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See also: Christmas Cookies

Selected Books

Baggett, Nancy
The All-American Cookie Book
TX772.B25 2001
Baggett (author of The International Cookie Cookbook) offers regional recipes from around the U.S. with a little bit of their history.
Whoopie Pies
Billingsley, Sarah and Amy Treadwell
Whoopie Pies: Dozens of Mix 'Em, Match 'Em, Eat 'Em up Recipes!
TX772.B5553 2010x
Lots of ideas for gobs in this small book. Mix and match their recipes for the cake and filling.
Chattman, Lauren
Cookie Swap!
TX772.C3825 2010
Find out how to hold a cookie swap party.
Cookies: 1,001 Mouthwatering Recipes from Around the World
q TX772.C396415 2004
If you are looking for a recipe for a specific cookie, this huge compendium from Readers' Digest might do the trick.
The Gourmet Cookie Book: The Single Best Recipe from Each Year 1941-2009
TX772.G68 2010
Here's a history of Gourmet magazine's 68 years from the view of a cookie. And you can also check them out online: Gourmet's Favorite Cookies: 1941-2008.
Healy, Bruce and Paul Bugat
The French Cookie Book: Classic and Contemporary Recipes for Easy and Elegant Cookies
TX772 .H397 1994
Tired of the same old same old? Do you want something besides brownies, chocolate chip and peanut butter cookies? This hefty volume offers small batch recipes (generally done by hand and in grams but with US conversions) for smaller, more delicate French cookies. For photographs of the end product you'll want to try some google image searches.
The King Arthur Flour Cookie Companion: the Essential Cookie Cookbook
TX772.K565 2004
Covers the 9 "essential" cookies: brownies, chocolate chip, oatmeal, molasses-ginger, decorated cookies, sugar, shortbread, peanut butter, and biscotti. And then goes on to category by method: bars, drop, rollout, shaped, batter and no bake.
Magee, David
MoonPie: Biography of an Out-of-This-World Snack
HD9058.C652 C495 2006x
Developed in 1917 in response to coal miners' request for a filling—yet portable—snack, the MoonPie quickly became a favorite treat countrywide, with particular appeal in the South.
Malgieri, Nick
Cookies Unlimited
TX772.M27 2000
Nick Malgieri oversees the Pastry & Baking Arts curriculum at the The Institute of Culinary Education in New York so by the end of this book, you should have a degree in cookies.
Martha Stewart's Cookies: The Very Best Treats to Bake and to Share
TX772.M29 2007
175 recipes covering cookies for all tastes: Light and Delicate, Rich and Dense, Chunky and Nutty, Soft and Chewy, Crisp and Crunchy, Crumbly and Sandy and Cakey and Tender.
Medrich, Alice
Chewy Gooey Crispy Crunchy Melt-in-Your-Mouth Cookies
TX772.M432 2010
The cookies here are arranged according to texture but they include all kinds of recipes with many unique flavors. More about Alice Medrich.
Moskowitz, Isa Chandra and Terry Hope Romero
Vegan Cookies Invade Your Cookie Jar: 100 Dairy-Free Recipes for Everyone's Favorite Treats
TX837.M7475 2009x
Is it possible to make cookies without butter and eggs?
Peterson, Valerie and Janice Fryer
Cookie Craft: From Baking to Luster Dust, Designs and Techniques for Creative Cookie Occasions
TX772.P48 2007
Have you seen those wonderfully decorated cookies on certain beautifully photographed blogs? Hopefully this book will inspire you to try your hand at sugar-coating! See also their Cookie Craft Christmas
Southern Living Best Loved Cookies: 50 Melt in your Mouth Southern Morsels
TX772.S6828 2008x
Preview southern cookies at the Southern Living website: 50 Best Loved Cookies.
Swedish Cakes and Cookies
TX771.S422413 2008
First published in 1945 with winners from a baking contest, the Swedish edition has become a modern classic updated every 10 years. Today's full-color edition with photographs of each recipe, contains nearly 300 recipes and covers Sweet Breads, Rolls, Rusks and Cakes.
Talbott, Mona
Biscotti: Recipes from the Kitchen of the American Academy in Rome
TX772.T37 2010
This Little Bookroom cookbook offers fifty authentic recipes for Italian biscotti, divided into five categories: Milk and Wine; Nuts; Honey, Citrus, and Spice; Meringue; and Chocolate.
Wilson, Dede
A Baker's Field Guide to Chocolate Chip Cookies
TX772.W523 2004
Whose favorite cookie isn't chocolate chip? If it isn't yet, here are 75 recipes, each with a color photograph, to convert you.

