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From the Back Cover

Warm up the holidays with these cheery cookie recipes

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

About the Author

The iconic BETTER HOMES AND GARDENS brand is one of America's most trusted sources for information on cooking, gardening, home improvement, home design, decorating, and crafting. Today, the brand encompasses books, magazines, and digital media.
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Product Details

  • Series: Better Homes and Gardens Cooking
  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Better Homes & Gardens; 1 edition (September 9, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1118016033
  • ISBN-13: 978-1118016039
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.7 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #330,828 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Hate reviews where the the writer hasn't MADE anything from the cookbook...but in my case, I just HAVE to point out to future buyers that:
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.
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This is one of the best recipe books I have come across. The information is very well presented and designed, the photographs are amazing and mouth-watering, every page you open has a photograph, which I find very helpful in recipe books. They categorize the cookies according to main ingredients, such as nuts, peppermint, chocolate or coconut. It contains a lot of very interesting and easy recipes that I haven't seen in other cookie books, recipes simple enough for the beginner baker, yet the end product looks like it was made by someone with more advanced skills. Very highly recommend this book, if it is the only cookie recipe book you have, it will be all that you will need.

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
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This is one of five cookie swap cookbooks I bought for a group of 15 "swappers." I bought this based on the reviews, and we were not only pleased, we were ALL thrilled. DO YOU KNOW THE ODDS OF THRILLING 15 WOMEN WITH THE SAME COOKBOOK?!?!?! (too many zeros) We had such a blast with the results for our Thanksgiving bake-a-thon and swap, that we all did it again not just for our own Christmas dinners, but for our churches and needlework/quilting clubs. Since then, most of us have baked from these books for charity fundraisers, taking to the local Fisher House and Veterans hospitals/homes, and other charity work.

Just guess what we're doing again this fall - yep: finding new recipes to try from these same five books!
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I purchased 3 Christmas cookie books this year and this one is the BEST of the 3.

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!
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A great cookie cookbook with beautiful photographs of every cookie. There is a good selection of cookies, both classics & modern. Imaginative gifting ideas are sprinkled throughout the book

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.
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This is a must buy for anyone who loves to bake cookie. There as so many recipes, that are divided by flavour catagory eg. peppermint, pumpkin, chocolate etc.
truly fantastic! hope they bring out a 2nd volume
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Most cookie books have the same old recipes with very little changs. This book offers many different and interesting cookie recipes you will want to try all through the year. Highly recommen.
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