- Hardcover: 272 pages
- Publisher: William Morrow Cookbooks; Reissue edition (21 October 1998)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0688101364
- ISBN-13: 978-0688101367
- Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 2.3 x 25.4 cm
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #69,692 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Rose's Christmas Cookies Hardcover – 21 Oct 1998
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Christmas and cookies are synonymous. Extolling that happy truth, Rose Levy Beranbaum's Rose's Christmas Cookies provides a comprehensive selection of 60 cookie recipes for eating and decoration, for keeping and giving, that is probably the last word on the subject. The author of the award-winning The Cake Bible, Beranbaum has applied her passion for precise, foolproof recipes to the pleasurable business of cookie making. Including full-page color photos of every cookie, and more than 50 line drawings of techniques and templates, the award-winning book is both easy to use and a delight to the eye. Novice bakers and old hands alike will enjoy baking from it.
The recipes are arranged in chapters devoted to tree and mantelpiece cookies; cookies to make for and/or with kids; cookies for sending, for open house, and holiday dinner parties, among others. Included are recipes for classics such as Scottish Shortbread, Chocolate-Dipped Melting Moments, Mexican Wedding Cakes, Spritz Butter Cookies, Springerle, and Pfeffernüsse. Also offered are Beranbaum's own creations, such as Maple Walnut Sablé Sandwiches, and those of her friends, like Lora Brody's Christmas Phantoms and Mrs. King's Irresistibles. Where applicable, recipes offer optional mixing methods for food processor or electric mixer (or by hand). Beranbaum's "Smart Cookie" accompanies each recipe and provides hints on ingredients and techniques. Decoration, storage, and cookie-sending information abounds. Concluding with a color-photo-illustrated glossary of ingredients and equipment, the book is encyclopedic on its subject and virtually guarantees Christmas (or any time) cookie-making success. --Arthur Boehm
About the Author
Rose Levy Beranbaum has created special occasion cakes priced at more than two thousand dollars for customers including world-renowned restaurant consultant George Lang, and a wedding cake for Rudolph Sprungli, owner of Lindt Chocolate. She lives and works in New York City.
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Over the years I've made probably half the recipes in the book, and have found them all to be delicious.
When I start planning my Christmas baking I go through the book and note how long a given recipe will "keep". I make the ones with the longest times first, and as I get closer to Christmas I make the ones with shorter keeping times. The time estimates are at the end of every recipe and are very helpful. Also helpful, the ingredient measurements are given by volume (cups, teaspoons etc.) AND they're also given by weight (both pounds and ounces, and grams). I prefer to weigh ingredients where I can, because it's more accurate and creates less mess.
I will say that Rose's recipe yields are a bit off the mark. This Christmas every recipe I made yielded fewer cookies than those given in the book. For instance the Swiss lebkuchen says there should be 2 dozen cookies, and my batch was only 19 cookies.
But this is the only recipe that was so far off the mark.
In all, if you're looking for a book that keeps all your cookie recipes in one place, this is it. And not just for Christmas.
who makes many cookies for her friends each Christmas.