Cookies, Cookies & More Cookies!
Charlesbridge, 2011 (2011)
Reviewed by Bob Walch
his is the time of year when holiday baking means dusting off your old cookie recipes. If you are in an adventurous mood and would like to add a little zest to your usual fare, this is just the book you'll want to consult.
n this nicely illustrated book you'll find cookies for chocolate junkies, cookies for kids, and tasty, sweet morsels for the cookie connoisseur who craves something unusual or exotic.
The wonderful thing about baking cookies is that they are so simple to make; even those who don't consider themselves a whiz in the kitchen can enjoy making homemade, beautifully tasting cookies,
' writes the author. I'm not sure I totally agree with the
simple to make
part of this quote, but German does spell out the instructions for the recipes here so succinctly that I have to admit you have to
not be paying attention
to mess up most of these cookies.
irst, you'll find some
for turning out butter, chocolate, dairy-free, and shortbread cookies plus French meringue kisses. There's also a simple, two-step recipe for making
(three large egg whites, a little cream of tartar and four cups of powdered sugar) which can be used to top any of these cookies.
nce you've mastered the
, then it's on to the classics. The dozen recipes here range from
he children's section (although adults will love these cookies too) includes
Sprinkled Chocolate Balls
Mini Marshmallow Cookies
Homemade Ice Cream Sandwiches
Peanut Butter & Jelly Sandwich Cookies
ine recipes will be found in the
Cookies for Occasions
Christmas Meringue Snow Sandwiches
Gingerbread Man Cookies
New Year's Pop Rick Cookies
would be quite appropriate now, but the triangle-shaped
filled with chocolate or fruit jam look pretty enticing also, although they are usually made for the Jewish holiday of Purim.
here's also a special section for the health conscious cookie addict and you'll find
Pine Nut Cookies
Green Tea Cookies
Cranberry Oatmeal Cookies
among the selections.
chapter with eleven recipes is more to my liking, though, and there are fourteen cookies found in the closing section -
Cookies for the Connoisseur
are both winners as are
(Elephant Ears) which are made from puff pastry.
hatever your taste or skill level, there's something in this cookbook to make holiday cookie making more exciting this year. You don't have to wait until December to whip up a batch of delicious cookies. Homemade cookies are perfect for any occasion or holiday.
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