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Better Homes and Gardens Very Merry Cookies (Better Homes and Gardens Cooking) Paperback – September 27, 2011
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Better Homes and Gardens Very Merry Cookies makes baking holiday treats fun and easy. With more than 200 irresistible recipes, this collection is packed with magical inspiration and tried-and-true traditional cookies, creative ideas for sharing cookie gifts, and hints to ensure cookie perfection—everything you need to make baking a cherished part of this festive season.
Inside you'll find:
Easy-to-follow recipes for cookies of every kind and flavor, such as Almond Shortbread Wedges, Giant Coconut Macaroons, Peanut Butter and Toffee Bars, Triple Chocolate and Espresso Brownies, Lemon Tarts, and Red Velvet Whoopie Pies
Handy baking tips that ensure perfect cookies every time
A simple organization by flavor of the season, letting you easily find chocolate treats, peppermint bites, or caramel delights
"Santa's Little Helper" icons that highlight recipes suitable for kids to assist you
Make-ahead directions and storage recommendations for every recipe
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Top Customer Reviews
I just bought a copy elsewhere without really looking at the recipes. Now that I have it home and have looked through it, I have some negative opinions:
Too many recipes call for ingreds many of us don't buy or keep: shortening and butter flavored shortening, cookie mixes, etc.
I can see from other reviews here that plenty of people love the assortment of recipes in this book. Lots of gooey bars and peanut butter and chocolate cookies...(I saw at least one that uses boxed brownie mix) might be good for some. Cookies with store-bought caramels and other candies. I dunno. It just all hit me wrong. I wanted cookies that use things I have in my kitchen (or that I make...not so much pre-packed stuff) and not quite so much the condensed milk, store-bought pie crusts, candy, shortening types. I suspect that most of the recipes in this book could be found on bags and boxes of sweet products found in stores. Just sayin...for SOME of us, we can find books we like better for cookies.
Update: 12/28/2012- Tried the Double Chocolate Chip Cookies and Spice Brownies with Cream Cheese Swirl- amaZING! I wish I could eat this book
Just guess what we're doing again this fall - yep: finding new recipes to try from these same five books!
The directions are well outlined. Each cookie recipe has a high gloss picture of the finished product and the print si e is perfect for people with less than perfect vision .
I have tabbed at least 20 recipes that I'd love to try. You will love this book and none look too complicated either!
This book has a lot of from scratch cookies. It does have it's share of shortcut recipes. Even though I graduated from a culinary school, I didn't get the title (and the crown) of potluck queen from my last church for nothing. There is plenty of room in my life for not only scratch cooking/baking but also short cut methods. If that bothers you go to the Fix It Frugal website (unfortunately, Amazon won't let me post the link). She has a lot of Betty Crocker mix clones. She also has lots of other make your own stuff. Or just google "homemade yellow cake mix" for other ideas
As with any baking the key is to use quality ingredients. I prefer butter but sometimes you do need to use shortening. When it calls for butter flavored shortening ... yech I use regular quality shortening and a high quality butter flavor (Wilton & Watkins are brands that are readily available at Walmart.
What I really like is how the book is laid out. Instead of the usual bars, drop, rolled cookies it is laid out by flavor.Read more ›
truly fantastic! hope they bring out a 2nd volume
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Love the cookie recipes and colored pictures of finished product.Published 19 months ago by Grandma Holly
I've been using this cookbook to make my Christmas cookies for the past 3 years. The recipes always turn out great! Read morePublished 20 months ago by mliz1224
Perfect selection of cookie and desert recipes I've seen in a long time !Published 20 months ago by beverly luciano