The Cookie Companion is in the King Arthur tradition, which means that it's a teaching cookbook--one overflowing with tips, pointers, lore, and other compelling information. Thus, for example, the introduction to Special Roll-Out Sugar Cookies informs readers that thorough dough-rolling creates thin, snapping-crisp cookies, but roll the dough a bit thicker, and "youve got crunchy." Their no-detail-too-small introductory basics are greatly aided by the tour-de-force illustrations of Laura Hartman Maestro. For example, a box on bar-cookie cutting shows readers the five basic size configurations, depending on pan dimensions. Bakers who have routinely paused, knife in hand, before a pan of just-baked brownies, trying to decide how to end up with, say, 24 large squares, won't, following the illustrations, do so again. A section on cookie decoration is equally definitive, as is a final chapter on ingredients, which offers, for example, a full discussion of sugars, plus asides like "Is Splenda the Answer to Low-Calorie Baking" (maybe) and "Can I Substitute a Liquid Sweetener for a Dry One to Make My Cookies Sifter?" (sometimes, but never measurement for measurement).
With "Create-a-Cookie," a section that focuses on manipulating basic dough mixtures to make checkerboard and pinwheel cookies among others; recipes for glazes, icings, dips and finishes; illustrated equipment profiles; plus color photos that depict the cookies in all their edible glory, the book is, simply, a must-have for cookie bakers everywhere. --Arthur Boehm
I have tried many of the recipes in this book and found them to be very good.
As a beginning baker myself, the part of THE KING ARTHUR FLOUR COOKIE COMPANION that I find extremely helpful is the "Getting Started" section.
There are lots of tempting cookie recipes with numerous options...many are very easy to follow.
I teach cookie baking for classes given to benefit local charities. This book is an excellent reference and provides basic recipes with lots of variations. Read morePublished 12 days ago by L. Utz
A good cookbook to read. Most, if not all, of the recipes have a little blurb about them which makes for interesting reading. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Lynn E
I tried the soft chocolate chip cookie recipe. It came out great. I am looking forward to more great cookies.Published 2 months ago by maggie k
This is the BEST cookie book I own and I have many, many books.
Every Cookie recipe is just wonderful, easy to follow instructions, results are wonderful and tastes of these... Read more
I've made a lot of cookies over the years - but NONE of them ever turned out so absolutely delicious as the cookies in King Arthur Flour Cookie Companion. Read morePublished 9 months ago by tjm
Their essential chocolate chip cookie gets rave reviews--particularly with a bit of sea salt on top!
Can't go wrong with this book. Read more
The King Arthur cookbooks are very informative and I liked my first one so much I bought two more! I hope to purchase another one soon!Published 9 months ago by Kelly Roberts
I got this for my wife, who loves baking, and she has made some delicious cookies from it, which of course, benefits me a great deal. Highly recommended.Published 9 months ago by Iowa Eddie
We own the hardcover edition of this book and have this one as a gift. It's an excellent book with tons of useful information that is easy to use for beginners and experienced... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Neal Crosson