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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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.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)
Diane C. Donovan
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.
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!