Baking is a skill that brings its own particular pleasure, and one that can be shared with family and friends again and again. With a tiny bit of effort and some basic ingredients it is possible to create sensational platefuls of cookies crammed with delicious flavours, decorations and the timeless smell of home cooking that will bring everyone running to the kitchen.
This wonderful book is a veritable encyclopedia of baked goods guaranteed to please and impress. Here are recipes for plain and wholesome offerings for morning coffee, rich and buttery confections for afternoon tea, as well as a whole array of fruity, nutty, oaty and spicy, moreish creations that can be eaten at any time of day. Traditional everyday recipes for ginger biscuits, flapjacks, macaroons, florentines and shortbread sit happily alongside more contemporary creations such as ice cream sandwiches, toffee apple and oat crunchies and tiramisu cookies.
There are recipes that celebrate special occasions from all over the world such as Easter biscuits, Chinese fortune cookies, Fourth of July blueberry softbakes and Mexican wedding cookies, as well as plenty of offerings suitable for birthdays for every age. Finally there are chapters on making bars, brownies and slices, muffins, scones and individual cakes, savoury bakes, and sweets and candies.
Cookie baking is comforting and nourishing; it fills the house with delicious wafts of sweet aromas that make the mouth water, and appreciation of the finished results by loved ones is always guaranteed. From plain to spicy, from simple to elaborate, and from wholesome to wickedly indulgent, this ultimate collection of 500 tried-and-tested cookie recipes will be the perfect inspirational sourcebook for every sweet-toothed cook looking to increase their repertoire, impress, bring pleasure and try new ideas every day of the year.