The Perfect Cookie Cookbook and Silpat Promotion

No other time of the year feels as right for cookie baking than the months that usher in the holidays (at least for me). The colder days of October and November cry out for the oven to be set at 350 degrees and the blending of flour, sugar, butter.

America's Test Kitchen's The Perfect Cookie: Your Ultimate Guide to Foolproof Cookies, Brownies, and Bars is indeed perfect. (ATK's The Perfect Cake will be released in March and I will bring you more information closer to release date on that title). Everything needed for creating and perfecting classic cookies, international favorites, bars, brownies, and candies are shared in this brilliant collection.

Each recipe is accompanied by a photograph, a section entitled "Why this recipe works", and detailed instructions with tips. Measurements are provided in both volume and weight. The novice and experienced baker alike will enjoy the selection of sweets, the range of recipes and the beautiful photography shared here. 

Ultranutty pecan bars, Mini pumpkin whoopie pies, Greek honey cakes, Orange-cardamom twists and Tahini cookies with sesame seeds are a few examples of the variety of cookies. Also included are classics from Chocolate chip cookies, Sugar cookies to caramel candies. As always, America's Test Kitchen's recipes are tested and re-tested to provide positive and yes, perfect, results. 

When I start my cookie baking marathon for the holidays, I pull out my best cookie sheets and my Silpat® liners. The first Silpat® liner was created in the late sixties by experienced baker, M. Guy Demarle, in Northern France. After having worked on and developing a non-stick form for his baguette baking, he moved on to developing a liner for baking cookies and the like. Since that time, the company has continued to improve its product and has expanded to include Silpats® for macaron, bread and other specialized baking (they even have a sushi mat!)  I love the Perfect Cookie Silpat to help space my cookies and keep them from sticking. I want to add the macaron kit and pretzel mat to my Silpat collection soon. Santa, if you are listening...

Special thanks to Demarle for providing a Silpat® Perfect Cookie mat for my review as well as an Entremet Silicone Baking Pan - I am looking forward to experimenting with this pan to make sticky baked goods such as pecan bars a less stressful task. Demarle is offering a Perfect Cookie Silpat® and America's Test Kitchen is offering a copy of The Perfect Cookie cookbook to three of our US members in our contest below. 

Try this recipe for Baci di dama now from The Perfect Cookie and add a new addition to your holiday trays this season. 

 

Baci di dama

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Why This Recipe Works

Hailing from Italy's Piedmont region, baci di dama have a darling name (they translate to "lady's kisses") and an even more darling appearance. The sandwiches consist of two diminutive hazelnut cookies surrounding a rich chocolate filling. Baci di dama are a textural marvel, at once crisp and meltingly tender. The hazelnut cookies get their texture from rice flour, which gives baked goods crispness-and since it doesn't contain the protein gluten like wheat flour does, doughs made with it don't run the risk of becoming tough if overworked. But we don't usually have rice flour on hand, so to replicate the crisp texture with staples, we used a combination of all-purpose flour and cornstarch. We also found that cutting cold butter into the dry ingredients rather than creaming the butter and sugar resulted in a crispier cookie (and a dough that was easier to handle). We used chocolate chips for the filling rather than bar chocolate; chocolate chips contain emulsifiers so once they're melted, they have a thicker consistency-making them an ideal filling for holding the tiny, bulbous cookies together.

Makes 40 sandwich cookies

  • 1 cup hazelnuts, toasted and skinned
  • ½ cup (2½ ounces) all-purpose flour
  • ¼ cup (1¾ ounces) sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 5 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into ½-inch pieces and chilled
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ cup (3 ounces) bittersweet chocolate chips


1. Adjust oven racks to upper-middle and lower-middle positions and heat oven to 350 degrees. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.

2. Process hazelnuts, flour, sugar, cornstarch, and salt in food processor until finely ground, about 30 seconds. Add butter and vanilla and process until dough comes together, about 30 seconds.

3. Transfer dough to counter and divide into 4 equal pieces. Working with 1 piece of dough at a time, press and roll into 10-inch-long by 1-inch-wide rope. Using bench scraper or sharp knife, cut rope into 20 lengths, then roll lengths into balls with your hands and space them 1 inch apart on prepared sheets. Repeat with remaining dough. Bake until edges are lightly browned, 16 to 18 minutes, switching and rotating sheets halfway through baking. Let cookies cool completely on sheets.

