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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
Great book! Have made most of the chewy versions of chocolate chip, sugar, and PB cookies. Haven't found a dud yet.Published 24 days ago by Molly W
This is a big book, but cookie recipes are built off of one basic recipe. But results are reliable.Published 3 months ago by Eric P. Jeanise
I love that you can choose crunchy versus soft versions of old favoritesPublished 3 months ago by Marianna Kunow
I received the book in time and the recipes are wonderful, but the first pages are not bound into the book. Disappointing as it was a gift.Published 4 months ago by Angela Smith-Butterwick
I love this book so much that I don't want to return it. However, I received it yesterday and the first time I open it the pages ripped away from the spine of the book. It is sad. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Sharon Munden
Good recipes but needs to be updated. Techniques are more up-to-date on the website and in conflict with the book. It confused my mother, the queen of cookies.Published 4 months ago by Rabbid Reader