, December 03, 2011
(view all comments by Virginia Campbell)
This classic holiday cookie collection is simply presented with a compact, basic layout and a few charming little illustrations throughout the pages. Sometimes, less really is more, and this book is loaded with wonderful recipes! Produced by Southern Living Books, which always provides a fabulous feast for foodies, "Christmas Cookies" has the feeling and flavor of 1986, the year it was printed. This is a very good thing! If you think there's nothing new to make for the holidays, then step back in time for some tasty treasures from the past. The book sections are divided by the type of cookie, and my favorite was the final chapter: "Foreign Cookies". Somehow those wonderful butter and spice cookies, and cookies filled with jam and dried fruit and nuts bring to mind the seasonal scents of a Christmas kitchen. Suggestions for Santa's cookie plate: "Croesus Squares"; "Date-Nut Cookies"; "German Christmas Cookies"; and "London Bars". For the person who has everything, including a sweet tooth, a gift of a homemade assortment of delectable, devourable cookies would be much appreciated and long remembered.