I am firmly in the crispy cookie camp. I will not turn down a great "soft" cookie if it's homemade, but I can't swallow commercially made soft cookies -- the texture just makes me wonder how many preservatives and who knows whatall is in the treat to make it stay soft and shelf stable.
I'm a confident home baker, but lately I've been caving to SO's pressure and making more soft cookies at his request. Well, that's fine, I like to bake for him, but sometimes I want a cookie I enjoy, too!
It seems more and more difficult to find classic crispy cookie recipes out there as the general American tastes right now appear (to me) to run more toward the soft cookie varieties. I do have a small collection of cookbooks spanning the last 100 years, so I do have some "old reliables." I know the different texture outcomes from oven temps, brown vs. white sugar, butter vs. shortening, letting cookies cool on the sheet, and so on. Still, I'd love to hear if you all have any crunchy favorites.
Thought it might be good to share some of our favorites here. I can't be the only holdout for a cookie with crunch! Please share your best crispy, crunchy, toothsome cookie recipes.
I'll start with my own crunchy cookie workaround/tip/cheat. I've been searching for a truly crunchy oatmeal cookie recipe. I tried some that claim they will have a crunchy result, but they really don't. The closest I've come is by adding homemade oatmeal-based granola to a basic cookie dough--pretty close cheat for crunchy oatmeal cookies!