Martha Stewart's Cookies: The Very Best Treats to Bake and to Share (Martha Stewart Living Magazine)
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A cookie for every occasion. Martha Stewart shows you how to prepare everybody's favorite baked treat with over 175 mouthwatering recipes that cover a whole range of tastes and textures (tm) from crowd-pleasing classics to more exotic indulgences.

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Customer Reviews:

  • item NOT received
    I ordered this item in late March 2009, and it has not yet arrived, as of May 1, 2009. I contacted the seller and was told to expect a refund, but that has not happened. I am very frustrated....more info
  • review of martha stewart's cookies
    I liked the way that this book was organized, with the pictures in the table of contents and the cookies organized into sections by texture. I've already tried several of the recipes and had no problems with the instructions even though I've never really baked before. There were some baking equipment and ingredients that I didn't have, but the cookies still tasted great....more info
  • Excited to get baking!
    I just got this book a few days ago and I'm excited to test them all out. So excited, that I as soon as I flipped thought the book (with full color photos of every cookie) I decided that I would make each and every one of them. I even started a blog to document my journey through this process [...] I've only baked the Chewy Molasses Crinkles on page 83 so far and hope to bake another cookie soon.

    I understand the reviews about Martha repackaging a product, but that is what she is good at. I've never found the need to purchase one of her cookbooks before because I could find things in the magazines, shows and online. However, the full-color photo index and categories of cookies make this well worth the buy. Plus, whether you're a seasoned baker, or a bit afraid of the entire baking process, there are recipes at all levels - not to mention the tips and general info found in the back. This is a great book for yourself or to give as a gift. I can't wait to make all 175 cookies and take my cookie baking and tasting to a new level!...more info
  • Good cookie cookbook
    I collect cookbooks, but this cookbook actually sits on the shelf in my kitchen. As a grandmother, I like to make cookies for my grandchildren.....lots of recipes that are actually do-able....not complicated. There is also a lot of other information about baking cookies, tips, etc. I think this is a good book to have on hand....more info
  • Very nice book
    As many of Martha Stewart`s books, this one has lots of photographs and delicious recipes, aswell as nice wrapping ideas for giving cookies away. I own many cookie books but this one is now my favorite....more info
  • Excellent recipes
    I'm often intimidated the long, difficult recipes that appear in Martha's magazine -- and there ARE a few of those in this book -- but most of these recipes can be made with a reasonable amount of effort. The focus is on excellent ingredients, thoughtful flavor combinations, and precise instructions. I've made three of the recipes so far and found them to be simply brilliant! For example, in the Fruit and Nut Cookies, Martha calls for coarse salt instead of ordinary table salt. It sounded crazy to me to put coarse salt into cookies, but I gave Martha the benefit of the doubt and used fleur de sel. WOW. The little unexpected hits of salt with those lush chunks of dried apricot took those cookies to a new level of Delicious. Another recipe I made was a chocolate shortbread thumbprint cookie filled with sweetened cream cheese and minced fresh strawberries. Those were positively mind-blowing and disappeared almost immediately. This book is well worth its price....more info
  • Recipe gems
    The pictures alone are enough to make you buy the book, but--the recipes are absolute gems; the best of the best. I think I'll go make some right now....more info
  • Great Cookies
    This is the best cookie recipe book I've come across. Every cookie made was great and most of the recipes make two baking sheets of cookies, just the right amount....more info
  • Martha has done it again!
    Love this cookie cookbook. I bought some for myself and gifts as they cover every cookie you can imagine. As Martha would say "It's a good thing!"...more info
  • Love This Book!
    Tons of recipes that work really well; Martha's perfectionism makes my cooking and baking life so much easier.

    Love how the chapters are organized;
    Love the variety of cookies;
    Love that there are tons of pictures (I hate all text cookbooks!);
    Love the size; doesn't hog countertop space;

    Love that there are super easy recipes for when time or energy is low, and more complex recipes for times when you want or need to impress.

