Holiday Cookies: Showstopping Recipes to Sweeten the Season

Holiday Cookies: Showstopping Recipes to Sweeten the Season

by Elisabet der Nederlanden


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ISBN-13: 9780399580253
Publisher: Potter/Ten Speed/Harmony/Rodale
Publication date: 09/05/2017
Pages: 168
Sales rank: 77,935
Product dimensions: 7.50(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

ELISABET DER NEDERLANDEN is a passionate professional baker and a graduate of the California Culinary Academy. She has worked as a food stylist and professional recipe developer/tester for commercial, advertising, and packaging projects. In addition, she has managed recipe testing and food styling for more than 30 cookbooks.

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The aroma of baking that fills my home in December is unlike that of any other time of year and heightens my excitement for the approaching holidays. Thinking about what lies ahead conjures up memories of being a child, when early every moment of the holiday season seemed warm and festive.

I was born and brought up in Sweden, where my parents built a house next door to my grandmother’s home. The nearest town was six miles away, so my childhood was spent in the countryside. I learned to bake from a young age, and as a teenager I worked in a konditori (bakery) in that nearby small town. From the age of thirteen, children in Sweden can take two weeks every semester to do practical training at a local workplace, which is how I came to be at the Holgers Konditori. Opened in 1903, the bakery is located in the main square and is where everyone in town goes for special-occasion cakes, cookies, and buns. When I finished my training, Holgers offered me a summer job, and I worked there every summer. I loved every minute.

That love of baking extended into my home life, particularly around the holidays. Once autumn arrived, which brought fewer daylight hours, inside activities like baking became the norm. Come winter, nighttime fell early, and any opportunity to celebrate and decorate—especially with lights—helped brighten the darkest time of year. In Sweden, holiday celebrations start early and include many festivities, such as the Advent season, which begins on the fourth Sunday preceding Christmas. One of my favorite celebrations is St. Lucia Day, in which girls dressed in white lead a candlelight procession, and everyone in the group sings and pepparkakor, a gingery cookie with plenty of snap (you’ll find the recipe on page 88), is served. A lot of baking is done early in December, when breads, cakes, cookies, and confections are made and then stored for the upcoming celebrations. I remember eating many of these treats only during the holidays, so just making them would put you in the spirit of the season.

Table of Contents


1 Introduction
2 About This Book
5 Cookie Tips and Tricks
7 Decorating Cookies
13 Royal Icing
14 Packaging Tips and Tricks
17 Storing Cookies

20 Gingerbread Cookies
24 Chocolate-Dipped Macaroons
27 Minty Spritz Cookies
28 Icebox Pinwheel Cookies
32 Black and Whites
35 Chocolate–Peanut Butter Brownie Sandwich Cookies
36 Red Velvet Crackle Cookies
39 Triple-Chocolate Chunk Cookies
40 Chocolate-Stenciled
44 Hazelnut Sandwich Cookies
48 Red-and-White Meringue Kisses
51 Bejeweled Chocolate Cookies
52 Oatmeal Crisps with Chocolate
55 Almond Ricciarelli Cookies
56 Fruitcake Shortbread
59 Dark Chocolate Cookies with Caramel
60 Espresso Thins
63 Malted Milk Chocolate Cookies

66 Molasses Spice Cookies
69 Thumbprints with Spicy Plum Jam
70 Pain d’Épices Shortbread Swirls
73 Glazed Eggnog Madeleines
74 Saffron Pistachio Biscotti
78 Hot Chocolate Cookies with Aleppo Pepper
81 Cinnamon-Sugar Palmiers
82 Fig and Cardamom Rugelach

88 Swedish Pepparkakor
91 Italian Pignoli Cookies
92 Austrian Linzer Augen
95 South American Alfajores
99 Danish Butter Wreaths
101 Hungarian Kiffles
105 Dutch Speculaas
106 Mexican Wedding Cookies

110 Peppermint Bark
113 Apple Cider Caramels
114 Peanut Butter–Chocolate Crunch Squares
117 Smoked Almond and Cacao Nib Brittle
118 Matcha Chocolate Bark with Berries and Coconut
121 Dark Chocolate–Hazelnut Fudge
122 Bourbon and Maple Chocolate Truffles
125 Chocolate Caramels with Bourbon and Vanilla

128 Christmas Tree Sugar Cookie Cutouts
132 Citrus Sugar Cookie Ornaments
135 Candy Cane Cookies
136 Doily-Rolled Gingersnaps
139 Gingerbread Place-Card Cookies
141 3-D Christmas Trees
144 Stained-Glass Snowflakes
147 Gingerbread House

