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Publisher: Robert Rose

Author Statement: by Linda J. Amendt
Audience: Trade
Specs: 24 pages of color photographs, baking tips and techniques, index
Pages: 576
Trim Size: 7" x 10" X 1 6/16"
Language code 1: eng
Publication Date: 20090901
Copyright Year: 2009
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400 Sensational Cookies

Inspiration for baking great cookies for all those special occasions and as everyday treats.

Inspiration for baking great cookies for all those special occasions and as everyday treats.

Nothing beats the aroma of freshly baked cookies still warm from the oven. Cookies are the ultimate comfort food, and they are most welcome any time of the year.

These tasty treats are great for birthdays and bake sales -- or just to enjoy anytime. They are easy to prepare, and most bake in 10 minutes or less. The 400 outstanding recipes include:

  • Drop cookies like white chocolate coconut cookies and lemon drops
  • Hand-shaped cookies like ultimate dark chocolate espresso cookies
  • Chocolate-chip heaven, such as cream cheese chocolate chip cookies
  • Oatmeal cookie delights like cranberry oat cookies and banana rum oatmeal cookies
  • Easy refrigerator slice-and-bake cookies like cinnamon crisps and orange clouds
  • Extra special cookies like boysenberry blossoms, cranberry pinwheels and butterhorns.

There are also traditional recipes for bars and squares, plus mouthwatering recipes for yummy brownies.

The outstanding baking tips and techniques featured throughout 400 Sensational Cookies will make any home cook a cookie-baking expert.

Bio:

Linda J. Amendt is an accomplished baker who has won more than 900 awards from food competitions, including nearly 600 first-place blue ribbons and special awards for excellence. She is the author of 175 Best Jams, Jellies, Marmalades & Other Soft Spreads. She lives in California.

Preface:

Introduction

Imagine the tantalizing aroma of fresh-baked, homemade cookies wafting through the house. Envision the wonderful sensation of biting into a delicious, chewy, flavor-packed morsel, still warm from the oven. Cookie heaven!

Cookies are North America's favorite and easiest dessert, and these delectable, tender, tasty delights have legions of fans. Hundreds of millions of cookies are baked every year in kitchens across the continent. That's a lot of cookies!

Ever wonder why some people seem to bake cookies with little effort, with every batch turning out perfect, while others struggle as their cookies turn out bland, flat and burned? It's because baking cookies is both a creative art and a science. It takes skill and practice to master the art, but it also requires an understanding of the key elements of baking to comprehend the science. With the right recipes, clear instructions and essential baking information, anyone can perfect the art and science of cookies and become a great cookie baker.

I've written this book specifically for home bakers of all skill levels, from novice to experienced. As a highly successful and knowledgeable home baker, I've filled these pages with lots of helpful information, an extensive collection of tantalizing recipes and expert tips on all aspects of cookie baking.

Detailed chapters on equipment, ingredients and baking great cookies will provide you with a solid foundation for success. The recipe chapters include special preparation techniques and advice on attaining the best results with each type of cookie. The flavorful recipes also contain step-by-step instructions to ensure great results.

I'll reveal to you the secrets of great cookie baking and tell you how to use the right ingredients and preparation methods to bake cookies with outstanding flavor. From the butter to the sugar to the extracts to the chocolate and nuts and fruit, each flavor builds on and enhances the others to create tantalizing cookies. Layers of flavor give these cookies that extra-special taste to please cookie enthusiasts of any age.

Altering the ingredients used in a recipe or adjusting the proportions of just one ingredient can significantly affect the cookie's flavor and texture. I'll not only share with you which ingredients are best to use in making cookies, but I will also explain how these ingredients interact with each other. Using the right ingredients, in the right amounts, can determine the success or failure of your cookies.

My cookie recipes range from special versions of traditional favorites and modern classics to numerous new and tempting original creations. All have a strong emphasis on flavor. No bland, boring or overly complicated cookies here. These are recipes designed for cookie lovers and contain all the information home bakers need to create great-tasting cookies.

Filled with delicious, family-oriented, kid-friendly cookies, you'll find recipes sure to please every member of the family. Many of the recipes can be prepared quickly and without a lot of fuss, making it easy to whip up a batch of fresh homemade cookies for an after-school treat, a family dessert or a special occasion.

I have earned over 900 awards, including over 600 blue ribbons and special awards for excellence, in food competitions at state and county fairs across the United States. I retired from competition after the publication of my first cookbook, Blue Ribbon Preserves, and I now enjoy sharing my food knowledge and expertise by serving as a state and county fair judge of both baked foods and preserved foods.

I hope this book, and the recipes and information it contains, will excite your cookie imagination and inspire you to become a great cookie baker. Your family, friends and neighbors will be delighted and thrilled to help sample your delightful cookie creations.

Happy cookie baking!

- Linda Amendt

TOC:

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements

Introduction

Baking Great Cookies
Cookie Baking Equipment and Tools
Ingredients for Flavor-Packed Cookies
Baking Perfect Cookies

Recipes for Cookie-Lovers of All Ages
Drop Cookies
Hand-Shaped Cookies
Chocolate Chip Heaven
Oatmeal Cookie Delights
Dream Cookies
Rolled Cutout Cookies
Refrigerator Slice-and-Bake Cookies
Bam and Squares
Brownies, Brownies and More Brownies
Biscotti
Shortbreads
Extra-Special Cookies

Appendices
Blue Ribbon Cookies
Packaging Cookies for Mailing
Cookie Problem Solver
Cookie Supply Sources

Index

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