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Title: Holiday Cookies: Showstopping Recipes to Sweeten the Season
Authors: Elisabet Der Nederlanden
Publisher: Ten Speed Press
Publication Date: September 5, 2017
Summary (from Goodreads): From Icebox Pinwheel Cookies to Red-and-White Meringue Kisses to Apple Cider Caramels, find new inspiration for the best of seasonal baking with Holiday Cookies.
This instant holiday classic is packed with 50 recipes, each gorgeously photographed and meticulously tested, along with dozens of decorating and packaging ideas. Filled with reimagined favorites like Giant Molasses Spice Cookies and Hazelnut Sandwich Cookies; confections like Peppermint Bark, Smoked Almond and Cacao Nib Brittle, and Dark Chocolate-Hazelnut Fudge; and detailed instructions for gorgeous gingerbread houses, cookie place cards, and edible ornaments, this is a cookie book like no other. Because the recipes are easy to scale up or down, Holiday Cookies is perfect for cookie exchanges, gift-giving, and just enjoying throughout the season. From a veteran baker and recipe developer, each cookie in this collection is guaranteed to be a stand-out, and destined to become your new Christmas classic.
I know that it might seem a little early to be thinking ahead to the holidays, but they really are creeping up on us faster than you think! If there is one thing that I love the most about the Christmas season, it is the the treats. Holiday Cookies is actually more than a comprehensive little book of holiday cookies. This book contains recipes for cookies that can become favourites all year round. Chock full of tips for how to ensure the best experiences working with any cookie recipe, and how to package them for gift-giving makes this my new go-to book for the holidays.
If you are one for getting your baking done before the season begins, you will be happy to have Holiday Cookies for inspiration. There are some classic recipes that everyone will enjoy, such as gingerbread cookies and shortbread. However, there are some really interesting Swedish recipes that are a little bit different from the standard North American treats. I have already bookmarked the recipe for pepparkakor, as I love how the author has reminisced about her childhood and importance of family baking with this one. Also, pepparkakor is featured in one of my favourite childhood books, Pippi Longstocking, so I am excited to give these a try.
One of the recipes that caught my attention was Chocolate-Peanut Butter Brownie Sandwich Cookies. It is quite a mouthful to say, yet these are just as tasty as they sound! The recipe was simple and straightforward, requiring ingredients that are more than likely to be found in your cupboard.
Holiday Cookies is the perfect book of recipes for your holiday treat making this year. There are bound to be some old favourites included in this one, and most likely some interesting new cookies to try. The recipes are easy to follow and will absolutely get you in the holiday spirit.