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Sure to be one of your favorite cookie recipe books Nov 18, 2003
"Cookie Jar Magic" is actually a compilation of two of Lia Roessner Wilson's cookie cookbooks and an additional section with cookie cutter recipes. Now you can get two of her best cookie related books in one volume. The first section contains the book "Cookie Dough Secrets: 1 Basic Dough for 70 Scrumptious Cookie Recipes", the second is "The Cookie Cutter Cookbook", and the third is "Gifts for the Cookie Jar: Cookie Recipes for Ingredients in a Jar". The first and third sections are books that have been reviewed before and those reviews are included below. This cookie cookbook is a recommended read and a good source of just about anything you might want to do with cookie recipes from creating gift jars to creating a wide variety of tasty treats.
Part I - Cookie Dough Secrets: 1 Basic Dough for 70 Scrumptious Cookie Recipes. "Cookie Dough Secrets" is exactly what the title promises. First is a recipe for basic cookie dough. Master this dough and you can appear to be a cooking baking genius. Just add a few ingredients to the already prepared dough and you have pfeffernuesse (one of my favorites), add a couple of different ingredients and you have crispy pecan thins, different ingredients and you get spicy cinnamon sugar twists, orange slices, nutty lemon rounds, pineapple pinwheels, or even chocolate peanut butter sandwich cookies. Totally different flavors, totally different cookies, same basic recipe; it's amazing the variety of cookies a good baker can create with simple additions from a single recipe. Now with Lia Wilson's book you too can create almost any kind of cookie from this same basic recipe.
Part II - The Cookie Cutter Cookbook. This section contains fifteen pages of recipes that are designed to work well with traditional cookie cutters. There are various recipes and decoration suggestions. The recipes include some unusual chocolate cookie recipes as well as traditional sugar cookies, gingerbread man, and other recipes.
Part III - Gifts for the Cookie Jar: Cookie Recipes for Ingredients in a Jar. When you have an urge for cookies the easiest way to satisfy it is to grab a pack at the store. Of course, they taste better if you get a roll of cookie dough and bake them. Then again they taste even better if you get all the ingredients and actually make them from scratch, but who has time for that? Wouldn't it be great if you could just grab a box or jar with all the dry ingredients already measured so all you had to do is pour it into a bowl, add the egg and butter, mix and bake? "Gifts for the Cookie Jar" is a collection of cookie recipes that are appropriate for just this sort of gift. Each recipe has complete instructions for the correct measurement of the ingredients, the size of the jar needed and an appropriate layering order so you end up with an attractive and unique gift. After layering the ingredients into the jar, you add a decorative lid, and a small tag with the baking instructions (tags with the instructions are included in the book). Decorative and yet practical, all the gift recipient has to do is take the lid off, pour the ingredients into a mixing bowl, add the appropriate egg, butter, vanilla, or other perishable ingredient, mix and bake. Quick, easy, no searching for the recipe, no searching for ingredients, no quick trip to the store for a forgotten ingredient, and delicious homemade cookies; it's the perfect gift to give or keep available for yourself for that day when you want fresh cookies without the hassle.
Recipes include oatmeal-raisin cookies, orange sugar cookies, date and walnut cookies, malted milk crunchies, butterscotch snaps, toffee chocolate chippers, and butter pecan delights. These are really good recipes and an absolutely delightful idea.
With both of her best cookie books in a single volume plus the added section on cookie cutter recipes this volume is very convenient to use. Each of the two books reviewed before had received a "highly recommended" rating on their own. Now together in one book the only rating I can possibly give it is very highly recommended for anyone who enjoys cookies as a treat or as a gift.