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Monday, November 4, 2013

100 Best Decorated Cookies by Author Julie Anne Hession - Cookbook Review

I love cookbooks and have been collecting cookbooks for over 20 years. If I had to guess, I would estimate that I have around 250 various cookbooks in my collection. With that said, I had NO cookbooks like this next one and was pretty excited about receiving it for my review.

Whether you're an occasional holiday home baker or a seasonal pro, you'll absolutely delight in Julie's designs and ideas. This fun & creative book features tempting cookie decorating ideas for a wide array of occasions and holidays.

Title: 100 Best Decorated Cookies
Author: Julie Anne Hession
Publisher: Robert Rose
ISBN: 978-0-7788-0456-7
Pages: 256 pages with 750 step-by-step color photos
Format: Hardcover Cookbook with Wire-O Binding
There are an astounding 750 step-by-step color photos that will make even the most nervous baker/decorator feel comfortable, they'll also provide a great source of inspiration when planning for an event. The concealed Wire-O lay-flat binding means you can comfortably follow along with the instructions without having to wrangle unwieldy pages or ending up with frosted-dipped pages!

All of the information you'll ever need to get started is featured in this book! From techniques, equipment and ingredients to easy-to-follow instructions on filling and using a pastry bag, rolling/shaping cookies and advice on cookie sheets and rolling pins. This is a comprehensive book that can teach you how to do it today!

My Thoughts: First of all, I love that this book lays flat on my counter top when I am using it and I appreciate that it's a hardcover cookbook. The step-by-step color photographs are fantastic and the written instructions are fantastic! Everything is laid out nicely for the beginner and the experienced cookie decorator will love the fresh designs and decorating tips that are throughout the book.

You will find cookie decorating designs such as: Purple Octopus, Umbrella, Rudolph the Red-Nose Reindeer, Butterfly, Autumn Leaves, Snowman, Snowflake, Christmas Bulbs, Christmas Stocking, Piece of Cake, Sparkly Tutu, Cow, Mouse with Cheese, Clucking Chicken, Zebra, Giraffe, Starfish, Whale, Batter Up Baseball, Tennis Ball, Soccer Ball, Little Red Schoolhouse, ABC Cookie Pops and many more!

Seriously there is a cookie design for every holiday and every occasion within the pages of this fabulous book! I love that there is a chapter on cookie recipes (like the Pumpkin Spice Sugar Cookies on page 43) and there is an entire chapter on teaching you various cookie decorating tips.
Once you own this fabulous book, you won't need another! Seriously, it's that comprehensive but everything within it is laid out in a super easy and understandable way that even a newbie cookie decorator like myself can understand. With the holidays coming up, I plan on trying out several of the holiday cookie designs.

Head on over to Robert Rose and take a look at all of the wonderful cookbooks that they have to offer. I highly recommend that you pick up this specific one if you want to learn how to decorate cookies like a pro!

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