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Martha Stewart's Cookies: The Very Best Treats to Bake and to Share [Paperback]

Martha Stewart Living Magazine
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Book Description

March 11 2008
A perfect Mother’s Day gift!

Cookies are the treat that never disappoints. Whether you’re baking for a party or a picnic, a formal dinner or a family supper– or if you simply want something on hand for snacking–there is a cookie that’s just right. In Martha Stewart’s Cookies, the editors of Martha Stewart Living give you 175 recipes and variations that showcase all kinds of flavors and fancies. Besides perennial pleasers like traditional chocolate chip and oatmeal raisin, there are other sweet surprises, including Rum Raisin Shortbread, Peppermint Meringue Sandwiches with Chocolate Filling, and Lime Meltaways.

Cleverly organized by texture, the recipes in Martha Stewart’s Cookies inspire you to think of a classic, nostalgic treat with more nuance. Chapters include all types of treasures: Light and Delicate (Cherry Tuiles, Hazelnut Cookies, Chocolate Meringues); Rich and Dense (Key Lime Bars, Chocolate Mint Sandwiches, Peanut Butter Swirl Brownies); Chunky and Nutty (Magic Blondies, Turtle Brownies, White Chocolate-Chunk Cookies); Soft and Chewy (Snickerdoodles, Fig Bars, Chewy Chocolate Gingerbread Cookies); Crisp and Crunchy (ANZAC Biscuits, Chocolate Pistachio Biscotti, Almond Spice Wafers); Crumbly and Sandy (Cappuccino-Chocolate Bites, Maple-Pecan Shortbread, Lemon-Apricot Sandwiches); and Cakey and Tender (Lemon Madeleines, Carrot Cake Cookies, Pumpkin Cookies with Brown-Butter Icing).

Each tantalizing recipe is accompanied by a lush, full-color photograph, so you never have to wonder how the cookie will look. Beautifully designed and a joy to read, Martha Stewart’s Cookies is rich with helpful tips and techniques for baking, decorating, and storing, as well as lovely gift-packaging ideas in standout Martha Stewart style.

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About the Author

MARTHA STEWART LIVING magazine was first published in 1990. Since then, more than two dozen books have been published by the magazine’s editors. MARTHA STEWART is the author of dozens of bestselling books on cooking, entertaining, gardening, weddings, and decorating. She is the host of The Martha Stewart Show, the popular daily syndicated television show.

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Rum Raisin Shortbread
*Makes about 4 1/2 dozen*
This crumbly shortbread is studded with dried currants, which are tiny
raisins made from Zante grapes. The currants must be soaked overnight,
so you'll need to plan your craving a day in advance.
    * 1/2 cup dark rum
    * 1 cup currants
    * 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
    * 3/4 cup confectioners' sugar
    * 1/2 teaspoon finely grated orange zest
    * 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
    * 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
    * 3/4 cup finely shredded unsweetened coconut
    * 1 teaspoon coarse salt
1. Combine rum and currants in an airtight container; let sit at room
temperature overnight. Drain; reserving 2 tablespoons rum.
2. Put butter, confectioners' sugar, and zest in the bowl of an electric
mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Beat until creamy and smooth,
about 2 minutes. Add vanilla and reserved rum. Beat well, scraping down
the sides of the bowl as necessary. Reduce speed to low. Add flour,
coconut, and salt, and beat for 3 minutes. Stir in currants by hand.
Divide dough in half and form each into a log about 1/2 inches in
diameter; wrap in parchment, and refrigerate 1 hour (or up to 3 days).
3. Preheat oven to 325°F. Remove dough from parchment; slice into
1/4-inch-thick rounds. Place on parchment paper-lined baking sheets,
spacing about 1 inch apart. Bake until pale golden, about 20 minutes,
rotating sheets halfway through. Transfer to wire racks to cool
completely. Cookies can be stored in airtight containers at room
temperature up to 1 week.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Pretty and Tasty May 4 2008
This book is dessert for the eye and the mouth. The table of contents is creatively designed to show you a picture of the cookie and it organizes them into cookie type. So far I have tried 7 different cookie types to great success and I plan to do more very soon. The instructions are easy to follow. The back of the cookbook has examples of useful tools, decorating materials and packaging ideas. Some of the cookies I have tried are the Chocolate Peanut Butter Swirl Brownies, the Chocolate Thumbprint and the Chocolate Pistachio cookies. Some of the cookies are easy and some are more difficult to prepare, but even if you only make a few (there are 175 recipes to try) it is well worth it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Who doesn't love cookies? April 9 2009
I was pleasantly surprised when this book was delivered. I figured I might get 20 or so cookie recipes, but this whopping volume contains around 150 cookie recipes!