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  • A great cookie resource
    Martha Stewart's Cookies: The Very Best Treats to Bake and to Share (Martha Stewart Living Magazine) The Martha Stewart's Cookies cookbook is a great resource for all bakers from novice to expert. Each recipe includes a color photo, the instructions are clearly written, and the price is reasonable. A fun book to own!...more info
  • I love this cookie recipe book!
    I've tried out many cookie recipes over the years, and this is hands down the best cookie recipe book I've ever seen.

    This book has 175 cookie recipes, ranging from the exotic and beautiful to the old fashioned cookies grandma made. What makes this book really stand out is how simplistic it is. Every cookie is photographed so beautifully you can almost taste it.

    When my daughter saw Martha Stewart's Cookies she gasped and ran off to her room with it to read and bookmark every recipe she wanted to try. Next my husband caught sight of the book, and well, you can guess who had a big list of cookies to bake!

    My two favorites in this book are the Dried-Cranberry Shortbread Hearts which is really simple to make with only 6 ingredients. I also love the Lime Meltaways.

    This cookbook generally calls for very simple basic ingredients and is broken down into chapters by texture, such as light and delicate, soft and chewy, and rich and dense. At the beginning of the book is an 11 page spread showing each and every cookie by name, which is so useful when you want to quickly locate a particular cookie.

    If you are looking for classic cookie recipes made the old fashioned way from simple ingredients, I highly recommend this cookie book. Dieters and those looking for low sugar, low carb, or low fat, will have to look elsewhere. ...more info
  • delicious!
    These cookies never fail. I love the beautiful picture for every recipe, and the picture index at the front. This book is perfect for a cookie-aholic....more info
  • Reviewing: Martha Stewart's Cookies
    With a title of "Martha Stewart's Cookies" and her smiling picture plastered on the cover one would expect Martha Stewart to have written the cookbook. Instead it's "From The Editors of Martha Stewart Living" magazine and as such appears to be a compilation of recipes and features that have run in the magazine.

    After the table of contents, there is a multi page section of pictures of various cookies with their name and what page the recipe is on. The cookies are listed in general categories such as "light and delicate, crumbly and sandy, chunky and nutty, cakey and tender, crisp and crunchy" and "rich and dense" with the corresponding page number for the section.

    "Light and delicate" section begins our journey through 175 cookie recipes. The section starts off with "Meringue Porcupines," before moving through "Fortune Cookies, Bratseli, Langues-De-Chat, Peanut Butter and Jelly Bars" among many others listed in this section which began on page 20. Most of the recipes are not simple and require some dexirity with kitchen appliances, pastry bags, etc. to achieve anything close to the items picture here. There are a few pictures of items in various stages of preparation, but the pictures are small and therefore doing not provide much detail.

    The "soft and chewy" cookies take over starting on page 56. Of course, one would expect a recipe for "Soft and Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies" and there is one. Also included are recipes for "Coconut Macaroons, Chocolate Macaroons, Chocolate Malt Sandwiches, Whole-Wheat Date Bars" and many others. The same format is used with most of the pictures in this section depicting the finished product.

    At page 104 the book shifts to consider "crumbly and sandy" cookies. "Almond Horns, Pecan Logs, Springerle, Apple-Cheery Crumble Bars, Sand Tarts" and many more cookie recipes make up this section. The same format continues and again in this chapter, most of these are labor intensive cookies requiring lots of experience in the kitchen.

    "Chunky and nutty" is the next section starting on page 164. "Rocky Ledge Bars, Banana-Walnut Chocolate-Chunk Cookies, Pine Nut Cookies, Magic Blondies" and many more appear here. All appetizing and all carried in the same format as earlier ones in the book.

    Page 188 marks "cakey and tender" with items such as "Lemon Madelines, Lebkuchen, Raspberry Almonds Blondies" and many others. All delectable and nearly all very complicated to make and depicted in the same format used throughout the book.

    Page 218 marks the start of "crisp and crunchy" with such one as "Chocolate-Orange-Espresso Thins, Chocolate Pretzels, Striped Icebox Cookies, Chocolate Sandwiches" and others.

    "Rich and dense" begins on page 264 with items such as "Baci di Dama , Chocolate Thumbprints, Truffle Brownies, Rugelach Fingers" and many others .

