The King Arthur Baking Company Essential Cookie Companion

Countryman Pr. Nov. 2021. 528p. ISBN 9781682686577. $35. COOKING
King Arthur Flour has long been a trusted authority on home baking and, having already released an updated edition of their classic Baker's Companion in March 2021, they now offer a fully revised edition of their 2004 cookie-baking guide. Featuring more than 400 recipes, the collection begins with variations on nine essential American cookie recipes (e.g., sugar; oatmeal; molasses; shortbread; brownies; the iconic chocolate chip). The rest of the recipes, including several gluten-free options, are categorized by preparation method, with separate chapters for drop, roll-out, shaped, batter, and bar cookies. Measurements are given in both weight and volume, and recipe instructions provide succinct and precise advice on the baking process, especially about judging cookie doneness. A supplemental section features recipes for glazes, icings, fillings, and dips, along with ideas and tips for decorating cookies. The treats here represent a range of American and European baking traditions, and recipe headnotes often include historical information, for placing a cookie in its particular culinary context.
VERDICT This comprehensive handbook includes all the best advice, guidance, and tried-and-true recipes most home bakers will ever need; an essential addition to any collection serving enthusiastic cookie bakers.
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