Cookies for Grown-Ups

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Overview

Cookies for Grown-ups is a remarkable collection of absolutely unique sweet and savory cookie recipes for the mature and sophisticated palate.

Cookie-love is forever and yet for all the remembrances it evokes, our favorite childhood cookie is not always what we want. Even Proust lived on more than madeleines.

Our tastes change. As adults, we're allowed to say "no" to milk, choosing instead a cup of good coffee or tea, a glass of wine, an icy ...

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Overview

Cookies for Grown-ups is a remarkable collection of absolutely unique sweet and savory cookie recipes for the mature and sophisticated palate.

Cookie-love is forever and yet for all the remembrances it evokes, our favorite childhood cookie is not always what we want. Even Proust lived on more than madeleines.

Our tastes change. As adults, we're allowed to say "no" to milk, choosing instead a cup of good coffee or tea, a glass of wine, an icy cocktail or a stein of what's on tap. Kelly Cooper knows this. She also knows how to concoct delicious, handheld treats—sweet or savory—to go with those libations.

Yet many of her most inspired cookies are built on memories. Her grandmother taught her to bake in California's orchard-rich Santa Clara Valley, where apricots, figs, almonds and berries were abundant. Her sweet cookies brim with these and other fresh flavors, enhanced by surprise grown-up ingredients, such as Gruyère or Grand Marnier®.

Unusual additions are carefully chosen to draw out the essential flavors of a cookie while adding another layer of pleasure to eating it. You may not be able to imagine precisely the favor fresh thyme does chocolate until you've sampled the cookie called Dark Desire.

Her savory cookies are also amazing. No solo baker invented the piquant cookie, but leading culinary writers are beginning to note that no one creates cocktail cookies better than Kelly Cooper does! Indeed, a bite of her Antipasto cookie (featuring bits of Italian salami and cheese) or Redolent (in which specks of roasted red pepper dance with slivered almonds) will likely convince you to bake for your next cocktail party.

Her whimsical cookies are for adults not only because each is carefully paired with a drink but because they're deliciously suited for the discerning palette. We're talking hearty breakfast cookies with dashes of maple syrup and bacon, manly game-time cookies that incorporate Slim Jims(TM) and late-late-night cookies to stir the senses. For any occasion, Kelly Cooper knows just how to mix beloved, familiar flavors with enlivening, new ones—and that's the true secret of successful sophistication.

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Editorial Reviews

The Detroit News
Not that long ago,... the most unique ingredients to push the cookie envelope were sea salt and bacon. But that's kid stuff compared to what Kelly Cooper has created for her recent book,"Cookies for Grownups" (Red Rock Press, $23.99). Unlikely sweet and savory combinations from Cooper's kitchen include green apple, horseradish and ginger, or beet, feta cheese and lemon thyme, or Jagermeister (the herbal liqueur), Red Bull and dried cherries - to list just a few. Cooper has introduced a whole new way of making a nibble and a nosh into something phenomenal.
Vegas Seven - Max Jacobson
Finally, I was at Williams-Sonoma in Summerlin where I met college teacher and cookbook author Kelly Cooper, whose Cookies for Grown-Ups (Red Rock Press, $24) has a number of killer recipes for sweet and savory cookies.

Her Refrescante (cornmeal, Parmesan cheese, cream cheese and jalapeño peppers) is one of the world's great cocktail snacks.

Hungry, yet? (6/4)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781933176420
  • Publisher: Red Rock Press
  • Publication date: 11/15/2012
  • Pages: 136
  • Sales rank: 1,439,283
  • Product dimensions: 9.10 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Kelly Cooper divides her baking time between her homes in the bustling San Francisco Bay Area and the quiet Nevada desert west of Las Vegas. When she's not inventing cookies, she teaches mobile web development at West Valley College in San José.
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Table of Contents

Introduction 7

Chapter 1 A Toast to the Good Life: Bold flavor combinations for good times with family and friends 10

Chapter 2 Baby, It's Cold Outside: Come on in and get comfortable with cookies to warm belly and soul 26

