Tuesday, December 17, 2013

The 250 Best Cookie Recipes {Review}

Holiday season is in full swing and a big part of the fun for me and my family is baking. We have old stand-bys we make every year but we also like to try new recipes for ourselves and to give to friends and family. This year we were lucky enough to receive a wonderful book filled of cookie recipes to try out!

The 250 Best Cookie Recipes by Esther Brody is full of cookie recipes from traditional to more exotic. The cookies are sorted into categories such as Sliced Cookies, Sandwich Cookies and No-Bake Cookies. Shortbread Cookies even get their own category! Each recipe is well laid out with clear numbered steps and the ingredient lists include both metric and imperial measurements.

This book not only has 250 yummy cookie recipes, but there's also lots of extra information about how to get the best results from your cookie baking. There's even a troubleshooting section to let you know why your cookies may not be turning out the way you want. Helpful tips from a seasoned baker can make all the difference when trying a new recipe!

To give you a better idea of the recipes included in this book, take a look at these samples: 

The Refrigerator Cookie, page 74, Sliced Cookies

Preheat oven to 425°F (220°C)
Lightly greased cookie sheet

2 cups   all-purpose flour      500 mL
2 tsp      baking powder          10 mL
12 tsp    salt                            2 mL
12 cup   softened shortening 125 mL
34 cup   granulated sugar      175 mL
12 cup   packed brown sugar 125 mL
1           egg                             1
1 tsp      vanilla                         5 mL
12 cup   chopped nuts            125 mL

1.    In a bowl, mix together flour, baking powder and salt.
2.    In another bowl, beat shortening and sugars until smooth and creamy. Beat in egg until well incorporated. Stir in vanilla and nuts. 
Add flour mixture and mix until a soft 
dough forms.
3.    On a lightly floured surface, divide dough in half. Shape into two long rolls about 2 inches (5 cm) wide. Wrap each tightly in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 2 hours until firm.
4.    When ready to bake, remove from wrap and cut dough into slices 1⁄4 inch (0.5 cm) thick. Place about 2 inches (5 cm) apart on prepared cookie sheet. Bake in preheated oven for 8 to 10 minutes until golden brown. Immediately transfer to wire racks to cool.

Makes about 4 dozen


Original Scottish Shortbread, page 180, Shortbread

Preheat oven to 300°F (150°C) 
Ungreased cookie sheet
Cookie cutter

1 cup       softened butter              250 mL
34 cup     granulated or fruit sugar 175 mL
  
212 cups  sifted all-purpose flour   625 mL
   

1.    In a bowl, beat butter and sugar until smooth. Gradually add flour, mixing thoroughly after each addition. Knead lightly. Wrap tightly in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1 to 2 hours.
2.    On a lightly floured surface, roll out dough to about 1⁄2-inch (1-cm) thickness. Using a cookie cutter or a glass dipped in flour, cut into desired shapes and place on cookie sheet. 
Bake in preheated oven for 20 to 25 minutes or until golden brown. Immediately transfer 
to wire racks to cool.

Makes about 3 dozen
(Excerpted from The 250 Best Cookie Recipes by Esther Brody © 2013 www.robertrose.ca. Reprinted with publisher permission)

Don't they sound easy and look delicious? Whether you're a beginner baker or a seasoned cook, this book has enough recipes and helpful tips to be the only cookie recipe book you ever need!

*Disclosure - I received the product(s) mentioned free of charge for review purposes. Opinions expressed are my own.



19 comments:

  1. yum on the shortbread. Chandra Christine O'Connor

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  2. perfect for my daughter as there is a troubleshooting section
    jan

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  3. Mmmm! :) This sounds like an excellent book - a very great way to come up with new ideas!

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  4. Would like to add this to our library of cooking books. Love the simple straightforward cookbooks!

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  5. Would love to get this to add to my collection. Can always use new cookie recipes! (Judy Cowan)

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  6. I would love to add this to my cookbook collection!

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  7. would love to find this book, love holiday baking!

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  8. Shortbread cookies sound delicious - thanks for the post.

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  9. What a perfect cookbook! We all love cookies and we are always wanting to try new recipes!

    Anne Taylor

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  10. I'm always interested in trying new cookies recipes. It would be nice to have so many all in one place!

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  11. I have this book and the recipes are really good, it's a book well worth buying.

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  12. I would like to get this book sometimes. I've heard that there's a recipe for ladyfingers in it. That would be a blast from the past for me.

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  13. my daughter would love to have this book, she loves baking cookies and this would give her some new recipes to test out

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  14. I got this cookbook for Christmas and I love it! I have already made several of the recipes and have lots marked to try out! (Judy Cowan)

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  15. This looks like my kind of cookbook! Thanks for sharing :)

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