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Crazy About Cookies: 300 Scrumptious Recipes for Every Occasion & Craving Paperback – November 2, 2010

3.4 out of 5 stars 16 customer reviews

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*Starred Review* There is no such thing as too many cookie recipes. A veteran baker expands readers’ repertoires with well-loved traditional and innovative doughs that, regardless of individual tastes, will make mouths water. Los Angeles industrial designer, professor, and author of Crazy about Cupcakes (2006) Castella dives into her 300 small sweet treats by dividing them by occasion: that is, for every day, for parties, for special occasions, for holidays, and for Christmas. She emphasizes enabling bakers to produce great batters and cookies every time. Tips abound, from fixing too-hard cookies (insert a sliced fresh apple into an airtight container) to recognizing why cookies are too flat (the butter’s too soft). Another area of concentration is on innovation, though American favorites like chocolate chips are well represented, too. Many of her creative concoctions demand advanced skills, such as working with marzipan to generate fruit look-alikes, making a cakelike housewarming invitation, and building a Black Forest brownie ice-cream cake that promises to transform any birthday party. Of course, opening sections capture the fundamentals of cookie making, from tools to techniques, while the back-of-the-book chapter features different doughs, fillings, and frostings. Templates for cookie construction appended. --Barbara Jacobs

About the Author

Krystina Castella is the author of Crazy About Cupcakes. She is an industrial designer and professor who designs environments, furniture, clothing, toys, stationery, cupcakes and cookies.
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Product Details

  • Series: Crazy About
  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Sterling (November 2, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 140276913X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1402769139
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 8.1 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,301,115 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I'm not even going to give it to charity. I wouldn't do that to another cook. I made two recipes from this book, the Brownie Cookies on page 78, and the Snickerdoodles on page 77. In both cases I kept checking and re-checking to make sure I was actually reading the recipe correctly because it didn't seem right to me. For example, the Brownie Cookies call for 3/4 c. brown sugar and 1/4 cup butter and 12 ounces of bittersweet chocolate, to a HALF CUP of flour. As you can imagine, I didn't get cookies, they all ran together into one coating on the pan. I ended up crumbling it all up and freezing it for use as an ice cream topping. The Snickerdoodles call for a cup and a half of whole wheat flour. Okaaaay, I thought. They're some sort of healthy alternative Snickerdoodles. Following the recipe exactly I got these weird balls that most closely resembled scones. They were nothing like a cookie. And as if all of this isn't enough trouble, the typeface of the measurements is so tiny you can barely read it. Does that say 1/4? 3/4? You practically need a magnifying glass. I notice the people who gave the book glowing reviews didn't say things like, I made the cookies on page such-and-such and they turned out great. They discussed how many recipes there are and how it was laid out.
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This book seems to be very organized and beautifully executed. It has pictures for almost every cookie that you are making the exceptions probably are the variations.
There are 6 chapters in this book.

Chapter 1: Cookies in the Know~ basically equipment and tricks for all cookies in the book.
Chapter 2: Everyday cookies~ cookies and bars that are fairly easy to bake.
Chapter 3: Party cookies~ gourmet and tea cookies that look like great eye candies.
Chapter 4: Occasion cookies~ meaning like for specific events like weddings and showers or birthdays. I think that this are was my favorite!
Chapter 5: Holiday cookies~ just what it says. There are roll outs and pinwheels and nicely decorated (not with just icing) cookies.
Chapter 6: Christmas~ includes gingerbread houses and international cookies. great photos!
Then at the end of the book are a couple of pages of basics and templates.

To me this is the best cookie book buy for me of the year and I don't think that I will be buying another one for several years unless I buy it from this author. Great looking cookies and seemly easy directions. This is my kind of book, because it has all the resources in one book. I would definitely recommend this to my friends! By the way if you didn't know in this review after every chapter it was my synopsis of the chapter not the author's. I hope you find this book as good as I did!
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I bought this in a store. I saw it and thought it was adorable--which the pictures are. Major kudos to the photographer and food stylist, because everything LOOKS fantastic.

But, well. The actual recipes are something else...

I'm currently on a mission to find a seriously good crispy, crunchy, crumbly chocolate chip cookie. So I tried the Toffee Chip Cookie recipe out of this book.

Oh my god. They smelled fantastic while they were in the oven , even though I skipped the toffee. I was in HEAVEN when they were fresh out of the oven. I think I ate five cookies in three minutes. My whole family swooped into the kitchen like a bunch of seagulls and ate half the first batch before the second pan was even out of the oven.

I was sure I had an instant hit. I was sure I'd found my new favorite cookie cookbook.

I was wrong.

Oh my goodness, was I wrong.

See...since I wanted to make the cookies for sweet snacks throughout the week, I took the rest of the first batch and the second batch, and put it away in a Tupperware tub, thinking they'd be fine for at LEAST a few days. That's how long all my other cookie recipes last (until we finish eating them, obviously).

The next morning I saw two half-eaten ones on a plate beside my dad's coffee machine. That's a terrible sign, since he loves baked treats. But I figured maybe he'd grabbed them as a breakfast pick-me-up and didn't have enough time to eat them.

Then I got two for myself, and realized almost immediately why he hadn't finished his.

Overnight, they had hardened up until they were well past the point of inedibility and literally nothing could soften them back up. Cold milk, hot coffee, hot tea, being slammed against the countertop...nothing.
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I bought this book after reading a previous reviewer rave about it being filled with cookies from their youth. I did not find any cookies in this book that was made by my mom or grandma growing up. It was filled with pretentious cookies and lengthy descriptions of proper baking and decorating. The only way I can guess there are 300 cookie recipes in this book are with the recommendations at the end of each recipe suggesting what other ingredients you could use (such as pecans instead of walnuts or different cereals to use in the cereal cookies). To me it is still one single recipe. Also, I don't consider cheesecake bites to be cookies, which there are at least three recipes for in the book. If you are looking for a book with with a variety of cookie recipes, look elsewhere!
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