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Barbara Grunes has written more than 45 cookbooks, including The Best Bake Sale Ever Cookbook. She lives in the Chicago area.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 248 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books (September 29, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0811866750
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811866750
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 1 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,351,975 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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My mom bought this book so we could make cookies for my family and I to enjoy. I am 14 and was very excited for all the cookies we were making that day. We found a few great cookies that we wanted to make. We were very excited to start baking. Right from the start the cookie recipe was wrong. The first thing we tried to bake were the linzer squares. They were horrible! The book said it was supposed to be "doughy" when it really was more like crumbs, and it stayed that way. We tried this twice and had the same result each time. We then tried to make oatmeal cookies, these came out as rocks, and it had so much oatmeal in it, the cookies were more like dust. We double checked everything and it still came out that way. The last "experiment" we wanted to try were the Black and White cookies. These came out alright, but not good enough that you could bring to a party. We were all very disappointed after spending money for this cookbook, which cooks probably didn't even try! I would not recommended this book to anyone. It would be a disgrace to bring these cookies to a party, you can't even call them cookies, mush or rocks would be a better fit. I definitely would avoid this cookbook if your looking for good cookies.
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By jaime on December 21, 2013
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My mom got me this book last year for Christmas. It has nice pictures and a ton of recipes but they just aren't good. The dough is too dry, the cookies are hard and dry.... just a disappointment and I've been baking for days and not happy with my cookies.
I only baked a few recipes so some might be good but so far no such luck and I'm not sure I even want to waste my time at this point.
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This is a beautifully printed book and the recipes look very appealing. I have only tried one recipe so far so I can't testify to their quality. The pages have a pretty red and white decorative edging and the photographs that are there are very nice BUT, not every recipe has a photograph. Only 1/4 to 1/5 of the recipes have pictures. I might buy this book if I saw it in the book store because it is "cute" but it didn't have much about hosting a "cookie party." There is one very small section in the front of the book with information on exchange rules, themes and menues. There is another section with different holiday drinks to serve at the party and another with advice on decorating (complete with icing recipes) and storing your cookies. Overall, this book is mostly recipes. The recipes are divided into two sections, cookies that fit into one of four themes "Dressed Up Classics," Ginger and Spice," "For Chocoholics," and "Cookie Ornaments" and then the rest of the ornaments are divided by technique: drop cookies, rolled cookies, bar cookies, etc. I have a lot of cookie cookbooks; what I wanted was some new ideas on cookie exchanges and this book did not deliver. I will be giving this book away as a prize at my next cookie exchange.
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I don't really understand all the negative reviews for this book-I personally really enjoyed it! Great pictures, graphic design, colorful and fun- it put me in the mood to do some Christmas baking! Of course you can find numerous cookie recipes online, but I would argue there are some wonderful, unique ideas in this book, in addition to old favorites, and it's nice to have it all in one, printed package. At the current amazon price, I would highly recommend!
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What a great book! All the recipes that I have tried work perfectly and are delicious.
It is wonderful to have such a variety of cookies to choose from.

Joan Maniff
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The cookie recipies along with the other recipies (that were not cookies) are great. But to make sure I made the cookies right, I would've appreciate more pictures.
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I have had a cookie exchange party for over thirty years, and so I got this book to see what I could do new - but I was disappointed and no cookie recipe reached out and grabbed me! Sorry maybe after the rush of the season - I will be able to spend more time with the book and find something of interest!
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