peanut butter cookiesIn addition to being holiday season, this is baking season. While cookies are found at parties and traded with friends, they also are all over the internet. I’m not talking about the type of files that are downloaded to your computer, but honest-to-goodness, hot from the oven cookies. This year in addition to finding cookie recipes online, you can surf for cookies, subscribe to various cookie emails and even enter your cookies in a contest. Here is a guide to some of the tastiest online cookie sites.

Butter Is Best has a daily butter newsletter that includes tips and recipes from pastry chef Gale Gand. The site also offers some savory twists on classic cookies such as Salted Ginger Crisps and Rosemary Blue Cheese Ice Box Cookies.

Cooking Light offers Cookie Basics and a related feature how to send cookies in the mail. Their suggestion for a “made to mail” cookie? Crunchy Sesame Cookies.

Epicurious invites you to check out 25 days of Christmas cookies in a slide show. Pistachio and Cherry Mexican Wedding Cakes and Coconut Orange Snowballs are nice updates to classic cookies.

Eating Well has a healthy cookie collection of cookie contest winners. While no-bake Angel Delights was the winning recipe, chocolatey Lava Rocks and Yummy Molasses Crinkles sound pretty good to me.

Martha Stewart the queen of all things domestic and delicious has a month of cookies on her site. Check in daily for new photos and recipes.

FoodNetwork offers 12 days of cookies, sign up to receive cookie emails, check out the cookie recipes online or watch cookie videos.

An online feature only, Gourmet magazine has organized their favorite cookies by decade, with a favorite cookie each year, starting with the 1940’s. Find an oldie but a goodie or simply marvel at how tastes have changed.

Between now and the end of the year submit a photo of your cookies online at AllRecipes in one of four categories–cut-outs, drop cookies, cookie bars and spritz and win a Samsung Electric Range or a DVD camera. The best looking photos from each four category will be notified January 6th and advance to the final round.

Finally for those of you who want hard copy, check out The Field Guide to Cookies by local pastry chef and Dessert First blogger Anita Chu. Her cookies are delicious! Just check out the photo of those peanut butter sandwich cookies…

Let’s Talk Cookies 18 December,2008Amy Sherman


Amy Sherman

Amy Sherman began blogging in 2003, because all her
friends and family were constantly asking her where
and what to eat. Three months after it launched,
Forbes chose her blog, Cooking with Amy, as one of the
top five best food blogs, praising her writing as
“smart, cozy and witty”. Since then her blog has been
featured and recipes reprinted in many newspapers and
magazines in the U.S. and the world.

In addition to regularly updating her blog, Amy is a
guest contributor to the blog, and
Contributing Editor of Glam Dish. She also writes
restaurant reviews for SF Station.

Her focus on Bay Area Bites is primarily cookbook
reviews along with some interviews and current events.

Amy is a recipe developer and freelance food writer.
She is author of WinePassport: Portugal and wrote the new introduction to the classic cookbook, Jane Grigson’s Vegetable Book, published by the University of Nebraska Press. She recently completed 45 recipes for a Williams-Sonoma cookbook and wrote her first piece for VIA magazine.

She is currently serving on the board of the San Francisco Professional Food Society and is a member of the International Association of Culinary Professionals. Amy lives in San Francisco with her husband, tech journalist Lee Sherman.

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