Cook the Book: 'Chewy Gooey Crispy Crunchy Melt-in-Your-Mouth Cookies'

20101201chewygooeycrispycrunchy.jpgAuthor's Note: We are embarking on a crazy whirlwind month long of holiday baking. Inspired by last year's A Cookie a Day 2009, we will feature a cookie recipe each day in December. We've stocked up on the butter and sugar, broken out the cookie sheets and stand mixers, and assembled an artillery of cookie-centric cookbooks to share with you. And now, without further ado we are happy to bring you our first installment of A Cookie A Day 2010! —The Mgmt.

One look at Alice Medrich's Chewy Gooey Crispy Crunchy Melt-in-Your-Mouth Cookies and you'll realize that it's not your typical cookie book. Beginning with the minimalist layout and sleek photography, Chewy Gooey Crispy Crunchy takes a modern approach to cookie baking. Medrich's goal is to bring cookies into the spotlight by taking classic cookie recipes and tweaking them. That might mean adding a bit of spice, cutting the sugar, or subbing in olive oil for butter. And the results are exciting—plain old chocolate chip cookies are enlivened with salty oats, shortbread is dressed up with sesame and fennel seeds, and butter cookies get a boost of nutty flavor with buckwheat.

This week we are kicking off A Cookie a Day 2010 with recipes from a selection of cookies from Chewy Gooey Crispy Crunchy including Ultrathin Chocolate Chunk Cookies, Almond Amaretti, and Cardamom Caramel Palmiers.

Win 'Chewy Gooey Crispy Crunchy Melt-in-Your-Mouth Cookies'

Thanks to the generous folks over at Artisan, we are giving away five (5) copies of Chewy Gooey Crispy Crunchy Melt-in-Your-Mouth Cookies this week. All you have to do is tell us about what kind of cookies you are most looking forward to this holiday season in the comments section below.

The standard Serious Eats contest rules apply.