The Daily Cookie (podcast + contest)

Oct 5th, 2012 | By | Category: Featured Articles, podcast, the show
The Daily Cookie by Anna Ginsberg

The Daily Cookie by Anna Ginsberg



Austinite, and home baker, Anna Ginsberg is a self-professed sweets fanatic.

Cookies are her favorite  treat to whip up. “I like cookies because they are easy to share,” the doyenne of cookie dough explained. ” I do like cakes and pies, but it’s  harder to give away a pie with a third of it missing,” she laughed.

Anna — who is the 2006 Pillsbury Bake-off ® Grand Champion — writes about baking cookies on her blog Cookie Madness. In fact, every day for more than five years, she’s baked a batch of cookies and written about it for her cookie obsessed public.

It was bound to happen that an agent contacted Anna about writing a book on — what else — cookies. “We worked out the theme together,” she told me. “We wanted to come up with a quirky holiday or an event for every day of the year, and then match a cookie with it.”

After they had the theme nailed down, Anna wrote a proposal and a first chapter; it didn’t take long for a publisher to  come on board. The resulting book, which comes out next month, is The Daily Cookie — 365 Tempting Treats for the Sweetest Year of Your Life.

Home bakers can bake the cookies according to the day they honor, or just find a recipe  that looks good and go for it. So whether you want to celebrate Squirrel Appreciation Day (one of Anna’s favorites) on January 21 with Caramel Nut Bars (page 25), or National Hermit Day on October 29 with Hermit Bars (page 335), or even National Maple Syrup Day on December 17 with Maple Oat Bars (page 386) you can do it, and life will be sweeter for it.


 To be eligible to have your name included in the random drawing for one of the books, you MUST follow the rules below.

  1. Must be 18 years old to enter.
  2. Only open to people living in the US.
  3. Entries must be received by 6 p.m. CDT Monday October 8, 2012 to be eligible for the drawing.
  4. Must leave a comment below telling us about your favorite cookie to make (or eat) and what you love about it.
  5. Comments that do not meet that criteria will not be entered into the drawing.
  6. Only one entry per person | household | IP address.
  7. Must include your full name and valid email address to be eligible for drawing. (An email address that uses your full name will suffice.)
  8. Only entries from people who have not won anything from Field & Feast in the last three months are eligible to win.
  9. Winners will be selected at random using, after 6 p.m. CDT Monday, October 8, 2012.
  10. TWO winners will be selected.
  11. Winners will be contacted by the show’s producer via the email address they provided when entering contest, to arrange mailing of the book. Ensure the email address you provide is free of typos. Producer is only responsible for her own typos, not yours.
  13. The winner has one week from the close of the contest to respond to producer’s email to claim their book. If they do not do so by 6 p.m. CDT Monday, October 15, 2012, they forfeit their claim to the book. Be sure to check your bulk/junk folder in case your email client filters producer’s email. Producer is not responsible if you do not see your winner’s notification.
  14. The book will be drop shipped from the publisher (Andrews McMeel Publishing) or the author, Anna Ginsberg.
  15. Email the producer with any questions about the contest at
  16. Producer is not responsible if a winner’s book gets lost or damaged in the mail.

NOTE: These comments are monitored, so don’t fret if you do not see your comment for several hours. It will be time stamped and counted if it meets the deadline and eligibility requirements.

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  1. My favorite cookie is an oatmeal cookie my mom used to make. She would whip up a batch, form it into two logs, and freeze them. Whenever she needed cookies she would cut off the desired amount and bake them up. As an adult I would visit her and my dad at the end of a week of teaching —- I miss hearing her say, ” I’ve got coffee brewing and I just “cut off” some cookies.” I relish this memory of a fine mom and lady who is now gone.

  2. Mary’s Mother’s Snowballs ( Christmas from the Heart of the Home by Susan Branch)
    2 sticks butter, softened
    3/4 c sugar
    2 c. sifted flour
    1 c. finely chopped walnuts
    8 oz. chocolate kisses
    powdered sugar for dusting
    Cream butter & sugar well. Add flour, then walnuts. Gather dough into disk -shape & wrap in plastic. refrigerate at least 1/2 hr. Preheat oven to 350. Remove foil from kisses and insert one inside a ball of dough 1 inch in diameter. Make sure each Kiss is completely covered by sough. Bake for 12 min., Sift powdered sugar on while still warm.
    Who wouldn’t enjoy a cookie wrapped around a chocolate kiss!

