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Good Housekeeping The Great Christmas Cookie Swap Cookbook: 60 Large-Batch Recipes to Bake and Share Hardcover-spiral – October 6, 2009


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Product Details

  • Series: Good Housekeeping
  • Hardcover-spiral: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Hearst; Spi edition (October 6, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1588167577
  • ISBN-13: 978-1588167576
  • Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 5.8 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #697,156 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Try the Chocolate Crinkle cookies... they are a bit of work, but SOOOOO worth it!
Cynthia Richards
Almost every recipe make >100 cookies, so it is often our go to cookbook for making Christmas cookies as gifts.
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I had to re-read the entire recipe a couple time to make sure I didn't miss something.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By M. Hill TOP 500 REVIEWER on January 2, 2010
Format: Hardcover-spiral
The Great Christmas Cookie Swap Cookbook is a book with a very specific purpose. While reading it I would sometimes forget its singular job and wonder why a cookie recipe required FOUR pounds of butter -- a necessity when making multiple batches. It was disconcerting and amusing.

The vast majority of the sixty recipes are standard cookie recipes that would be expected fare at a cookie swap - Peanut Butter Cookies, Classic Sugar Cookies, Drop Sugar Cookies, Sour Cream Sugar Cookies, Coconut Macaroons, Almond Macaroons, Scottish Shortbread, Snickerdoodles, Mexican Wedding Cookies, etc. Although most of the recipes are old favorites, the Good Housekeeping editors did sprinkle a few interesting cookies and variations that would be standouts at any cookie swap - like Praline-Topped Brownies (which I prepared and are quite delicious), Finska Kakor (which were also great) and Apricot Raspberry Rugelach - a rugelach combination I had not tried and the result was terrific.

This is a solid cookbook but geared toward the cook that does not have many or any cookie cookbooks, because 95 percent of the recipes would be found in any basic cookie volume. The book's selling point is the convenience of having the large batch calculations done for you. Of course, doubling, tripling or quadrupling recipes really doesn't require much effort --but if the reader has serious time constraints -- and, there are many people in precisely such a position -- this cookbook may fill a void.

The book is attractive, easy to read (small font size but dark ink), easy to use (spiral bound) and the finish on the pages should make any spills or splashes easy to clean up.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By S. D. Fischer VINE VOICE on January 4, 2011
Format: Hardcover-spiral
I was initially taken aback by the smaller than usual size of the book (7.5" x 6") but it delivers the promised 60 large-batch recipes as well as a few useful tips for hosting a cookie swap and packaging cookies. I often forget to check the size of books when reading Amazon's product description.

The book is spiral-bound so it lays flat on the counter when you're cooking. The page count listed in the Amazon description is misleading as it includes attached recipe cards. There are 125 pages of content, a two-page index, and a page with photo credits follwed by 16 recipe cards (which can be torn out on perforated lines).

I would have liked to have seen more photos of finished cookies. Photos of the finished products were provided for four bar cookies, four drop cookies, ten rolled and cut-out cookies, and seven of the shaped and refrigerator cookies. There were a few photos of the process such as cutting biscotti slices and cutting and shaping rugelach.

The recipes produce between 84 and 320 cookies, with an average yield of 96 bar cookies (such as brownies and blondies) and 120 of the other types of cookies.

I like that each recipe includes not only the basics (such as the active time, bake time and suggested yield) but also nutrition info. The nutrition information includes approximate calorie count; grams of protein, carbohydrates, and fat; and miligrams of cholesterol and sodium. Of course, yield and nutrition information is approximate since the size of the cookie depends on the cook, and it is difficult to make each cookie identicsl in size.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By BeachBrights VINE VOICE on December 8, 2009
Format: Hardcover-spiral
This book is the "go to" for all things cookie swap. Not only does the book give you tips for how to organize and host a cookie swap but the book also gives you great tips on baking the best cookies at the swap!

The book is a very manageable 5x7. It is spiral bound and lays flat for easier reading when cooking (I love these kinds of considerations). I would like to have seem more photos included with the recipes but they did write the recipes "large-batch" to make cooking and giving easier (another great consideration).

It is no secret that I can't bake. Cooking yes, Baking no. There is a difference! From now on when I get invited to a cookie swap, I am going to use this book and cook all the delights: Coconut Macaroons, Cinnamon Spirals and Nut Cresents. I will have those "cookie swap church ladies" swooning with cookie envy!

This would make a great stocking stuffer or better yet, a great addition to a gift basket. Just add the book with a batch of cookies in a cute basket - all tied up in a bow. Perfect!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Rae Xu on June 24, 2013
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I got three Good Housekeeping cookie books at a time. I thought they should be totally different since the covers an titles are different. But the fact is that each Good Housekeeping Cookie book contains too many same recipes!

I am very disappointed.

Plus, most cookie recipes don't go with a photo..
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Cynthia Richards on January 23, 2013
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This book has some wonderful recipes in it and in appropriate sized batches for sharing with friends and family. Try the Chocolate Crinkle cookies... they are a bit of work, but SOOOOO worth it! They are simply the best cookies that I have ever had!
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