Cookies for Grown-Ups

Cookies for Grown-Ups

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by Kelly Cooper
     
 

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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

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.

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)

From the Publisher
If you want to taste delicious combinations you have never imagined, this is your cook ---Examiner, New Hampshire

Cooper's recipes are pretty darn good. It's time to be mature about our cookies, so make some of Cooper's savory combinations and start the grown-up conversation.

---Anne Dolce, DailyMeal.com, New York City

Ms. Cooper's unique flavor combinations beckon us to dive into her book and begin a baking adventure with little treasures at its end.

---Nancy Olson, Gramercy Tavern Pastry Chef, New York City

A volume of imaginative sweet and savory cookies, each with a suggested drink pairing.

---Kimberly L. Jackson, Star-Ledger, Newark.

Revelatory cookies. Thyme added to chocolate is something you have to experience to appreciate. Try the Antipasto cookie, featuring bits of Italian cheeses and salami, and you my never go back to oatmeal and raisin. Word is that no one's better at cocktail cookies than Cooper.

---Boca Raton Observer

Kelly Cooper's sweet cookies also dazzle taste buds with unexpected

flavors: chili in a chocolate-hazelnut confection or pumpkin seeds in a spice cookie.

---Sylvia Carter, critic and dining guide, Raleigh/Durham

I do a massive amount of Christmas baking, and this year I used a unique recipe from Cookies for Grown-ups. Santa, if someone leaves you one of Kelly Cooper's delectable treats, then you owe me big-time, big fellow.

---Becca Owsley, Kentucky News Enterprise

This is the ultimate cookbook for men and women who like cookies and for the people who love friends and family enough to bake cookies for them.

---Goodreads.com, Chicago

Not long ago the most unique ingredients to push the cookie envelope were sea salt and bacon. That's kid stuff compared to what Kelly Cooper has created for Cookies for Grown-ups. She has introduced a whole new way of making a nibble and a nosh into something phenomenal. I plan to eat my way right through the book, enjoying each original taste and flavor.

---Kate Lawson, Detroit News

Kelly Cooper has killer recipes for sweet and savory cookies. Her 'Refrescante' cookie (cornmeal, parmesan cheese, cream cheese and Jalepeno

peppers) is one of the world's great cocktail snacks.

---Max Jacobson, Las Vegas Seven

In Cookies for Grown-ups, author Kelly Cooper reinvents the cookie for the adult palate and suggests adult beverage pairings for each of her more than 80 intriguing recipes.

---Alison Highberger, Bend Voice

Cookies for Grown-ups is a cookie jar full of ideas that will inspire home bakers to branch out to a treat like Dillicious (brie, cucumber, dill and lemon) for their next adult get together.

---Holly Andres, L.A. Daily News

The recipes are mind-blowingly clever; each beverage pairing is equally inspired. It's the perfect gift for your friend who loves to throw cocktail parties, or your own secret weapon for New Year's Eve. And gentlemen, this book has so many Monday Night Football treats that making them won't get your man-card revoked.

---Rhiana Walker, ConciergeatNetGalley.com

Sundays at my house are now all about football, beer and grown-up cookies.

---Chris Milano, Foodie Adventures, San Francisco

Product Details

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

What People are saying about this

Sylvia Carter
Kelly Cooper isn't the first baker to come up with savory cookies but she might do it best, for example, in kebab cookies or in one that combines the flavors of pesto. Her sweet cookies also dazzle taste buds with unexpected flavors: chili in a chocolate-hazelnut confection or pumpkin seeds in a spice cookie. The proof is in the baking, and the eating.
— Sylvia Carter (ex-Newsday columnist, dining guide, Raleigh/Durham)
Gael Greene
Kelly Cooper's Cookies for Grown-ups is bold and quirky, savory yes, but sweet, too, and full of surprises. Her creations pair with cocktails and wine; one sandwiches a chocolate habanero after-kick between orange-vanilla layers, another links pear and blue cheese.
—Gael Greene (InsatiableCritic.com)
Chris Milano
Baking cookies isn't known as the manliest thing to do in the kitchen but with the flavor combinations that Kelly Cooper has put together, Sundays at my house are now all about football, beer and . . . grown-up cookies!
— Chris Milano (Foodie Adventures, San Francisco)
Naomi Blackburn
Looking for something different for entertainment ideas? This cookbook is it!...Not only made of sweet stuff only, some of these recipes used peppers, cheeses, veggies and spices...I loved the drink partnering ideas, as well.
— Naomi Blackburn (The Pub & Grub Forum Blog)
Nancy Olson
Ms. Cooper's inventive names and unique flavor combinations beckon us to dive into her book and begin baking. Her recipes are a map to a baking adventure as rewarding as eating the little treasures at its end.
— Nancy Olson (Pastry Chef, Gramercy Tavern, New York City)

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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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
Dora_Crow More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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 :)