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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 flavors and fancies. Besides perennial pleasers like traditional chocolate chip and oatmeal raisin, there ...

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Overview

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 flavors and fancies. Besides perennial pleasers like traditional chocolate chip and oatmeal raisin, there are other sweet surprises, including Rum Raisin Shortbread, Peppermint Meringue Sandwiches with Chocolate Filling, and Lime Meltaways.

Cleverly organized by texture, the recipes in Martha Stewart’s Cookies inspire you to think of a classic, nostalgic treat with more nuance. Chapters include all types of treasures: Light and Delicate (Cherry Tuiles, Hazelnut Cookies, Chocolate Meringues); Rich and Dense (Key Lime Bars, Chocolate Mint Sandwiches, Peanut Butter Swirl Brownies); Chunky and Nutty (Magic Blondies, Turtle Brownies, White Chocolate-Chunk Cookies); Soft and Chewy (Snickerdoodles, Fig Bars, Chewy Chocolate Gingerbread Cookies); Crisp and Crunchy (ANZAC Biscuits, Chocolate Pistachio Biscotti, Almond Spice Wafers); Crumbly and Sandy (Cappuccino-Chocolate Bites, Maple-Pecan Shortbread, Lemon-Apricot Sandwiches); and Cakey and Tender (Lemon Madeleines, Carrot Cake Cookies, Pumpkin Cookies with Brown-Butter Icing).

Each tantalizing recipe is accompanied by a lush, full-color photograph, so you never have to wonder how the cookie will look. Beautifully designed and a joy to read, Martha Stewart’s Cookies is rich with helpful tips and techniques for baking, decorating, and storing, as well as lovely gift-packaging ideas in standout Martha Stewart style.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780307394545
  • Publisher: Crown Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 3/11/2008
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 77,099
  • Product dimensions: 7.35 (w) x 9.12 (h) x 0.92 (d)

Meet the Author

MARTHA STEWART LIVING magazine was first published in 1990. Since then, more than two dozen books have been published by the magazine’s editors. MARTHA STEWART is the author of dozens of bestselling books on cooking, entertaining, gardening, weddings, and decorating. She is the host of The Martha Stewart Show, the popular daily syndicated television show.

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Rum Raisin Shortbread
 
*Makes about 4 1/2 dozen*
 
This crumbly shortbread is studded with dried currants, which are tiny raisins made from Zante grapes. The currants must be soaked overnight,
so you'll need to plan your craving a day in advance.
 
   
• 1/2 cup dark rum
   
• 1 cup currants
   
• 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
   
• 3/4 cup confectioners' sugar
   
• 1/2 teaspoon finely grated orange zest
   
• 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
   
• 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
   
• 3/4 cup finely shredded unsweetened coconut
   
• 1 teaspoon coarse salt
 
1. Combine rum and currants in an airtight container; let sit at room temperature overnight. Drain; reserving 2 tablespoons rum.
 
2. Put butter, confectioners' sugar, and zest in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Beat until creamy and smooth,
about 2 minutes. Add vanilla and reserved rum. Beat well, scraping down the sides of the bowl as necessary. Reduce speed to low. Add flour,
coconut, and salt, and beat for 3 minutes. Stir in currants by hand.
Divide dough in half and form each into a log about 1/2 inches in diameter; wrap in parchment, and refrigerate 1 hour (or up to 3 days).
 
3. Preheat oven to 325°F. Remove dough from parchment; slice into
1/4-inch-thick rounds. Place on parchment paper-lined baking sheets,
spacing about 1 inch apart. Bake until pale golden, about 20 minutes,
rotating sheets halfway through. Transfer to wire racks to cool completely. Cookies can be stored in airtight containers at room temperature up to 1 week.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 27, 2008

    The Ultimate Cookie Book

    Martha Stewart's 'Cookies' is a delight to look at with it's beautiful photographs of delicious treats. There is also a brief history of each cookie included above the recipe. The recipes come from all over the world. The instructions for making the cookies are excellent and there is also a section included on how to package the cookies for gift giving. Every recipe looks delicious and certainly the ones I have made so far have been tasty and beautiful treats for my family.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 7, 2008

    You only need 1 cookie book...and this is it!!!

    Best cookie book there is!!! I love the organization of this book, beginning with the pictures of all the cookies with the page number where you can find their recipe. Love all the cookies, I've made 2 so far, and they've all come out great!!!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 3, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    As always, Martha outdoes the competition for informative and tasty experiences in the kitchen.

