of seasonal and this is a “Fall” Top 10.