Holiday Cookies

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der Nederlanden, Elisabet. Scott, Erin (photographer). Holiday Cookies: Showstopping Recipes to Sweeten the Season. USA: Ten Speed Press. 2017.

SUMMARY:
Professional recipe developer and food stylist, Elisabet der Nederlanden, shares fifty new and updated recipes for holiday cookies. Complete with beautiful photographs of each recipe as well as decorating tips and packaging ideas, Holiday Cookies showcases such favorites as Triple-Chocolate Chunk Cookies and Gingerbread Cookies along with Cinnamon-Sugar Palmiers and Espresso Thins. With personal introductions, lists of needed ingredients, and easy to follow directions for every recipe, the decorating section only enhances this special seasonal cookbook.

A PENNY FOR MY THOUGHTS:
Though marketed as a holiday cookie book, I believe this fun cookie cookbook could actually be used year-round to make delicious cookies. Finding recipes to use any time of the year, I did appreciate the section on recipes for cookie exchanges. Perfect as the baking season approaches, I always delight in new cookie recipes for Christmas get-togethers, while my family enjoys the new creations for dessert. Coupled with attractive photographs, this is definitely a book which I will use this coming season and beyond.

RATING:
4.5 (out of 5) pennies

*I received a complimentary copy of Holiday Cookies from Blogging For Books for my honest review*

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The Pioneer Woman Cooks A Year Of Holidays

Drummond, Ree. The Pioneer Woman Cooks A Year Of Holidays. New York, NY: HarperCollins Publishers. 2103.

SUMMARY:
reedrummondholidaysNew Year’s, Cinco De Mayo, Fourth of July, Easter…all special holidays which deserve extraordinary fare. Dinners, treats, snacks, and drinks for those memorable occasions are included in Ree Drummond’s new cookbook. With her usual hearty recipes, step-by-step directions, gorgeous self-taken photographs and user friendly layout, The pioneer Woman Cooks A Year Of Holidays is a visual delight as well as a recipe bonanza. Some basic, others more classic and yet still more with a bit of pizzazz, the included recipes are delicious, fun, and unforgettable.

A PENNY FOR MY THOUGHTS:
Yet again, I absolutely love Ree Drummond and her cookbooks. Beautiful, useful, straight-forward and filled with hearty recipes, this is one of my favorites. Easy to substitute as needed, serve in large quantities, and satisfy even the pickiest, this book is perfect as a gift, personal use or to share with friends and family. As a Pioneer Woman fan already, I knew I would enjoy this book fully. Wonderful!

RATING:
5 (out of 5) pennies