Cook the Book: 'The King Arthur Flour Cookie Companion'

20091206thekingarthurflourcookiecompanion.jpgLast week we officially made December 2009 Cookie Month, pledging to share at least one cookie recipe a day, and this week we are spotlighting the mother of all cookie cookbooks, The King Arthur Flour Cookie Companion.

The folks up at company in Norwich, Vermont, have been milling the highest quality flours for over 200 years and know a thing or two about baking. According to The King Arthur Flour Cookie Companion, Americans are the most prolific cookie bakers, so the book naturally includes many good old Americans classics like Snickerdoodles and Daisies—but it doesn't stop there.

This doorstop of a book covers cookie culture from virtually every corner of the world. Here's a just a sampling from of the global collection: German Zimsterne Christmas cookies, Benne Crisps, the Carolina low country sesame cookies with roots in Western Africa, Greek Kourabiedes, and crescent-shaped Austrian Kipferl.

For such a vast variety of recipes the 500-page book has done a fantastic job organizing them into nine basic categories for easy navigation. The book starts off with essentials like chocolate chips, shortbread, and oatmeal cookies, then moves on to batter cookies, no-bake cookies, bars and squares, all while explaining techniques and processes in simple, concise terms for the home baker.

If you are looking for the perfect gift for the cookie monster on your list, The King Arthur Flour Cookie Companion is definitely the way to go. This is a book for the tireless cookie lover with an insatiable sweet tooth and an oven that's preheated and ready to go.

And since we have already pledged our undying allegiance to cookies, we are going to be sharing a recipe from The King Arthur Flour Cookie Companion everyday this week, festive Eggnog Sandwich Cookies, glittering Stained Glass Cookies, and Cherry Nut Regulach just to name a few.

Win 'The King Arthur Flour Cookie Companion'

Thanks to the generosity of the folks over at The Countryman Press, we are giving away five (5) copies of The King Arthur Flour Cookie Companion this week. All you have to do is the first batch of cookies that you ever baked in the comments section below.

Five (5) people will be chosen at random among the eligible comments below. We're sorry, but entry is only open to residents of the U.S. and Canada. Comments will close Monday, December 14 at noon ET. The standard Serious Eats contest rules apply.