Author(s): Shelly Kaldunski
There's more to cookies than initially meets the eye. A cookie is actually a delicious blank canvas for hungry kids, cookie swap participants and aspiring confectionary artists alike. This revised edition of The Art of the Cookie is jam packed with delicious cookies recipes, which were selected for their visual appeal as much as their flavor, and top tips for cookie decoration. A beautifully crafted cookie is a work of art and beloved by all. Still-warm cookies fresh from the oven are irresistibly enticing but decorating the treats doubles the fun. Whether it's a cookie exchange, holiday gathering, or Mother's Day tea, these cookies promise exceptional flavor and a stunning visual that will be a memorable addition to any occasion. The Art of the Cookie presents over 40 delectable recipes and inspiring decorating ideas. Rather than focusing on the techniques of baking cookies, this book focuses on transforming a simple cookie into a masterpiece. Roll, cut, repeat - then get to work. This first chapter offers classic yet versatile roll-and-cut dough recipes, such as brown sugar cookies and gingerbread. The cookies may be ready to go but the decorations are not. Find clever, yet simple ideas for decorating any type of roll-and-cut: vibrant vanilla-sugar flowers; alphabet shapes flooded with icing and sprinkled with colorful sugars; and petits fours stacked to resemble a miniature wedding cake. Extravagant made easy. The second chapter includes classics with a modern twist, such as sparkly macaroons; wreath-shaped sugar cookies baked with lemon and thyme. Decoration and filling ideas include icing ornaments and striped cookies that taste and look like peppermint sticks. With gorgeous, colorful photographs throughout this book has all the encouragement and know-how you'll need to create artful cookies that look as if they were purchased from a pastry shop - and taste like it too.
Shelly Kaldunski (Santa Rosa, CA) is a Northern California-based food stylist, culinary teacher, and expert in all things sweet. As a pastry chef, Shelly worked in restaurants in San Francisco before becoming a food editor at Martha Stewart Living. She was the food stylist for and contributor to Martha Stewart's Baking Handbook and is the author of Sweet Scoops and Ice Pops.