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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt; 1 edition (October 16, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470278684
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470278680
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 8.4 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #408,834 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Sample Recipes from Simply Sensational Cookies

Bittersweet Chocolate Cracks
Bittersweet Chocolate Cracks
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Butter-Pecan Shortbread
Butter-Pecan Shortbread
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White Chocolate Cranberry Cookies
White Chocolate Cranberry Cookies
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In this age of sophisticated palates and adventurous eaters, a cookie should be more than just a cookie. We love mom's comforting, homestyle chocolate chip cookies, but also enjoy modern flare and upscale ingredients. We like straightforward, easy preparations but also go for big, bold tastes, complex flavor blends, and surprising textures. We want even simple, basic cookies like shortbreads and buttery rounds to bowl us over and make us say "wow." Award- winning author and cookie guru Nancy Baggett delivers everything we're looking for—and some extras we haven't thought of—in this trailblazing 200-plus recipe collection.

Whatever kind of cookie you crave, it's in Simply Sensational Cookies. From updated childhood favorites to contemporary classics to extra-quick, semi-scratch, and no-bake treats, you'll find dozens of irresistible choices. The book offers many fresh, enticing takes on drops, bars, biscotti, and such, plus a whole chapter of inventive, totally new savory and semisweet creations called cocktail and "crossover" cookies that spotlight both familiar and novel ingredients in innovative ways. Here and there, fresh herbs, unusual spices, freeze-dried berries, green tea, and even hot peppers and flowers like lavender and roses provide intriguing, unexpectedly gratifying results. Standout textures work in concert with aromas and flavors to pack extra pleasure into each little bite—snaps really snap, crisps crunch delightfully, and tender meltaways dissolve pleasantly on the tongue.

Because appearance and presentation play a huge part in the allure of many cookies, Simply Sensational Cookies devotes a big, visually stunning chapter to cookie decorating and artistry. Besides the expected traditional array of icings, buttercreams, and garnishes, you'll find dozens of creative, cutting-edge ways to add pizazz. A wealth of easy au naturel recipes for homemade decorating sugars, sprinkles, drizzles, and other finishing touches let you take clever advantage of intensely aromatic and naturally colorful citrus, berries, herbs, and edible flowers to deliver a powerful one-two punch of flavor and eye appeal. As a bonus, these naturally beautiful accents make it possible for those who wish to minimize the use of synthetic food dyes to do so and still produce dazzling looks.

Brightened with gorgeous full-color photography throughout and packed with handy tips, ingenious ideas, and tempting, carefully tested recipes from fast, fun, and kid-friendly to fancy and gourmet, this book is a joyful and inspiring celebration of all things wonderful in the cookie world. Simply Sensational Cookies is exactly that!


More About the Author

Nancy Baggett is an award-winning author of a number of cookbooks, most recently The 2 Day a Week Diet Cookbook (Kindle book) written with Ruth Glick. Nancy's work has received four International Association of Culinary Professionals and James Beard Foundation "best cookbook" nominations, three for baking books, one for a healthy cooking book. Among her best-selling titles are The All-American Cookie Book, Kneadlessly Simple, The International Cookie Cookbook, and The International Chocolate Cookbook, which was named the best dessert cookbook by the International Association of Culinary Professionals. Her recipes have appeared in Better Homes and Gardens, Eating Well, Food & Wine, Bon Appetit, The Washington Post, and many other national publications. She has guested on dozens of television and radio shows, including Good Morning America, Today and NPR.

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The recipes are clear and easy to follow.
D. Carmody
Two of my favorites from the book are the Glazed Double Ginger Molasses Cookies and the Raspberry Swirls with Raspberry Butter Cream.
Ruth Glick
This is a gorgeous addition to the Nancy Baggett library of wonderful cookbooks.
L. Williams

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By I Do The Speed Limit TOP 500 REVIEWER on December 3, 2012
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There are flour-less, egg-less, two ingredients, five ingredients, ten ingredients (just a few), one bowl, one spoon, drop cookies, shaped cookies, no-bake, frosted cookies, brownies and bars, filled cookies and much more. So, like I say in my title: This author has covered all the cookie bases. And she's covered all the basics, too; with plenty of helpful information, ideas and tips.

