Thursday, April 16, 2020



by Maida Heatter

Whether you are a chocolate chip or an old-fashioned gingersnap, this is the only cookie book you'll ever need -- from one of the best bakers of all time.

Maida Heatter is one of the most trusted and beloved cookbook authors of all time. Her recipes, each a modern classic, have inspired extraordinary bakers such as Dorie Greenspan, Christina Tosi, and Smitten Kitchen's Deb Perelman, whose foreword introduces the joy of Maida's cookies to a new generation.

Maida knew that cookies are the key to happiness, and she always kept them nearby: a fudgy, minty Palm Beach Brownie in her purse, neatly wrapped in cellophane, a batch of Absolutely-the-Positively-Best Chocolate Chip Cookies in the freezer, or a box of delicate brandy snaps ready for an elegant gift.
Now, Cookies Are Magic collects nearly 100 of Maida's very best recipes from her "legendary" (New York Times) 50-year career-her crispiest, crunchiest, and most ooey-gooey cookies, bars, and more.

Developed for foolproof baking by anyone, each recipe is written with Maida's warm but no-nonsense instructions and carries her guarantee that it will work perfectly every time. Filled with classic sugar cookies, tart lemon bars, cookie kisses, and chocolate and peanut butter ripples, this is the only cookie book you will ever need.

Cookies are magic? Well, I know I always feel something magical when I eat one! So, of course I’m going to check out a book featuring cookie recipes.

Like her book, COCOLATE IS FOREVER, before getting into the recipes, author Maida Heatter teaches readers what to do before they get started. You’ll find lots of useful information to make baking fun and easy.

Some of the drool worthy recipes include . . . Positively-the-Absolutely-Best-Chocolate-Chip Cookies, Praline Wafers, Savannah Chocolate Chewies, Johnny Appleseed Squares, Chocolate Mint Sticks, Lebkuchen, Maxines, Peanut Butter Pillows, Pennies From Heaven, Rugelach (Walnut Horns), Ischler Cookies, Joe Froggers, Chocolate Pepper Pretzel, Coconut Washboards, French Sugar Fans, Honey Graham Crackers, Cheese Pennies, and so many more!

COOKIES ARE MAGIC made me hungry all the way through. I was disappointed that there were illustrations instead of real photos as it was with the author’s CHOCOLATE IS FORVER. However, if the recipes themselves are all you’re wanting, COOKIES ARE MAGIC is a book you’ll want to check out.  

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  1. COOKIES ARE MAGIC sounds like a great book. Hubby would rather have cookies than pies or cake.

    Maybe it's an expense thing, but I'm like you - they should put photos of the finished product in cookbooks. It's like putting a model kit together and not knowing what the finished product looks like.
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