As usual, it's hard to define a cookie. Epicurious says that they're "hand-held, flour-based sweet cakes", but what we can think of many exceptions to this. What about macaroons or meringues? How do madeleines fit in? Are there other exceptions to the definition that don't start with M? So, as usual, we all know a cookie when we see it.
Here are our rules:
1.) We can't make the same kind of cookie in the same month, unless we're doing a bake-off (which may or may not have already happened!).
2.) We want to explore as many cookies as possible, so no repeats per individual. However, you can make the same type of cookie as someone else later in the year.
3.) The cookies may be shared with at least one other person.
4.) One kind of cookie must be decorated with frosting so we can practice more piping.
5.) We will incorporate reviews of good cookies made by others that we've sampled throughout the year.
6.) We will include book reviews related to cookies.
7.) We will be AWESOME about posting our cookie baking adventures within two weeks. No six month long gaps! We promise!