*Starred Review* There is no such thing as too many cookie recipes. A veteran baker expands readers’ repertoires with well-loved traditional and innovative doughs that, regardless of individual tastes, will make mouths water. Los Angeles industrial designer, professor, and author of Crazy about Cupcakes (2006) Castella dives into her 300 small sweet treats by dividing them by occasion: that is, for every day, for parties, for special occasions, for holidays, and for Christmas. She emphasizes enabling bakers to produce great batters and cookies every time. Tips abound, from fixing too-hard cookies (insert a sliced fresh apple into an airtight container) to recognizing why cookies are too flat (the butter’s too soft). Another area of concentration is on innovation, though American favorites like chocolate chips are well represented, too. Many of her creative concoctions demand advanced skills, such as working with marzipan to generate fruit look-alikes, making a cakelike housewarming invitation, and building a Black Forest brownie ice-cream cake that promises to transform any birthday party. Of course, opening sections capture the fundamentals of cookie making, from tools to techniques, while the back-of-the-book chapter features different doughs, fillings, and frostings. Templates for cookie construction appended. –Barbara Jacobs
About the Author
Krystina Castella is the author of Crazy About Cupcakes. She is an industrial designer and professor who designs environments, furniture, clothing, toys, stationery, cupcakes and cookies.
This book seems to be very organized and beautifully executed. It has pictures for almost every cookie that you are making the exceptions probably are the variations. There are 6 chapters in this book. Chapter 1: Cookies in the Know~ basically equipment and tricks for all cookies in the book. Chapter 2: Everyday cookies~ cookies and bars that are fairly easy to bake. Chapter 3: Party cookies~ gourmet and tea cookies that look like great eye candies. Chapter 4: Occasion cookies~ meaning like for specific events like weddings and showers or birthdays. I think that this are was my favorite! Chapter 5: Holiday cookies~ just what it says. There are roll outs and pinwheels and nicely decorated (not with just icing) cookies. Chapter 6: Christmas~ includes gingerbread houses and international cookies. great photos! Then at the end of the book are a couple of pages of basics and templates. To me this is the best cookie book buy for me of the year and I don’t think that I will be buying another one for several years unless I buy it from this author. Great looking cookies and seemly easy directions. This is my kind of book, because it has all the resources in one book. I would definitely recommend this to my friends! By the way if you didn’t know in this review after every chapter it was my synopsis of the chapter not the author’s. I hope you find this book as good as I did!
I originally got this book so I could try the recipe for Oatmeal Raisin cookies on page 82. I have never been able to find a good recipe for oatmeal raisin, but now I have. I love these cookies and they were super easy to make. In all, I have made three recipes from this book: The Cinnamon swirls on page 51 are to die for. They are so delicious and not to difficult to make. My frosting didn’t turn on as smooth as in the picture, but the cream cheese frosting on page 275 is really good. The Mint Chocolate Creams on page 71 were also very good, but not minty enough for me. I also made the Mint Cream into frosting by adding more liquid so I could pipe it on top of the cookies. I can’t wait to try out more recipes from this book. I do agree that the type face could have been chosen a bit more wisely. Those fours sure are hard to read. Dec 2012 Since last year I have made multiple recipes from this book. In general, I have found it easiest to follow the recipe exactly and trust that it will work. There is only one cookie this didn’t work for: the Pecan Molasses Spice Cookies on p 223. I needed to add about 2.5 cups more flour, but once I did, they were divine. I have also successfully made Maple Walnut Cookies (p. 220), Sunflower Carrot Cookies (p. 205), Chocolate Chip Walnut Cookies (p. 72), Toffee Chip Cookies (p. 75), Brownie Cookies (p. 78), Old Fashioned Peanut Butter Cookies (p. 79), Sugar-Free Carob Oatmeal Clusters (p. 83), and Butterscotch Icebox Cookies (p. 92). The main typos in this recipe book have to do with the approximation of how many cookies would make one batch. For example, The Peanut Butter cookies claim to make 18 2-inch cookies. I made 1-inch cookies and came out with about 70 cookies instead of the 36 I assumed I would make. It’s still an awesome book with great recipes. I changed my star value to five stars because all the recipes I’ve made have turned out and tasted great. Yum!
It’s a great book with good recipes and tips. Gave this one to a friend so will buy another to replace it. I recommend it!
- Title: Crazy About Cookies: 300 Scrumptious Recipes for Every Occasion & Craving
- Autor: Krystina Castella
- Publisher (Publication Date): Sterling (November 2, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: | 140276913X
- ISBN-13: | 978-1402769139
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