The Cookiepedia Review

October 10th, 2011

A perk of food blogging… free cookbooks! The latest cookbook to land on my door-step was the Cookiepedia.  This is a super cute cookbook for a beginning baker. It gives a nice overview on most of the classic cookies and a few I had never heard of (salt & pepper cookies?). She also adds some variations so a beginning baker can start to experiment with different combinations and flavors.

I chose three to try out: brownies, pecan sandies, and chocolate crinkle cookies… My results…

I started with Brownies because I love brownies and I can easily compare them to others.  The recipe was well written and easy to follow except the baking temperature is not easily discernible.  You see the cute little oven cartoon in the top right-hand corner?  That is where you find the temperature.   As for taste, the brownie was alright.  I wanted something that had more chocolate but these ended up being more like a chocolate cake.  The recipe’s introduction talked about the difference between fugdy and cakey brownies.  I think it would have been beneficial to have a variation for both.

Next up, Pecan Sandies.  The picture looked great… pecan shortbread with roasted pecans on top… but that is not what I got.  My cookies spread all over the place.  I had put them in the fridge to set up before baking.  It did not seem to work.  I think the butter may have been way too soft to achieve shortbread cookies (Caveat: I did halve the recipe).  I was dissappointed with these.

Finally, I made Chocolate Crinkle cookies.  Yummy!  Fudgy Goodness!  I love these cookies.  My only issue with the recipe was that it took longer than expected to bake.

Overall, cute cookbook but best for a beginner baker.

Disclaimer: The Cookipedia was sent to me to review by the publisher.

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