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The Cookie Book
The cookie compendium with more than 400 recipes for the cookie jar, kids' lunch boxes, afternoon tea, and holiday cookies Cookie recipes are culinary heirlooms as irreplaceable as quilts, silver, and other precious keepsakes. Often cookies were the first thing we learned to bake. For many of us, they're the only thing we still bake. Now Holly Garrison offers the definitive cookie bible for today. The Cookie Book kicks off with a section called "The Cookie Maker's Kitchen." Here you'll find all the cookie-baking basics. Aside from cookie sheets, what do you need to start baking? Turn to the "Tools" chapter to find out. What's the difference between baking powder and baking soda? Check the "Ingredients" chapter. Want to know how to fold a mixture? Find it listed in "Terms and Techniques." There are also chapters on decorating cookies and how to store and ship cookies, not crumbs. If you're already up to cookie-baking speed, you'll want to skip to the recipes. With chapters on drop cookies, rolled cookies, icebox cookies, shaped cookies, bar cookies, and special cookies, you'll be able to bake hundreds without ever getting bored. Looking for a chocolate-chip cookie? Well, could you be more specific? Holly gives more than a dozen recipes, from the original Toll House Cookie to Cookie Store Chocolate-Chunk Cookies and Chocolate Oat-Chip Cookies, to the ultimate Extra Soft and Chewy Chocolate-Chip Cookies. The selection is endless. For healthier snacks, try Zero-Fat Chewy Chocolate Cookies and California Dried Fruit Bars. There are speedy Maggie's Spur-of-the-Moment Vanilla Drops and a painstaking Gingerbread House, classy French Chocolate-Nut Cookies, and old-time Potato-Chip Icebox Cookies. And if nothing is too good for Fido, you can even make your own doggie biscuits. (But afterwards don't expect him to settle for store-bought treats.) While all cookies are pretty easy, Holly includes some that are virtually impossible to bungle and others that are really for bakers who know how to handle a pastry bag. Still, anyone willing to tackle a tough cookie can. There are diagrams illustrating how to use a pastry bag, plus how to shape pretzels, mosaics, cloverleafs, and much more. In the appendices you'll find charts of cooking equivalents and substitutions (you can use cocoa plus shortening to replace unsweetened chocolate if you've run out of it) and shopping and mail-order sources. If it's ideas you need, check the "Author's Choice" listings, with suggested cookies for the cookie jar, the lunch box, Christmas gifts, and other occasions. Whatever kind of cookie you're looking for, you'll find it in The Cookie Book.
Over 400 recipes for the chewiest, crunchiest, crispiest, and most chocolatey cookies ever!
A Cookie Sampler
- Almond Lace Cookies
- Old-Fashioned Walnut Brownies
- Old-Fashioned Gingerbread People
- Chocolate-Dipped Meringues
- Real Almond Macaroons
- Pressed Shortbread
- Viennese Hazelnut Cookies
- My Grandmother's Christmas Sugar Cookies
About the Author
A food writer and consultant, Holly Garrison was the food editor of Parents Magazine for seven years. She is also the author of Comfort Food, The Thanksgiving Cookbook (Macmillan), and the The Periyali Cookbook. She lives in New York City.
Table of Contents
The Cookie Maker's Kitchen.
3. Terms and Techniques.
4. Decorating Cookies.
5. Storing, Shipping, and Giving Away Cookies.
More Than 400 Fabulous Cookie Recipes.
6. Drop Cookies.
7. Rolled Cookies.
8. Icebox Cookies.
9. Shaped Cookies.
10. Bar Cookies.
11. Special Cookies.
12. Favorite Cookies from Friends.
C. Shopping and Mail-Order Sources.
D. Cookie Category Listings.