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The Cookies & Cups Cookbook is a dessert lover's dream and is true to Jaronsky's motto: Always Eat Dessert First (don't you love that?). This cookbook is a little bit different in that the beginning chapters are all about the sweet treats, which are the unabashed stars. Tucked into the back of the book is where you'll find the family-friendly dinner recipes, just to round things out.
Although my review copy is a black-and-white PDF, I can tell from Jaronsky's site and by the cover that the final book is going to be gorgeous. Pretty much every recipe is accompanied by an eye-catching photograph that makes you want to head straight for the kitchen. The color scheme appears to be a yummy chocolate brown and vanilla white. Perfect for a baking book.
Don't miss the introductory material. I connected with Jaronsky's fun, light, chatty style. I also liked that she is an approachable, unapologetic baker: she does things her way because she gets the results she loves. Her recipes are very straightforward and almost all of them use everyday ingredients, except maybe the chocolate. Jaronsky likes good-quality chocolate and is happy to let us know the brands she bakes with.
The recipes range from classic (such as snickerdoodles) to fancy (salted caramel apple butter bars) and include cookies, bars, cakes, and pies. You'll also find breakfast treats (cinnamon swirl bread and scones) and snacks (brown butter soft pretzel nuggets). As I mentioned, The Cookies & Cups Cookbook also contains some dinner dishes, including pastas, soups, and sandwiches.
Jaronsky's recipes are as down to earth as she is: easy directions and few (if any) complicated techniques. Throughout The Cookies & Cups Cookbook you'll find tips and tricks, recipes for homemade staples (like taco seasoning and buttermilk), and fun-to-read recipe introductions.
I recommend Shelly Jaronsky's The Cookies & Cups Cookbook to anyone who is looking for a nice collection of reliable everyday desserts. I was not bowled over by the savory recipes, but let's face it: It's not that jalapeno popper pizza or Thai burgers don't sound good, it's just that the iced lemon cookies, upside down cakes, and toffee-speckled banana bread are the real stars here.
Take a look at following video to meet Jaronsky and get a feel for her personality, while she makes her favorite chocolate chip cookies. You can find the recipe by clicking the link.
Published by Simon & Schuster / Gallery Books, April 2016
Source: Review (see review policy)
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