Baking is fun! But why can’t our cookies ever turn out as neat and pretty as the ones in our cookbooks? Well, with enough practice and the guidance provided by these baking pros, you might finally be able to match those scrumptious, unattainable treats, just in time for National Cookie Day on December 4! Whether you are looking for holiday cookies to serve this season or a tasty “anytime” snack, these eight cookbooks will show you how to make all types of cookies. Impress your friends with cookie creations that are delightful to both the eye and the taste buds!
Cookie dough is a favorite forbidden treat, but the raw ingredients it contains can make you sick. To enjoy cookie dough the safe way, try the recipes in Hello, Cookie Dough. Kristen Tomlan has developed over one hundred amazing cookie dough recipes. They include standard flavors like red velvet and cookies and cream, as well as some wilder options with irresistible names like "lazy girl cheesecake" and "a hot cocoa holiday." Bake 'em up or eat 'em as-is. Either way is okay!
by Mimi Council
Lifelong cookie aficionado Mimi Council called her book Cookies for Everyone, and she means it! These ninety-nine easy cookie recipes will appeal to dessert lovers of all preferences and dietary needs. The table of contents lists cookies by category, so you can easily find all of Council's vegan recipes, butter cookie recipes, and so on. The book also includes a list of items you should keep on hand if you plan on making a habit of cookie baking — and why wouldn't you!
Black Girl Baking does not focus exclusively on cookies, but there are still plenty of cookie recipes to tempt you. Author and baker Jerrelle Guy groups her recipes by senses. There are categories for sight, sound, and more, so you can decide what dessert experience you want. For cookies that feel great in your mouth, try the tofu chocolate chip; for cookies that smell better than any other, whip up a batch of macadamia brown butter cashew cookie dough.
Foreword by Deb Perelman
Maida Heatter's many fans insist that no cookie recipes can ever top hers. Decide for yourself with Cookies Are Magic, the definitive collection of Heatter's legendary, influential recipes. Here you'll find brownie cookies, snickerdoodles, good old chocolate chip, and more, and a cute illustration to go with each. If you're new to baking cookies, there are instructions regarding common baking procedures (separating eggs, for example) and the tools you'll need for the best possible cookie outcome. (Who knew there were so many different kinds of rolling pins?)
by Lara Ferroni
Peanut Butter Cookie Dough-Filled Pretzels, Anyone?
Cookie dough is no longer just for making cookies. Cookie Doughlicious shows bakers how to make 20 safe-to-eat, egg-free cookie doughs that take the guilt out of raw. Now, conflicted bakers don't have to choose between safety and a spoonful of heaven! Each of the doughs can be incorporated into any of the 50 delicious recipes for cakes, cookies, candies, bars, pies, tarts, ice cream and frozen treats, and much more.
Recipes include: Chocolate Hazelnut Cookie Dough Pop Tarts, Cashew Caramel Cookie Dough Candy Bars, Snickerdoodle Cookie Dough Crisp, Gingerbread Cookie Dough CrÃ¨ Brulee, Pistachio-Lemon Cookie Dough Sorbet, Chocolate Espresso Cookie Dough TiramisÃ¹d more!
You can't have picture-perfect cookies without picture-perfect decorations. Author Christi Johnstone will teach you how to transform any cookie — your own or store-bought — into a tiny, delicious masterpiece. Transforming plain cookies with easy-to-find ingredients like frosting and sprinkles is fun by yourself or with the whole family. No matter the occasion, you will be able to contribute thematically appropriate goodies so gorgeous that you'll want to take a picture before digging in!
If one cookie is never enough for you, you'll love the recipes in Wendy Kou's Colossal Cookies. Every recipe will yield eye-catching jumbo cookies in mouthwatering flavors like dulce de leche, espresso shortbread, and rocky road. Or, if ordinary cookies just don't have enough flavor for you, try one of Kou's stuffed cookies, like the brownie-stuffed cookie or the cheesecake-stuffed red velvet cookie. After all, the only thing better than dessert is dessert with another dessert inside it!
London-based chef Yotam Ottolenghi is a master of many dishes. Sweet focuses exclusively on desserts. Ottolenghi includes sweet treats of all kinds in this book, and there is a whole section just for cookies. You’ll start by learning the many nice things about cookies and cookie baking before moving into the recipes themselves. These include a wide range of flavors, from brown butter almond tuiles to peanut sandies to the unusual-sounding cats’ tongues. (Don’t worry: they’re named for their length, not their ingredients.)
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Eileen Gonzalez is a freelance writer from Connecticut. She has a Master’s degree in communications and years of experience writing about pop culture. She contributes to Book Riot and Foreword Reviews, and she occasionally tweets at @eileen2thestars.