But when she gave us nine refrigerator slice and bake recipes she won my stamp of approval. And when one of those slice and bake recipes was all about lime, and another was all about butterscotch, and another all about spice, well, she immediately turned me into a cookie bakin' fool for an entire weekend! My Christmas cookie assortment has just been revitalized! And tubes of dough are lined up in my freezer, just waiting to provide a comforting aroma when a little ambiance is needed and a platter-full of tasty cookies--easily within an hour.

Someone is going to have to keep me away from the chapter of savory crackers and cookies. Offer me a choice between savory and sweet cookies and I'll choose savory every time. When I had to choose between Sweet & Salty Peanut Crisps, Herbed Chevre Nuggets, Chive & Onion Crackers, a cranberry and blue cheese cookie, Blue & Cheddar Cheese Wafers, Cajun Pepper Sticks, (and more)--I had a tough time deciding. We went with the Cajun Sticks and we were not disappointed.

I especially appreciate one little technique that the author uses at the top corner of each of the recipes: It is a small sign or tab that describes each recipe as "Easy", "Extra-Easy", "Fairly Easy". I found that little designation to be helpful and an eye-catcher; something to help me zone in on a particular recipe that suits my time frame and my frame-of-mind.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Ruth Glick on October 5, 2012
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This is one of the best cookie books I've ever seen--a feast for the eye as well as the stomach. The pictures are stunning. The recipe directions are clear and precise. Two of my favorites from the book are the Glazed Double Ginger Molasses Cookies and the Raspberry Swirls with Raspberry Butter Cream. There are many more that look and sound great that I want to try.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By mammamia on October 23, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I guess that I must be one of those home bakers for whom "Simple" means fuss free. I confess right here that I am no foodie fashionista, just a grandma and cookie aficionado who looks for tasty and easy recipes. One of the things that I really appreciate about Ms. Baggett's cookbooks (especially this one, since cookies are my personal comfort fix) is that they offer easy to follow instructions with the options of complex flavors. She has gently led me into delicious new taste territory. As an admittedly somewhat slapdash baker, I have also found that, with her recipes, even when I am a little off on my measures, the results are still great. So those of you who are into precision baking should still get cookies that are even more toothsome than mine. I know that my resident food critics munch with delight. I would say that the pictures that the author has chosen to include are well-chosen, especially the cookies decorated with natural colors and flavors. I've also watched some of Ms. Baggett's videos on Youtube where she shows some of her tips and methods. I know it's all in the book, but her videos serve to illustrate what this book is about- ways to make cookies that are simple, tasty, but not your typical standard fare and ways to decorate with ingredients that don't come out of a chemistry lab. That's why I'm considering a few extra copies to give for the holidays. I have the feeling that this is going to be one of those cookbooks that is going to be heavily smudged with the imprints of several generations of fingers.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By L. Williams on October 23, 2012
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This is a gorgeous addition to the Nancy Baggett library of wonderful cookbooks. The recipes are well constructed, easy to do and delicious. I especially like the last chapter on "Frostings, Fillings and Finishing Touches," including those using natural ingredients for color and flavor. What a great idea! You'll love this book, whether you make the recipes or simply enjoy leafing through it, reading the recipes and drooling over the pictures.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By E. Buckholtz on November 17, 2012
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Simply Sensational Cookies is a treat for everyone who loves cookies. My favorites from the book are the Double-Almond Double-Chocolate Biscotti and the shortcut cranberry crumb bars. Yummy--and easy to make. The directions are easy to understand and the pictures are beautiful. I look forward to trying many more of the recipes. Not only have I been enjoying this book, but I've bought four copies of Simply Sensational Cookies to give as gifts. I know friends and family will love it, too.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Kathryn Johnson on October 23, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I can't say how thrilled I am to have found this cookbook. The timing couldn't have been better, just as I'm gearing up for the holidays. (Yes, I even give out cookies for Halloween!) I love to do my own "testing" of new cookie recipes before I start baking for holiday cookie swaps and packaging gifts for my neighbors. So I've been sampling recipes from Simply Sensational Cookies, and do you know what? They really are sensational. The recipes are clearly written, easy to follow, and so far, every one has gotten rave reviews from the family. Hard to pick a favorite.
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