Holiday Cookies: Showstopping Recipes to Sweeten the Season #holidaybaking #bookreview @TenSpeedPres
Title: Holiday Cookies: Showstopping Recipes to Sweeten the Season
Author: Elisabet der Nederlanden
Genre: Cooking, Food & Wine, Holiday Baking
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.
With the holidays approaching soon, my thoughts turn towards baking. When I saw this cookbook on Netgalley, I knew I had to read it. I’m the big baker in my family and there’s nothing I like more than to try out new recipes steeped in tradition. My cookie tray is the highlight of every Christmas season, dating back to when I was young.
Being Swedish myself, I connected right away with author. I, too, love St, Lucia Day and have fond memories of baking up cookies with my grandmother when I was little. The recipes the author uses is very similar to my dear mormor’s recipes.
Being a baker, I had to test out a few of the recipes in this cookbook and they all turned out perfectly. Each recipe is laid out clearly with magnificent photographs and with American measurements, it’s a breeze to make.
What makes this holiday cookie cookbook so special, though, is the background and personal insight the author shares. Her writing style is one of a good friend or a long-lost relative: approachable.
I highly recommend this book for any baker and it truly is a must-have to those who love to bake cookies during the holidays.
Disclaimer: I received a copy from Ten Speed Press and Netgalley in the hopes I’d review it. Many thanks to Ten Speed Press for giving me the opportunity to read this.
Favorite Character/Quote: “One of my favorite celebrations is St. Lucia Day, in which girls dressed in white lead a candlelight procession, and everyone in the group sings and pepparkakor, a gingery cookie with plenty of snap (you’ll find the recipe on page 88), is served.”
My Rating: 5 stars
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ELISABET DER NEDERLANDEN is a passionate professional baker and a graduate of the California Culinary Academy. She has worked as a food stylist and professional recipe developer/tester for commercial, advertising, and packaging projects. In addition, she has managed recipe testing and food styling for more than 30 cookbooks.
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Reviewed by: Mrs. N