Cookies Are Magic: Classic Cookies, Brownies, Bars, and More

Voracious. Apr. 2020. 272p. ISBN 9780316460187. $28. COOKING
In this collection, readers are treated to an enticing collection of Heatter’s best-loved cookie recipes. Packaged in the same whimsically illustrated style as Chocolate Is Forever, this title highlights a range of cookie styles including drop, bar, icebox, rolled, and hand formed. Heatter delights in sharing “secret” chef recipes as well as traditional American favorites such as Joe Froggers, snickerdoodles, and sugar cookies. Heatter promises readers that each recipe will turn out perfectly if her instructions are followed precisely, an exacting demand that will reassure some home bakers but may intimidate those who are less confident in their skills. The cookie illustrations accompanying each recipe are more decorative than descriptive, and some readers will miss the array of detailed photographs typical of modern cookbooks.
VERDICT This collection of Heatter’s greatest cookie hits is best for confident bakers seeking classic recipes and exacting techniques. Although there is some overlap with the recipes in Happiness Is Baking and Chocolate Is Forever, there is enough new material here to justify its separate purchase, especially in libraries where Heatter and/or cookie recipes are popular.

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