There are twelve cookie recipes here, one for each month of the year -- but that's the only gimmick that Moore indulges in. Her cookies -- sugar and spice, molasses, peanut butter, oatmeal, etc. -- are well tested popular standards (with a few surprises such as crushed pineapple mixed in), her directions are well organized and practical, with occasional background information (""when you mix baking soda and sour milk you get a gas called carbon dioxide. . . carbon dioxide helps make the cookies 'light' "") and helpful asides (""Be careful when you put your animal-shaped butter cookies in the jar -- they break easily""). A preliminary note advises on such basics as oven safety, cleaning up, timing and storage, and an appendix explains how to ""measure and sift,"" ""cream together,"" ""grease the sheet,"" etc. A responsible and inviting resource for that first independent cooking venture.