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Product Details

  • Paperback: 248 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books (September 29, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0811866750
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811866750
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 8.3 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #405,425 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Barbara Grunes has written more than 45 cookbooks, including The Best Bake Sale Ever Cookbook. She lives in the Chicago area.

Virginia Van Vynckt is a writer, editor, and Web designer. She lives in the Chicago area.

France Ruffenach is a San Francisco-based photographer.

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I have only tried one recipe so far so I can't testify to their quality.
K. Donovan
I know the author put time and money into getting this book published, just don't mislead the public into thinking it's something it's not.
jeepmom
The book accomplishes its purpose and should be helpful to anyone who is new to cookie exchanges or in search of basic cookie recipes.
M. Hill

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By M. Hill TOP 500 REVIEWER on November 1, 2010
Format: Paperback
This book includes over one hundred cookie, and a few cupcake recipes along with tips to help the user plan and host a holiday cookie exchange party. The recipes cover most of the basic cookies found around the holidays but some also possess a twist or slight alteration or addition - like Eggnog Madeleines. But if already in possession with a good general cookie cookbook, there may be quite a few duplicate recipes.

Additionally, less than a third of the recipes have a photograph, so if a picture of the finished cookie is an important part of the preparation process, this might be an issue. I find that I use pictures of cookies to help me decide which ones to prepare, particularly when they will be on display at a cookie exchange party and looks are important. The lack of photographs could be easily remedied by taking group shots of the cookies so that each is pictured but additional pages of photographs don't increase costs. This is a publisher's decision, not the author.

Divided into Parts, and the first one is Planning and Hosting a Cookie Exchange which has sections on Cookie Exchange "Rules," How to Make Your Cookies Look Their Best, Presentation and Packaging, Party Themes, Party Menus and About the Recipes. Part two covers Cookies to Build a Party Around which includes Dear Santa: Dressed-up Classics, Ginger and Spice, For Chocoholics and Cookie Ornaments. Cookies by Technique is the title of part three with sections on Drop Cookies, Bars and Squares, Rolled and Cut-Out Cookies, Slice and Bake Cookies, Filled Cookies, Molded and Stamped Cookies and finally Pressed and Piped Cookies. Each recipe contains a helpful tip or comment.

A good index is located in the back of the book which aids in locating a specific recipe quickly.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Cookie Lover on December 24, 2010
Format: Paperback
My mom bought this book so we could make cookies for my family and I to enjoy. I am 14 and was very excited for all the cookies we were making that day. We found a few great cookies that we wanted to make. We were very excited to start baking. Right from the start the cookie recipe was wrong. The first thing we tried to bake were the linzer squares. They were horrible! The book said it was supposed to be "doughy" when it really was more like crumbs, and it stayed that way. We tried this twice and had the same result each time. We then tried to make oatmeal cookies, these came out as rocks, and it had so much oatmeal in it, the cookies were more like dust. We double checked everything and it still came out that way. The last "experiment" we wanted to try were the Black and White cookies. These came out alright, but not good enough that you could bring to a party. We were all very disappointed after spending money for this cookbook, which cooks probably didn't even try! I would not recommended this book to anyone. It would be a disgrace to bring these cookies to a party, you can't even call them cookies, mush or rocks would be a better fit. I definitely would avoid this cookbook if your looking for good cookies.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Montessori Mommy on May 17, 2011
Format: Paperback
I don't really understand all the negative reviews for this book-I personally really enjoyed it! Great pictures, graphic design, colorful and fun- it put me in the mood to do some Christmas baking! Of course you can find numerous cookie recipes online, but I would argue there are some wonderful, unique ideas in this book, in addition to old favorites, and it's nice to have it all in one, printed package. At the current amazon price, I would highly recommend!
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By Donna on February 10, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
this book has very good cookie recipes, whether you are interested in hosting a party or not. I was really glad I bought it!
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By Jennifer Hall on January 25, 2014
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The recipes are great and easy to follow I love the detail in this book and thought it would make for a great Christmas party
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By jaime on December 21, 2013
Format: Paperback
My mom got me this book last year for Christmas. It has nice pictures and a ton of recipes but they just aren't good. The dough is too dry, the cookies are hard and dry.... just a disappointment and I've been baking for days and not happy with my cookies.
I only baked a few recipes so some might be good but so far no such luck and I'm not sure I even want to waste my time at this point.
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