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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Taunton Press (September 11, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1600854672
  • ISBN-13: 978-1600854675
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 8 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #185,675 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

ABBY DODGE is a widely respected baker as well as a popular food writer and instructor. She studied in Paris at La Varenne and is the author of eight cookbooks, including Desserts 4 Today and The Weekend Baker. Her recipes and articles have appeared in dozens of cookbooks, publications, blogs, and Web sites. A contributing editor to Fine Cooking magazine, Abby’s recipes have also graced the covers of Bon Appétit magazine. She’s a regular guest on TV and radio and teaches cooking around the country. Dodge lives in Connecticut.


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The Short Story
A classically trained pastry chef, Abby Dodge is a widely respected, award wining, international acclaimed baking expert as well as a popular cookbook author, food writer and instructor. She studied in Paris at La Varenne and is the author of nine cookbooks, including Desserts 4 Today, a viral sensation, and The Weekend Baker, an IACP Cookbook Award Finalist. Her recipes and articles have appeared in more than six dozen cookbooks, publications, blogs and websites. A long time contributing editor to Fine Cooking magazine, Abby's recipes have also graced the covers of Bon Appetit magazine. She's a regular guest on TV and radio, including guest hosting duties on Martha Stewart Living Radio and Food & Wine with Chef Jamie Gwen where she shares monthly desserts. Her ninth book, Mini Treats & Handheld Sweets~Delicious Desserts to Pick up and Eat has just been released and is available for order. For more information about Abby, her cookbooks, blog and videos, please visit her website. www.AbbyDodge.com

The Longer Story
What began as a love for baking at a young age, developed into a passionate and successful career for Abby Dodge. A widely respected, award winning, international acclaimed expert in baking and cooking for both kids and adults, as well as a popular food writer, instructor and media personality, Abby has a simple mission: To streamline baking and cooking for home cooks of all ages. Abby's stress-free strategies and simple techniques for busy people have garnered awards, rave reviews, and a loyal following because ".. despite her serious experience, her approach is relaxed and realistic."--Publishers Weekly
Abby began cooking and baking as a young girl at home in New York and Connecticut. She studied in Paris at La Varenne and later worked under superstars Michel Guerard and Guy Savoy, specializing in pastry. She has held editorial posts at Parents and Woman's Day, and has contributed to over six dozen special-interest publications focusing on baking and family cooking. Abby is currently a contributing editor at Fine Cooking, where she has been on the masthead since 1994. She founded the magazine's test kitchen, has written and contributed to over eighty articles to date, and serves as the magazine's guru for all things baking. Her recipes have also graced the covers of Bon Appetit magazine. Abby's practical advice, recipes, and tips continue to be picked up by myriad consumer magazines, websites and, TV and radio programs.

In addition to her regular blog postings, Abby hosts a monthly online baking community on her blog called #baketogether where she encourages an international group of bakers of all skill levels to follow their own inspiration using one of her recipes. She's a regular guest on TV and radio including Guest Hosting on Martha Stewart Living Radio and Food & Wine with Chef Jamie Gwen where she shares monthly desserts. Abby also is an active member of International Association of Culinary Professionals and the American Institute of Wine and Food, and serves on the National Cutco Culinary Advisory Board. She lives in the Connecticut town she grew up in with her husband Chris, and their two children, Alex and Tierney. Abby's ninth book, Mini Treats & Handheld Sweets~Delicious Desserts to Pick up and Eat has just been released and is available for order. For more information about Abby, her cookbooks, blog and videos, please visit her website. www.AbbyDodge.com.

Author of Nine Popular and Award-Winning Cookbooks

Mini Treats & Handheld Treats ~ Delicious Desserts to Pick Up & Eat (September, 2012)
Desserts 4 Today - Flavorful Desserts with just FOUR INGREDIENTS (September, 2010) (a viral & critically acclaimed sensation)
Williams-Sonoma Mini Pies (September, 2010)
Around the World Cookbook, 2008 (Good Morning America Top 10 Cookbooks of 2008; Parents Choice Recommended Award 2008; Cordon d'Or Culinary Academy Award 2008)
The Weekend Baker, 2005, reprinted 2008 (Food + Wine Top Ten Cookbooks of 2004; IACP Cookbook Award Finalist)
Kids Baking, 2003 (Over 347,000 copies in print, translated into Spanish)
Williams-Sonoma Dessert, 2002 (Over 300,000 in print, translated into Spanish)
The Kid's Cookbook, 2000 (Over 368,000 copies in print)
Great Fruit Desserts, 1997 (Translated into six languages)

Abby has contributed or co-authored many cookbooks, including:


