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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
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.
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 2 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 2 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 2 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 3 months ago by Neal Crosson
I purchased this book as a 24-year-old without much baking experience. I was very pleased to find that this book not only has a ton of great recipes, but it also includes a lot of... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Katherine Druback
This particular copy is meant as a gift, but I have a hardcover copy and hardly a cookie season (isn't every season a 'cookie season'?!) goes by that I don't refer to it. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Daisy
Great book with lots of wonderful cookie recipes. I used to collect cookie recipe books, but no more. The only book I turn to these days for flavorful cookies is this one. Read morePublished 3 months ago by embrlady