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*Starred Review* There is no such thing as too many cookie recipes. A veteran baker expands readers’ repertoires with well-loved traditional and innovative doughs that, regardless of individual tastes, will make mouths water. Los Angeles industrial designer, professor, and author of Crazy about Cupcakes (2006) Castella dives into her 300 small sweet treats by dividing them by occasion: that is, for every day, for parties, for special occasions, for holidays, and for Christmas. She emphasizes enabling bakers to produce great batters and cookies every time. Tips abound, from fixing too-hard cookies (insert a sliced fresh apple into an airtight container) to recognizing why cookies are too flat (the butter’s too soft). Another area of concentration is on innovation, though American favorites like chocolate chips are well represented, too. Many of her creative concoctions demand advanced skills, such as working with marzipan to generate fruit look-alikes, making a cakelike housewarming invitation, and building a Black Forest brownie ice-cream cake that promises to transform any birthday party. Of course, opening sections capture the fundamentals of cookie making, from tools to techniques, while the back-of-the-book chapter features different doughs, fillings, and frostings. Templates for cookie construction appended. --Barbara Jacobs

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Krystina Castella is the author of Crazy About Cupcakes. She is an industrial designer and professor who designs environments, furniture, clothing, toys, stationery, cupcakes and cookies.
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Product Details

  • Series: Crazy About
  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Sterling (November 2, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 140276913X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1402769139
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 8.1 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #904,813 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Krystina Castella is obsessed with playing in the kitchen and sharing recipes with others that are tasty and beautiful. Krystina is the author of Crazy about Cupcakes (Sterling 2006), Crazy about Cookies (Sterling 2010, Pops! Icy Treats for Everyone (Quirk Books, 2008) and co-author of Booze Cakes (Quirk Books 2010). She is also co-author/ photographer of the children's book Discovering Nature's Alphabet (Heyday 2006). She lives and works near Los Angeles as a writer, industrial designer, and professor at Art Center College of Design.

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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By B. Gorshe on December 13, 2011
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I'm not even going to give it to charity. I wouldn't do that to another cook. I made two recipes from this book, the Brownie Cookies on page 78, and the Snickerdoodles on page 77. In both cases I kept checking and re-checking to make sure I was actually reading the recipe correctly because it didn't seem right to me. For example, the Brownie Cookies call for 3/4 c. brown sugar and 1/4 cup butter and 12 ounces of bittersweet chocolate, to a HALF CUP of flour. As you can imagine, I didn't get cookies, they all ran together into one coating on the pan. I ended up crumbling it all up and freezing it for use as an ice cream topping. The Snickerdoodles call for a cup and a half of whole wheat flour. Okaaaay, I thought. They're some sort of healthy alternative Snickerdoodles. Following the recipe exactly I got these weird balls that most closely resembled scones. They were nothing like a cookie. And as if all of this isn't enough trouble, the typeface of the measurements is so tiny you can barely read it. Does that say 1/4? 3/4? You practically need a magnifying glass. I notice the people who gave the book glowing reviews didn't say things like, I made the cookies on page such-and-such and they turned out great. They discussed how many recipes there are and how it was laid out.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Looneyluden on November 5, 2010
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This book seems to be very organized and beautifully executed. It has pictures for almost every cookie that you are making the exceptions probably are the variations.
There are 6 chapters in this book.

Chapter 1: Cookies in the Know~ basically equipment and tricks for all cookies in the book.
Chapter 2: Everyday cookies~ cookies and bars that are fairly easy to bake.
Chapter 3: Party cookies~ gourmet and tea cookies that look like great eye candies.
Chapter 4: Occasion cookies~ meaning like for specific events like weddings and showers or birthdays. I think that this are was my favorite!
Chapter 5: Holiday cookies~ just what it says. There are roll outs and pinwheels and nicely decorated (not with just icing) cookies.
Chapter 6: Christmas~ includes gingerbread houses and international cookies. great photos!
Then at the end of the book are a couple of pages of basics and templates.

To me this is the best cookie book buy for me of the year and I don't think that I will be buying another one for several years unless I buy it from this author. Great looking cookies and seemly easy directions. This is my kind of book, because it has all the resources in one book. I would definitely recommend this to my friends! By the way if you didn't know in this review after every chapter it was my synopsis of the chapter not the author's. I hope you find this book as good as I did!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Cathleen M. Platt on November 17, 2010
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I am currently on the hunt for recipies from my youth. This book delivers. I found many family favorites and have taste tested them. Some recipes are more complex than others, however, the directions are quite clear. Truely enjoyed this book.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on February 24, 2011
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I bought this book after reading a previous reviewer rave about it being filled with cookies from their youth. I did not find any cookies in this book that was made by my mom or grandma growing up. It was filled with pretentious cookies and lengthy descriptions of proper baking and decorating. The only way I can guess there are 300 cookie recipes in this book are with the recommendations at the end of each recipe suggesting what other ingredients you could use (such as pecans instead of walnuts or different cereals to use in the cereal cookies). To me it is still one single recipe. Also, I don't consider cheesecake bites to be cookies, which there are at least three recipes for in the book. If you are looking for a book with with a variety of cookie recipes, look elsewhere!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By wogan TOP 500 REVIEWER on February 12, 2011
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This is a pretty complete cookie book, not necessarily the simplest cookies, but a determined beginner could make cookies from these recipes, some are simpler than others. The frustration would probably come for many in the detailed, and lovely decorating. No real individual instructions are given on how to frost some of the intricate creations, so you would have to already know how to do that.

There is a really informative beginning, that tells about baking and decorating equipment, baking, storing and transporting the cookies, cookie and decorating ingredients, cookie types, techniques and decorating techniques. There is some information on making gluten free cookies and gluten free baking powder. There are pictures of many of the cookies, which does give you decorating ideas and some very small templates to do those decorations.
Contained in this book are breakfast and brunch cookies, chocolate, classic cookies, energy and snack bars, dinner party, tea party, summer, cocktail party cookies, cookies for birthdays, weddings, babies, children, teens and holidays

If you enjoy making cookies and want to stretch your repertoire this book is for you. We have especially enjoyed the beer and mixed nut cookies, potato chip cookies and the Christmas tree.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Beth on June 16, 2011
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I was initially excited to read it but quickly became disillusioned.

This started off fine with descriptions of ingredients and baking methods, etc. but once I actually hit the recipes they were so tangled together that I quickly just gave up and abandoned the book entirely. It just was not worth it.

By tangled I mean that each cookie's recipe did not start on a fresh page. So, if one recipe ended a 1/4 of the way down the page the next just started right after it. This made for both difficult skimming and finding out which recipes matched up to which cookie pictures. This is just unacceptable formatting in a professionally published book.

What recipes I did manage to slog through before abandonment were rather good, but the formatting was just so off-putting I won't be trying any of them. Give this one a pass and try another, better formatted, cookie cookbook.
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