The recipes are arranged in chapters devoted to tree and mantelpiece cookies; cookies to make for and/or with kids; cookies for sending, for open house, and holiday dinner parties, among others. Included are recipes for classics such as Scottish Shortbread, Chocolate-Dipped Melting Moments, Mexican Wedding Cakes, Spritz Butter Cookies, Springerle, and Pfeffernüsse. Also offered are Beranbaum's own creations, such as Maple Walnut Sablé Sandwiches, and those of her friends, like Lora Brody's Christmas Phantoms and Mrs. King's Irresistibles. Where applicable, recipes offer optional mixing methods for food processor or electric mixer (or by hand). Beranbaum's "Smart Cookie" accompanies each recipe and provides hints on ingredients and techniques. Decoration, storage, and cookie-sending information abounds. Concluding with a color-photo-illustrated glossary of ingredients and equipment, the book is encyclopedic on its subject and virtually guarantees Christmas (or any time) cookie-making success. --Arthur Boehm
I love this book, too, even though mine is in pieces. The problem with the buttercrunch is this: Once it comes to the boil, you must use a clean spoon each time you stir. Read morePublished on Jan. 29 2004 by T. Giuliana
Rose did an excellent job choosing the recipes for this book. Some recipes could be difficult to make if you are a beginner, but if you are an adventurous baker, I am sure you... Read morePublished on March 8 2003 by Elena Hernandez
My roommate owned this book, but is not much of a cook herself so she gave it to me. I have made at least half of the recipes and they have all been fantastic! Read morePublished on Dec 5 2002
This is such a wonderful book that someone borrowed mine and never returned it so I have to order a new one! Read morePublished on Nov. 12 2002 by "llisatd"
I have used this cookbook more than any other on my shelf. I pull it out every Christmas. The stained glass cookies and the peanut butter cookies with cherry jam filling are my... Read morePublished on Oct. 6 2002 by Amazon Customer
I bought this book the first year it was published and have made it a part of my holiday celebration every year since. Read morePublished on Aug. 19 2002 by D. Henriksen
Rose Beranbaum, the author, must simply love what she does. All of her books just shine with enthusiasm and mirth. Read morePublished on June 26 2001 by SA