Browse the Catalog

Additional titles may be found by browsing the library catalog under the subject heading:


Web Sites

  • Joy of Baking: Cookies
    A web site by Stephanie Jaworski that concentrates on baking.
  • Epicurious: 25 Days of Christmas Cookies
    Make your own Advent calendar with these cookies! One for each day.
  • Epicurous: Desserts
    Epicurious (Bon Appetit and Gourmet magazines) has a section on cookies within their dessert section.
  • Fine Cooking: Holiday Cookies
    Includes recipes for classics like Rugelach, Raspberry Linzer Cookies, Ginger Snaps, Pecan Thumbprint Jam Cookies, Pine Nut Wedding Cookies, Classic Shortbread Cookies, and more.
  • Gourmet's Favorite Cookies: 1941-2008
    This collection is still up, though the magazine has ceased publication. It's a very interesting collection by decade of the very best cookie recipe from each year of Gourmet’s history. A very interesting look at the past.
  • King Arthur Flour: Cookies, Bars & Candy
    This company based in Norwich, Vermont, offers a wide range of recipes for cookies using its flours.
  • Land O'Lakes
    You can search their recipe database or browse their recipes for Cookies and Bars. Since they produce butter and eggs, their recipes are very much from scratch.
  • Leite's Culinaria: C is for Christmas Cookies
    A collection of favorites from David Leite that includes Homemade Oreos and Samoas, as well as Fig, Apricot, and Nut Biscotti.
  • Saveur: The 20 Best Holiday Cookies
    Swedish Shortbread, Sugar Cookies, Gingerbread Cookies, Swedish Dream Cookies, Basler Brunsli, New Zealand Caramel Crumb Bars, Norwegian Krumkakes, Tozzetti (biscotti), Gingersnaps, German Butter Cookies, Molasses Cookies, Galletas con Chochitos, Amadeus Cookies, Alfajores, Butter Balls, Austrian Vanilla Crescent Cookies, Spice-Walnut Cookies, Austrian Vanillekipferl, Butter Cookies, Speculaas.

Wedding Cookie Tables

Did you know that a cookie table at weddings is a Pittsburgh tradition? If you've been invited to a wedding or if you are planning one, we have lots of cookbooks to help you make mouth-watering cookies for a memorable cookie table!

  • Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Pittburgh Food: On the cookie tables
    "No one is really sure where, or how, the Pittsburgh cookie table tradition started. But the general consensus is that it's a custom the region's many Italian and Eastern European immigrants brought with them from their homelands...Today, the practice is so ingrained in Pittsburgh's wedding culture that it crosses all ethnic and religious lines, with tins of homemade cookies sharing the spotlight with the wedding cake at even the ritziest weddings. (9/6/2012)
  • Delish: Create a Wedding Cookie Table
    Here are 12 sophisticated cookies that will impress the wedding guests.
  • Gourmet: Cookies—the New Cake
    "Wedding receptions in Pennsylvania and Ohio often feature a staggering variety of homemade masterpieces."
  • New York Times: The Wedding? I’m Here for the Cookies
    "For as long as anyone here can remember, wedding receptions in Pittsburgh have featured cookie tables, laden with dozens of homemade old-fashioned offerings like lady locks, pizzelles and buckeyes. For weeks ahead — sometimes months — mothers and aunts and grandmas and in-laws hunker down in the kitchen baking and freezing. Then, on the big day, hungry guests ravage the buffet, piling plates high and packing more in takeout containers so they can have them for breakfast the next day."
  • NPR: What's a Wedding Without Cookies?
    "The must-have cookie table is a tradition reflecting the diverse ethnic communities of steel-mill towns, especially in western Pennsylvania."
  • Who needs sun? Why Pittsburgh is the best place to be a wedding photographer
    Check out these photos of wedding cookies by Pittsburgh photographer Christina Montemurro.