Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Recipe Book Review: 100 Best Decorated Cookies

I was surprised to receive this beautifully, full-colored cookie recipe book from Robert Rose Inc. This is a nice hardcover spiral-bound that makes this book unique and easy to flip without having to hold the pages down when you're trying to put together ingredients.  Julie Anne Hession, the author and cook, showed us her amazing creations in the 100 Best Decorated Cookies. I enjoyed this book very much and learned the tips and tricks for making the designs. It was fun to make. My little one loves the colorful decorations.

Hand-crafted cookies from your kitchen are perfect for any occasion!

Both the occasional holiday home baker and the seasoned pro will delight in Julie Anne Hession's designs and ideas. This fun and creative book features tempting cookie decorating ideas for a wide array of occasions and holidays.

There are 750 color step-by-step photos that will make even the most nervous baker/decorator feel comfortable, and they'll also provide a great source of inspiration when planning for an event. And the concealed wire-o lay flat binding means that the baker can comfortably follow along with the instructions without having to wrangle unwieldy pages or end up with frosting-dipped edges.

All the information about getting started is featured -- from techniques, equipment and ingredients to easy-to-follow instructions on filling and using a pastry bag, rolling/shaping cookies or advice on cookie sheets and rolling pins. And the comprehensive decorator cookie dough section even features gluten-free and vegan options. It includes delectable recipes for Vermont Maple Sugar Cookies, Peanut Butter Sugar Cookies and Julie Anne's Classic Vanilla-Orange Sugar Cookies.

Here's a small but sweet sampling of decorating ideas:

  • Christmas: Stockings, Holly Leaf Place Cards
  • Halloween: Haunted House & Tombstones, Witch and Broom
  • Valentine's Day: Message Hearts, Stained Glass Hearts
  • Wedding: "Just Married" Car, Wedding Dress, Tuxedo
  • Baby Shower: Baby Blocks, Baby Bottle, Rattle, Teddy Bear
Seasons (customize for your own event/occasion)
  • Winter: Snowflakes, Snowman, Mittens, Winter Hat
  • Spring: Honey Bee and Hive, Umbrella and Raindrops, Butterfly
  • Ocean/Water: Starfish, Octopus, Turtle, Lobster, Frog, Whale, Fish
  • Sports: Baseball Hat, Ice Skates, Tennis Racquet, Football
From basic techniques to the elaborately frosted and decorated cookie, this whimsical yet comprehensive cookie decorating book will soon find a cherished place in every baker's heart.


Julie Anne Hession is a self-taught cook and baker who prides herself on creations that are unique, yet approachable, using only the best ingredients in her divine made-from-scratch dishes. She is also a successful bakery owner, food writer, and competitive cook, having won national cooking contests including the grand prize in Food Network's Ultimate Recipe Showdown: Cakes. She is also the author of 175 Best Mini Pie Recipes. Her sweet creations have been featured in People, O, the Oprah Magazine, Better Homes and Gardens and Food Network Magazine.

WHERE TO BUY: The book is available at your local bookstores and online at www.robertrose.ca or on Amazon.com.

Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of the mentioned book from the PR firm or publisher in exchange of my review. Any expressed opinions are my own and personal thoughts. No other compensation was given.

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