Martha Stewart's Cookies: The Very Best Treats to Bake and to Share

By Martha Stewart

17,229 ratings - 4.07* vote

A perfect Mother’s Day gift!Cookies are the treat that never disappoints. Whether you’re baking for a party or a picnic, a formal dinner or a family supper– or if you simply want something on hand for snacking–there is a cookie that’s just right. In Martha Stewart’s Cookies, the editors of Martha Stewart Living give you 175 recipes and variations that showcase all kinds of A perfect Mother’s Day gift!Cookies are the treat that never disappoints. Whether you’re baking for a

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Book details

Paperback, 352 pages
March 11th 2008 by Clarkson Potter
Original Title
Martha Stewart's Cookies
ISBN
0307394549 (ISBN13: 9780307394545)
Edition Language
English

Community Reviews

Scottsdale Public Library

A fun and comprehensive look at the cookie, there's something for every baker and cookie fan in this book. Recipes are approachable and varied and the photography is attractive. Anybody who likes to bake, or eat, cookies will enjoy this book.- Meagan M.

mindi

the librarian made me promise to bring cookies when i return the book.
*****

okay, this book is amazing.

thank you, library, for making my decision to easy.

i NEED to own this book. it's really so so so good. i have 2 recipes to try this week before we go out of town (at Dustin's request. the cookies, are his request, not my leaving town) I have tried several Martha cookies in the past, and they all have been amazing, so i have no doubts about this book.

LOVE all the packaging ideas in the back of the book (to present cookies as gifts), and there is a great list of sources in the back, as well as popular cookie tools and techniques.

i love how the chapters are broken up into textures.

light and delicate
soft and chewy
crumbly and sandy
chunky and nutty
cakey and tender
crisp and crunchy
rich and dense

the pictures are perfect. i don't know how they consistently came up with creative ways to photograph over 175 cookies. genius.

martha, you are a genius. and i love you.
that is all.

Sarah

My favorite character on Sesame Street has always been cookie monster. I'm a serious addict. A friend reviewed this cookie cookbook and said the chapter of contents alone did it for her. I have to admit, the chapter of contents is genius. I checked this out from the library before I bought it because I haven't had the best luck with Martha's ultra precise and exotic ingredient-ed recipes--but after trying four different cookies--I was in love! I swear each cookie was absolutely perfect and delicious. The only problem with the book is that it's so beautiful you don't want to get any dough guts or spilt milk on it. Which I promptly did on the first batch, alas.

Malbadeen

Damn you, Martha Stewart! Damn You!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


doreen

Made a batch of snickerdoodles from the recipe in this book, and they owned! Many of the recipes featured are rather simple, which is great for those of us who don't want to hunt out some obscure ingredient or shell out oodles for a particular thing you'll only wind up using once. The photos in the book are pure cookie porn, and although I currently have this book checked out from the library, I think I need to get my own copy.

Christina Windle

The quick and dirty reciew for those that don't want the long version: This book is an essential for any cookie monster. The contents isuniquely laid out and ultra functional as are the sections of the book. There are pictures for every recipe. The recipes are varied in flavour, texture, difficulty, and cost. This book is almost flawless. Recipes to try (They're all chocolate. Wonder what I like in my cookies? :D): chocolate crackles, chocolate chip maracroons, chewy chocolate gingerbread cookies, chocolate thumbprints, chocolate cookie cutouts.

I have tried 23 recipes of the almost 175 that the book contains. There were pnly a few recipes that did not turn out or were unappetizing. Most of the rest that I would not make again were fine cookies, they just didn't interest my palette. But over half the cookies I made I would definitely make again, many were really phenominal. For a cookbook, where some hit-and-miss is to be expected, I am not surprised that Marth Stewart's Cookies manages to have so many great recipes.

The book is divided into seven sections by cookie texture: light and delicate, soft and chewy, crumbly and sandy, chunky and nutty, cakey and tender, crisp and crunchy, rich and dense. Soft and chewy, crumbly and sany, crisp and crunchy, and rich an dense are all larger chapters, and the other chapters are about half the size. I absolutely love that the book is divided this way because I generally like cookies with certain tentures, while I don't like other cookie textures. Also, having the cookies laid out by texure makes it easy to find the right kind of cookie for, say, tea time or dessert or snack. There is also a picture for each cookie in the book. I love it when there is a picture for each dish in a book. It elevates the cookbook into a real treasure, plus it's nice to see the cookies to help decide whether you think you'd make them.

There is no mini-contents within each chapter, instead just one at the beginning of the book, but it works because the contents is laid out so uniquely. Instead of a boring list of the types of cookies in the book, each section has a page or two and every cookie is photographed from the top and underneath is the name and page the recipe is found on. I love this! It is the most unique contents I have ever seen, it's beautiful, and so unique. Plus it's really handly to be able to picture-peruse a bunch of cookies at once when deciding what you want to make.

Although Martha always demands the best of the best ingredients for her recipes, which can make things a bit pricey, there were many cookies where grocery store brand ingredients could be substituted with little or no compromise on cookie quality. So many of the cookies are quite affordable to make. There are of course the medium and more pricey cookies as well, but sometimes it;s nice to treat yourself to a decadent experience, which you'll definitely get with may of the cookies in this book. There is also a range in equipment and difficulty level needed for cookies. Ther are your oh-so-basic drop and bar cookies and then there are others which need special presses or moulds (one even needs a waffle maker). There are cookies that require precision fingers and techniques to finish them off, but then there are some less difficult cookies that require only some knowledge beyond basic, so these would be good stepping-stone recipes before foraying into the uber-expert recipes. There are also cookies that can be made in under an hour and with one or two bowls and then others that involve many steps or layers and can be a bit time consuming to make (and then you have to do the dishes after).

