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Last week, the TBT Cookbook Review was Maida Heatter’s Book of Great Cookies. This week, it’s Maida Heatter’s Cookies. Are these not great ones, too?

Ah, the confusion of amalgamation! Maida had written three previous cookbooks, including that Great Cookies. This 1997 volume combines all 220 cookie recipes from all her books, including Great. Personally, I find all the recipes to be great.

My copy here has a humorous anomaly: after you get to page 180, then pages 149 to 180 are repeated, and then you jump to page 213. Yes, my copy is missing 32 pages of recipes [from page 180 to page 212] — which is why I have ordered a new, and hopefully, corrected. I’m waiting, patiently.

How are the 220 recipes presented here? By cookie type, with Maida’s strong preference for chocolate on display. The book’s chapters are:

  • Chocolate Drop Cookies
  • More Drop Cookies
  • Bar Cookies
  • Icebox Cookies
  • Rolled Cookies
  • Hand-Formed Cookies

Maida’s recipes for icebox cookies are quite famous, cookies like:

Peanut Butter Icebox Cookies

New Mexican Chocolate Icebox Cookies

Black and white Coconut Slices

Maxines [the best cookie ever and one you can find here]

Her heart is owned by those chocolate drop cookies and the twenty-seven recipes here are destined to steal your heart as well. The ideas here include:

Chocolate Hermits

Bug Sur Chocolate Chip Cookies

Chocolate Fudge Candy Cookies

Santa Fe Chocolate Wafers

Chocolate Banana Cookies

Chocolate Applesaucers

Chocolate Raising Cookies

Chocolate Peanut Cookies

Maida has been a cookie genius in her ability to combine chocolate with fruit and nuts. That talent is on display here in page after page.

And if you are not a chocolate fanatic — Good heavens, what is wrong with you? — then the chapter on More Drop Cookies should give you sustenance:

Old-Fashioned Spiced Pecan Cookies

Giant Oatmeal Spice Cookies

Tea Cakes

Old-Fashioned Sugar Cookies

Pumpkin Rocks

Sour Cream Ginger Cookies

Jumbo Lemon Wafers

Oatmeal Molasses Cookies

Poppy-Seed Wafers

The spectrum of cookie ideas here is vast and rich. You are sure to find several recipes here that become your personal favorite. More than one favorite? Sure. That’s why Maida wrote this book.

There are no photographs in this book. You’ll have to use your imagination or just take the plunge: bake, eat, and delight.