    Starting on page 306 there is a section on "tools and techniques." Here you will find information on ingredients, tools for making dough or shaping the dough, and information on how to drop dough, decorating cookies and other useful items. There are pictures, but they are small like most of the pictures in this book so detail is hard to come by.

    Now that you have made the cookies you have to know something about "packing and giving." Starting on page 328 this section is devoted to various ways to present the efforts of your hard won labor via sacks, cookie drums, window boxes, etc.

    A list of sources for ingredients and supplies, a listing of photo credits and an index bring this paperback cookbook to a close. A cookbook that you will have to pin down in some way without breaking the spine to use. And a cookbook that does feature delectable recipes which are very complicated.

    Beyond the fact there is no reference to dietary information at all as well as the fact that is done by the editors of her magazine instead of Martha which is a bit misleading since this info is inside and not on the cover, the biggest issue is the recipes themselves. No doubt they are "the very best treats to bake and to share." They are also very complicated, very labor intensive and rather impossible to do unless one has numerous people under their command to take care of things while one is the kitchen or anything to do beyond being in the kitchen. While the book is decent, except for the small pictures, it doesn't really matter because the book isn't practical for many cooks. Like most of her books, her magazines and her TV show, it operates in the principal that there is nothing else to do.

    For those of us who truly have our hands full with a job, child care, and a host of other issues, the book simply doesn't work.

    Kevin R. Tipple (copyright) 2008

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  • Well organized, delicious, beaufiful pictures
    I checked this book out at my local library and made a few cookies before ordering it. (I have too many cookbooks as it is). The recipes and photos are divine! The only complaint I have about this book is that I wish the publisher had included measurements by weight. Most home cooks use volume to measure out ingredients, but those of us who use weight have a hard and tedious time going back to volume. That being said, I want to tell you that the most delicious Palmiers and Chocolate Crackle cookies I have ever eaten, came out of this book. During Christmas I bake LOTS of cookies to give away, and this year I received many compliments on the cookies from this book. So next year I will use some of the same recipes plus a few new ones. Besides the great photos and recipes, the Table of Contents is a pictorial of the 175 cookie recipes. All the cookies are right there, in front of you to choose from without having to peruse the entire book to choose what you are going to bake. This to me is a great time saver. The cookies are divided into the following sections:
    Light and Delicate
    Soft and Chewy
    Crumbly and Sandy
    Chunky and Nutty
    Cakey and Tender
    Crisp and Crunchy
    Rich and Dense
    Tools and Techniques
    Packaging and Giving
    This is a great book to own, but be careful.....those cookies have a way of jumping out of the page, make you bake them, and then insist on following you everywhere by sitting on your hips, thighs, belly, etc. If you are not a cookie monster now, you will be one if you have this book.
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  • Excellent, Easy & Delicious
    As an Australian, it is often hard to convert US recipes to our metric system, and have them turn out okay. This was not a problem with Cookies, by Martha Stewart.
    I was surprised at the ease of availability of the ingrediants listed in most of the recipes here in Australia. Everything I have baked has turned out perfectly first time - A very rare and surprising occurance at my house, let me assure you!
    Overall, this is a bargain book and worth having, even if you only like to look at the pretty pictures, of which this book has many. Buy it, you will not regret it!...more info
    I love this book. I bake cookies every Monday for my staff and this book has provided me with not only great recipes but wonderful tips and tricks. Martha Stewart writes clear and concise recipes that anyone can follow. I particularly like how there is a picture of every cookie in the beginning of the book under types of cookies: soft/chewy, crispy, delicate...etc. Totally worth the money! PS the snicker doodle recipe is amazing....more info
  • Martha Stewart's Cookies Cookbook
    Awesome cookbook if you love cookies. It includes pictures of all the cookies. Would highly recommend this book for bakers. Only issue is it did not arrive in the best condition considering it was suppose to be new....more info
  • Cookies, Cookies, and more Cookies
    I've gone ahead and done a few recipes from this book and they are fun and easy to make. Some of the cookies require a little more creativity and time which I have yet to try out. If you are into baking cookies and are looking for new ideas this is the book for you!...more info
  • Martha's cookies and my wedding!
    I bought this book as I was looking for some interesting cookies to make and share for our wedding. This book didn't dissapoint, and of the 5-6 recipies I've made, all have turned out well and been tasty. Good directions, and I especially like that there are pictures of the "finished product" so that you know what it's supposed to look like.
    All in all, a solid book for someone who loves cookies....more info
  • beautiful book
    I enjoed a lot just reading the recipes, I think it could be wonderful when I try some of them. There are a lot of beautiful photoes and useful tips. The part regarding tools and packaging is interesting and helpful, especially for people, like me, taht want to give cookies to friends and relatives for special events.... ...more info
  • Fantatic Cookie Book!
    This book is just like everything that Martha Stewart puts her name on- gorgeous, thorough, and beautifully designed. There is a visual chart of cookies in the first few pages so you can select your recipe by sight, and they are divided up by types of cookie: chewy, crunchy, etc. so you can choose by texture as well. There are pictures of every recipe, I've only made one so far (pecan logs) but they were a huge hit. The only downside is that a lot of recipes call for a big Kitchen-Aid type mixer with a paddle attachment, which I don't have, but elbow grease works just fine :) ...more info
  • Every recipe a winner!
    Okay, perhaps I exaggerate just a bit, but I have made about eight of the cookie recipes and every one of them has been a hit. The Chewy Chocolate Ginger Cookies are the best cookies ever. Sometimes the recipes are more work than anticipated for a simple task like making cookies, but the results are always worth the extra step involved. ...more info
  • Cookies for everyone!!!
    The Cookies book has recepies for all the choices and tastes. The pictures are beutifull and the cookies are delicious. Highly recommended....more info
  • Great recipes
    After about 10 years using Rose Levy Birnbaum's Christmas cookie book, this year I switched wholesale to my new Martha Stewart's Cookies book. Birnbaum's book, which I love, has nuts in almost every cookie, and I had several people with nut allergies on my cookie recipients list. I had some other requirements for cookies, too--ones that didn't require long chilling periods for dough, quick to make, with fairly few ingredients, and with some role for a new baker's helper (2 years old).

