Sunday, April 6, 2008

Review: 101 Easy Peasy Cookie Recipes


I was so happy and honored to be asked to review a cookie cookbook - 101 Easy Peasy Cookie Recipes by Lucinda Wallace and Heather Wallace. I was extremely eager for it to arrive, but had to wait a few weeks I think partly due to living in Canada. But it arrived! And I couldn't wait to choose a few recipes to try out.


The cookbook is divided into bar cookies, drop cookies, no-bake cookies, rolled cookies and shaped cookies. I chose three recipes - butter pecan blondies, white chip p-nutties (peanut butter cookies with white chocolate and walnuts), and chocolate caramel bars with a twist. Unfortunately I can't share any of those recipes with you, but you can check out the recipes for colossal double chocolate white chip cookies and oranges and cream cookies.


The peanut butter cookie is hands down the best peanut butter cookie recipe I've come across. And believe me, I've been looking! The texture is somewhere between crumbly and soft, but not chewy. And not only are these the ultimate peanut butter cookies for me, but also for my brother who I have been making peanut butter cookies for as a Christmas gift. The blondies were quite yummy too - I've never had or made them before. And I loved how the chocolate caramel bars with a twist combined pretzels, chocolate and caramel (which might sound like a weird combination but is oh so good).


The only things I don't like about this cookbook are that there are no pictures, no introductions to the recipes (or even to the book itself), and no index in the back if you're looking for a particular ingredient. The list of cookie recipes is extensive though and there are lots I can't wait to make like rootbeer frosties, caramel apple crisps, frosty pink lemonade cookies, crispy coffee cutouts, sweet graham scotchies, and malted milk chocolate brownies. (There are lots of more regular types of cookie recipes like oatmeal, mint chocolate chip, butter cookies, etc too if that's what you like.) The cookies are indeed easy to make and if you're like me, and love to hoard cookie cookbooks, or you're just looking for some new and easy cookies to make, this cookbook is great. After looking through this cookbook again to write the review, I want to go make some more cookies!


See what other people thought of this cookbook:
Baking Bites
Chronicles of a Curious Cook
Andrea's Recipes
Sophistishe.Org
Culinary Concoctions by Peabody

26 comments:

Gloria said...

Love your blog, I enjoy it, and you have an Award in mine for you,come for it!! Gloria

bbaking said...

the recipes sound great, but I know what you mean, I always prefer a book with pictures of the finished result.

Holler said...

Wow, nice book and you are definitely the cookie queen, but I know what you mean about pictures and blurb in cookery books, I want that! Although, recently I got a book I love and it has plenty of blurb but no photos! I surprised myself, it is my favourite bedtime reading just now! Mediterranean Harvest by Martha Rose Shulman.

winedeb said...

I am not a baker so I absolutely need the photos. But you seem to be doing fine without them! Cannot wait to see more!!!!

Cakespy said...

Those blondies look so amazing, I want to cry. The cookbook itself looks like it's worth checking out!!

Helene said...

I can't wait to get the recipes. They all look so good.

Pixie said...

I know what you mean about there not being photos but isn't it wonderful when you do follow a recipe and 'create' a photo for it. These treats look scrumptious!

Grace said...

no pictures? how disappointing! perhaps you can send the authors your photos of the finished products and get your name on the cover as a contributor. :)

ovenhaven said...

Thanks for the review! I think your photos sold the book for many of us. The blondies look really tempting!

giz said...

There's a fine balance when doing a review. Today's cookbooks really have to scream at their market otherwise people will just take recipes off the internet.
The butter pecan blondies look absolutely killer - rich and luscious - who wouldn't want to make them looking at the picture.

Deborah said...

I have been eyeing this book. I already have so many cookie books, but I still want to add this one to my collection!

Magnolia Wedding Planner said...

I find your blog absoloutely brilliant! Wonderful photos and very nice recipes!
What a cookie book without any photo? No no :-( i don't like it maybe because I eat before with my eyes and than with my mouth ;-P
I'll follow your post gladly in the future!
Have a nice day
Silvia

Gloria said...

Come on by your Award! xxx Gloria

Wheeler's Frozen Dessert said...

It's too bad there aren't any pictures in the cookbook ... but yours look amazing! Yum.

Kevin said...

All of those cookies look so good! Now I am craving a cookie...

VeggieGirl said...

oh goodness, my mouth is watering, haha!

Tartelette said...

That looks decadent a plenty!!

Mary said...

what a treat!...and I must say you've done a lovely job reviewing....and baking....all of it looks delicious! oh, and I agree about pics too. that's why bloggers are so great!

Peabody said...

Good to know about the peanut butter cookie ones. Since I do own the cookbook I will have to check it out.

ventures with veggies said...

I don't usually make cookies, but reading about those recipes makes me think I should change that!

soundless_space said...

Love your food photography! Everything looks great.

Erin said...

I think I might have to get this cookbook! I've been on the search for a good peanut butter cookie so I'll definitely have to check this one out!

Katy said...

oh my goodness, yum. ALL of those look just amazing! that layer of caramel looks heavenly.

eatme_delicious said...

Thanks everybody! :)

Antonio Tahhan said...

these cookies look scrumptious!!

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