  3. My favorite cookies, at least currently, are Texas Cowboy Cookies, which are a pretty basic chocolate chip cookie with some cocoa added to the dough and a couple cups of old-fashioned rolled oats and a cup of pecans thrown in. I love to bake them in our solar oven on sunny weekends; it’s always fun to have the aroma of fresh baked goods out in the yard. I especially like this recipe because my husband loves them, and he can be a little bit of picky eater. Me? I’ve never met a cookie I didn’t like!

    Texas Cowboy Cookies

    Cream together:
    1 cup butter, softened
    1 1/2 cups brown sugar

    Stir in:
    2 eggs
    1 tsp. vanilla

    Add and mix well:
    2 1/4 cups flour
    1/2 cup cocoa
    1 tsp. baking soda
    1/2 tsp. salt

    Add and combine thoroughly:
    2 cups chocolate chips, your choice of semi-sweet, milk chocolate or dark chocolate
    2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
    1 cup pecan pieces

    I like to use a cookie scoop to keep the cookies uniform, but two spoons works fine. Bake on ungreased cookie sheets at 375 degrees for 8 to 10 minutes.

    Makes about 5 dozen cookies.

  4. I love that we’re also getting recipes in the comments. Keep ’em coming.


  5. Almond Crescents are my favorite because I made them as a child with my mother. I have a tip for all nut-based cookie doughs: use a Mouli or Zyliss rotary grater to get very fine, but not oily pieces of nut for your cookie dough.

  6. My favorite cookies are brown butter brown sugar cookies, because it’s rare I find a cookie that’s good enough I don’t try to add chocolate to it, but these ones meet/exceed the line!

  7. I have a recipe (Cookie Madness) for oatmeal raisin in which I substiitute dried cherries for the raisins. I guess you could use any oatmeal cookie recipe as the base.

  8. I love the NY Times CCC recipe the most!

  9. Hi Anna! My favorite cookie to make is Laura Bush’s “Cowboy Cookies” because everyone loves them.

    3 cups all-purpose flour
    1 tablespoon baking powder
    1 tablespoon baking soda
    1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
    1 teaspoon salt
    1 1/2 cup butter (at room temperature)
    1 1/2 cup granulated sugar
    1 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
    3 eggs
    1 tablespoon vanilla extract
    3 cups semisweet chocolate chips
    3 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
    2 cups sweetened flake coconut
    2 cups chopped pecans

    Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
    Mix flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and salt in bowl.
    In 8-quart bowl, beat butter on medium speed until smooth and creamy, 1 minute. Gradually beat in sugars; beat to combine, 2 minutes. Add eggs, one at a time, beating after each. Beat in vanilla extract.
    Stir in flour mixture until just combined. Add chocolate chips, oats, coconut and pecans.
    For each cookie, drop 1/4 cup dough onto ungreased baking sheets, spacing 3 inches apart. Bake for 17 to 19 minutes, until edges are lightly browned; rotate sheets halfway through.
    Remove cookies from rack to cool.

  10. Oops! Forgot to include my full name. 🙁

    My favorite cookie is a Gingersnap. I like the chewy kind. Below is the recipe I have used for years.


    3/4 C. butter flavored shortening (5.05 oz)
    1 C sugar (7 oz.)
    1/4 C molasses
    1 egg
    2 C flour (10 oz.)
    1/2 tsp. salt
    2 tsp. baking soda
    1/2 tsp. ground cloves
    1 1/2 tsp. ground ginger
    1 tsp. ground cinnamon

    Beat shortening and sugar until light and fluffy.

    Add molasses and egg. Mix well.

    Combine dry ingredients and add to sugar mixture. Mix well.

    Roll dough into 1 inch balls, then roll in granulated sugar.

    Bake on lightly greased baking sheet at 350 degrees 11 to 13 minutes for a standard oven.

    320 degrees for a convection oven – 10 minutes. Perfect.

    Makes about 4 dozen.

  11. My new favorite cookie is a carrot cookie. It tastes like a relative of carrot cake, but is crispy with carrot, coconut, pecans, ginger and nutmeg. It’s fabulous!

  12. My favorite cookie to make and eat are oatmeal raisin cookies. The smell and taste reminds me of my childhood home. I used to help make them when I was little and now make them several times a year for the family. My husband’s family now likes them as much as my family does!

  13. My favorite cookies to make are pizzelles, the thin, crispy, Italian cookies. The reason it is my favorite to make is because not many people make them (since you need a pizzelle iron to press them), so they are greatly appreciated when I give out tins filled with them during the Christmas season.

  14. Darlene — pizzelle are among my favorite cookies, too. I like to drizzle them with dark and white chocolate and toffee chips as a wonderful, light dessert after a holiday meal.


  15. My favorite is wedding cookies. Everyone loves them and they stay fresh for a long time! They bring back many Christmas memories in the kitchen.

