This human equivalent of Cookie Monster was recently sent the Biscuiteers Book of Iced Cookies to review for the food blog. Oh how it pays to live right! I’d have been excited to get my hands on this any time of year – after all, we Cookie Monsters don’t have “off seasons,” but I’m extra excited to get it right before the holidays. As you probably know, I go ALL OUT for special occasions. My kitchen becomes like Iron Chef’s Kitchen Stadium as I launch into and out of cooking and baking battles.
It’s quite the sight, trust me. The tales my cat could tell. Thankfully I’ve bought her silence, paid in full with tuna fish.
I flung myself onto the sofa and escaped into the pages as soon as Biscuiteers Book of Iced Cookies arrived in the mail. I read “The Golden Rules of Cookie Making” (pages 13 -15), “Helpful Hints for Dough Making and Rolling” (pages 16 – 19), everything you’d ever need to know about icings, including a great Basic Royal Icing recipe (pages 21 -31), then lost myself in page after glorious page of cookie recipes and pictures. I was reminded that iced cookies aren’t a delicacy that should be saved ONLY for Christmastime. Granted, I can’t imagine Christmas without iced cookies, but since they’re one of life’s sweetest treasures, why save them for one month a year?
- There are cookies that celebrate gardening, summertime, London, New York, garden creatures (ladybugs, snails, dragonflies, frogs, etc), pirates, circuses, safaris, and more.
- There are cookies for little girls, big girls, little boys, and big boys.
- There are cookies for shoe lovers.
- There are cookies for cat lovers (be still my heart) and cookies for handbag lovers (be still my heart, again).
- There are even cookies shaped and decorated like cupcakes – possibly the cutest cookies ever made. They look as delicious as they are beautiful.
And that’s just the tip of the iceberg. I’d be here all day if I told you about each and every cookie in this very special cookbook.
A Little Background:
Ever since the company Biscuiteers started making their stylish and enchanting hand-decorated biscuits, they have become the must-have gift and have become a go-to website for cookie decorating. Now, in their debut book, Biscuiteers Book of Iced Cookies, Harriet Hastings and Sarah Moore share their icing secrets so you can create your own little pieces of artwork, guaranteed to delight (and impress) friends and family.
Why send flowers when you can send delicious cookies? These gorgeous creations add originality to your gifts and fun to your kitchen. From heart-shaped cookies to baubles and tree decorations, cowboys and Indians to savvy stilettos,Biscuiteers Book of Iced Cookies has ideas for every occasion, including birthdays, weddings, children’s parties, Halloween, Christmas, and other festive celebrations. All Biscuiteers cookies are baked in the easy, old-fashioned way, with no preservatives or additives, and then lovingly iced and crafted to look amazing. Starting with recipes for basic cookie dough such as vanilla, lemon, chocolate, ginger, almond, and spice, Harriet and Sarah guide you through the different types of icing and coloring, before moving on to easy step-by-step piping instructions and 8 pages of do-it-yourself templates. With helpful ideas on packaging and basic equipment, you will be amazed how easy it is to create cookies that can rival any neighborhood bakery.
The best thing that could be said about these cookies is the best thing that can be said about anything…. They’re sure to make someone smile. Which, in turn, would bring a smile to the baker’s face!
Harriet Hastings loves cookies. In fact she was a bit obsessed with sending tins of delicious home-baked cookies, lovingly iced for any occasion, and created Biscuiteers, an award-winning food website. This lovely book contains everything you need to create your own decorated cookies to wow your friends and delight your kid: utterly delicious treats that taste as fabulous as they look; ideas for every occasion from birthdays and weddings to children’s parties and holidays; recipes for basic cookie doughs such as vanilla, lemon, chocolate, and ginger; different types of icing and coloring, piping instructions, and templates.
Order your copy of Biscuiteers Book of Iced Cookies and get ready for Holiday baking. You’re going to love this book!