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Cookie Craft: From Baking to Luster Dust, Designs and Techniques for Creative Cookie Occasions [Hardcover]

Valerie Peterson , Janice Fryer
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Book Description

Oct. 24 2007
Elaborately decorated cookies fill the shelves of high-end bakery cases, tempting shoppers with bright colors and whimsical shapes. The cookies are beautiful, but buying them in a bakery can be shockingly expensive, and their flavor often doesn’t live up to their appearance. Now home bakers can have their pretty cookies and enjoy eating them too!

Thanks to the clear instructions and practical methods developed by authors Valerie Peterson and Janice Fryer, amateur cookie crafters can achieve bakery-quality design and homemade fresh taste. Cookie Craft gives readers access to the entire world of decorated cookies, beginning with an inspirational gallery of 150 colorful cookies guaranteed to start those creative juices flowing.

The authors go on to discuss ingredients, supplies, equipment and technique. They include four delicious recipes for rolled cookie doughs (Traditional Sugar, Chocolate, Nutty, and Gingerbread) that provide perfect blank canvases for decorating, and, of course, their recipe for versatile Royal Icing.

In the most important section, they share the design techniques accumulated and perfected during hundreds of afternoons spent crafting thousands of cookies. Cookie crafters will learn how to pipe, flood, and sugar their cookies, how to design color palettes that work with every season, how to make cookies stand up in fun 3-D structures, and much more!

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Cookie Craft: From Baking to Luster Dust, Designs and Techniques for Creative Cookie Occasions + Cookie Craft Christmas: Dozens of Decorating Ideas for a Sweet Holiday + Decorating Cookies: 60+ Designs for Holidays, Celebrations & Everyday
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“Wow. This book might even stop Martha Stewart in her tracks. The cookies are gorgeous and the level of detail is stunning. Instructions include drying time of icing, how to keep metal cookie cutters rust-free, a half-dozen Royal Icing recipes, color palette formulas, plus pages of templates. If cookies are your thing, this book is your lifeline.”

Minneapolis Star-Tribune 

“If you've longed to make those perfectly iced cookies you see in bakeries and magazines, there's a new book that will get you from dough to done with minimal hassle…[A]nyone who wants to make beautiful cookies will find [Cookie Craft] jammed with ideas and advice.”

J.M. Hirsch, Associated Press

“A must-have for this particularly driven subset of the baking crowd, by New Yorkers who write about food and have mastered pastry arts. The authors take an A-to-Z approach in planning, creating, storing and shipping decorated cookies.”

Washington Post

“Word to the wise: Thumb through Cookie Craft after eating. Otherwise, the pages packed with sugary confections will turn you into an insatiable cubicle cookie monster. Those who like to get their hands doughy, regardless of skill level, can find a manageable project here.”

Washington Express

"[The] cookies in this book whet the reader’s appetite . . . its tone is one of a helpful friend rather than stern directives."

ForeWord Magazine


From the Back Cover

The Art of the Cookie

Equal parts baking and colorful decorating, cookie crafting is just the thing for crafters who love to bake and bakers inspired by the possibilities in a filled pastry bag. Here are all the clever tricks and insider's hints that will elevate your cookies to edible art.

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book! April 24 2009
This is an excellent book on cookie crafting. I absolutly love it! I've received it two days ago and I already read it and done some of the cookies.It covers all the basics of decorating and it's great for inspiring ''experts''. The pictured cookies are amazing and the book is really fun to read. The authors really know their stuff and the book is filled with precious tips and tricks. It includes a chapter on packaging, sending, selling the cookies and also how to prepare a cookie swap or decorating party. But most of all, I love the pictures, the tips and the recipes (a coupe of cookies and royal icing). Excellent book for beginners, amateurs and experts!
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3.0 out of 5 stars old fashion book - not helpful for decorating July 29 2013
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this book has hardly any pictures which is pretty essential to a cookie decorating book. The front cover is the nicest part of the book. The recipes are ok. Most of the pictures are hand drawn cartoons. Don't waste your money.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent! July 31 2011
This book provided excellent written help and lots of pictures to provide hours of inspiration. The best book so far that I have found for this type of decorating.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great! Sept. 21 2009
Good book with lots of content on how to make cookies. Lots of recipes to choose from along with many pictures of cookies. Inspirational book, makes me wanna bake.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Worth every penny! Dec 28 2007
By Toni - Published on
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What a gem of a cookie decorating book! Many books have been written on this subject; some OK and others are great---add this to the "great" list! Bakers and writers Valerie Peterson and Janice Fryer have turned out quite the encyclopedia of cookie design and here's why.....

Visually, the photography is sharp, clear, and very detailed; this is necessary in any instructional book that needs to show you how it's product is to turn out. And instead of one page and one cookie, the cookies are grouped into a category and photographed all together on that page. Each cookie stands out alone, but as a finished photo, each category of cookies is lovely.

On the opposite page of each grouping of cookies, they have made a outlined, numbered chart that describes how each cookie was decorated, step-by-step, so that you can't make a mistake. How much more could a cookie baker ask for other than having Valerie and Janice make them for you?

Peppered throughout the book are sidebars and hints on all the little things that you can do to make your cookies just that much more perfect, along with all the trials and errors they've had over their years of baking, to help you avoid the same problems.

Then, to make your cookie experience even easier, they made cookie templates that you can zerox and enlarge in order to make the shapes and designs you see in the book. This is a wonderful part of their book, but for myself, I don't have the time and patience to do that, so in addition, they have listed some sources for cookie cutters. My personal suggestion for a great cookie cutter company would be "Fancy Flours" at "[...]". This company literally has hundreds of the most unusual and adorable cookie cutters, and they have every single one used in this book as well.