As for cookies featured in the book, there is also quite the variety as well. You're going to get your tranditionals like chocolate chip, shortbread, rum balls, brownies. There's also a lot of traditional "foriegn-style" cookies like bratseli, fortune cookies, mexican wedding cookies, and alfajores de dulce de leche. Besides textures, there's also a variety of styles like drop, bar, meringues, cut-out, liquor-based, icebox, and sandwich. There's lots of simple flavours like chocolate, sugar, and nut-based and then cookies with interesting flavours like Earl grey, sesame, pistachio, and lime. There are also many cookie styles that are reapeated. There are several textures of chocolate chip, depending on what you like. There are also several flavours of merengue, shortbread, macaroon-style, and meltaways. I like that Martha doesn't just pick one style of certain cookies. By adding ingredients or changing the style of how the cookie is made, some basic cookies are really showcased for all the variety that they can bring to the table. I've tried a few of the shortbreads and they don't even taste like the same cookie. There is also, of course, a variety of cookies of all palettes. This is a book that parents can use to bake for their kids, that makes adult tea-time cookies, that has savoury and sweet combinations. It's clear that a lot of planning and thought went into covering all the possible variety bases they could when making this book. I'm sure that there were many great cookies that did not make the cut, and not one recipe seems redundant or just to add filler.

This is a classic cookbook for any cookie lover. I turn to it again and again. It is the only cookie book I will bake from. There were barely any flaws in this cookbook, which is a tour-de-force, easy to use, functionally laid out, and pictures with every recipe.


Recipes I have tried (starred for favourites):
*soft and chewy chocolate chip cookies
*chocolate crackles
*marcaroons (regular, chocolcate, and chocolate chip)
cream-filled chocolate sandwiches
*chewy chocolate gingerbread cookies
cashew caramel cookies
dark chocolate cookies with sour cherries
*classic shortbread
mocha shortbread wedges
*rum raisin shortbread
lime meltaways
chunky peanut, chocolate, and cinnamon cookies
rocky ledge bars
peanut butter whoopie pies
raspberry almond blondies
*cakey chocolate chip cookies
*chocolate cookie cutouts
Earl grey tea cookies
*chocolate thumbprints
*rum balls
lemon squares

Nicole

I like the following:

1. Baking
2. Cookies

And this is a book entirely about baking cookies, so... score!

I remember when I first found this at Borders. I was hesitant to check it out because it was Martha. I have no problem with her personally, per se--I mean, it isn't like she ever came over and kicked my dog or anything--but I feel like a lot of times I'm expected to pay out the nose for something just because she slapped her name on it. Like the dog beds. What makes her dog bed worth $50 and this other dog bed worth $20? Is her dog bed made of clouds and gilded with solid gold? I doubt it.

I digress (and what's with all my mention of dogs?). My point is that I didn't want to support the Martha Machine, but I did want to make new and exciting cookies, so I borrowed the book from work and got cracking. Within a week, I owned a copy and it was covered in chocolate fingerprints and smeared with sugar and flour.

Have you ever had the chocolate crackles from this book? Eating them borders on a religious experience. Everyone I make them for calls them crack cookies and I don't even care that it's not some brilliant recipe I invented because I'll accept food-based adoration no matter what, and damn they are good cookies.

There are macaroons of various flavors, chocolate gingerbread cookies, pfeffernusse, windowpane cookies, cigarettes, etc. It is the best kind of food porn. And it's all organized by texture, which is just... WOW. I seriously can't think of anything better than organizing a cookie book by texture. I am dead serious here, folks. This is how you organize a cookie book.

Thanks to this book, I now have Silpat sheets, a really good rolling pin, lots of really nice measuring materials, a cookie press, and an addiction to melting chocolate.

Thanks to this book, I like Martha. (I still won't use her cookie packaging ideas, though. Why wrap them up all pretty when you can just eat them?)

Christine

Yes, yes, I was one of those twentysomethings who subscribed to Martha Stewart Living magazine straight out of college, tearing out recipes and scrapbooking them like precious family photos. It's no great surprise, then, that I'm delighted to be rid of those greasy pages in favor of this professional, tape-free collection of cookie recipes. And unlike some greatest hits compilations, this one actually includes all of my favorites.

Of the seven major cookie categories listed, I prefer. . . uh, many, multiple. I'm nearly equal in my benevolence. In the spirit of cookie madness, I'm highlighting the recipes I've already tried below, with their varied results.

My point? Loads of delicious recipes, ones I've been collecting for years, are now grouped droolingly in a softcover edition with gorgeous, full-color photographs next to single-page directions. Bake and enjoy.

Full review, with descriptions of more than a dozen recipes I've tried, on my blog at www.christinereads.com.

Adriana

For those that don't know, any weight I put on is directly related to this book! Her recipes were fabulous! I tried a few during my pregnancy and they could have very easily become cravings that continued way beyond what cravings should last. I don't own this book, but i MUST! If you enjoy baking, are looking for some oldies but goodies, want to be tempted by great photography....this is the book for you!

Kimberly

Every recipe I've made from this book thus far has been brilliant. I've only been making vegan versions, though-- I can't imagine how far out scrumptious the dairy filled treats are.

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