Monday, August 26, 2013
Book Review - Sassy Cookies: Sweet, Spicy, and Savory Treats with Swagger
About the Book
Unusual, edgy cookie recipes are presented here, with chapters covering chocolate, bar, nutty/fruity, herby/cheesy, and delicate but feisty sensations. Readers can wow their taste buds with cardamom-ginger bars, apricot-cherry shortbread, saffron-pistachio lace cookies, and 37 other varieties. Sections on storing, freezing, gift packing, and shipping these treasures are included.
My Take on the Book
If you love to prepare cookies, enjoy eating cookies, and are always on the "look out" for new cookie recipes, this just may be the cookie cookbook for you. Luane Kohnke has written a cookie cookbook that certainly piqued my interest starting with the title. Luane's cookbook is divided onto various sections: Chocolate, Spice, and Everything Nice, Nutty Fruity Bars, and Herby, Cheesy Savories are just a few.
I was eager to prepare several from different categories. One I chose was LEMON YOGURT SQUARES. There are two steps in the process of putting together this bar cookie recipe. First a crust is made and baked which includes hazelnuts and then the filling is prepared using an electric mixer. The filling used whole fat Greek yogurt, lemon juice and zest with eggs, sugar and a little flour. Once it is baked and cooled we tasted it. It is creamy, light and similar to a cheesecake. It was delicious.
Another recipe I chose was in the savory section. This one was called BLUE CHEESE AND CRANBERRY COOKIES. The combination intrigued me. Along with flour and cornstarch, the recipe called for blue cheese, dried cranberries and pecans. You make the dough and once you roll it into a log , you refrigerate it for a least two hours or over night. The baked cookie was similar to a shortbread cookie. The blue cheese was not dominant in the flavor, and the dried fruit and nuts were a nice complement. Again a delicious cookie.
My family enjoyed both of these recipes.
Luane's recipes include the use of goat cheese, crystallized ginger, cayenne pepper, and other ingredients you may not have used in cookie recipes before. I encourage you to take a look at her book. It definitely will take you on a new adventure in baking and your family and friends will ask you for the recipes.
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