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Comprehensive Gluten-Free Cookie Cookbook
on January 18, 2011
Cookie cookbooks frequently include a few gluten-free options, but this cookbook is jam-packed with 125 recipes. The book is organized into nine chapters - Successful Gluten-Free Baking, Kitchen and Baking Tips; Drop Cookies; Bar Cookies; Rolled and Piped Cookies; Great Fakes Cookies; Sandwich, Shaped and Filled Cookies; Egg-Free Cookies; and Cookies Made with Other Gluten-Free Flours. The back of the book contains a handy Appendix which provides information for gluten free resources including support groups, suppliers, books, magazines, etc. The index helps to quickly locate any recipe by name, main ingredient, or flavor.
Baking is a precise science and the author has taken great pains to do the work for all of us to replicate cookies we all know and love, including name brand style cookies like Oreos and Milanos, into gluten-free versions. There are too many recipes to list all of them here, but the following is a sample of included cookies: Girl Scout Samoas and Tagalong; Fig Newton; Almond Biscotti; Chocolate Pinwheels; Nutter Butter-Style peanut butter sandwich; Snickerdoodles; Cheesecake Bars and Hermits. There are seventeen egg-free cookie recipes including Brownies, Chocolate Chip, Spice, Sugar, Oatmeal and more.
I tested three recipes and all baked up perfectly and tasted great. The Shortbread recipe uses brown rice flour and the result was rich and light. The Ginger Spice Cookies are delectable and the Cranberry-Orange Granola Bars are perfect for tucking into a lunch box or taking along in the car as a quick snack.
Things to note about the book: Illustrations are scarce, in fact only sixteen photographs are included, but given the modest price of the book and large number of recipes, these shortcomings are minor. This is a paperback book so it doesn't lay open on the countertop, and unfortunately the paper absorbs spills, so using a cookbook holder would be a good idea. Black ink is employed throughout the book so it is reasonably easy to read. No nutritional information is included. And, a small thing -- the book is listed here as 232 pages long but it is actually 198.
This book includes something to satisfy every taste and provide a vast variety of cookies that will see anyone through all of the holiday seasons, bake sales, etc., without feeling deprived in any way. The book is a treasure for those cooking and eating gluten-free and I highly recommend it.