4. Microwave chocolate chips in small bowl at 50 percent power, stirring occasionally, until melted, 1 to 2 minutes. Spread ¼ teaspoon chocolate over bottom of half of cookies, then top with remaining cookies, pressing lightly to adhere. Let chocolate set, about 15 minutes, before serving.

America's Test Kitchen is offering three copies of The Perfect Cookie and Demarle® is offering three Perfect Cookie Silpats to EYB Members in the US. Three members will win a copy of the book and a Silpat. One of the entry options is to answer the following question in the comments section of this blog post.

Which recipe in the index would you try first?

Please note that you must be logged into the Rafflecopter contest before posting or your entry won't be counted. For more information on this process, please see our step-by-step help post. Be sure to check your spam filters to receive our email notifications. Prizes can take up to 6 weeks to arrive from the publishers. If you are not already a Member, you can join at no cost. The contest ends at midnight on December 13th, 2017. 

125 Comments

  • rchesser  on  11/11/2017 at 10:06 PM

    Rugelach with raisin-walnut filling

  • Kris125  on  11/11/2017 at 10:14 PM

    Snickerdoodles

  • RoseMGenuine  on  11/11/2017 at 10:17 PM

    I have been on the biggest biscotti kick lately so I’d try the anise biscotti first.

  • Alexandria2  on  11/11/2017 at 10:35 PM

    hi would love your cookie book looks great would try the mini pumpkin whoopie pies they sound very yummy ! thanks happy thanksgiving

  • lgroom  on  11/11/2017 at 11:05 PM

    Orange cardamom twists

  • SnarkyLarane  on  11/11/2017 at 11:09 PM

    I'm a sucker for gingersnap cookies so of course those would be the first thing I try.

  • JJWong  on  11/11/2017 at 11:33 PM

    I'm salivating as I'm reading through the index of recipes. I'm a huge fan of oatmeal cookies, so the first recipe I'd try is the thin and crispy oatmeal cookies. Next I'd bake a batch of snickerdoodles for my mom!

  • Angryyew  on  11/11/2017 at 11:37 PM

    I would try the snickerdoodles first.

  • bevie19  on  11/11/2017 at 11:58 PM

    Apricot Squares! Interesting recipe. Then anything raspberry, lemon, chocolate, nuts, you get the idea ... all of them!

  • ltsuk  on  11/12/2017 at 12:12 AM

    Madeleines, chocolate and almond.

  • KarenS22  on  11/12/2017 at 12:18 AM

    I would try the Chewy Sugar Cookie first

  • heyjude  on  11/12/2017 at 12:53 AM

    Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

  • t.t  on  11/12/2017 at 1:05 AM

    Chocolate-dipped pistachio shortbread

  • shines5  on  11/12/2017 at 1:31 AM

    Thin and crispy coconut oatmeal cookies sound yummy.

  • allthatsleftarethecrumbs  on  11/12/2017 at 2:01 AM

    Gingerbread brownies.

  • cpauldin  on  11/12/2017 at 7:31 AM

    molasses spice with orange essence- I love molasses cookies and the addition of orange sounds great!

  • vickster  on  11/12/2017 at 7:33 AM

    Snickerdoodles

  • mpdeb98  on  11/12/2017 at 7:38 AM

    Chewy coconut-lime sugar cookies

  • southerncooker  on  11/12/2017 at 8:03 AM

    So many great sounding cookies to choose from. Fudgy peanut butter mousse cups sure sound good.

  • tmcginty  on  11/12/2017 at 8:08 AM

    Chocolate chunk oatmeal w/ pecans &cherries!

  • Megoola  on  11/12/2017 at 8:20 AM

    I'd try the classic chewy oatmeal cookie first.

  • GiselleMarie  on  11/12/2017 at 9:25 AM

    Chocolate-dipped pistachio shortbread, one of my favorite flavor combinations.

