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Maida Heatter's Brand-New Book of Great Cookies Hardcover – October 17, 1995


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 244 pages
  • Publisher: Random House; 1st edition (October 17, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0679438742
  • ISBN-13: 978-0679438748
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #157,986 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

In her seventh dessert book, Heatter thoroughly updates her James Beard Award-winning 1977 book on cookies (all but one recipe, that for Positively-the-Absolutely-Best-Chocolate-Chip-Cookie, are new). Blending a breezy prose style with precise, clearly sequenced instructions and a boundless respect for her topic, she offers a rounded collection for new bakers and experienced cookie hands. A chapter on techniques and equipment is followed by recipes arranged generally by the methods of shaping cookies, e.g., bar cookies and rolling-pin cookies. Recipes for twice-baked biscotti include meta-healthy Multigrain and Seed Biscotti and three featuring chocolate (one using a candy bar). Among ice-box cookies are dainty Pennies from Heaven, sandwiched with butter cream; drop cookies include a variety of fruit- and nut-loaded hermits and Skinny Peanut Wafers, beloved by Heatter's personal trainer. Recipes for rolled and cut cookies (Pfeffernusse; Espresso Chocolate Shortbread) and those shaped by hand or with a pastry bag or cookie press (Sweet Pretzels; Bittersweet Chocolate Macaroons) suggest holiday fare. Heatter drops names along with rounded teaspoons of dough: Wolfgang Puck eats her cookies, and so does Gianni Versace. But she remains as exacting as the most diligent home-ec teacher when it comes to the baking process, even to packaging instructions. Like her subject, this is an irresistible offering.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Library Journal

The Queen of Desserts is back, with lots of recipes for biscotti, drop coookies, icebox cookies, bar cookies, zweiback, and more?even a few crackers and some desserts she couldn't resist including. Heatter's first Book of Great Cookies, published almost 20 years ago, became a classic but is now out of print. This is her seventh cookbook, and she's still passionate about cookies and baking. Once again, she presents recipes written with directness and attention to detail. There are all sorts of cookies here, both fancy and homey, and many are very easy to bake. An essential purchase.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.

More About the Author

Maida Heatter, a.k.a. "the Queen of Desserts," is the author of nine classic dessert cookbooks, including the New York Times best-seller and James Beard Award-winning Maida Heatter's Book of Great Desserts. She is a member of the James Beard Foundation Hall of Fame, has been named to Cook's Magazine's Who's Who in Cooking, and was one of the first people inducted into the Chocolatier Hall of Fame. She continues to bake joyfully from her home in Florida.

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It is very informative and fun to read.
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I nice addition to my library of cook books.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 6, 1998
Format: Hardcover
Maida Heatter is my idol! I love to bake, and I have to say that my favorite recipes come from her cookbooks. This cookie book is no exception. If you don't already own it, buy it today! Then, try her recipe for Palm Beach Brownies with Chocolate-Covered Mints. These are to die for. Her biscotti recipes are also wonderful, and as always, her instructions are precise and easy to follow. One of the best parts of all of her cookbooks is the introduction to each recipe. She includes a short description, and very often an anecdote about the origin of the recipe, or of a time she served it. It is as much fun to read a Maida Heatter cookbook as it is to cook from it and taste the finished product (which always get rave reviews when served!).
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 16, 1997
Format: Hardcover
Cookies can be found in this book to meet anyone's desires! Maida Heatter includes a wide array of recipes, from the popular biscotti to the elegant sables. Instructions are detailed, and easy to follow. This book is loaded with helpful information, and interesting stories about cookies. Most importantly, the cookies will look like the cookies in the book! My family has enjoyed every cookie I've made from this book
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 30, 1999
Format: Hardcover
I'm slowly working my way through the entire book baking up all the delicious goodies. Maida Heatter's recipes are thorough, concise and most importantly they always work. I can't wait for her to put out her next book!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By seashell on June 23, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Undoubtedly the BEST cookie book ever. Each and every one as tasty as the one before. Maida is a fantastic cookbook author and her directions are clear and concise, and I am sure that not even a beginner would have a problem following along. I make the 'Big Sur' chocolate chip cookies at my café and cannot make them fast enough! A clear winner.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Melissa Kaye on December 18, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Maida Heatter and I share something in common - we love to bake and we love to share our baked goods. Her introduction is entitled "Happiness is Baking Cookies" and I couldn't agree more!

This cookbook is wonderful! I probably have a dozen or more cookie/dessert cookbooks, but this one contains my favorite recipe, Moravian Wafers. This cookie isn't just my favorite one to make - I don't think I've ever had a cookie this wonderful anywhere! They are absolutely addictive. They are very unusual, but every time I make them everyone wants the recipe.

Maida Heatter's cookbooks are always pretty sophisticated with lots of very specific directions to make the cookies come out absolutely perfect (like using parchment paper and rotating the cookies during baking to ensure they are all cooked evenly). But don't let that keep you from trying some of them. I don't always follow all of the detailed instructions, and they still come out really good, but perhaps not all uniform like bakery cookies.

I would recommend this cookbook to anyone who enjoys baking cookies (or someone who thinks it's worth a little effort to eat delicious cookies). My favorite cookie book!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Carol Pruzan on February 1, 2011
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This is by far the best cookie cook book I've ever owned. Maida Heatter has other cookie books with similar titles, but they shouldn't be confused with this one. This one is the best. It is out of print, but I have purchased several whenever I find them to give to friends. I especially love her biscotti recipes. I get rave reviews whenever I make them and am often asked to do so. If you can find a copy of this book, and you like to bake cookies, don't hesitate.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By clariene on November 6, 2012
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I nice addition to my library of cook books. I like the ingredients she chooses, and the information on how to bake. This information is not simple, but it teaches you a lot about baking and chocolate.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 22, 1999
Format: Hardcover
The recipes in this book produce delicious cookies. Maida Heatter's commentary on preparation is helpful and intersting. This book is a must for every baker's kitchen.
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