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Mom's Big Book of Cookies: 200 Family Favorites You'll Love Making and Your Kids Will Love Eating Spiral-bound – Jul 28 2006

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Product Details

  • Spiral-bound: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Harvard Common Press; Spi edition (July 28 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1558323007
  • ISBN-13: 978-1558323001
  • Product Dimensions: 23.5 x 2.2 x 27.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 Kg
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,484,188 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From Publishers Weekly

Dessert maven Chattman (Icebox Desserts, The Cereal Lover's Cookbook) returns with a winning collection of kid-friendly cookie recipes, focusing on "what the kids are going to enjoy most, and then getting messy and having fun." She offers over a dozen variations on the classic chocolate chip cookie (including "Black Forest Chocolate Chip"), and other favorites such as oatmeal and peanut butter are given multiple variations as well. Brownies and bars round out the collection. Written with the busy parent in mind, Chattman includes a number of quick and easy recipes such as Almond Joy Cookies and a basic, buttery Shortbread. She also includes a handful of recipes that require just a few ingredients, such as Instant Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Cookies, which don't require flour, sugar, baking powder or salt, minimizing the mess. Recipes are clear, easy to follow and include steps kids can perform by themselves. An imaginative and expansive collection of holiday-themed recipes such as Abraham Lincoln Stovepipe Hats and Bird's Nest Cookies with Easter Eggs expand on the fun. Most recipes are within the reach of inexperienced bakers, although building that "Candy-Covered Gingerbread House" might call for a pair of well-practiced baking hands-but of course, with these projects, you can always eat the mistakes.
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About the Author

A former pastry chef, Lauren Chattman is the author of nine cookbooks and co-author of numerous other books, including Dessert University with former White House pastry chef Roland Mesnier. Her recipes have appeared in Food & Wine, Bon Appetit, Cook's Illustrated, The New York Times, and Redbook, among others. She lives in Sag Harbor, New York with her husband and two daughters.

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Amazon.com: HASH(0x9fa56c84) out of 5 stars 12 reviews
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9faac00c) out of 5 stars Good but not as good as her other baking book. April 7 2007
By Sparky - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Spiral-bound
I own the author's "Mom's Big Book of Baking" and use it all the time, so I bought this book from Amazon sight unseen. While I've used it alot, I don't know if I really need both of her books as many of the recipes appear in both books in slightly altered form. That being said, I have used the book several times and my kids like cooking from it because the pictures are so appealing. It's also spiral bound, so it's easy to keep open on the counter when you are cooking with 2 kids at your heels.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9f8a4d74) out of 5 stars With kid-friendly recipes and plenty of baker's tips, it's not to be missed! Nov. 6 2006
By Midwest Book Review - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Spiral-bound
The 200-some cookie recipes in this title differ from competing cookie cookbooks: they've all been 'kid tested', decorations are done with kids in mind, and MOM'S BIG BOOK OF COOKIES: 200 FAMILY FAVORITES YOU'LL LOVE MAKING AND YOUR KIDS WILL LOVE EATING includes special tips on baking for kids. With kid-friendly recipes and plenty of baker's tips, it's not to be missed!

Diane C. Donovan

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9fe31cf0) out of 5 stars C is for Cookie - That's Good Enough for Me! Oct. 14 2006
By Lara - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Spiral-bound
I love to bake, but sometimes faall into a rut of making the same things over and over. This huge collection of cooking inspires me to try new things that are still kid-friendly (esp. important for my picky kid!) Chattman sprinkles her recipes with charming antedotes about her childhood and family, it's like walking into a warn kitchen that smells of freshly baked cookies and chatting with a friend.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9fcd9eac) out of 5 stars Perfect Gift for Anyone! Nov. 8 2007
By rebelmomof2 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Spiral-bound Verified Purchase
I will be the first to admit that I hate baking cookies. Don't get me wrong ~~ I love to cook and bake ~~ I just don't like baking cookies. They are time-consuming, they are messy and I just don't like doing it. However, with a hubby and two little boys, cookies are a must-have staple in our kitchen. I found this book originally at the library and when I flipped through it, I realized that I couldn't just returned it after two weeks. I had to have my own copy.

This is such a neat little find for me. It has tips in here on how to have your kids help you with baking cookies, like for example, "Kids enjoy rolling together the two types of dough in this recipe, so when you're finished mixing, let them take over (page 33, Chocolate Chip Marble Cookies). There is a section on jar-gifts for teachers, friends (like Sand-art Brownies). There is a section on age-tested favorites. There's a section on different types of holiday cookies (like Abraham Lincoln Stovepipe Hats or Presidents' Day Cherry-almond thumbprints). By thumbing through the pages, you'll feel the inspirations coming on. Another example would be on page 133 ~~ where it says, a good excuse to make Reese's Pieces Autumn Oatmeal Cookies: Make these for a special home screening of the movie, "E.T." to satisfy the craving that will surely arise when the candy makes its famous cameo appearance.

With ideas, inspiration and tips like this ~~ now even I am inspired to get the rolling pin out.

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa01de6d8) out of 5 stars A Great Variety Feb. 20 2007
By K. Nelson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Spiral-bound
Both my roommate and I are avid bakers, and we are always looking for new cookie recipes. I saw this book and after flipping through it decided I needed to have it.

Lauren Chattman includes recipes for classics such as chocolate chip cookies, oatmeal cookies, and slice-and-bake sugar cookies. Also included are some more interesting ideas, such as black forest chocolate chip cookies, cornmeal cranberry squares, after-dinner microwave brownies, and m&m biscotti.

The black & white cookies were a big hit with my friends, and they were surprisingly easy to make. Tonight I'm making sour cream chocolate chip cookies, and I am so excited to taste them!

I really recommend this book to anyone who has any interest in baking--no skill-level necessary!

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