  • RGolding  on  11/12/2017 at 9:37 AM

    Thin and crisp oatmeal cookies

  • eileen2015  on  11/12/2017 at 9:52 AM

    The trail mix cookies were awesome. It’s a great cookbook

  • contest718  on  11/12/2017 at 10:03 AM

    Baci di dama. Those really look good. I just made the good ole standard peanut butter criss cross cookies.

  • robynsanyal  on  11/12/2017 at 10:04 AM

    Snickerdoodles!

  • ravensfan  on  11/12/2017 at 10:29 AM

    Molasses spice cookies

  • cindymisho  on  11/12/2017 at 10:40 AM

    I would love to try thin and crispy chocolate chip cookies

  • mjmoocow  on  11/12/2017 at 11:18 AM

    potato chip cookies sound like a good way to start!

  • Joy001  on  11/12/2017 at 11:22 AM

    Chewy chai spice sugar cookies

  • ZhoraAutumn  on  11/12/2017 at 11:35 AM

    Lemon almond macaroons (page 215)

  • mcrimmins  on  11/12/2017 at 12:20 PM

    Chocolate Sugar Cookies

  • rivergait  on  11/12/2017 at 2:00 PM

    Since I don't like chocolate, I was pleasantly surprised to find so many cookies "not chocolate". How about Lemon Sour Cream cookies?

  • Dorothy13  on  11/12/2017 at 2:12 PM

    Rugelach! I just made some and I wish they were gone so that I couldn't eat them. They are so good!!!

  • lpatterson412  on  11/12/2017 at 5:44 PM

    I would love to try out all of their chocolate chip recipes and see if I couldn't find a good family favorite! Love the fun silpat!

  • ndyson  on  11/12/2017 at 6:12 PM

    Gingersnaps!!

  • rionafaith  on  11/12/2017 at 6:13 PM

    I love the sound of the Chewy Chai Spice Sugar Cookies and the Molasses Spice Cookies with Dark Rum Glaze.

  • elocin_oco  on  11/12/2017 at 7:47 PM

    I would definitely try Molasses spice cookies with dark rum glaze !

  • dvajefink  on  11/13/2017 at 5:12 AM

    Baklava or maybe gingerbread brownies so many choices!!

  • ktwalla  on  11/13/2017 at 8:02 AM

    Cashew Caramel Tassies

  • LJStubbs  on  11/13/2017 at 10:42 AM

    Gingersnaps for the first recipe. Then everything else.

  • skipeterson  on  11/13/2017 at 12:06 PM

    Hazelnut lemon curd thumbprints

  • Nancith  on  11/13/2017 at 1:26 PM

    Fairy gingerbread sounds delightful!

  • JenJoLa  on  11/13/2017 at 2:28 PM

    Hazelnut lemon curd thumbprints

  • JenJoLa  on  11/13/2017 at 2:33 PM

    The different flexipans are really cool

  • kmn4  on  11/13/2017 at 2:44 PM

    Mexican chocolate butter cookies

  • kmn4  on  11/13/2017 at 2:50 PM

    The fluted savarin Flexipan is really cool-looking!

  • sgump  on  11/13/2017 at 5:34 PM

    The molasses spice cookies with orange essence sound lovely (though I doubt that "chicken breasts" are really one of the ingredients)!

  • lpatterson412  on  11/13/2017 at 5:40 PM

    I love the octagonal shaped silpat, that would be fun!

  • Shelley.b  on  11/13/2017 at 6:01 PM

    coconut washboards

  • VeryVigario  on  11/13/2017 at 7:52 PM

    Lemon sour cream cookies sound great!

  • jezpurr  on  11/14/2017 at 12:15 AM

    Maybe the chocolate butter cookies first!!!^_^

  • alemily  on  11/14/2017 at 8:58 AM

    Molasses spice-lemon cookies

  • sarahawker  on  11/14/2017 at 9:05 AM

    Cherry icebox ribbons

  • SuzyP  on  11/14/2017 at 10:18 AM

    I would like to try the Cranberry, White Chocolate and Macadamia Cookies

  • sdg8trgrl  on  11/14/2017 at 5:48 PM

    I'd make Chocolate Crinkle cookies

  • thecharlah  on  11/14/2017 at 7:15 PM

    Perfect chocolate chip cookies...bold claim.