As a little sidenote, in Chapter 7, they teach you how to make cookies for construction pieces like houses, sleighs, gift boxes, etc. It is an excellent chapter and is worth the price of the book all by itself. It details what type of dough to use to withstand the weight of the project, how to construct each piece, etc.

The book is sectioned as such:


New Year's
Valentine's Day
Winter Into Spring
Easter and Spring
Mother's Day
Father's Day
Thanksgiving and Autumn

Showers and Weddings
New Baby or Baby Shower
Kid's Celebration and Sports

Flours, icings (thickness, thinness, etc), cookie sheets, cookie cutters, color charts, how to use your supplies

Designing cookes (it even has a suggested sheet to use and mark your notes), color palettes, organizing your work area, cleaning up

Rolled Sugar Cookies
Coloring Dough
Rolled Chocolate Cookies
Rolled Nutty Cookies
Rolled Gingerbread Cookies
How to cut the dough, how to roll it out, etc

Imprinting an Unbaked Cookie
Creating Windowpanes
Making Holes or Cut-Outs
Adding Dimensions to Cookies
Painting with Egg Tempera and Using Eggwash
Sugaring A Cookie or Attaching Add-Ons

Royal Icing Recipes (how to's, the consistency needed, etc)
Piping and Flooding (the quintessential skill for cookie decorating)
Decorating Techniques
Using Fondant

Multi-Cookie Creations
Stand-Up Cookies and Cookie Pace Cards
Cookie Messages
Party or Shower Favors, Cookie Boxes
Double-Sided Cookie Pops
Halloween Haunted House Luminaria (awesome!)
Santa's Sleigh Centerpeice
Baking Cookies for Construction


Bakesales, parties, cookie swaps, etc

Suggested sources for cutter, baking supplies, etc

This is a very sweet book of knowledge, hard work, and creativity; you will be very happy with this as part of your baking library, thanks to Valerie and Janice!

If after this endeavor, you would like to go to the next level of cookie creations, I would highly recommend "Creative Cookies" by Toba Garrett; the dimensions of this art are boundless, and Ms. Garrett will instruct you as she is a Master Cake Designer and Sugarcraft Artist.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Become the cookie decorator you've always dreamed of being! Nov. 12 2007
By Barbara Alpert - Published on
I was lucky enough to see the authors demonstrate this book's cookie decorating techniques at a store in Brooklyn on Sunday, and I bought two copies--one for me and one for a friend who always does a holiday cookie swap. I read it the same night, and immediately bid on three lots of cookie cutters on Ebay! I'm hooked, and I can't wait to try all their tips for cookie decorating. One of the smartest makes your cookies come out evenly, which has been a problem in the past. You just use two thin pieces of wood and roll your rolling pin along them to produce a perfectly even dough for cutting. The book is full of resources and fun ideas, but what captured my imagination was all the gorgeous color photographs! I think this is an amazing gift for any baker on your list, and you could make it extra special by topping your package with a fun cookie cutter. This isn't just a holiday book, either--reading it makes you think of all kinds of cookie "occasions". I'm planning to make cookies with my niece over Thanksgiving, and I can't wait!
21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gorgeous book full of cool ideas for cookie decorating! Nov. 2 2007
By Phebe - Published on
This is a beautifully bound book full of color pictures of beautifully decorated cookies. It's giving me tons of great ideas for the holidays. There are also a lot of helpful hints--(e.g., how to keep your cookie cutters from rusting, how to roll out the dough to a consistant thickness) as well as detailed instructions for really cool party favors, centerpieces -- all made from cookies. The instructions break it down really simply, so it looks doable too. This is going to be the holiday book of choice for this year!
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The total genius of Cookie Craft! Nov. 2 2007
By Rachel Stevens - Published on
I just saw this book in a store yesterday, and had to bring it home with me- wow! It's beautiful, the cookie designs are beyond adorable, and the directions are broken down in such an easy way that anyone can make the beautiful designs. I'm already plotting the various cookies I plan to bake up as holiday gifts. (I think even my impossible-to-impress Mother in Law is going to be bowled over with these designs.) I'd recommend this gorgeous book to bakers of any and all experience levels. And anyone who likes to bake will love to receive this as a gift to add to their collection, too! Happy cookie making.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great baking and decorating insights June 14 2010
By Practice Daily Gratitude - Published on
These authors did their homework and put together a great collection of the best tried and true decorating and baking techniques. I'm a huge Martha Stewart and Food Network fan, and I've read or seen my share of commentary on sugar cookie "best practices" that seem to contradict what you've heard in other books and magazines (e.g., stick cookies in the freezer before baking / pop them immediately in the oven; only use Silpats to evenly bake your cookies / Silpats aren't worth the money; cool cookies on the tray to avoid breaking / remove immediately to avoid burning). What this book does differently is that it explains why something works for them and yet also acknowledges that the authors have tried other equipment or methods you may have heard of and tells you why they feel their method is the best. I love the no nonsense and to the point commentary in each section that explains their point of view (e.g., when to use wax paper vs. parchment paper, what are the best types of cooling racks, how can you safely remove intricately-shaped cookies, how long baking prep should take). They've organized their tips into super-helpful tables and checklists, and also provide tips on how to cut down on prep time. I would have liked to give this one 4 1/2 stars. The only reason I didn't give it 5 stars is because I don't think designs and decorating techniques are as strong as the baking tips sections. Some of the designs are gorgeous (e.g., winter, Valentine's) while others seem very basic (1 or 2 colors, basic decoration) or are poorly executed (uneven piping) in the photographs(e.g., New Year's, Christmas). You also have to remember that this book covers decorating essentially one type of cookie --- you're not meant to get a bunch of great recipes or varied ingredients or flavors in this book.
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