  16. I like to make shortbread from a recipe that my grandfather from Scotland gave me. He always made them at Christmas and so that is when I tend to make them. The recipe makes small rounds, which are then cut into wedges or broken to make cookies. To give them a Texas-Hill Country twist, I sometimes add some lavender buds (not too many).

  17. i’ve never made them, but i just love eating sugar wafers – especially lemon. i think it’s a texture thing.

  18. I have a few favorites – mocha truffle, triple ginger, monster – that I make occasionally, but good old chocolate chip cookies are in high rotation at my house. Even thought I have a few favorite recipes, I’m always willing to try a new one to make sure I’m not missing out on a perfect new recipe.

  19. I like to bake peanut butter cookies because so many people I know love them.
    Peanut Butter Cookies
    Mix together 1 cup peanut butter, I cup sugar and 1egg. Roll dough into 1″ balls. Flatten
    with fork to make cross cross. Bake at 350 for 10 – 12 minutes. Cool.

  20. I love to make snickerdoodles! Mostly because it is the only cookie recipe I had that made a successful conversion to gluten free after I was diagnosed with celiac. That and the dough is sooo yummy.

  21. My favorite cookie is pumpkin chocolate chip. I was totally hooked after the first try, someone at work had brought them in. It has such a great marriage of flavors.

  22. My favorite cookie is a warm, gooey sugar cookie covered with white vanilla icing.
    There is nothing like it – the cookie and frosting melt in your mouth – just the thought of it makes me crave one now – smile.

  23. Oooooooo…fav Cookie would have to be a Clementine Bar Cookie (recipe on the commercial sized bag of semi-sweet Chocolate Chips from Ghirardelli)…but wonder if a NEW fav will be w/in this new book by Anna G (perhaps the nutty nosh for Squirrel Appreciation Day?! 🙂 PW

  24. My favorite is called ‘100 Good Cookies’ and they contain Rice Krispies and Oats. The cookies are not too sweet and do not contain chocolate. They were my Dad’s favorite cookie, too.

  25. Kathie, that’s it for the peanut butter cookies? PB, sugar and egg? Wow. I think I will have to try Judy’s Chewy Gingersnaps. Love chewy cookies! My favorite cookie that I keep going back to is one from my great-aunt Vera OATMEAL CHOCOLATE CHIP. Both my brother and I copied out the recipe from her in our own handwriting’s 40-50 years ago. I just made a batch yesterday too! But I keep trying new recipes just because… My church fundraiser is coming up in 3 weeks. Several folks are expected to make pies… I just decided for this year to do the Nestle Tollhouse Cookie Pie, 4 of them.

  26. Rum Balls, because you don’t have to wait for them to bake! Just roll them, store them, and EAT! Yea

  27. I love peanut butter dark chocolate chunk pecan cookies because they have all of my favorite ingredients.

  28. Butterballs. These are made only at Christmas. Love them. Also C.I. cutout cookies.

  29. My favorite cookie recipe is for Monster Cookies. Here in Texas they are a novelty and always a hit! Can also be made gluten-free for sensitive friends. 🙂 They are also my husband’s favorite cookie from his childhood.

  30. I love ginger cookies. I like them because (when made right) they have chewiness and crispness and a nice bite from the spices.

  31. My all time favorite cookie would be the Icebox Cookies my grandma Susie used to make. I inherited her hand written cookbook but the cookie recipe is not in it. I think she’d made it so many hundreds of times she just didn’t think of writing it down. A lost treasure!!

  32. My favorite cookie of all time is chocolate chip cookies. The best cookie I have bought would be the chocolate chip cookie from Paradise Bakery and I’m constantly trying to find a recipe as good 🙂

  33. My favorite cookie is a chocolate brownie cookie with peanut butter chips. You can’t beat the combination of chocolate and peanut butter!

  34. Picking a favorite cookie is hard because there are few cookies I don’t like! My favorite would have to include chocoloate, so that narrows it down a bit…with peanut butter narrows it further…so this leads me to a recipe that my sister and I have made for years, at Christmas time. Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls – that’s it! Peanut butter, powdered sugar, butter, graham cracker crumbs, all rolled into a ball and dipped into melted chocolate. Yum! Makes my mouth water just thinking about them!

  35. Thanks to everyone who took time to enter the contest, and especially to those who shared recipes.

    From eligible entries, I created a list and using the website, generated a random list. The first two people on the list were my winners.

    Congratulations to Beth Lloyd and Gail Braymen. I’ll be sending an email to each of you to discuss getting your copy of Anna Ginsberg’s book The Daily Cookie sent your way.

    Make cookies…make memories.

    Cecilia Nasti
    Producer and Host | Field & Feast