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Holiday Cookies: Showstopping Recipes to Sweeten the Season 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
DaneWeimMama More than 1 year ago
Holiday Cookies is a cookbook full of stunning pictures!! It got me in the holiday spirit the moment I looked at the first page. I love how the author divided the cookies up into categories- will make it easy to use if I'm in a hurry. This book would make an amazing gift for the baker in your life. I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
TheThoughtSpot More than 1 year ago
Thanks to NetGalley and Ten Speed Press for the opportunity to read and review Holiday Cookies: Showstopping Recipes to Sweeten the Season by Elisabet der Nederlanden! Holiday Cookies is a wonderfully festive book full of lovely photos and delectable cookie and candy recipes. I like the setup of a recipe followed by its picture then another picture and its recipe. I love cookbooks with photos accompanying each recipe! I plan on purchasing this book worthy of 5 stars!
LisaKsBooksReviews More than 1 year ago
I am crazy for sweets. I have been my entire life. Needless to say, when I first saw HOLIDAY COOKIES, I knew I had to read this sweet recipe book for myself. I am so very happy I did. HOLIDAY COOKIES starts off with a lovely introduction from author Elisabet der Nederlanden. She tells of growing up in Sweden and her love of the holidays, and the delicious treats that came along with them. In under two pages, she made me feel the warmth of her life, and her joy for baking. I’m smiling again just mentioning it here. The author’s happiness continues through in the “About This Book” section. Speaking of why she choose the recipes she did. He also leads readers through, Tips, Ticks, and Decorating, Royal Icing, Packaging, and Storage. Even ideas for a cookie exchange. Following the introduction and the About This Book, are six tasty chapters filled with fifty mouthwatering cookie recipes that made me yearn for holidays past, and anxiously dream for holidays to come. Among the amazing cookie recipes presented in HOLIDAY COOKIES, you will find . . . Chocolate-Dipped Macaroons, Red Velvet Crackle Cookies, Hazelnut Sandwich Cookies, Espresso Thins, Glazed Eggnog Madeleines, Cinnamon-Sugar Palmiers, Swedish Pepparkakor, Danish Butter Wreaths, Gingerbread Place-Card Cookies, Stained – Glassed Snowflakes, Apple Cider Caramels, and oh so many, many more! Honestly, I could smell the sweet, spicy scent of baking cookies filling my house the entire time I was immersed in this delightful book. Between the recipes, photos, and my nose playing tricks one me, I was deliriously overcome (in a good way of course) with sensory overload. HOLIDAY COOKIES is now a forever treasure of mine, and I know you’ll want to make it one of yours too. And I sincerely hope there is a HOLIDAY COOKIES TWO in the works.
ChrisWebAdmin More than 1 year ago
Born from her childhood memories of festive holiday seasons in Sweden, Holiday Cookies by Elisabet der Nederlanden celebrates her lifelong love of baking around the holidays. The six chapters of recipes will make delicious cookies. After a brief introduction from the author and a description of the inspiration for this book, you will find some excellent helpful hints and tricks which will help you with the recipes to come. "Cookies Tips And Tricks" covers the basic techniques recommended for use with the recipes. "Decorating Cookies" offers some excellent suggestions on how to beautify your creations. The "Royal Icing" recipe is separate from the rest as this will be an add-on to many of the actual cookie recipes. Detailed instructions offer the information necessary to create the consistency you'll want for your various needs. Finally, "Packaging Tips And Tricks" and "Storing Cookies" finish the brief introduction to the book. The first chapter of cookie recipes begins with "Very Merry Classics". These are your classic holiday cookies from Gingerbread Cookies to Chocolate Macaroons, Pinwheel Cookies, and Shortbread Rounds, etc. If you are going to be sharing your holiday baking with friends, you will want to try the "Cookie Exchange Party" recipes. A Cookie Exchange is so much fun and is an excellent way to easily get variety without the hassle. With a Cookie Exchange, several friends can get together, each creating their own recipe, and then sharing the results. Everybody goes home with a nice variety of baked goods while only having had to create one recipe themselves. For more information on how to host a Cookie Exchange see my article here. I do approve of the recipes chosen for the Cookie Exchange chapter. These will all travel well for the exchange. For those looking to spice up their holiday gatherings, you will want the recipes from the "Warm Holiday Spice" chapter. Here is where you'll find the most flavorful, spice cookies. If you were thinking globally, then "Around The World" is where you'll find a more international cookie. The author includes recipes from Sweden, Italy, Austria, South America, and more. Get In The Spirit Brittle, bark, caramels, truffles and other homemade candies make a great holiday gift. The recipes for these and more are in chapter 5 "Holiday Confections". The lovely photo of the "Peppermint Bark" recipe truly puts you in the holiday spirit. "Decorated Delights" is the final chapter. You'll find cookie-cutter recipes for cookie ornaments, snaps, even an awesome 3D Christmas tree recipe. The "Stained-Glass Snowflakes" recipe is sure to be a hit. They are just so cute you will want to hang them in your window to catch the light, or even from the tree. And if you've ever wanted to create your own Gingerbread House the recipe is here, with everything you need to make it from scratch. Because the recipe instructions are well described, they are therefore very easy to follow. Even something as complicated as a Gingerbread House seems a little less daunting. See the recipe "Black And Whites" with the full review at RecipesNow! The Reviews And Recipes Magazine. Thanks to the publishers for a complimentary copy of the book in return for an honest review.