King Arthur Flour Cookie Companion: The Essential Cookie Cookbook

King Arthur Flour Cookie Companion: The Essential Cookie Cookbook

by King Arthur Flour


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Drawing on the same commitment to the home-baking community that has earned them hundreds of thousands of dedicated followers, the bakers at King Arthur Flour guide you through hundreds of recipes, revealing the secrets to making your own mouthwatering cookies for any occasion.

The bakers begin by singling out the "Nine Essential Cookies" and variations that reflect a variety of tastes, textures, and ingredients:
  • brownies
  • sugar cookies
  • chocolate chip cookies
  • shortbread
  • oatmeal cookies
  • peanut butter cookies
  • molasses-ginger cookies
  • biscotti
  • decorated cookies here in one place.

The King Arthur Flour Cookie Companion includes full chapters on drop cookies, roll-out cookies, shaped cookies, batter cookies, no-bake cookies, and bars and find a thorough overview of the essential ingredients of cookie baking, explaining the chemistry of flours and grains, leavens, sweeteners, fats, dairy products, flavorings, and the science of how these ingredients work and variations; measuring and weighing ingredients; even advice on high-altitude baking. Recipes are enhanced with sidebars providing hints, shortcuts, troubleshooting advice, and recipe lore. And each recipe is accompanied by a complete nutritional analysis. Illustrations throughout the book provide clear step-by-step instructions that take the mystery out of such baking terms as "creaming," "soft-ball stage," and "folding." Finally, a comprehensive illustrated chapter describes the essential line black & white illustrations.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780881506594
Publisher: Countryman Press, The
Publication date: 11/28/2004
Series: King Arthur Flour Cookbooks Series
Pages: 512
Product dimensions: 8.50(w) x 10.30(h) x 1.90(d)

About the Author

King Arthur Flour is the largest single educator of bakers in the world. Employee owned since 1996, the company conducts a yearly national baking class tour that has provided free baking classes to many thousands of bakers across the U.S. The company also publishes The Baking Sheet, a newsletter of recipes and baking information. The
Baker's Catalogue, a wholly owned subsidiary, sponsors an online baking forum, The Baking Circle, on its parent company's Web site. The company's 2003 release, The King Arthur Flour Baker's Companion,
was selected as one of the best cookbooks of the year by Food &
Wine, People, and many other national publications. Other books by King Arthur Flour include The Original King Arthur Flour Cookbook, The King Arthur Flour Cookie Companion, and King Arthur Flour Whole Grain Baking.

All the bakers at
King Arthur Flour work from their 12-sided post-and-beam headquarters in
Norwich , Vermont.

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King Arthur Flour Cookie Companion: The Essential Cookie Cookbook 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you enjoy baking cookies for your children, your church, Christmas presents or just because, then the only cookbook you will need is this one! King Arthur Flour has been around for a very long time, and part of its philosophy is to help educate their flour patrons on how to utilize their flour best! If you enjoy what you create with their product, not only will you continue to purchase it, you will tell someone else about their product too. This cookbook has developed over 400 cookies from nine basic processes. There are common cookies, and unusual cookies. I was very fortunate to get to review this book over the holiday season, where I could try many of the recipes and share the results. I even found a recipe for 'alfajor' which is a cookie from South America. Having lived in Argentina for a time, I used to eat alfajores with dulce de leche, and here, in this wonderful book, is the recipe! My family also adored the Light Spice Cookies (a cross between a sugar cookie and a gingerbread cookie) and Magic in the Middles, a chocolate cookie with peanut butter in the middle (one definitely for the peanut butter cup fans)! My suggestion to all is get rid of any other cookie books you have, like I did, and make room for this one as a part of your permanent collection. You will not regret it!
alane.tentoni on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is not the only cookie book I own, but it's always the first one I consult when I want to start baking. There are all types of cookies in this book, from simple to elaborate and from familiar to exotic. I really like the way it is organized. There are several different variations of several types of standard cookies (chocolate chip, sugar, oatmeal, etc.) and there are other sections for bar cookies, drop cookies, shaped cookies, etc. Not only are the recipes great (I never had one fail.) but if you use the book regularly, you will find yourself transformed from a "recipe follower" to an independent baker in your own right.
julied on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a fascinating cookbook to read, although with over 400 recipes eventually I was tired of all the variations and varieties. However, I do admit that is not really the point as a cookbook is to cook from, not to read, and chances are, if you are looking for any type of cookie, you will find what you want here. I especially was intrigued by the King Arthur approach to the essential American cookies, which offered recipes to encompass every taste from Chewy to Crisp and in-between; including Chocolate Chip, Sugar Cookies, Brownies, and Biscotti (although the variations on that cookie ran between Italian and American styles). Frankly, I probably will never care enough to make their version of Oreos or Whoopie Pies (that is what grocery stores are for in my estimation), but those sorts of recipes are included too for the avid do-it-yourselfer.This definitely is a great resource book also as it has all sorts of charts, tips and "how-to's" scattered throughout the pages. For instance, we used their staggered pan layout for making chocolate chip cookies to fit more on the sheet ... and it worked like a charm. Now, why didn't I think of that? Helpful illustrations walk the reader through techniques that may be difficult to understand from the written word alone. An ending section on ingredients not only has all the basic information but answers questions such as "What's the difference between an extract, an oil, and a flavor?" or "What if I run out of baking powder?"So the bottom line is, do I like this cookbook enough to buy it? Yes. In fact, I did buy it. I am going to work my way through all the variations of the essential cookies and the tips and hints are practical enough to make this book a worthwhile investment.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I purchased this as a Christmas present. I already owned one and love it. It is great for beginnngers or long time bakers. Has great tips and the cookies are very yummy. No Kitchen should be without it.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
After browsing though dozens and dozens of cookie cookbooks, this one came home with me! It is simply amazing and organized extremely well. I love the section of master cookie recipe with variations. There are tons of black n' white sketchs to illustrate techniques and things. The only negative is there is not a picture of every recipe. But this book is super and at times, reads like a novel!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the only cookie book in the world that will fulfill all of the dimensions of your complex and moody sweet tooth. It is outstanding beyond compare (as I munch down the brown edge cookies from this book)!