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Cookies for Grown-Ups Hardcover – December 1, 2012
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''Kelly Cooper's Cookies for Grown-ups is bold and quirky, savory yes, but sweet, too, and full of surprises. Her creations pair with cocktails and wine; one sandwiches a chocolate habanero after-kick between orange-vanilla layers, another links pear and blue cheese.'' -- Gael Greene, InsatiableCritic.com
''Kelly Cooper isn't the first baker to come up with savory cookies but she might do it best, for example, in kebab cookies or in one that combines the flavors of pesto. Her sweet cookies also dazzle taste buds with unexpected flavors: chili in a chocolate-hazelnut confection or pumpkin seeds in a spice cookie. The proof is in the baking, and the eating.'' -- Sylvia Carter, ex-Newsday columnist, dining guide, Raleigh/Durham
''Ms. Cooper's inventive names and unique flavor combinations beckon us to dive into her book and begin baking. Her recipes are a map to a baking adventure as rewarding as eating the little treasures at its end.'' -- Nancy Olson, Pastry Chef, Gramercy Tavern, New York City
''Baking cookies isn't known as the manliest thing to do in the kitchen but with the flavor combinations that Kelly Cooper has put together, Sundays at my house are now all about football, beer and . . . grown-up cookies!'' -- Chris Milano, Foodie Adventures, San Francisco
''Looking for something different for entertainment ideas? This cookbook is it!...Not only made of sweet stuff only, some of these recipes used peppers, cheeses, veggies and spices...I loved the drink partnering ideas, as well.'' -- Naomi Blackburn, The Pub & Grub Forum Blog --Various Sources
Many of Kelly Cooper's most inspired cookies for grown-ups have surprises you might have never considered. The flavor of thyme added to chocolate is something you have to experience to appreciate, and her savory cookies are also revelatory. Word is that no one is better at cocktail cookies than Cooper. Try her Antipasto cookie, featuring bits of Italian salami and cheese. You may never go back to oatmeal raisin. --Boca Raton Observer
Cooper's collection of cookie recipes will show you that there is a not-so-sweet side to cookies, and it's pretty darn good. It's time to be mature about our cookies and start acting like grown-ups, so make some of Cooper's savory combinations and start the conversation. ---Anne Dolce, Dailymeal.com
Cookies for Grown-ups is a cookie jar full of ideas...and will inspire home bakers to branch out from their beloved sweet cookie favorites to a treat like Dillicious (brie, cucumber, dill and lemon) for their next adult get together. --Holly Andres, L.A. Daily News
Not that long ago the most unique ingredients to push the cookie envelope were sea salt and bacon...but that s kid stuff compared to what Kelly Cooper has created for her recent book, Cookies for Grown-ups. She has introduced a whole new way of making a nibble and a nosh into something phenomenal. I plan to eat my way right through the book enjoying each original taste and flavor. ---Kate Lawson, The Detroit News
Cooper has turned out a volume of imaginative sweet and savory cookies, each with a suggested drink pairing. ---Kimberly Jackson, New Jersey Star Ledger
In Cookies for Grown-ups, author Kelly Cooper reinvents the cookie for the adult palate and suggests adult beverage pairings for each of her more than 80 intriguing recipes for savory and sweet appetizer, snack, and desert cookies. --Alison Highberger, Bend Voice
This is the ultimate cookbook for men and women who like cookies and for the people who love friends and family enough to bake cookies for them. --Goodreads
Author Kelly Cooper's cookbook, Cookies for Grown-ups has a number of killer recipes for sweet and savory cookies. Her Refrescante (cornmeal, parmesan cheese, cream cheese and Jalepeno peppers) is one of the world s great cocktail snacks. -Max Jacobson, Las Vegas Seven
I highly recommend this book for the baker seeking inspiration, or to the male pal who thinks baking is just for ladies. Gentlemen, this book has so many Monday Night Football treats that making them won't get your man-card revoked. ---Rhiana Walker, ConciergeatNetGalley.com
Each year I do a massive amount of Christmas baking for friends and a few for Santa too. This year I used a recipe from a new Cookbook, Cookies for Grown-ups by Kelly Cooper. Her cookies go way beyond the chocolate chip standard and offer a variety of unique ideas...Santa, If someone leaves some of these delectable treats for you,. Then you owe me, big fellow. ---Becca Owsley, Kentucky News Enterprise --Various Sources
About the Author
Kelly Cooper divides her baking time between her homes in the bustling San Francisco Bay Area and the quiet Nevada desert west of Las Vegas. When she's not inventing cookies, she teaches mobile web development at West Valley College in San José.
