100 Cookies has forever changed my go-to cookie favorites. Those who know me know that for at least the last 10 years I have had a beautiful glass covered pedestal on my counter which I have done my best to fill with amazing cookies (goal being that it is rarely empty). I tried many new ones – but rarely found favorites – until now!!!
I AM SO EXCITED to share my favorite recipes from 100 Cookies and to explain why I LOVE this book SO MUCH. After tasting 20 of Sarah Keiffer’s recipes I must tell you that this book is the real deal – everything was so good, and I LOVED the twists on classics and variety that this book offered.
I picked the Sable’s as my first cookie to share based on the fact that the ingredients were very close to a fantastic cookie my mother-in-law made that required a cookie press. I am a gadget girl in the kitchen – but I have yet to find a cookie press that works well for me. On the outside these cookies are more rustic than fancy, but do not let their simplicity fool you. These cookies have a buttery, melt in your mouth quality that is so unique and so delicious.
What’s even better is that they are so easy to make because they have only seven ingredients and come together quickly. After mixing, just chill, slice and bake. I forgot to mention that the edges are coated with turbinado sugar for extra texture and a sweetness around the edges. This is definitely my new go-to cookie throughout the year (not just for the holidays) and I will be sharing them with friends and family – this year maybe in the form of home deliveries versus large family gatherings.
Chocolate Crinkle Cookies – this cookie is a classic love affair where chocolate meets powdered sugar. Not only are they delicious, add interest to any cookie platter. Sarah uses quite a few recipes in her book that require a double boiler technique to melt chocolate and butter. You can skip the double boiler and just set a glass bowl inside a pan with boiling water in it or, better yet, heat it in the microwave for 30 seconds at a time- stirring each time until just melted and combined. Don’t let this extra step stop you from making any of these recipes because believe me the flavor of using real chocolate is worth the few minutes it takes to melt.
Orange Almond Shortbread Cookies – this is another cookie you can make any time of year. Sarah Keiffer says the secret ingredient in these cookies is the triple sec or other orange liqueur. In addition, there is 1 tablespoon of orange zest. Just that hint of orange takes this shortbread to the next level. I have never tasted an orange shortbread cookie – and now I am asking myself what was I waiting for?
As the grand finale, these cookies are topped with almonds creating another layer of flavor. These were one of my most favorite cookies in the entire book and so versatile you can make them anytime for anyone. These are a must try if you are a shortbread fan.
Cream Cheese Pumpkin Pie Bars – I am a HUGE FAN of pumpkin pie. Growing up my grandma was on a tight budget and every year on our birthdays she would bake us anything we wanted – I always asked for pumpkin pie. What’s better than pumpkin pie? Well that would have to be pumpkin pie with cheesecake swirled into it.
I have to say that typically after making 20 recipes (see chart below for notes) from a book, in most cases, I have really made all the things that appealed to me when I opened it for the very first time. With 100 Cookies – I feel like I have barely made a dent in the list of recipes I would like to try. If you are a baker or know a baker, this book is for you. I have already given it as gifts to 4 people and Christmas is a month away (I wanted them to have it early so they could bake from it over the holidays). This is a book to own, cherish and bake from often.
|Soft Chocolate Chip Cookie||The Classics||9||29||easy||More height w/ soft center center|
|Rocky Road Cookies||Pan-Banging||7||237||medium||Not very attractive to look at but taste great. Very big – I would make smaller|
|Sugar Cookies||The Classics||9||38||medium||Very good recipe. This is my new go-to sugar cookie.|
|My Favorite Brownie||Brownies and Blondies||8||68||medium||Very good rich and healthy chocolate|
|Orange Almond Shortbread||Fruit Extravaganza||9||118||medium||These cookies are so amazing and unique. One of my favorites from the book.|
|Cream Cheese Pumpkin Pie Bars||Fruit Extravaganza||9||129||medium||Beautiful appearance & great taste. Perfect for Thanksgiving.|
|Citrus Pie Bars (Key lime pie)||Fruit Extravaganza||9||148||medium||Need to plan ahead if making.|
|Oatmeal Chocolate Chip||Pan-Banging||9||231||easy||I loved these cookies even though I don’t normally choose (and not always a fan of) to make an an oatmeal cookie.|
|Kitchen Sink Cookies||Time to Play||8||209||easy||Makes a lot. Good way to use up leftover snacks.|
|Thin & Crisp Chocolate Chip||The Classics||8||32||easy||Very good but didn’t live up to thin/crisp name.|
|Chocolate Crinkle||The Classics||9||46||easy||Melted butter and chocolate in microwave to keep it simple.|
|Snickerdoodle||The Classics||8||48||Coconut oil instead of shortening – is a great substitution. Love that it is a much healthier option.|
|Brownie Cookies||The Classics||9||45||easy||Easier to make than other brownie cookies that I have made in the past- soft and tastes like brownies.|
|Sable’s||The Classics||10||56||easy||Wow – Planning to make again for Christmas and over and over after that.|
|Cream Cheese Brownies||Brownies and Blondies||7||75||medium||I am a big cream cheese fan – I would add more next time I make.|
|Chocolate Peanut Butter Pretzel Bark||Time to Play||5||219||easy||These tasted good but melt quickly which is hard when service.|
|Blondies||Brownies and Blondies||8||93||easy||Soft center made them great|
|Marshmallows||Extras||6||284||medium||Fun experiment these are awesome if you have never made them. So unique.|
|Olive Oil Cut Out (Blood Orange & Lemon Poppy Seed Glaze)||8||easy||these cookies were so surprising. Like them better than a traditional cut out and olive oil over butter makes them healthy. Both glazes were good but preferred blood orange glaze.|
|Lemon Oat Bars||8||easy||Less tangy than traditional lemon bars but good.|