Chapter 3 Game Time: Playful goodies for sports fans of all kinds - whether in the stadium or on the couch 38

Chapter 4 Seduction: Decadent morsels for two - when everyone and everything else fade 50

Chapter 5 Ladies Who Lunch: Tasty bites to share with best girlfriends 62

Pairing Album: Author's favorite cookie and drink pairs 67

Chapter 6 Guys' Night In: Manly cookies for reliving past adventures or planning new ones 80

Chapter 7 I Want to Say …: Thank you. Happy Birthday. Congratulations. Feel better 92

Chapter 8 All Night Long: Satisfaction guaranteed for the midnight munchies 104

Chapter 9 I'll Think About That Tomorrow: Life moves awfully fast. Pause, exhale and take time for yourself. 118

Index 133

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 17, 2012

    Cookies for Grown-ups is the first cookbook I have seen in a lon

    Cookies for Grown-ups is the first cookbook I have seen in a long time that does not just recycle old recipes with tweaks, it has really original recipes for new flavor combinations and distinctive tastes and shapes. Made with common kitchen tools, (no fancy presses, machines, or molds needed), and flavorful ingredients that are widely available, these recipes are delicious and memorable. My husband and friends love "Americana", (made with baked sweet potato), "Oh Snap", (hazelnut spread sandwich-style), and the quirky "Curveball". My favorite is "Pink-A-Dot", with grapefruit and poppy seeds. I'll be making several of these cookies for gifts and for our New Years party, and keep trying new ones all year round. A really fun book with lots of great extra helps, (like the QR code shopping lists), with great photos and clear instructions!

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  • Posted December 13, 2012

    Amazing flavor combinations!

    Loved reading through all of the recipes, and loved eating the cookies! The flavors are so wonderful and unexpected. I recently brought a batch of cookies to a party and it was great seeing the expressions on people's faces after they took their first bites. One person was absolutely beaming!

    Cookies for Grown-Ups gives us ingredient combinations that most of us have probably never thought of using in a cookie recipe before. Groupings such as Gruyere cheese, apples, and red pepper - yes - in a cookie. Pears, ginger, and walnut. Yum! Lime, Tequila, and even more Tequila (This is called a "Cookie Shot"), and has a glaze topping.

    The author, Kelly, pairs each recipe with a beverage; both spirits and non-alcoholic. (Reading these made me even more hungry - and inspired.)

    Cool technology tip: QR code on each page which can be scanned with a smart phone QR reader so that you will have the list of ingredients with you when you go shopping. Very cool. :)

    Photographs: The photographs of the cookies are excellent. Everything looks so tasty. This is definitely going to be the gift that I give to my special friends this year.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 19, 2013

    Cookies for Grown-ups is a fun, elegant, creative cookie cookboo

    Cookies for Grown-ups is a fun, elegant, creative cookie cookbook! I saw a preview and HAD to order it.
     I went crazy trying all the different cookies. I regularly make these cookies for entertaining my guests and they LOVE them.  
    I have become a sort of celebrity in our small community as the lady who makes unusual cookies.

    BEST of all is the beautiful layout of the book. Lots of thought went into this book.  It is original and will make a great gift.  
    In fact I just remembered I have a wedding to go to this summer, so I came here to order another one...ah heck, I think I will do some early Christmas shopping too! GREAT GIFT idea! But make sure to order an extra one for yourself as you are going to want one!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 17, 2013

    Wow....I mean...WOW!!! what a fun and refreshing book. Not your

    Wow....I mean...WOW!!! what a fun and refreshing book. Not your typical lets make chocolate chip cookies but truly a wonderfully delicious change of pace that really envelopes how people now think of food. This is the era that children like bleu cheese and pears, sushi and pate and why NOT! Why not step outside the box and breathe some new life into this bacon stale life. My stomach has never been more content, my mind is continuing to ponder other possibilities as I make my way though every recipie in the book. Kelly, go on Top Chef- show them how it's done and then invite me over to eat it :)

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