Don't take what cookbooks say too seriously. Most of the time, bakers like to make baking sound really complicated. But with a couple of simple tricks, baking gets quit easy. There are three main lessons on baking my mother taught me, follow them and you are ready to go for pretty much any cookie.
1. Always use the best products. If you use chocolate make sure to get great quality. Dark chocolate is always better to use for baking.
2. Mix the "wet" parts and the "dry" parts. Always mix together butter, sugar, eggs, the "wet" parts. Mix flour, baking powder, salt, and if needed, nuts together. Then fold the "dry" parts into the "wet" parts.
3. Always, and I mean "ALWAYS", use butter when baking. Margarine just does not cut it!
And let's get started! In my next posts I will share with you how to make my delicious Linzer cookies based on a family recipe you won't find anywhere else.