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Sunday, September 18, 2011

CONTEST for The Cookiepedia by Stacy Adimando: Review by Chef Jeff and Jen (who made all the cookies)

The Cookiepedia: Mixing, Baking, and Reinventing the Classics
by Stacy Adimando
Quirk Books (Random House)
ISBN: 978-1-59474-535-5
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Description: Trendy cupcakes may come and go, but cookies are a timeless treat! If you miss the days when snacks were simple and handmade, you’ll love this homespun encyclopedia of cookies. Full of hand-drawn illustrations and gorgeous photographs, The Cookiepedia features recipes for everything from Amaretti and Almond Biscotti to Mint Thins, Macaroons, Chocolate Chip Cookies and dozens of other favorites—more than 50 recipes in all. With a lovely lie-flat binding and a delightfully whimsical design, The Cookiepedia is a trusted companion for a new generation of bakers.

The Good Stuff
  • The spiral binding of this is outstanding and oh so practical. Easy to lay open and flat so that you can easily consult your recipe without damaging or getting chocolate all over the book
  • Has a space on each recipe for you to make notes - love, love this feature (so did Chef Jeff)
  • Nice simple, quick easy to make and delicious cookie recipes
  • Easy to follow steps, nice size font, everything spaced out perfectly so you see what you need
  • Both simple and more fancy type cookies - lots of variety
  • Nice tips, tricks and variations for every recipe
  • Most recipes have pictures
  • Recipes actually made the amount of cookies listed due to proper description on how big each cookie should be before cooking
  • Fabulous tasting results - I made the Chocolate Chip, Snickerdoodles and Thumbprint cookies and they all came out delicious
  • Good brief nice introduction and acknowledgments were a nice touch
  • The ABC's of Cookie Baking are perfect for the novice cookie maker (and I learned a few things too)
  • This will be a very well used cookbook in this house - we are actually entering the Chocolate Chip Cookies in the Bolton Fall Fair next week
  • We watch the movie Hoodwinked a lot and Snicker-doodles are mentioned, but we had no idea what they were. Now thanks to this fab recipe for them, I am hooked
The Not so Good Stuff
  • Would have liked a picture on each of the recipes - although the simple group shots were a good idea too
Favorite Recipes
  •  Chocolate Chip Cookies with Bittersweet Chocolate Chips - Pg43
  • Snickerdoodles - Pg 123
  • Jam Thumbprints - Pg 101
Who should/shouldn't read
  • Perfect for the beginner and advanced cook
  • Will definitely be buying a copy for Tanya for Christmas
  • For anyone who loves cookies & wants to make them
4.75 Dewey's

Photographic Evidence of how simple and easy the cookies are to make
Chocolate Chip Cookies

Pre Baked Chocolate Chip Cookies

Finished Chocolate Chip Cookies - Delish

Snickerdoodle Recipe

Pre Baked Snickerdoodles

Finished Snickerdoodles

Jam Thumbprint Cookies Recipe

Finished Jam Thumbprint - don't look as nice, but they be yummy!

Jake loves all three - but his fav hands down is the Snickerdoodle

We received this from Random House in Exchange for an honest review - thanks guys this is a keeper & one that we are going to buy for Tanya

Prize: 1 Copy of The Cookiepedia
Ends September 23rd
To Enter: Leave a Comment with name of your Favorite Cookie with contact info
Canada Only


  1. I love, love, love the classics - oatmeal chocolate chip cookies, shortbreads and thumbprints, as made by my granny and my mom. The recipes have been lovingly passed down to my nieces now, and they love making them for exam stress relief (let the tradition continue!!).

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  2. Favourite cookie (by far!) are my own homemade ginger sugar cookies that only make their appearance at Christmas and my sister's oatmeal cakes. Sooo yummy, I'm thinking I will have to put in a order of them to her asap!

  3. YUMMY! I have a great oatmeal one, but need a better chocolate chip recipe. I have a few tried and true I use, but as you know I hate cooking but love to bake! Count me in Jen, Jake looks like he can't wait to see those cookies on the plate :D

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  4. I love white chocolate and cranberry cookies.

  5. Good, I'm glad to see I'm not the only boring fave is still good old fashioned chocolate chip cookies. I do have a lavender shortbread I want to try though.

  6. I love oatmeal raisin cookies but I'm also pretty fond of sugar cookies. It's a tough choice!

  7. I love stroopwafels--Dutch syrup waffle cookies. My favourite cookie that I can actually make is oatmeal chocolate chip.

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  8. I love chocolate chip cookies so do my children! Would love to try these.

  9. My favorite are Mexican wedding cookies, especially when my sisters makes them! Yum!!!