First up is the "Soy Milk's Favorite Cookie" page 112, chosen by M.
I think I made these too thick! I'm pretty sure some of my 1/8th of an inch cookies were more like 1/4 inch, but never mind. I would have preferred if the diameter of the dough roll be specified as well, as I think I made mine too small. They were very easy to make, not too sweet, so the chocolate flavour was the star. I didn't make the filling and cookies in order, but the intro says you don't have to! The cookies were nice and delicate, shortbread like, with a deletable crumble. I found the filling a little too shortening-y tasting for my preferences, but did that stop everyone from enjoying them?? No way!
Response from the kids?? "mmmmse mmmr mmmmmry mmmmmmy" or "these are really yummy" with a mouth full of cookie.
I must start by saying that R chose these, and only because I have an Orange Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe which she loves more than any other (on some given days) and I think she was expecting these to be the same. They're not, so she was a little disappointed.
I found the dough needed more soymilk to form together, I added an extra Tablespoon and probably should have added 2 as the resulting cookies needed help forming into shape, and were a touch dry. Not so much that they weren't good to eat. Otherwise no issues - though it does say that it makes 16 Tablespoon sized cookies, I got 22 much bigger than Tablespoon sized!
Response from the kids?? "Nice" "OK" "Yummy" "Can't taste much Orange" So not as huge a winner as Soy Milk's Fave.
The tops of these cracked a lot in the first baking, and fell apart a little in the second baking so they didn't look pretty enough to take pictures of, but, boy oh boy, did they ever TASTE good!!(which IMHO is MUCH more important!!) I will remake (or make the Vanilla Biscotti) some point soon and try for a photo then.
H took them to work and the feedback he got was lost in the scramble for everyone to get one. Winner!
Lastly, well, in this round of cookie making, I made the Chocolate Peppermint Wafer Cookies, page 122, mainly because the girls are Sparks / Brownies and we sell the cookies but don't eat them. I wanted to try a Girl Guide-ish cookie.No issues with the making of these, though the coating is pretty messy! I gave some to the teachers at the girls' school, and they didn't last long!
Overall I like this book, my only wish / request / constructive feedback would be for more descriptions in the recipes. What the dough should look and feel like, both before baking and as they are ready to come out of the oven, how long, and wide, things should be, stuff like that. I can guess, but a less experienced person may not be able to.
Will I be making cookies from this book again? Most likely, yes, when my own creative juices are a little run down.
Would I recommend this book?? Absolutely.