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Sweet treats to make, decorate and give : over 35 step-by-step recipes for making and decorating cakes, cookies and candies
Laura Tabor.
New York : Cico Books, 2011.
This unique collection of sweet treats is packed with 35 delicious decorating ideas for cakes, cookies, and candies. In this book, designer Laura Tabor, has combined her passions for jewelry and baking, producing a range of beautifully decorated edible gifts. The first chapter, Beautiful Treats for Girls, has chocolate cameos that look just like the real thing, marshmallow pearls, and candy bangles. Seasonal Gifts is packed with ideas for Christmas cookies, Fabergé-inspired Easter eggs, and a fondant Valentine's rose locket. Kids will love to make the rice paper flower pendants, jelly gems, and liquorice friendship bracelets in Fun for Children. The final chapter, Gentlemen Adorned, has recipes for candy cufflinks, vintage chocolate buttons, and a candy monocle and moustache. Clear step-by-step instructions make this book perfect for novice bakers, while more experienced cooks will enjoy the challenge of creating something uniquely different.• 35 amazing recipes that not only look a million dollars, but taste incredible, too.• Each project will be the perfect gift for others or a delicious treat for yourself.• Ideal for both beginners and experienced bakers.
     
The cookie party cookbook : the ultimate guide to hosting a cookie exchange
Robin L. Olson.
New York : St. Martin's Griffin, c2010.

The country#x19;s biggest promoter of the cookie swapping party writes the ultimate cookie recipe book, with ideas, tips and organizing plans for anyone to throw the best baking event ever.

Robin Olson popularized the cookie swap: a party where a group of people get together, bringing a large quantity of a favorite recipe or two of their own and trade with other guests so that each attendee leaves with enough variety boxes of cookies and bars to give out as gifts, care packages, camp mailings, etc. Included in COOKIE PARTY:

--176 recipes for classic and fun cookies, bars, no-bakes and simple candies (such as Peppermint Pinwheel Cookies, Butterscotch Bars, Lemon Melting Moments, Cappuccino Bonbons, etc.)

--Tips for entertaining a room full of bakers with savories, drinks and sweets

--Ideas for festive packaging

--Shipping troubleshooting ideas

--Recipe index

--Inspiration for coming up with your own cookies, displaying your special chef#x19;s touch

     
Crazy about cookies : 300 scrumptious recipes for every occasion & craving
Krystina Castella.
New York : Sterling, 2010.
Bakers everywhere went crazy over Krystina Castella'sCrazy About Cupcakes, and will go completely wild over these 300 clever cookie recipes. The baking phenomenon whips up delicious riffs on the classics and more adventurous offerings (like savory cornmeal olive cookies). There's something for every occasion, from melt-in-your-mouth after-school snacks to fun Christmas cookie constructions. A basics section on doughs, toppings and decoration techniques makes this the cookie foundation every creative foodie needs.
     
The vegan cookie connoisseur : over 140 simply delectable vegan recipes that treat the eyes and taste buds
Kelly Peloza.
New York : Skyhorse Pub., c2010.
Kelly Peloza started experimenting with vegan baking as a highschool student, blogging about her vegan adventures all thewhile. Her amazing recipes and gorgeous photos drew a crowdof eager readers who have been begging her for a cookbook eversince. Now an energetic, spunky college student, her book is fi-nally ready for her anxious audience. From double peanut buttersandwich cookies and coconut caramel butter cookies to raspberryalmond cookies and inside out peppermint patties, these deliciousand imaginative recipes are sure to inspire bakers of all ages.

Peloza is committed to using ingredients that are easy to find,natural, and simple to use. You won#x19;t find egg replacer, expensivecooking oils, or hydrogenated margarine in her recipes. #x1C;Makinga batch of chocolate chip cookies shouldn#x19;t involve running to fivedifferent health food stores searching for some elusive ingredient,#x1D;she writes. But you will find helpful tips for things like substitutingmargarine for oil in recipes, experimenting with non-dairy milks,using whole wheat flour, and ensuring the sugar you use was notprocessed with animal bone char. The result is a simple, thorough,and inspiring collection of mouthwatering cookies anyone canmake and everyone will love.
     

Nothing says loving like a nice, warm chocolate chip cookie fresh from the oven. Though a nice butter shortbread might be a close second. Or oatmeal or butterscotch or a sugar cookie with sprinkles We all have our favorites. Cookies are easy for the beginning baker to master, but provide endless variation for experienced cooks.

Kids in the Kitchen

Parents and children can spend quality time together baking a batch of cookies. Children of all ages can get involved even if it's just pouring premeasured ingredients into the bowl. Some benefits children gain while cooking are reading and math skills and the skills will last a lifetime.

More benefits

Cookies can be divided into drop cookies, cut-out cookies, refrigerator cookies, no-bake cookies, and bar cookies. Drop cookies are dropped onto the baking sheet by the spoonful. Cut-outs are rolled out and cut with decorative cookie cutters. Refrigerator cookies are chilled, then sliced into rounds and baked. Bar cookies are baked in a pan, then sliced into squares to serve.

It is important to use fresh, good quality ingredients to get the best results. Real butter is nearly always the best choice. You should also choose the best quality chocolate that you can afford. Cookies generally call for butter, flour, sugar, eggs, and salt as their basic ingredients.

A blend of brown sugar and white sugar give a nice, caramelized flavor to chocolate chip, butterscotch, or oatmeal cookies. A simple dough with white sugar can be chilled and rolled out to make beautiful cut-out cookies, with all sorts of sugars and sprinkles for decoration. Chocolate chip dough can also be put in a baking pan to make chocolate chip cookie bars.

Bar cookies are another wonderful variation on the cookie theme. Brownies are a favorite bar cookie. Homemade brownies are easy to make, and so much better than brownies from a box! You can also try blondies, lemon bars, or streusel-topped fruit bars.

Curl up with a good book and a cookie or two!

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Article by: St. Louis Public Library staff