400 Sensational Cookies Paperback – Sep 1 2009
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Baker and cookbook author extraordinaire, Linda J. Amendt, has taken the guess-work out of cooking making with her new cookbook... Clear instructions and tried and true expertise accompany Linda's mouth-watering recipes... Filled with delicious, comforting recipes, 400 Sensational Cookies, winner of the 2009 National Best Book Award in the Baking/Bread category, has recipes for every occasion, any time of the year. Linda's recipes range from special versions of traditional favorites and modern classics to new and tempting delicacies. These recipes are perfect for cookie lovers of all ages.... Linda has organized all of the recipes into chapters to make the cookie you are looking for easier to find... [She] has given home-cooks the instructions they need to bake the perfect batch of cookies. (NewsBlaze.com 2009-11-06)
So very many recipes. Ever since I received my copy of 400 Sensational Cookies, I've been busy experimenting and trying our new recipes. My house smells wonderful and I've got enough cookies here for an army for a month (or my family for a week or so). I got 400 Sensational Cookies to liven up my tired cookie baking. Yes, a classic chocolate cookie is great but can get a bit boring. This book does cover a lot of the classics, often with tasty variations. However, I was most interested in trying something new like Tropical Dreams, Cherry Almond Slices, Maple Leaf Cookies, Apple Walnut Cookies, etc. The best keeper I found was not a cookie recipe at all but one for brownies. Chocolate Fudge Brownies are possible the best brownies I have ever tasted. I highly suggest freezing these brownies in individual serving sizes so that you can grab one whenever craving hits. One warning though, they disappear very quickly, almost as if by magic. (Tami Brady TCM Reviews tcm-ca.com 2011-05-06)
About the Author
Linda J. Amendt is an accomplished baker who has won more than 900 awards from food competitions, including nearly 600 first-place blue ribbons and special awards for excellence. She is the author of 175 Best Jams, Jellies, Marmalades & Other Soft Spreads. She lives in California.See all Product Description
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I got 400 Sensational Cookies to liven up my tired cookie baking. Yes, a classic chocolate cookie is great but can get a bit boring. This book does cover a lot of the classics, often with tasty variations. However, I was most interested in trying something new like Tropical Dreams, Cherry Almond Slices, Maple Leaf Cookies, Apple Walnut Cookies, etc.
The best keeper I found was not a cookie recipe at all but one for brownies. Chocolate Fudge Brownies are possibly the best brownies I have ever tasted. I highly suggest freezing these brownies in individual serving sizes so that you can grab one whenever the craving hits. One warning though, they disappear very quickly, almost as if by magic.
The recipes are broken down into sections linked by what type of cookies they are. Drop Cookies, Hand Shaped Cookies, Chocolate Chip variant cookies, Oatmeal Based Cookies, Dream Cookies (instant pudding mix added to the batter), Rolled Cutout Cookies, Refrigerator Slice and Bake cookies, Bars and Squares, Brownies, Biscoti, Shortbreads, and Extra Special cookies.
Short ingredient lists, very clear directions, very yummy results.
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And, .... the cookies are delicious!
At 600 pages (really, ... www.amazon.com shows 472 pages, but my copy of the book actually has 576 pages of text plus 24 pages of full-color photographs), this 10" x 7" cookbook with gorgeous full-color photographs will be an impressive gift to your favorite cook!
Table of Contents:
Baking Great Cookies:
- Cookie Baking Equipment and Tools
- Ingredients for Flavor-Packed Cookies
- Baking Perfect Cookies
Over 400 Recipes for Cookie-Lovers of All Ages:
- Drop Cookies
- Hand-Shaped Cookies
- Chocolate Chip Heaven
- Oatmeal Cookie Delights
- Dream Cookies
- Rolled Cutout Cookies
- Refrigerator Slice-and-Bake Cookies
- Bars and Squares
- Brownies, Brownies and More Brownies
- Extra-Special Cookies
- Blue Ribbon Cookies
- Packaging Cookies for Mailing
- Cookie Problem Solver
- Cookie Supply Sources
Some of the other cookie books on the market are pretentious coffee-table books(does a cookie really have to be a confection that looks like a sculpture?), slapdash (you wonder if anyone actually baked these cookies), or just plain ordinary. 400 Sensational Cookies escapes all those cookbook traps, and is a solid, practical book -- one everyone will actually USE, not put on the shelf to gather dust. I can foresee where my copy will be dog-earred with use, and I might have to buy another copy in a couple years. I'm buying this book for all my cookie baking friends for Christmas. It's the Best!
1.) Included are easy to read and follow chapters on baking equipment, tools and ingredients. Helpful tips are also included with each recipe.
2.) The layout for each recipe is clean and offers measurements in English and S1.
3.) The photos are tantalizing and inspiring
4.) The recipe list is diverse and interesting, offering classics and new types
Most of all the author is inspired, and obviously has a passion for the subject. A must for any baker!
All of this would be helpful but it's the recipes that make you want to get in the kitchen and do some baking. The ultimate dark chocolate espresso cookies earned a score of 8 out of 10 from my husband the chocoholic. A friend who tried those loved them but thought the cranberry coconut cookies were even better. There are clear, step-by-step directions, and each recipe has a tip or two, including how to store them (frosted cookies should be layered with wax paper, which makes perfect sense when you think about it). I know I'm going to have fun working my way through the yummy-sounding recipes.