    This book, with so many wonderful offerings, will entice any baker to try all of these recipes and their variations. Whether you are looking for a traditional cookie from grandma's cookie jar, or a new offering for your Holiday Cookie Exchange, you'll find something that fits your taste. Always the perfectionist, Martha's team has terrific photography and illustrations to help bring each recipe to life, so that any good cook can follow along and duplicate the results. I highly recommend this volume to add to any kitchen library.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 22, 2010

    Great book, Inaccurate recipes

    I LOVE the Cupcake book but unfortunately this one fell short. I have made at least half of the recipes in the book and have found at least 10 of them to be inaccurate from bake time to ingredients. I love Martha, but some of these recipes are WAY off. :(

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 11, 2010

    Comprehensive and Beautiful but not for the everyday homemaker

    This book has a wide variety of cookie recipes and decorating ideas and tips. It is beautiful to look at and everything looks GOOD! However, I do find that so many of the recipes are very labor intensive and much more complicated than I would ever do at home on a regular basis. Very good idea book for different ways to shape and present cookies but very limited in terms of recipes I am likely to use. Recipes are more appropriate for a true baker or entertainer. If I am going to that much trouble to make something I want to have more than a plate of cookies to show for it. Good addition for a library or someone who loves to get ideas and try new things.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 10, 2009

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    Martha Is Great

    I read all her cookbooks just for fun! Sometimes I eat cookies by the barrel. I'll start with a ten pound bag of flour and buy all the ingredients to bake as many cookies as I can. Then I'll spend the weekend baking and the rest of the week eating cookies in the dark and crying.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 22, 2008

    I Also Recommend:

    Fantastic

    My daughter and I have enjoyed making many of the recipes in this book. Even her chocolate chip recipe is far better than anything we've made and/or tasted in the past. I highly recommend this cookbook.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 10, 2008

    Another Great Book from Martha

    The recipes are fantastic, just superb, but this book's real strength is in its organization and presentation. Stunning photography, recipes organized by flavor & texture, astute attention to detail in how recipes are presented... Just a fabulous cookie book overall. I'd love to see Martha & Co. do the same sort of book for quick desserts.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 19, 2014

    Martha is amazing. And so is this cookbook. Like the others this

    Martha is amazing. And so is this cookbook. Like the others this cookbook is well written and photographed. I've made cookies out of this book for a cpl yrs now, and I always get top notch results, I love it!

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  • Posted November 15, 2013

    Very good

    I enjoyed this book. There are a lot of good recipes in it. There are some that are way too ambitious for me too. However, everything I have tried has been very good.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 21, 2013

    My Favorites Cookies

    1. Banana-Walnut Chocolate Cookies
    2. Snickerdoodles

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 17, 2012

    One of the best

    I've tried various recipes from this book and they are the best! I don't have any issues with the instructions and follow them to a "T".

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 23, 2010

    Best cookie book ever

    I'm not a Martha Stewart fan but since this was a gift from my husband I thought I'd try it. Much to my delight it has some of the best cooke recipes I've ever tried. After discovering how easy and accurate the recipes were I tried at least a half dozen within two weeks and everyone of them was perfect. My husband already has his list of requests for my Christmas baking spree.

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  • Posted September 28, 2010

    Fair

    I have a number of Martha Stewart's cookbooks, but was somewhat disappointed by this volume. While some cookie recipes are outstanding (like the Sarah Bernhardt cookies, Carrot Cake cookies, and Fruit n'Nut cookies), others are tasteless (e.g., the Caramel-Cashew cookies and Rugelach). It is hit-or-miss with this cookbook. On a positive note, the photographs are outstanding--each cookie is featured in a pictorial index in the front of the book as well. FYI: Some of these recipes may be challenging for beginning cooks and/or require specialty equipment.

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  • Posted June 8, 2010

    Absolutely Amazing!

    I bought this cookbook because I wanted to try something different and expand my baking skills. I was shocked to see that the recipes weren't complicated to make and from the ones I did bake, they were extremely delectable. From the recipes I tried my favorites are the "Anise Cookies" (which are extremely easy to make) and the "Butter Twist". I can't wait to try more of these recipes in the near future.

    I recommend this cookbook for anyone who wants to try something innovative and simplistic. Also, I liked that there are photos of the recipes showing us what the end results should look like.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 29, 2010

    So easy to follow!

    I got this cookbook as a gift, and within the first month made 6 different cookies from it. I love how the index is broken down by cookie type, and shows pictures of each cookie. The snickerdoodles are one of the most popular cookies amongst friends and are requested for every get-together. a great buy for yourself or a gift!

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  • Posted March 28, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    Great Book for insecure bakers

    I don't consider myself a experienced baker, so I enjoy Martha's books because they seem very accessible. I find the recipes easy to follow, and most of the ingredients are in my cupboard or easy to find at my local grocery store. When I am looking for inspiration, this book gives it to me. The photography is fabulous, and that is usually what inspires me to make something from the book. There are recipes for every cookie occasion in here. Her books are a little pricey but I am sure I will use this one over and over.

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  • Posted February 20, 2010

    Great Cookie Cookbook

    This contains the greatest cookie recipes! I could not wait to start baking! Have already baked two recipes for pecan cookies and the peanutbutter chocolate brownies and the were great! The pictures of all the cookies were at the beginning of the book which truly enticed you to want to start right away. The recipes are easy to understand and follow; even the novice baker could follow the directions.
    GREAT COOKIE COOKBOOK!

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  • Posted February 20, 2010

    Delicous Recipes!!

    This book is wonderful. I especially like that they separate the recipes by type (ie: cakey, light and crunchy). I recommend this book.

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  • Posted February 6, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    incredible book

    Makes you drool. It is a wonderful book and the pictures are really nice too. So far the chocolate ginger is my favorite.

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