Sweet Talk Cookies: Creative Designs for Birthdays, Holidays, and Every Day

Harvard Common. Nov. 2021. 192p. ISBN 9780760371596. $22.99. COOKING
Creative sugar cookie designs for birthdays, holidays, and every occasion are showcased by baker Callaway of HayleyCakes and Cupcakes, a family-owned bakery in Austin, Texas. More than a recipe book, this is a class on making cute cookies. Sections include an introduction to sugar cookie basics, animal-shaped designs, food-based designs, Christmas and other holiday cookies, summer themed cookies, and “cool cookies.” The “Basics” section is particularly instructive, detailing skills such as outlining and flooding techniques for iced cookies, decorating tips, supplies, and a recipe to serve as the roadmap for readers’ cookie adventures, followed by a primer on icing, color mixing, stenciling, and more; there’s even a lettering template for perfect icing script. And that’s before the templates featuring unicorn cookies, food truck cookies, Christmas “Tree-Rex” cookies… The book has enough options to impress at any bake sale, office party, birthday, or family gathering.
VERDICT This collection is one of the most thorough introductions to cookie decorating in print, with detailed instructions and visuals that can only be beat by a video tutorial.
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