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Product Details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing; Original edition (March 29, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1449401155
  • ISBN-13: 978-1449401153
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 7.2 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #560,468 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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Well written and easy to follow.
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Every one of these that I have taken in to work as been declared "The Best Ever!"
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For beginning or experienced bakers, this is a fantastic book.
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Heather White on December 18, 2000
Format: Hardcover
If you love to bake cookies, there's no way around it--you must have this cookbook. I have nearly every cookbook with cookie recipes that Maida has ever written, but this one reprints the majority of her cookie recipes from over the years, so if you can buy only one (and several are now out of print), snap this one up.
Maida's recipes are wonderful, her instructions are the best, and she gives you all the information you need to succeed every time. There are lots of bad recipes out there, but you won't find any of them in this cookbook. Every Christmas, it seems like at least half the recipes I'm using (and I have a whole shelf of just baking cookbooks to choose from) are hers. She and they are the best. After reading one of her recipes, you will seriously wonder why everyone doesn't write recipes like this. But literally no one else does, so Maida remains in a class by herself.
One of my top 5 all-time favorite cookies is in this cookbook--the Austrian Wienerstube--dark chocolate-pepper cookies that are to die for. I made them again this year, and they are wonderful. But it really is hard to go wrong with any of Maida's recipes--which is what makes her indispensable.
PS Buy parchment paper already! You'll never go back. I just made 38+ dozen cookies of many different types using two pans which I never needed to wash, thanks to parchment paper. You can buy it at any grocery store, but if you're serious, order it from a baking supply company in the same size as your pans. Once I did this, the only thing I wondered was why I hadn't done it years ago.
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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 7, 1999
Format: Hardcover
Maida's recipes are wonderful. However, the editors did a poor job of putting the cookbook together. I was excited to see sugar cookies listed under the "Drop Cookie" chapter (Finally - an easy sugar cookie!). However, when I turned to the recipe I discovered that it was a rolled cookie. Upon further investigation I discovered about 20 recipes in the wrong sections. Since the recipes are reprints, the editors didn't really have anything to do except sort the recipes. It was disappointing that they didn't take the time to do a decent job.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 18, 1999
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I am a lousy cook, and I don't really enjoy the whole process. But Maida Heatter's Cookies is like being coached by the most patient grandmother in the world. Not only are the cookies delicious, but the writing is so supportive, I feel that none of the recipes are beyond my ability. When I'm in the mood to bake, I always go here, and my only concern is whether I have the ingredients, never whether I have the expertise. One note to cooks like me: many recipes call for parchment paper, which I'm sure is wonderful but since I don't have any I don't bother and they all seem to come out just fine. In short, I highly recommend this book, and regularly give it as gifts, to rave reviews.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 22, 2000
Format: Hardcover
These cookie recipes give a detailed description of the final product, which more than makes up for no pictures. The Savannah Chewies and Oatmeal/Coconut drop cookies are some of the best cookies I've ever tasted, and they're as easy to make as chocolate chip cookies. I enjoyed just flipping through all of the recipes and had a hard time deciding where to start. I give this book two thumbs up!
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By JK on July 18, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I won't be as mean-spirited about reissues of Ms. Heatter's recipes in new additions as others have been. As with many other cookbooks that are reissued, they attract new readers with each issue. Back when Ms. Heatter's books were first issued I was doing all whole grains and foods and wouldn't have dreamed of using her recipes. Now, many years later, I am delighted to have them. One of the particular attractions to Ms. Heatter's books for me is the blend of experience and technical information. I don't agree with others that she is overly verbose in her recipes. In fact, her explanations of many of the processes in cooking and baking are very helpful to the novice and experienced baker alike. I find it much easier to sift out instructions than to dream them up from an overly terse recording. Having said that, the cookies are fantastic, every one I've tried, and I'd recommend this as a standard reference on the subject.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By M. Sonino on December 2, 2002
Format: Hardcover
I really like this book. I've done some of the recipes and they all came out great.
I'd just like to say that it's not a book for the novice baker. Doesn't have any pictures of the cookies featured here, nor general instructions on how to bake.
If it's your first time as a cookie baker, then you should buy other books like betty crocker or pillsbury, with basic cookie
recipes, great pictures and detailed instructions.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By "hercbr" on November 27, 2001
Format: Hardcover
My original copy (1977) of Maida Heatter's Book of Great Cookies was just about to fall apart from all of the use it gets from me. I have yet to make a cookie from Maida's recipes that hasn't been delicious! I am thrilled to be able to purchase a new book to take over from my old tired copy! All my friends just love the cookies that come from this book and look forward to them every Christmas!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By F. B. Diamond on December 19, 2002
Format: Hardcover
For beginning or experienced bakers, this is a fantastic book. It is a compilation of all of Maida Heatter's published cookie recipes, plus some extras.
Her instructions are easy to follow and precise, letting you know exactly what you're getting into for each recipe. You can't go wrong if you follow her instructions. And, for the experienced baker, she offers modifications and suggestions to customize recipes as your own.
Many of the recipes have a short history or background blurb that explains their origin. It is fascinating to know and understand Maida's devotion to seeking out and perfecting the best cookies on the planet.
There are no photographs, but her descriptions are as rich as her recipes, so you can easily visualize the outcome.
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