A restaurant's cookie plate is an important thing. Exhibit 1: Mindy Segal always has one on the menu of Mindy's Hot Chocolate in Chicago. Exhibit 2: It's the inspiration behind Segal's first cookbook. In 60 or so recipes, the James Beard Award-winning pastry chef dives deep into the sweet world of cookies, from simple drop cookies like classic chocolate chip to dainty sandwich cookies with a metal riff (aka the chocolate-dipped Black Sabbaths). Paging through, it'll suddenly hit you: You should plan a cookie swap ASAP.

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