Baking Out Loud (Hedy Goldsmith, Clarkson Potter 2012)
B. Smith's Southern A to Z (Scribner, 2008)
The Joy of Cooking, 75th Anniversary Edition, 2006
Savoring America, 2002 (James Beard Award finalist; Ben Franklin Award winner)
Cookies for Christmas, 1999
The All New Joy of Cooking, 1997

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This is a wonderful book - great gift for any baker, from experienced to novice.
C. Barrow
Abby's recipes are clearly-written, easy-to-follow and fool-proof -- they always work beautifully.
Carol Sacks
My favorite in this chapter are the strawberries filled with a cheesecake filling.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Jamie on October 11, 2012
Format: Paperback
Mini Treats & Hand-Held Treats is my third Abby Dodge cookbook and I am hooked on them! After The Weekend Baker and Desserts 4 Today, Mini Treats is filled with great recipes: Better-Than_Mix Yellow Cupcakes (maybe the best vanilla cupcakes I have ever eaten!), Double-Trouble Chocolate Cupcakes, Streusel-Topped Double Cherry Slab Pie (the next on my own list), Lemon Meringue Pie Poppers, Mini Mocha Roll Cakes, Blood Orange and Creamy Tangerine Pops, White Chocolate-Cherry Popcorn to name a very few. And Abby, as she does in all of her cookbooks, gives extremely precise instructions that will give even the beginning baker confidence and great results, fun suggestions for twists to change up and personalize each treat, and her own Kitchen Wisdom oozing with her long experience.

Using one of Abby's cookbooks to bake is like having Abby in the kitchen with you: the books are casual and fun, instructions super easy to follow, and her expertise, her years of experience guide you as she puts you at complete ease.

And why do I keep baking out of her books, one recipe after the next? Because they work every time! They are all so good! Her vanilla cupcakes from Mini Treats and her Emergency Chocolate Cupcakes from The Weekend Baker, both super fast and easy one-bowl recipes, are now firmly a part of my own repertoire, cakes I'll bake over and over again. Fabulous!

Her cookbooks make the perfect gift for both the novice or the more experienced baker - and for yourself. I have made several desserts and snacks from Desserts 4 Today and The Weekend Baker but I found Mini Treats & Hand-Held Treats even more enticing and I know I won't stop until I've baked and made every single recipe. I have been lucky enough to get to know Abby personally and I count her as a close friend.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By C. Barrow on October 14, 2012
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I'm already a huge fan of Abby Dodge's baking books (The Weekend Baker is essential) and with this book, she's added another must have book to my cookbook library. Her easy, yet authoritative style will have you baking the best little snacks in no time. We loved the espresso chip fantails, so good for tea time. And the chewy brownie bites were rich and chocolatey and completely satisfying. But my all time favorite, and no doubt it is because of the charming headnote, is the big mountain slab pie. It's a giant fig newton, but about a million times better. This is a wonderful book - great gift for any baker, from experienced to novice.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Robin W. on November 4, 2012
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Mini Treats & Hand-Held Sweets includes recipes for 100 delicious desserts you can pick up and eat without a fork or spoon. Whether you plan ahead or occasionally find yourself short on time and need a dessert at the last minute, this cookbook is for you. You could serve these treats at a dessert party, a special afternoon with friends or whenever you have a sweet craving. There's something for everyone in this sweet collection. You'll also find recipes that are gluten-free, non-dairy, vegan, egg-less and low-fat. Here's just a sampling of the recipes inside this cookbook. The names alone will make your mouth water!Read more ›
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Anonymous on September 26, 2012
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With Abby's baking books in my kitchen, I feel like I have my own personal pastry chef here to help me achieve success with dessert.
Her newest book, "Mini Treats and Hand-Held Sweets" is no different.

Abby is a pro and knows just about everything there is to know about sweets, and shares her expertise with her readers in a relaxed, easy, almost-conversational tone.
The recipes here are perfect for any occasion: an elegant end to dinner party, an informal potluck, or to share with a friend and a cup of tea. And, Abby's not one to hold back an important tip, either. She generously shares her experience by pointing out what can be made in advance and ways to twist the flavor combinations that will please every palate.

With 100 recipes in this book, I have a whole new repertoire from which I can choose to impress my friends and family. I'm new to making candies, but I love chocolate and caramel so much, so I just KNOW the first project I'm taking on is Chocolate Covered Crispy Butterscotch Caramels. There's even a recipe for fruit leather, which was a favorite of mine when I was a kid.

Did I mention Peach Rosemary Hand Tarts? SO sophisticated, yet not intimidating! I have everything I need to make them right now, without even making an extra trip to the grocery store.

Thank you, Abby!!!!!!!
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