The cookies range from scrumptious drop cookies to very fancy cookies. There are plenty of flavours and types to satisfy all cookie cravings.

The book has a great picture overview at the beginning to allow for easy recipe picking. There is also a helpful list of tools at the back, with pictures, as well as tips for making the cookies as well as gift wrapping.

This is an indispensable cook book for the cookie lover!
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A really beautiful book March 19 2008
Martha's new book is gorgeous! A full colour picture accompanies every recipe, just daring you to make it. I find Martha's recipes work out very well. Of her cookie recipes, my favourites are : sugar cookies, jam thumbprints, classic chocolate chip and oatmeal raisin. The recipes are carefully tested and I think that you will be pleased with the results!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good book Feb. 2 2014
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I bought it for my wife and she really liked it. she uses it quite often since she likes to cook. Price and delivery is excellent.
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4.0 out of 5 stars More Bookish Thoughts... Jan. 18 2014
By Reader Writer Runner TOP 50 REVIEWER
For a party or a picnic, a formal dinner or a quick snack, cookies rarely disappoint. With its 175 recipes, "Martha Stewart's Cookies" provides the perfect cookie for every occasion; perennial favourites like chocolate chip and oatmeal raisin share chapters with surprises like peppermint meringue sandwiches, ginger brownies and lime meltaways.

Cleverly organized by texture, chapters include "Light and Delicate" (tuiles/meringues), "Rich and Dense" (bars/brownies/sandwich cookies) "Chunky and Nutty" (stuffed blondies/cookies with extra goodies), "Soft and Chewy" (fruit bars/gingerbread), "Crisp and Crunchy" (wafers/biscotti), "Crumbly and Sandy" (shortbread/sugar cookies) and "Cakey and Tender" (madeleines/iced cake-style cookies).

A lush, full-color photograph accompanies each recipe and the beautifully designed book includes helpful tips and techniques for baking, decorating, and storing, as well as lovely gift-packaging ideas in standout Martha Stewart style.
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Just to see Martha Stewart's name on the front of the book and I am sold to it! I only made two recipes so far and been very pleased with the results. I first bought Martha Stewart Pies and Tarts cookbook recommended by a solid reference here in Québec, Ricardo Larrivée. He considers Martha as a prime reference to his liking cooking!! Do not hesitate and buy this book that you will probably use many times during the year.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Yummy! Feb. 3 2013
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The pictorial index was such an eye-catcher that I ordered 3 - one for each daughter-in-law and one for myself. I delivered one to my granddaughter (age 19 months) and her mother at the Little Gym after class. It started with me going through the index with Little Miss and ended with every adult eye in the place straining to see the pictures and a great deal of ooohing and ahhhing. If the cookies are half as tasty as they look on the pages, we have a real winner on our hands.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best cookie recipe book I have ever found Jan. 27 2013
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Martha Stewart Cookies.....i have made several of these recipes and without a doubt!!! Have been told they are the best cookies EVER!!!! I love the way the book seperates the cookies by type. Soft and chewy, crisp etc, the pictures in the index are such a fabulous quick reference. I would reccomend this book to any true cookie lover.
I have given this book as gifts many times!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Recipes
Fantastic book with great recipes. Most are not even all that difficult.
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Was a pretty dirty. Kinda gross but I'm very happy none the less.
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Wonderful recipes! I want to try all of them with no special ocassion!
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4.0 out of 5 stars This is a good cookie book
This is a good cookie book. Plenty of recipes, and all the ones I've tried are good, Easy to follow instructions, and nice pictures.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Cookie Bible
This is a fantastic book and I get tons of compliments on everything I make from it (I recommend the dulce de leche and the back and white cookies). Read more
Published on Aug. 7 2012 by Anthro Chick
3.0 out of 5 stars Gorgeous to look at, but I want fast over pretty
Full disclosure, I have a bias--I prefer to make dinner vs dessert. And when I need dessert fast, I bake cookies, so I want a short ingredient list with stuff that's already on... Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars great book!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Noteworthy Classic
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