A fun, hip guide to the latest entertaining trend--cookie swaps--packed with all the how-to-get-started basics, tons of party ideas, and more than 60 scrumptious, easy-to-prepare recipes.nbsp;
Part of the Homemade Holidays Cooking Sale
Former professional pastry chef Chattman has gathered recipes for drop cookies, bar cookies, sandwich cookies, ice box cookies, biscotti, and even savory cookies-all of which will delight the pallets of any age group. In the first two chapters, Chattman extols the advantages of hosting and attending cookie swaps and provides invitation ideas, party timetables, and lists of pantry and kitchen tool essentials. The recipes that follow are complete with specific instructions for each step in the baking process. Included are old standards such as Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies, Classic Oatmeal Raisin Cookies, and Fudgy Brownies as well as original recipes like Gingerbread Chocolate Chip Cookies, Chocolate-Pistachio Spiral Cookies, and Fig and Fennel Biscotti. The last chapter includes recipes for cookie-swap-party beverages. Verdict Chattman's book includes 63 recipes, while Robin Olson's The Cookie Party Cookbook (see review, below) features 170; however, the baking instructions in Cookie Swap! are more complete and accommodating to beginning bakers. Conversely, The Cookie Party Cookbook provides more extensive and specific advice on preparing for a cookie exchange party.-Ann Weber, Bellarmine Coll. Preparatory Lib., San Jose, CA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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October 12, 2010
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