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Favorite Christmas Cookies Kindle Edition
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Authors fuss over using organic eggs, a specific organic butter (Kerrygold), then suggest that we substitute Splenda for sugar—without augmenting the recipe to handle the lack of sugar molecules. Clearly they have no clue that cooking is a science. Cookies require three specific things: sugar, fat and flour. Change the ratio, change the cookie.
If you want a companion cookie cookbook to explain the science behind cooking, see: Mrs. Claus' Christmas Cookies: Make Impressive Holiday Treats. It's thematically organized, and well laid out.
About the only recipes I trusted were Hellen Scott Taylor's. BTW, golden treacle is not molasses, though they can be substituted. And peanuts are not nuts, they are legumes. Peanut-butter cookies are already 100% nut free. But I like the idea of using sunflower seeds butter. They'd probably be even better with cashew butter.
And there were typos. Nothing instills confidence like typos in a cookbook. For some reason tbsp. is randomly capitalized, but not tsp. And different font sizes are used—sometimes within a word. There are specific fonts for making fractions: 1 1/2 is not clear: 1 ½ is correct fractional typography; 400°F is traditionally how oven temperatures are written.
No photos, no index (hot links help, but it would make more sense to group recipes by style: drop, roll/refrigerator, cookie gun, and bar); there's inconsistent visual layout of the recipes; no variation on the provided backstories to go with the cookies—the same descriptive paragraph is trotted out again and again for an author's four recipes.
The recipes are easy to follow and the products that they make are scrumptious. The Scottish Shortbread are so light and crunchy!
Photos are a suggestion, as they inspire confidence in the finished product.
Thanks for the recipes!
That said, I was disappointed to not see photos of the completed baked goods. Many recipe titles seem to suggest what we seek, but prove, once completed, to be something else altogether. That's why photos of the actual recipes, completed, are truly imperative for a good cookbook.
Had I been less familiar with many of the recipes offered, I'd have likely scored no better than 3 stars. But, like I said, experience has provided me with adequate visual recognition for those I know. And same experience tells me that differences from other recipes I've tried show me that the old-world recipes I've been seeking are actually contained within.
I noticed that some of the recipes had stories explaining why a cookie was special to one of the authors. That sure gives it a "hometown family" feel.
There is a excellent variety of cookies in this book! Each recipe was written with easy to follow directions. Photos of the finished cookies would have been a nice addition to the book.
I bookmarked several recipes that I plan on trying. And I'm sure some will become family favorites. If you like to bake Christmas cookies, this is a must have book!
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