  • matag  on  11/14/2017 at 7:28 PM

    Spumoni bars

  • NaomiH  on  11/15/2017 at 9:50 AM

    Date-filled roll-ups. My mother used to make a date filled cookie that I love.

  • Siegal  on  11/15/2017 at 1:59 PM

    Salty thin and crispy cookies sounds amazing

  • annieski  on  11/16/2017 at 3:44 PM

    coffee toffee cookies

  • madelainelc  on  11/17/2017 at 12:31 AM

    Chewy chai spice sugar cookies first, but I am really excited by all the oatmeal cookie variations!

  • RSW  on  11/18/2017 at 6:39 AM

    Chocolate chunk oatmeal cookies with pecans and dried cherries

  • Karla123  on  11/18/2017 at 2:42 PM

    Hazelnut-rosemary-orange biscotti...the perfect holiday cookie for my family.

  • bdmltm  on  11/19/2017 at 5:24 PM

    Chewy coconut lime sugar cookies!

  • kitchenclimbers  on  11/20/2017 at 5:03 PM

    spumoni bars

  • Patoliv1312  on  11/20/2017 at 11:02 PM

    Chocolate chunk oatmeal cookies with pecans and dried cherries.

  • Scotsman61  on  11/20/2017 at 11:07 PM

    Chewy chai spice sugar cookies

  • Sofie168  on  11/20/2017 at 11:07 PM

    All the fruity recipes!

  • FrenchCreekBaker  on  11/21/2017 at 1:14 AM

    Hazelnut rosemary orange biscotti sounds wonderful.

  • NancyLynn  on  11/21/2017 at 1:28 AM

    lemon spritz cookies

  • areheart  on  11/21/2017 at 2:19 AM

    Chocolate sugar cookies!

  • Teachnstamp  on  11/21/2017 at 5:39 AM

    Crispy oatmeal cookies

  • peglynn  on  11/21/2017 at 3:33 PM

    Chewy Chai Spice Sugar Cookies!

  • hibeez  on  11/22/2017 at 2:54 PM

    There is no such thing as picking just one cookie to try!!!

  • JaneRose  on  11/22/2017 at 9:08 PM

    OMGoodness, so many yummy recipes to choose from! I'd start with the Orange Meringue Cookies. I love baking cookies any time of the year.

  • AnnaZed  on  11/23/2017 at 12:18 AM

    Thin and crispy coconut oatmeal cookies

  • AnnaZed  on  11/23/2017 at 12:49 AM

    I think that I need the Silform Mini-Oval Tartlets from Sasa Demarle.

  • amylou61  on  11/24/2017 at 9:05 AM

    I'd try the Chewy chai spice sugar cookies. Yum!

  • AnneOther  on  11/24/2017 at 8:21 PM

    I'm planning my Christmas cookie gift packages, and the Anise Biscotti would be a great addition!

  • LaurenE  on  11/26/2017 at 1:45 PM

    Thin and crispy coconut oatmeal cookies

  • LaurenE  on  11/26/2017 at 2:01 PM

    Orange cardamom twists SnarkyLarane on 11/11/2017 at 11:09 PM I'm a sucker for gingersnap

  • lauriesk  on  11/27/2017 at 5:35 PM

    I would first make the Perfect chocolate chip cookies,

  • Shelley.b  on  11/27/2017 at 7:44 PM

    Coconut washboards

  • Maefleur  on  11/27/2017 at 8:50 PM

    Ginger snaps!

  • SndieLynn  on  11/28/2017 at 6:36 AM

    Chocolate chunk oatmeal cookies with pecans and dried cherries. I have a recipe that I tested and retested many years ago until I thought it was perfect, so I’m curious to see how well I did compared to the experts.

  • Blacey  on  11/28/2017 at 2:27 PM

    Coconut washboards

  • bamato  on  11/29/2017 at 1:36 PM

    coffee toffee cookies!

