Must-Have Cookie Books

Baking By CookieMeister Updated 14 Apr 2009 , 2:11pm by cookiemookie

CookieMeister Posted 9 Apr 2009 , 2:16pm
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I received a $100 gift card to Amazon for my b-day yesterday, and it's burning a whole in my pocket! I want to spend it on some books.

What do you guys consider the "must have" cookie decorating books?

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kneadacookie Posted 9 Apr 2009 , 3:57pm
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creative cookies by toba garrett
fun cookie bouquets by autumn carpenter

Honeydukes Posted 9 Apr 2009 , 7:48pm
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I highly second kneadacookie's suggestions. Toba's book is the cookie decorating bible IMHO. Anything by Autumn Carpenter is a must. Every time I order from CK I ask in the comments section for her to do a Christmas (or holidays) cookie book.
http://www.amazon.com/dp/1402722524/?tag=cakecentral-20

I really like this one, too:
Cookie Craft: From Baking to Luster Dust, Designs and Techniques for Creative Cookie Occasions by Valerie Peterson
http://www.amazon.com/dp/1580176941/?tag=cakecentral-20

One more worth mentioning:
Cookie Sensations: Creative Designs for Every Occasion by Meaghan Mountford
http://www.amazon.com/dp/1401602886/?tag=cakecentral-20



Several people like The Flour Pot Cookie Book by Margie Greenberg. I found it a little disappointing. It's good for ideas, but lacks in recipes. (Sugar cookie and RI only, I think) "Bake your cookie and cover with fondant" is pretty much all the decorating instruction they give. You can go to their website and look at their cookies for free. I'd be more impressed if they'd given a recipe for fondant or candy clay. Just my opinion. Cute ideas, but they're on the website. I would've preferred to pay paperback price. See if your library has it before you spend $ on it. They have a Christmas book coming out.
http://www.amazon.com/dp/0762425954/?tag=cakecentral-20
http://www.flourpotcookies.com/default.asp

cookiemookie Posted 10 Apr 2009 , 12:01am
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Happy belated birthday. We share the same one!

I totally agree with what has already been listed.

I picked up in the sale bin at Barnes and Nobe 2 good ones
Beautiful Cakes and Irrestible Cakes and Cookies by Peggy Porschen.

I really like it so far, nice photos and beautiful cookies. They look very doable.

I also got "WackyCakes&Kooky Cookies"by Gerhard Jenne. It's got some interesting recipes

sweetopia Posted 10 Apr 2009 , 12:57am
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I like Toba's but I love Peggy's! That's just me though. Easy to find here... links to Peggy's on Amazon;

http://www.sweetopia.net/?p=244

Enjoy and Happy Belated Birthday to you!!! party.gif

CookieMeister Posted 10 Apr 2009 , 4:17pm
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Originally Posted by cookiemookie

Happy belated birthday. We share the same one!

I totally agree with what has already been listed.

I picked up in the sale bin at Barnes and Nobe 2 good ones
Beautiful Cakes and Irrestible Cakes and Cookies by Peggy Porschen.

I really like it so far, nice photos and beautiful cookies. They look very doable.

I also got "WackyCakes&Kooky Cookies"by Gerhard Jenne. It's got some interesting recipes




Happy belated b-day to you too!

I always look at the bargain bins just in case there is some cake books in there, but never see any. icon_sad.gif

cylstrial Posted 11 Apr 2009 , 1:14am
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Happy Birthday to you!! That gift card would be burning in my pocket too!

Thanks for starting this thread. I'm getting more and more into decorating cookies and really have no idea where to start with the books. I hate to buy a book and then have it turn out to be something that isn't going to help me. But it sounds like there are several on there that can go on my birthday list (next month).

Honeydukes Posted 11 Apr 2009 , 5:48am
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Originally Posted by cookiemookie

... I picked up in the sale bin at Barnes and Nobe 2 good ones Beautiful Cakes and Irrestible Cakes and Cookies by Peggy Porschen. ...

I also got "WackyCakes&Kooky Cookies"by Gerhard Jenne. It's got some interesting recipes




Oh! icon_mad.gif I never find any good bargain baking books!

What are your thoughts on the Wacky CKC book? I've had it on my list, but can never find it in the store. Should I try to find it at the library or is it worth the $$ ?

LAHomespun Posted 13 Apr 2009 , 1:34am
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Ladies,
Thanks for all the helpful info!!

CookieMeister Posted 13 Apr 2009 , 3:05pm
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Originally Posted by cookiemookie

... I picked up in the sale bin at Barnes and Nobe 2 good ones Beautiful Cakes and Irrestible Cakes and Cookies by Peggy Porschen. ...

I also got "WackyCakes&Kooky Cookies"by Gerhard Jenne. It's got some interesting recipes



Oh! icon_mad.gif I never find any good bargain baking books!




I found the Peggy Porschen book at B&N on Friday! Yeah for me!

Now I can't wait for Amazon to delivery my new books! I ordered them on Friday and they're supposed to arrive tomorrow!

Honeydukes Posted 14 Apr 2009 , 2:52am
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Oh! icon_mad.gif I never find any good bargain baking books!




I found the Peggy Porschen book at B&N on Friday! Yeah for me! [/quote]

That's it -- I'm off first thing tomorrow to find those books! Thanks for the heads-up everybody! thumbs_up.gif

FlourPots Posted 14 Apr 2009 , 6:53am
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I LOVE "Bake Me I'm Yours...Cookie" by Lindy Smith because all the cookies are covered with fondant, not royal...easier in my opinion.

She even sells the cutters she used on her site.
You can see them and examples of the finished cookies here:

http://www.lindyscakes.co.uk/OnlineShop-LindysCookieCutters.htm

I really want to make the flip-flops for my niece's pool party themed birthday in June.

Bluehue Posted 14 Apr 2009 , 7:11am
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I LOVE "Bake Me I'm Yours...Cookie" by Lindy Smith because all the cookies are covered with fondant, not royal...easier in my opinion.

She even sells the cutters she used on her site.
You can see them and examples of the finished cookies here:

http://www.lindyscakes.co.uk/OnlineShop-LindysCookieCutters.htm

I really want to make the flip-flops for my niece's pool party themed birthday in June.




Totally agree - i think her little book is just gorgeous - and instructions so eay to follow.
I bought some cutters when i ordered th book on line - albeit i was meant to be *just browsing*... icon_rolleyes.gificon_redface.gif ........ then icon_lol.gif

Bluehue

CookieMeister Posted 14 Apr 2009 , 2:08pm
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Originally Posted by FlourPots

I LOVE "Bake Me I'm Yours...Cookie" by Lindy Smith because all the cookies are covered with fondant, not royal...easier in my opinion.

She even sells the cutters she used on her site.
You can see them and examples of the finished cookies here:

http://www.lindyscakes.co.uk/OnlineShop-LindysCookieCutters.htm

I really want to make the flip-flops for my niece's pool party themed birthday in June.




I have that book already and I love her stuff! Thanks for the tips on the cookie cutters!

cookiemookie Posted 14 Apr 2009 , 2:11pm
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Glad you found the Peggy Porschen book!

The kooky cakes and cookies is pretty good also. It's got some nice recipes I want to try.

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