- Hardcover: 176 pages
- Publisher: Rux Martin/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (Oct. 22 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0547328168
- ISBN-13: 978-0547328164
- Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 1.8 x 21.6 cm
- Shipping Weight: 839 g
- Average Customer Review: 4 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #239,606 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Gourmet Cookie Book: The Single Best Recipe from Each Year 1941-2009 Hardcover – Nov 2 2010
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It represents a snapshot of American cookery
an incredible seven decades' worth of cookies complete with mouthwatering photographs."
- - Library Journal, starred
About the Author
Over the course of almost seventy years, Gourmet 's editors won three coveted National Magazine Awards, sixteen James Beard Awards, and an Emmy Award. See all Product description
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The Scotch Oat Crunchies (oatmeal cookie sandwich) recipe from the 1940s is very good. It reminded me of a cookie my grandmother made. After I made the Old-Fashioned Christmas Butter Cookies, I thought they were the very same ones my mom made when I was a kid. They are so good--they melt in your mouth. I have to confess that I used the Chocolate Wafer cookies I made, from the 1950's section, in an Ice Box Cake I put together...delicious. The lemon thins from the 1970's are very good--my daughter could not eat enough according to her. Cloudt's Pecan Treats from the 1980's is fabulous (I love pecan pie, so this is right up my palate). I am a huge biscotti fan, so I very much enjoyed making and eating the Cranberry Pistachio Biscotti. One of my sons enjoyed his with some decaf tea.
The recipes are well laid out and descriptive. Each step you need to take is listed to make a cookie. The type is a little smaller so be prepared to pull out glasses. Some recipes are more advanced than others. The book leaves it up to the reader which one is right for them. The pictures are terrific and very tempting.
These cookies are not just for holidays. I will be baking them year-round.
If you like to bake, and if you like to bake with kids, this is a great book to have. It is also fun to learn some history and share that with others.
The recipes are in order by year. On the left side is the recipe with a description of where it came from & how it ended up in the magazine. On the right side is the full color photo of the baked cookie. The index is organized by ingredients such as "Almond, Anise, Fig", etc., by name of the cookie, type of cookie such as "Bar, Christmas", etc. It is very easy to find a specific cookie.
I ordered my hard cover copy from ebooksweb. It was in excellent condition, as described.
1941 Cajun macaroons * 1942 honey ice box cookies * 1943 scotch oatmeal crunchies * 1944 cinnamon sugar crisps * 1945 date bars * 1946 Moravian white Christmas cookies * 1947 old fashioned butter cookies * 1948 jelly centers * 1949 brandy snaps * 1950 chocolate wafers * 1951 navettes * 1952 palets de dames * 1953 coconut bars * 1954 benne wafers * 1955 biscotti di regera * 1956 oatmeal raisin cookies * 1957 lace cookies * 1958 brazil nut crescents * 1959 gingerbread men * 1960 pine nut macaroons * 1961 brown butter cookies * 1962 cottae cheese cookies * 1963 curled wafers * 1964 fig cookies * 1965 ginger sugar cookies * 1966 apricot chews * 1967 Mandelbrot * 1968 Florentines * 1969 galettes de noel * 1970 shoe sole cookie * 1971 speculas * 1971 dutch caramel cashew * 1973 crescent cheese cookies * 1974 kourambiedes * 1975 almond bolas * 1976 lemon thins * 1977 irish coffee crunchies * 1978 bizcohitos * 1979 lezar bars * 1980 bourbon balls * 1981 cloud pecan treats * 1982 chocolate meringue biscuits * 1983 switz * 1984 souvaroffs * 1985 pecan tassies * 1986 pastelitos de boda * 1987 pistachio tules * 1989 cornetti * 1990 mocha cookies * 1991 joe hagels * 1992 cranberry pistachio biscotti * 1993 strawberry tart cookies * 1994 basler brunsli * 1995 coconut macadamia shortbread * 1996 giandia brownies * 1999 castle ginger crunch * 2000 walnut acorn cookies * 2001 cranberry turtle bars * 2002 Scandinavian rosettes * 2003 biscotti quadriati * 2004 polish apricot filled cookies * 2005 triomini black & white cookies * 2006 chocolate peppermint bar cookies * 2007 trios * 2008 glittering lemon sandwich cookies * 2009 grand marnier glazed pain d'epiice cookies
TIP: the first time you make a recipe; follow it exactly ... do not make substitutions. If it says butter don't substitute oleo & then wonder why it doesn't taste really good.
For small gifts (like a teacher's gift) make drop cookies in muffin tins. Take empty Pringle cans & decorate the outside of the can ... you will be able to slip a dozen cookies into the can. By using the muffin tins, the cookies are exactly the right size & are uniform.
If you want to really know if this book is for you, go to your local library. If they don't have a copy there is always the option of the Inter-Library Loan procedure (books usually take about 3 weeks to arrive). I almost always preview books from the library before purchasing ... it has saved a lot of disappointment.