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A Baker's Field Guide to Christmas Cookies Paperback – October 11, 2011
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About the Author
Dede Wilson is the author of A Baker's Field Guide series, Christmas Cooking for Dummies, Appetizers for Dummies, and The Wedding Cake Book. She is a contributing editor to Bon Appetit and the host of Seasonings with Dede Wilson, a PBS cooking show. She lives in Amherst, Massachusetts.
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Top Customer Reviews
These are some truly creative recipes that children will love, like the Night Before Christmas Mice, which actually look like mice, and traditional favorites like snickerdoodles or pizzelles. It even has a recipe for salt-dough ornament cookies - totally inedible but can be decorated to make permanent Christmas ornaments. A Baker's Field Guide to Christmas Cookies is fun, creative, and recommended.
Dede Wilson, on the other hand, has given us a very practical kitchen reference for lots and lots of common cookie recipes baked for Christmas, including several ethnic favorites such as the relatively difficult Moravian Ginger Cookies.
My favorite thing about Ms. Wilson's contribution aside from its spiral binding which lays flat on the table is the fact that you often have more than one recipe for a particular type of cookie. For a rolled gingerbread / spice cookie recipe, there are at least three alternatives, not even including the difficult Moravian cookie. That generally means that if you want to make a particular kind of cookie, you have your choice between an easy, intermediate, and hard recipe.
Other very nice features are the fact that every recipe falls on two facing pages, begins with a very clear picture of one or two of the cookies, states the type and (very cute here) habitat, gives a description of the cookie and alternatives, gives the shelf life under proper storage conditions, and gives appropriate tips on making this and similar cookies.Read more ›
Symbols with each recipe to indicate if the dough can be frozen, if the cookies keep well, if they are kid-friendly to make, quick to make or sturdy enough to mail.
The binding is a sturdy covered spiral so the book lays flat on the table and the pages do not tear or come loose from the binding.
The introduction has excellent information on ingredients, storage, baking and cooling advice and equipment needed
There is a listing of Resources in the back for equipment mentioned or required in the recipes so you can order items by phone or over the internet.
PICTURES! Excellent photos of each cookie so you know how it is supposed to look. This is especially helpful when making cookies with children; they like to have an idea of what they are making.
The recipe for Kris Kringle's is the best I have found. The same for the Snickerdoodle recipe (I make these at least once a month).
My children have made many of the recipes with me. Their favorites are the Peanut Butter Chocolate Kiss Cookies, Night Before Christmas Mice, Pepparkakor (ginger snaps), Easy Christmas Wreaths, Candy Cane Cookies and Mocha Orange Pinwheel Cookies.
There are also a whole range of more complicated, interesting cookies, which one would want to make without their kids help.
The format is easy to follow, easy to read and less intimidating than Rose's Christmas Cookies (also a great book).
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Lots of pics and back stories of each cookie. A couple of new recipes that I had not known about. I purchased it both in book form and Kindle. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Yvonne E. Aguia
Amazing cookie recipes that are easy to read and use. Uses common ingredients and produce great tasting cookies!Published 14 months ago by amazonluver
Fairly handy. I have the e-book version. Some recipes are a bit beyond my baking skill level but gives me something to strive for.Published 14 months ago by StaySea
I love the cookies they where fantastic!!!!!!
It was really fun makeing them and then eating them!!!!
How did you think of the recipes?
Dede explains equipment and measurements used exactly in her test kitchen. Gives hints that can help a novice or seasoned cookie baker, plus photograph of how baked cookie should... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Janelle Butler
Wanted to be able and go make some cookies! But this is a book you'll have to go buy the ingredients and even some tools! Read morePublished 17 months ago by J. Milani
Great gift item. This book was much better than it appeared in the photo and at under $6 bucks it was a great deal. Read morePublished 18 months ago by MML
I love the way the book is laid out and I loved Dede when she appeared on PBS. Lots of great recipes for old favorites and cookies that may be unfamiliar.Published on April 7, 2014 by JustIMHO
Well...I chose four recipes for my yearly Christmas cookie baking and only two turned out good (after following the instructions to a "T"). Read morePublished on January 1, 2014 by D. Rocc