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Now, on to cookie baking. I was so anxious to get started that I completely forgot two cardinal rules of cooking.

Read the recipe thoroughly.

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Does the recipe make sense?  Even the best cookbook and the most famous websites have errors.  Such as 3 cups of flour when your know from experience that there should be only  2 cups for that amount of butter and sugar.

If need be, put on your glasses to make certain that the recipes calls for t (teaspoons) rather than T (tablespoons).  Why don’t recipes use darker print?

Do you understand the procedures?  Adding the powder sugar at the wrong time made an entirely different cookie!

Lay out and measure all the ingredients BEFORE you start baking.

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For those of you that are newcomers to inagrandfashion, instructions on how to make easier use of the internet are written in blue type.

Click on the red text  and “open link in a new tab”.

My Favorite Websites for the Most Enjoyed Cookies

From smittenkitchen.com  

Snickerdoodle are by far the favorites cookie for my grandsons. These cookies are especially enjoyed in the Upper Midwest,  They are a vanilla cookie topped with cinnamon. I prefer snickerdoodle recipes that include cream of tartar.

Snickerdoodles Cookies

Snickerdoodles Cookies Recipe (Click here to get the recipe.)

Chocolate Chip Cookies are very popular.  I like this recipe because it calls for toasting the nuts and flaky sea salt instead of regular salt.  Yes, these make a real difference in the cookie.  A step above your everyday chocolate chip cookie.  Note: The butter is cold, not at room temperature.

Favorite Chocolate Chip Cookies

Favorite Chocolate Chip Cookies (Click here to get the recipe.)

Oatmeal cookies are my favorites.  I kid myself that they are good for me because they have oatmeal in them.  In addition to raisins and nuts, I often include dried cranberries.

Thick and Chewy Oatmeal Cookies

Thick and Chewy Oatmeal Cookies  (Click here to get the recipe.)

From marthastewart.com

Salty Butterscotch-Toffee Cookies are especially great for people who don’t like chocolate.  Yes, there really are such people.  This recipe includes butterscotch and toffee chips plus sea salt for sprinkling if you wish.  Makes many cookies.  Notice that there is a video available on the recipe page.

(Click here to get the recipe.)

From joyofbaking.com

One of my big discoveries was the website  joyofbaking.com, founded in May, 1997. Stephanie Jaworski has put together a vast collection of baking recipes plus many instructive videos. She includes not only hints for more successful baking but also the history of the various items.

Peanut Butter Cookies are a classic American cookie, identified by their crisscross pattern.  This recipe has nuts or chocolate chips as optional ingredients but I like mine just plain.

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If you want to make the screen larger on a video, put your cursor over the image at the extreme right.  It will say—full screen.  Click.  You can always return to regular size by using the ESC key on your computer. (on the very top row, extreme left.)

If you want to skip or go back to see again, put your cursor on the small white and red ball on the left and move it to the position you want.

Toffee Bars are a combination of buttery brown sugar shortbread, dark chocolate, toffee bits and chopped nuts.  These are best made ahead so that the flavors can combine thoroughly.

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More cookie and bar recipes in the next posting.
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