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Cooper's concoctions are definitely not your granny's classic staples so don't expect to see a lot of oatmeal, chocolate chips, or raisins in this collection. From liqueurs and fresh herbs to cheeses and meats this unexpected series of recipes is not for the unadventurous baker.
While I found the overall tone of the recipe inspirations and explanations of each cookie dull and unmemorable, the recipes themselves are mind-blowingly clever. Each recipe also includes a beverage pairing that is equally inspired. Think of this book as the perfect gift for your friend who loves to throw cocktail parties or your secret weapon for New Year's Eve.
My favorite recipe from the bunch was the effervescent 'Man Cookie'. Made with beer, sunflower seeds, lime zest, and chopped Slim Jims it sounded like the perfect one to test on my Sunday night TV guests. While many of the recipes require a lot of work or fresh herbs (which are costly in my area) the most difficult part of this one was zesting the limes. My guinea pig guests, husband, and even my kids (thank goodness the alcohol cooks out lol) all thought they were surprisingly good. My husband even smuggled some to work to share with his crew who shared in the sentiments of them being 'weird but good'. I will definitely be making them again with another type of beer just to see the results.
The great thing about COOKIES FOR GROWN-UPS is that there's something for just about everyone. From the wine drinker to the tea drinker, the chocolate fiend to the not-so-sweet-tooth, chances are you'll find something creative and fun to try. As with the strange cupcake trend this book lends itself to being an idea book. While many incorporate things that wouldn't go over well in my home (rotten tree nut allergies) the recipes have served as inspiration for experimentation of my own. Many could also be adapted and Cooper offers many suggestions for ingredient switches.
I highly recommend this as an idea book for the advanced baker seeking inspiration and those seeking something memorable to bring to holiday get-togethers. I think many of the cookies themselves would make awesome homemade gifts for friends and co-workers, I'd even gift the book itself to a pal who thinks baking is just for ladies. Gentlemen, this book has plenty of Monday Night Football friendly treats that won't get your mancard revoked.
Notes: ARC received via NetGalley.
Here this book seeks to address that and give a lot of great adult-friendly recipes that can be visually stunning, hopefully tasty and maybe more orientated towards adult tastebuds than store-bought versions. That said, unless you lace the cookies with alcohol, you probably could share these with your children. It is good to share.
The recipes are split into nine distinct chapters, all named with faux-cute titles such as "A Toast to the Good Life". This sort of approach doesn't really gel with this reviewer, generating a sort of little growl and moment of indignation instead of a gasp of admiration and appreciation. Why not use something descriptive at least? Each chapter has its own mini index showing a cookie's name, a brief description and a page number. But again, the cookies have all been given rather icky, faux names like that you would find in a chocolate box. Names such as 'Texture', 'Pesto' and 'Satisfaction'. What does it mean? Even with the descriptions it just feels such a waste.
In any case you can't fault the navigational signposting within this book. Everything is clear, ordered and seeks to direct the reader here and there. In what could be a first (at least for us) is the use of a QR (bar)code too, this is used for directing the reader to a web page on the Internet that has a photograph of the dish and a shopping list of ingredients. Assuming that the page doesn't disappear over time, this is just an extra useful, positive sign of thoughtfulness.
The recipes themselves give mixed feelings - and that is probably a good indication that they have something for every taste. Some of them look rather luxurious, grand affairs whilst some of them appear to be a sloppy mess on top of a biscuit. But once it is in your mouth it is the taste, rather than the look, that matters and in the aforementioned sloppy example, the ingredients all point towards a rather tasty sensation.
One interesting little feature is the pairing suggestion for each cookie, whether it be a cup of tea, a glass of merlot or even something stronger!
There are a LOT of recipes here so plenty to browse through (which is just as well, thanks to the rather odd naming used throughout). The end of the book is given over to an index of cookies by name as well as a thoughtful index by key flavours - now THAT is something else that other publishers could introduce.
So a bit of a mixed bag. Here is certainly a great book of different cookies suitable for many different occasions where adult company might crave something slightly more sophisticated than teddy bear cookies. A whole new angle has been considered and executed rather well. A few irritating issues that we can write down to personal taste. Certainly many more plusses than minuses. The recommended price tag might be a bit too high, but booksellers will inevitably discount this down anyway. The author and publisher has certainly found a good niche to fill and has made a good attempt in the process.
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