So, I'm absolutely OK with leaving the sweet recipe development to the pros, and following their lead. I'm happy to do that once in awhile in the savory kitchen, too. My "Cook The Book" series will be all about cookbook recipes I've tried and loved (or not-so-much loved, if that's the case).
I've tried nearly 20 recipes from Martha Stewart's Cookies book, and most of them have turned out amazing. This is a solid resource for any type of cookie recipe you might need. Here are a few of my favorites:
Iced Hermits - These tasted like gingerbread, but better. The bar cookie is chewy and spicy (thanks to cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and black pepper (I know, black pepper in a cookie!)), and it's topped with a sweet brown sugar icing and crunchy candied ginger. These took a little bit of work to make, but one cool thing about them is that they get BETTER the longer they sit, up to a week (the name "hermit" comes from the fact that the flavor improves if they're tucked away for a few days before serving).
Stay tuned for the second batch (haha, get it?) of cookie favorites, as well as some cupcakes!