    I was able to find a good selection of recipes in Martha's book to fit all these criteria, with a few modifications: chocolate crackles, pfeffernusse, lime meltaways, sugar cookies (made small and with Christmas instead of Easter cutters, natch), raspberry and apricot thumbprints adapted from the chocolate thumbprint recipe.

    All have been popular and I've spent the week before Christmas defending the tins intended for friends from my immediate family. However, I must agree with a few of the criticisms of other reviewers. It would help to have more info on how dough should look/feel, and also how to know when cookies are done. Some recipes say "bake for X minutes or until edges are golden brown," but others just give the time, not useful given the variations in ovens, and also that I like to make my Christmas cookies really small. Also, while I like having the pictures of cookies in the index, I find the classification by texture annoying--I'd much rather have, say, all the chocolate cookies together so I can compare and select recipes without flipping back and forth through the book.

    I don't think this is a good book for a beginning baker, but for the experienced who can adjust and fill in the less-complete info, the recipes are well worth it!...more info
  • Amazing
    I can only say that, AMAZING. I've tried about 30 recipes and they all got really good and very easy to prepare. I love my cookie bible. Martha Stewart has very good and interesting ideas as always....more info
  • Love it
    I'm not a big fan of baking, so I was happy with the simplicity of many of the recipes in this book. I've made several and they've all turned out as described, becoming instant family favorites. Fun purchase!...more info
  • well organized
    Aside from very good recipes, I particularly like a section in the front where you'll find a photo of each cookie. They are listed by type, i.e. cripy, chewy, etc. It makes it very easy to select a recipe by texture or ingredients. My only regret is that the book is not hardcover, my personal preference for all cookbooks....more info
  • Best Cookie Cookbook and I'm not a Martha fan!
    Okay, let me start by saying that I am far from being a Martha Stewart fan. I try to avoid anything associated with her.

    That being said, I fell in love with this cookbook the minute I picked it up. My Mom happens to like Martha and had the cookbook sitting out.

    The book offers a picture for every cookie recipe in the book and who doesn't like pictures. It is well organized into sections by type of cookie. The recipes are clear and concise and very easy to follow.

    I've only had a chance to make one cookie recipe so far, but I am looking forward to making several more!...more info