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Well, it’s summer time and that’s just the time for fun treats. July and August are peak picnic months. We all need finger foods for the park or beach. Elinor Klivans is a master of the sweet stuff that every picnic basket just has to have.Her latest book, The Essential Chocolate Chip Cookbook, has wonderful recipes to try this summer. I have included three recipes that my husband (the ultimate cookie monster) tested and loved. We served the Kitchen Sink Cookies to my family last weekend and everyone went crazy. One small note, Brian and I really liked Elinor’s recommendation to use Ghirardelli chocolate chips for these cookies. They are rich, dark, not overly sweet, and bake quite well.

This slim book packs a punch. You’ll discover loads of terrific information, from basic baking techniques to the type of chips to use. Elinor is a meticulous baker and these recipes are detailed without going over the top. They are a perfect guide to perfect cookies and other chocolate chip desserts. Her easy, scrumptious recipes are certain to become family favorites. You just might still be eating these in September!