Payard Cookies, by legendary pastry chef François Payard, is a gorgeous book full of cookie recipes perfect for the holidays—100 of them, to be exact. And despite his serious cookie cred, Payard’s creations aren’t complicated. “Cookies are so fast, easy and overall very different from pastry art, but making this book made me realize that simple things can sometimes be just as delicious,” says Payard.”Besides the macaroons, all the recipes are very simple!”


And Payard’s favorite tool for great cookies, guaranteed? A kitchen scale. “When you weigh the ingredients, you’ll produce the same cookie each time.”

Payard Cookes, $19.15, amazon.com