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Taste of Home: Cookies Paperback – Bargain Price, September 17, 2009
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And then there are the cookie recipes, that also have helpful notes sometimes, like do not use reduced fat peanut butter. You are sure to get wonderful cookies especially because most of them have pictures to let you know how they should turn out, always a great help. There are a couple slip ups in not showing a picture for raspberry swirls, but that's a minor gaffe. All your favorites are probably in here including brownies, bars, sandwich cookies, Christmas classics and big batch cookies. If you want a type of cookie this book in all probability includes it. The index is done well, in fact there are 2, one that gives the names of the cookies and the other has ingredients and type, like a spritz cookie or no bake.
This would be a wonderful book for anyone who like to bake cookies whether they are an experienced cook or a novice.
The book is organized well with lots of pictures, although not pictures of every single recipe.
There are many cookie recipes that are similar in type, variations on a theme, oatmeal cookies, peanut butter cookies, etc.
But there are many, many, many, many unique recipes that more than make up the difference to me!
A large majority of the recipes would be perfect for the holidays (or any time of year) and there are many of what I would term "casual" kinds of cookies, perhaps more suited to after school snacks and summertime gatherings.
Bottom line, huge selection of recipes, great variety - it's a keeper!!!
It features all types of cookies: Drop, rolled, cutter, shaped, fudgy, filled, bars etc.
The book starts with general advice on baking, storing, shipping and a problem solving section.
Next comes an absolutely excellent chart converting volume measures to weight (ounces not metric), very useful for those of us who weigh rather than measure ingredients. Of course it is somewhat of a hustle to keep converting recipes to see if they are to your taste, but at least they do include the aformentioned chart. Most books don't! This is followed by a chart of substitutions, in case you don't have on hand eg baking powder
There are hundreds of products in these pages (the book claims 623). True some recipes are similar but there is more than enough diversity here to keep everyone satisfied.
Many recipes depict comments by Taste of Home readers that have made them and this actually incides one to try their hand at them.
On the downside is the fact that many recipes use shortening rather than butter. For many years scientists and other experts have been warning against using trans fats, especially shortening, so I do not understand why a major magazine like Taste of Home would still use it in their kitchens. A homely taste HAS to also be a healthy taste. I substitude butter for the shortening in the recipes and they come out much better tasting.
It is hard to find favourites among so many hundreds of recipes so I will name only a few.Read more ›
Cookies 101 ... techniques. Most people skip this chapter in cookbook. but you can really learn a lot. I would encourage you to read this chapter at least once
Cookie Jar Favorites
Chock Full of Chips
Easy Drop Cookies
Timeless Slice & Bake
Cookie Cutter Delights
Snazzy Sandwich Cookies
Big Batch Bonanza
Another tip: the first time you make a recipe; follow it exactly ... do not make substitutions. If it says butter don't substitute oleo & then wonder why it doesn't taste really good.
For small gifts (like a teacher's gift) make drop cookies in muffin tins. Take empty Pringle cans & decorate the outside of the can ... you will be able to slip a dozen cookies into the can. By using the muffin tins, the cookies are exactly the right size & are uniform.
If you want to really know if this book is for you, go to your local library.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I cant help myself. I am a cookie nut. This book had tons of really interesting recipes with combinations of ingredients that were not the norm.Published 15 days ago by Trejofan
Purchased as a gift for a cookie loving friend. She loves it and it has lots of great recipes... even ones she hadn't heard of yet! Def recommend!Published 1 month ago by Ellie Clifford
Excellent book. I've been trying about 20 different recipes from this book and all of them are work with amazing flavorsPublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
I gave this book to my granddaughter for Christmas and she loves it. So many great recipes! She is 12 and loves baking.Published 4 months ago by LadyJ
This was a gift for my daughter who loves to make cookies. She says there are a lot of interesting recipes in it she is going to try out.Published 4 months ago by Patsy E. Verhoeven