Holiday Cookies: Showstopping Recipes To Sweeten The Season by Elisabet Der NederlandenHoliday Cookies: Showstopping Recipes To Sweeten The Season by Elisabet Der Nederlanden

Holiday Cookies: Showstopping Recipes To Sweeten The Season

byElisabet Der Nederlanden

Hardcover | September 5, 2017

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From Icebox Pinwheel Cookies to Red-and-White Meringue Kisses to Apple Cider Caramels, find new inspiration for the best of seasonal baking with Holiday Cookies.
This instant holiday classic is packed with 50 recipes, each gorgeously photographed and meticulously tested, along with dozens of decorating and packaging ideas. Filled with reimagined favorites like Giant Molasses Spice Cookies and Hazelnut Sandwich Cookies; confections like Peppermint Bark, Smoked Almond and Cacao Nib Brittle, and Dark Chocolate–Hazelnut Fudge; and detailed instructions for gorgeous gingerbread houses, cookie place cards, and edible ornaments, this is a cookie book like no other. Because the recipes are easy to scale up or down, Holiday Cookies is perfect for cookie exchanges, gift-giving, and just enjoying throughout the season. From a veteran baker and recipe developer, each cookie in this collection is guaranteed to be a stand-out, and destined to become your new Christmas classic.
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.
Title:Holiday Cookies: Showstopping Recipes To Sweeten The SeasonFormat:HardcoverDimensions:168 pages, 9.3 × 7.7 × 0.7 inPublished:September 5, 2017Publisher:Potter/Ten Speed/Harmony/RodaleLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0399580255

ISBN - 13:9780399580253

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic holiday cookbook! I received this as a gift from my daughter as we love to bake together. This is a fantastic holiday cookbook with a wide array of recipes-from traditional, to the unique as well as a section of different holiday recipes from different countries from around the world. There are useful suggestions for baking techniques, packaging, decorating as well as cookie exchanges. The recipes are all accompanied by beautiful photos. We have baked many of the recipes, the directions easy to follow and the results have always been successful. This is a lovely book addition to my collection and one we will pull out year to year to use for our own holiday baking traditions.
Date published: 2018-09-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Get In The Spirit 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. After the recipes are all read and done, there are a final few pages of "Special Ingredients" and "Resources". It would be helpful to read the "Special Ingredients" information before you go sourcing your ingredients. The "Resources" section will help you find those hard-to-find tools and spices and more. The pictures included are lovely full-page and full-color. Sometimes if you're not familiar with a recipe it is hard to know what it will look like which, therefore, makes it harder to create. These pictures will really help you imagine your creations. Planning a holiday bake? You would be hard-pressed to find a better set of recipes. I chose the "Black And Whites" cookie recipe because they are an elegant looking cookie that would work for any occasion. And they have chocolate. 'Nuf said. See the recipe 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.
Date published: 2017-09-06

Read from the Book

INTRODUCTIONThe 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

Editorial Reviews

"Painstakingly written and rich in detail for even the seemingly simplest cookie. The payoff is big because her creative recipes have already started replacing my former tried-and-trues." —Melissa Clark, New York Times