Multcolib Research Picks: The best cookie cookbooks
Annotation:If you only look at one cookie cookbook, this should be the one. It is full of interesting and unique cookie recipes, as well as all of the old classics. The directions couldn't be easier to follow and the full color, step by step photos are very helpful. Make sure to read all of the tips and tricks this book offers from everything from buying the right kind of vanilla to the right way to roll and dip truffles.
Annotation:While this book contains all the classic recipes you would expect in a cookie book, it is the unexpected recipes that make this cookie book so special. The first recipe, Chocolate-Dipped Pistachio Florentines (pg 11) is especially praise-worthy, easy enough for beginners, yet complex in both presentation and taste.
Annotation:This book may have a very narrow focus, the entire book is dedicated to one cookie style, but it presents it’s subject very well. This book has not only many variations on the traditional macaroon recipe, but it also gives detailed, foolproof instructions (accompanied by full color photographs) of how to create the perfect macaroon. Don’t miss the history of the macaroon and the author’s own foray into macaroon making.
Annotation:The deliciously adaptable chocolate chip cookie stars in this charming book of more than 40 recipes. From Malted Hazelnut-Chocolate Cookies (pg 34) to the more exotic Duck Fat Chocolate Chip (pg 63) there are recipes here for every taste.
Annotation:A delicious collection of cookie recipes that covers both the classics that mom used to make and modern, innovative ideas for the adventurous baker. Each recipe includes full color photos and a difficulty rating that will pinpoint those recipes perfect for the first time baker.
Annotation:Whether it’s a classic chocolate chip cookie for an afternoon snack at the kitchen table, a tangy lemon bar as a treat after lunch, or a delicate jam-filled cutout cookie shared at a special gathering of friends, we all have a favorite cookie or two that we just cannot resist. Williams-Sonoma Collection Cookies offers over 40 delicious recipes, including time-honored favorites as well as fresh new ideas.
Annotation:Pastry chef Prueitt and master baker Robertson of San Francisco’s acclaimed Tartine Bakery share not only their recipes, but also the secrets and expertise that transform a delicious homemade treat into a great one.
Annotation:For those short on time but long on cookie love, Slice & Bake Cookies comes to the rescue! From classics such as old-fashioned oatmeal raisin cookies (pp 22) and Linzer hearts to modern takes on savory cookies and crackers, the recipes collected here fit the bill for any impromptu get-together.
Annotation:This book explores both cookie recipes and cookies as a form of art. With great full color photographs of different cookie styles and ideas, this book will help you make cookies that not only taste great, but look good as well. For an easy start try the Lemon Window Panes (pg 26) or the Maple-Pecan Streusel Bars (pg 115).
Annotation:This book contains recipes for classics like butter cookies and shortbread as well as fun new spins like the Cinnamon Twists (pg 57) and Caramel Nut Bars (pg 45). The author also includes easy recipes that can be made with kids, or adults who just don’t want to use more than one bowl! Particular favorites to try are the Chocolate and Graham Cracker Cookies (pg 54) and Hamantaschens (pg 81).
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We have carefully sifted through our huge collection of cookbooks to bring you the best cookie books that Multnomah County Library has to offer. - Tara N.