These three glorious books found their way into my stocking on Christmas (with
What's really great about these books is I found all but one on the bargain shelf. Tell me that's not the best thing ever.
I picked out the Good Housekeeping Illustrated Book of Desserts because, well, I like pictures. Lots of them. And this book has them in abundance.
Each recipe contains several pictures of tips and techniques and ingredients, plus in depth instructions. I need instructions. Otherwise things go very, very badly.
I found the Hershey's Classic Recipes cookbook on the bargain shelf. It has fantastic, simple recipes using my all time favorite chocolate. Hershey's.
Can I tell you a secret? As kids, my parents used to buy us those giant Hershey's Kisses for Christmas. I would put mine in the oven and bake it for a few minutes. For no good reason except I think the taste of almost burnt Hershey's chocolate is to die for. Seriously.
I also found The Great American Cookie Cookbook on the bargain shelf. I already know this is where I'll spend most of my time.
The thing is... I like to bake for baking's sake. Don't get me wrong, I also love to taste (a lot), but it's the baking that I love. It probably has something to do with my hyper-organized personality, but who cares, right? It's just so much fun.
However, like I said, I do love to taste (a lot) so I need to be able to send the baked goods off with The Husband. (Before the baked goods stick permanently to my bottom.)
Cookies and cookie bars are easily packed up and sent away. Cakes and pies with pieces missing (not to mention the fork marks where someone just couldn't resist one more bite) don't go over too well.
Now it's a matter of deciding on a recipe. I want to try recipes that I've never tried in the past and would normally shy away from.
Do I start with the Delightful Peanut Butter Marshmallow Cookie Bars? Or The Orange Pecan Gems? (I have a bunch of leftover pecans in the cupboard, but if I put nuts in the cookies, The Husband might divorce me.)
Okay, how about the Elvis Would Have Loved These Peanut Butter Cookies that are drizzled with a frosting made of butter, peanut butter, and marshmallows then sprinkled with peanut butter chips.
This is going to be a touch decision.
And can someone please tell me why I'm leaning towards the combo of peanut butter and marshmallows?