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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
This is the best cookie book ever! Every recipe we have tried has been phenomenal. I highly recommend this to family & friends.Published 3 days ago by M. Lawler
I do a lot of baking and even though I had some of these recipes, the clarity and precision of the instructions are wonderful. Read morePublished 4 days ago by ASH Alum
Great cookies and many variations of old time favorites too! This will become one of your go to cookie cookbooks.Published 1 month ago by Chris G
I love everything about any of the King Arthur companion books because not only are the recipes wonderful but they teach you how to bake. Read morePublished 2 months ago by wendy lee
It arrived in great shape as usual...and is full of great recipes. The recipes are easy to follow The book dosn't lie flat...but I just set something heavy on it.Published 5 months ago by Patricia Curd
Whenever we are in VT, we visit the King Arthur Store...it is an awesome place. We LOVE the cookbook...and use it a lot. Thanks for sharing!!!Published 5 months ago by grammiegail
I have several of the King Arthur Flour books. Once I bought one I wanted all the others. Even though I have 3 or 4 different books I still find that I need more recipes. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Armando
This is a Must Have for any serious baker, this book has great information and wonderful recipes and the scope is just great.Published 8 months ago by gerard phillip kreutzer
My grandaughter will get out this cookbook and pick a recipe for us to make together. We started this when she was 10 and is now 13. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Alice