Nancy Silverton made her reputation as the original pastry chef for Wolfgang Puck’s restaurant Spago. Biting into a particularly delicious peanut butter cookie one day, she and had an epiphany:every single thing we bake should taste this good. And so she decided to return to her roots, and set to work perfecting the rest of the American baking canon.
From Lattice-Topped Apple Pie to Carrot Cake with Brown Butter Cream Cheese Frosting (the secret? Carrot puree) to Cornbread (is it too much to ask that it actually taste like corn?), she shares recipes for the platonic ideals of our most beloved baked goods.
Alongside the classics—Lemon Bars, Key Lime Pie, Layered Buttermilk Biscuits—Silverton includes a handful of her own inventions: Double-Decker Chocolate Cookies (double the fun!), Iced Raisin Bars (a better fig newton), and Chocolate Brandy Cake (chocolateandbrandy!)—all sure to become future classics. With more than a hundred perfected recipes,The Cookie That Changed My Lifeis a veritable encyclopedia of the very best things to bake.