  • Uhmandanicole  on  11/30/2017 at 4:56 PM

    Salty thin and crispy oatmeal cookies

  • jluvs2bake  on  11/30/2017 at 7:09 PM

    tahini cookies with sesame seeds! <3

  • jluvs2bake  on  11/30/2017 at 7:21 PM

    I think I need a volcano mold :)

  • auntietina  on  12/1/2017 at 1:27 AM

    Chewy coconut-lime sugar cookies

  • Laura1  on  12/1/2017 at 7:55 PM

    chewy oatmeal chocolate chip

  • jenmacgregor18  on  12/1/2017 at 9:19 PM

    Cherry squares

  • carinkrasner  on  12/1/2017 at 9:41 PM

    My all time favorite is snickerdoodle, love to have a bite of everyone of these delicious sounding cookies!!!!

  • Katiefayhutson  on  12/1/2017 at 10:51 PM

    Chewy chai spice sugar cookie

  • RachelMurphy526  on  12/2/2017 at 2:51 AM

    Rugelach...or maybe baklava!!!

  • lhudson  on  12/2/2017 at 7:13 AM

    Chewy coconut-lime sugar cookies

  • bethbaye  on  12/2/2017 at 7:38 AM

    Chocolate dipped pistachio shortbread

  • jc214a  on  12/2/2017 at 8:17 AM

    Chocolate Sugar Cookies.

  • elisabethferg9  on  12/2/2017 at 11:43 AM

    Trail mix cookies sound intriguing.

  • BMeyer  on  12/2/2017 at 11:59 AM

    trail mix cookies

  • davisesq212  on  12/3/2017 at 1:59 AM

    No doubt I am trying the Chocolate turtle cookies first!!!!!

  • MeganGarcia  on  12/3/2017 at 12:46 PM

    I'd try Madeleines. I've got a pan, but I've never been able to get them to come out with the perfect texture.

  • Sfgordon  on  12/3/2017 at 9:25 PM

    the gingerbread brownies sound really interesting.

  • ljkish  on  12/3/2017 at 9:39 PM

    brown sugar cookies

  • ljkish  on  12/3/2017 at 9:48 PM

    I would like to try the Flexipan® - Charlottes

  • michalow  on  12/4/2017 at 1:27 AM

    Orange poppyseed

  • Julia  on  12/4/2017 at 11:55 PM

    Chewy sugar cookies.

  • KarenDel  on  12/5/2017 at 1:40 PM

    I would make the Cranberry, white chocolate, and macadamia cookies

  • tararr  on  12/5/2017 at 1:51 PM

    Baci di dama

  • KarenDel  on  12/5/2017 at 1:51 PM

    I'd like to try their Silform® - Mini-Fluted Tartlets

  • bibliophile02  on  12/7/2017 at 12:14 PM

    Perfect chocolate chip cookies

  • FireRunner2379  on  12/8/2017 at 3:06 AM

    I'd like to make the Chocolate chunk oatmeal cookies with pecans and dried cherries or the Baklava.

  • FireRunner2379  on  12/8/2017 at 3:19 AM

    I would like the Perfect Pretzel Silpat!

  • HomespunHouse  on  12/8/2017 at 4:09 PM

    Black and White Cookies

  • AngelaLCooks  on  12/9/2017 at 1:14 PM

    Brown sugar cookies

  • Dannausc  on  12/10/2017 at 7:14 PM

    Thin and crispy chocolate chip cookies

  • AnneOther  on  12/11/2017 at 8:37 PM

    I had no idea that Sasa Demarle made so many different products! Of course, I want most of them, but one I've had my eye on for a while is the Roul’pat, for rolling dough, etc. In particular, I'd love the large one, the 23”x 31.5” size.

  • Teruska  on  12/12/2017 at 4:49 PM

    O.M.G. I never thought that brown sugar and sugar cookies. Being a caramel lover, I think I would try the Brown Sugar Cookie recipe first. Oh yeah!

  • lebarron2001  on  12/13/2017 at 9:11 AM

    Cranberry, white chocolate, and macadamia cookies

  • ecasey830  on  12/13/2017 at 9:30 AM

    Chewy hazelnut-browned butter sugar cookies

  • heyjude  on  12/13/2017 at 1:18 PM

    Tahini Cookies with Sesame Seeds

  • catmommy9  on  12/13/2017 at 2:06 PM

    Lemon sour cream cookies

  • jmay42066  on  12/13/2017 at 7:01 PM

    Chocolate-dipped pistachio shortbread

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