Sunday, November 13, 2022

Trying Something New This Year -- Counting Down to Christmas with a Cookie Advent -- Baking Up One New Cookie Recipe a Day from "100 Cookies", for 24 Days! (Review)

 Disclosure: I was sent a review copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All views shared are mine and mine alone.

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Now that our Christmas tree and decorations around the house are up, now I can concentrate on more important things...cookies!  I love this time of year, as I get to spend a lot of time in my happy place -- the kitchen -- baking up family favorite cookies, as well as trying out new cookie recipes I have gathered up through the year, and saved for holiday baking. I have lost count of how many cookie cookbooks I have...but, I can never have enough.  That is why I was super happy when the folks at Chronicle Books sent along a copy of Sarah Kieffer's "100 Cookies: The Baking Book for Every Kitchen," for me to check. As with all cookbooks sent my way, I read this one like it was a novel, cover to cover.  I flagged practically the entire cookbook, noting the recipes I wanted to try.  From classic cookies, novel treats, brownies, bars and more, this cookbook has it all!  I, for one, am a cookie lover, and love gifting family and friends with batches of fresh cookies for the holidays. I can't visit someone without a plate of cookies in hand. And, now that I have this cookbook, I am excited to surprise family and friends with new cookie recipes that my girls and I will bake up together.

I love how both of my girls love to cook and bake, like me. And, when the holidays roll around, I like easing up on our homeschooling, so that we can spend quality time together baking, watching holiday movies, reading holiday-themed books, together, and making homemade gifts to surprise family with.  It is my favorite time of year, and will be made extra special this year, thanks to this amazing cookie cookbook.  While I don't plan to get through all 100 recipes in this cookbook this year, my girls and I have set a goal to do a cookie recipe a day from this cookbook, starting Dec.1st. What better way to count down the days until Santa's arrival than with a cookie advent?  We plan to make enough cookies to gift to neighbors, friends and family, and also have some on hand to enjoy at night with cocoa, as we settle in to watch a great holiday film together.

We are kicking off our Cookie Advent Countdown on Dec. 1st with this cookie recipe -- can't wait!!!

If you love baking cookies, brownies or bars, and have been looking for new recipes to try, I highly recommend you check out "100 Cookies: The Baking Book for Every Kitchen" by Sarah Kieffer. This cookbook would also make for a great gift idea for that special baker in your life, or even to gift to a tween/teen who loves to bake, and wants to try out new tasty treat recipes.

More about this cookbook:

"Featured in Food & Wine, The Kitchn, Cup of Jo, Wall Street Journal, Wine Enthusiast, Food52, Bake from Scratch Magazine. Nominated for a 2020 Goodreads Choice Award for Best Cookbooks and a 2021 Minnesota Book Awards Finalist.

From celebrated blogger Sarah Kieffer of The Vanilla Bean Baking Blog!

100 Cookies is a go-to baking resource featuring 100 recipes for cookies and bars, organized into seven chapters.

Chocolatey, fruity, crispy, chewy, classic, inventive—there's a foolproof recipe for the perfect treat for everyone in this book.

• Introduces innovative baking techniques
• Includes an entire chapter dedicated to Kieffer's "pan banging" technique that ensures crisp edges and soft centers for the most delicious cookies
• Nearly every recipe is accompanied by a photograph

Recipes range from the Classic Chocolate Chip made three different ways, to bars, brownies, and blondies that reflect a wide range of flavors and global inspiration.

This is the comprehensive-yet-charming cookbook every cookie lover (or those who love to bake cookies) needs.

• Highly giftable with a textured case and a ribbon marker
• Recipes include Marshmallow Peanut Butter Brownies, Olive Oil Sugar Cookies with Blood Orange Glaze, Red Wine Cherry Cheesecake Swirl Bars, and Pan-Banging Ginger Molasses, S'mores Cookies, Snickerdoodles, and more
• A great pick for the home baker who loves cookies, as well as fans of Sarah Kieffer's blog and Instagram
• Add it to the shelf with cookbooks like Sally's Cookie Addiction by Sally McKenney; Dorie's Cookies by Dorie Greenspan; and The Perfect Cookie: Your Ultimate Guide to Foolproof Cookies, Brownies & Bars by America's Test Kitchen"

 Disclosure: I was sent a review copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All views shared are mine and mine alone.

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