Saturday, December 19, 2009

Weekend Cooking: Cookie Craft Christmas

Weekend Cooking is a weekly meme hosted by Beth F. Reads. It is open to anyone who has a food related post that they would like to share. Today I want to share a review of a fabulous holiday cookie book.

I first saw A Cookie Craft Christmas in the store a little before Thanksgiving. I am such a sucker for books and magazines that feature Christmas cookies, and in an effort to be frugal this holiday season, I decided that I really didn't need it (although I desperately wanted it). Well, as luck would have it --- I received an email coupon from Borders PLUS a certificate for Borders bucks that I had earned this quarter. It was obviously meant to be that I add this fine little cookbook to my collection. And I do not regret the purchase one bit!

The authors, Valerie Peterson and Janice Fryer, give very useful decorating tips, such as how to properly use the color flow technique - how to add shimmer to cookies - and how to tint cookie dough for an even easier method of decorating. They include a recipe for sugar cookies that my daughter claims is foolproof! She absolutely loved the way the dough was so easy to roll out and bake. There are MANY cookie decorating ideas in this little book, complete with explicit directions of how to achieve the proper look.

It is a dream of mine to someday have the time to bake and decorate beautiful cookies. I now have the guide that will help me achieve that dream.

9 comments:

Nicole (Linus's Blanket) said...

Sounds like a great book for the cookie collection. I like pretty basic drop cookies that are pretty much presentable and edible no matter what happens to them. I think I am a little afraid to make the fancy stiff.

Kaye said...

The book sounds good. If you try that sugar cookie, let us know how it is. I just can't seem to find the perfect recipe for them. Have fun reading and experimenting with your new book.

caite said...

yes, if you try that sugar cookie recipe, you must share it. I am always in search of the perfect sugar cookie! which would be one even I can't screw up.

bermudaonion said...

Oh, now I want that cookbook too. Of course, my cookies would never look like those on the cover, but one can always dream.

Beth F said...

I am beginning to see the downfall of hosting this feature/meme: I want a bunch of new cookbooks. This one sounds like a fabulous resource to have on hand. My decorating skills could definitely use some help.

Margot at Joyfully Retired said...

This sounds like an excellent addition to your cookbook collection. Me too on the sugar cookies. Maybe you could get your chef-daughter to do them and do a guest post about them.

Eva said...

Sounds like fun! My niece and baked some sugar cookies and frosted them yesterday, and we plan to do a bunch more before Christmas!

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Susan said...

MMMM. We love cookies here at my house, so please post some pictures when you do try the recipes! the book sounds very interesting. I'm happy when I get close to the amount of cookies I'm supposed to make - somehow I make 'generous' cookies even though I use the tablespoon/tsp whatever measurement required. Have fun planning your cookie baking!

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