Cookies are Magic Cookbook Review

Cookies are Magic Cookbook Review

Title: Cookies Are Magic: Classic Cookies, Brownies, Bars, and More
Author: Maida Heatter
Published: April 7, 2020, Voracious
No. of Pages: 272
Cover Price: $28.00 Hardcover, $14.99 Kindle

Award winning (James Beard Award three times and James Beard Hall of Fame Member) author and baker, Maida Heatter, has been dubbed “The Queen of Desserts,” and anyone who bakes is not only familiar with this classy lady, but has love and respect for her. She is an American baking icon, and over the years has written dozens of bestselling cookbooks. Cookies Are Magic: Classic Cookies, Brownies, Bars, and More is a compilation of some of Heatter’s best cookies, and is a cookbook worth putting on the cookbook shelf. Heatter died at the age of 102 in June of 2019, and has left a legacy of baking wonderful desserts without apologizing for the calories or time spent baking.

This excellent cookbook includes Heatter’s philosophy on baking, as well as a primer on ingredients, equipment, and hints for cookie baking success. Unfortunately, there are no photographs of the recipes, but there are cute illustrations. The recipes are such that most bakers will want to photograph the recipes as they bake them – there are no bad cookies, so baking every cookie in this book may be doable over a few months. Favorite cookies (so far) from this book include Positively-the-Absolutely-Best-Chocolate-Chip Cookies (and they really are!), Savannah Chocolate Chewies, and Coconut Grove Cookies. Many of the recipes are old-fashioned, and take us back to when food actually tasted good and was made from scratch.

This cookbook is well organized, and each chapter has a dozen or so different recipes for Drop Cookies, Bar Cookies, Icebox Cookies, Rolled Cookies, Hand-Formed Cookies, and More! (miscellaneous). Each recipe has Heatters personal notes for success, as well as vignettes regarding the recipe, and the instructions are easy-to-follow.

All told, you can’t go wrong with this excellent cookbook. Cookie aficionados will love the variety and ease of baking Maida Heatters best cookies.

Special thanks to NetGalley for supplying a review copy of this book.

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