Finally, someone has taken cookie dough off the forbidden list.
TITLE: The Cookie Dough Lover’s Cookbook
AUTHOR: Lindsay Landis
PUBLISHER: Quirk Books
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Featured Ingredient: Vanilla Extract
Vanilla extract is a solution containing the flavor compound vanillin as the primary ingredient. Pure vanilla extract is made by macerating and percolating vanilla beans in a solution of ethyl alcohol and water. In the United States, in order for a vanilla extract to be called pure, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration requires that the solution contain a minimum of 35% alcohol and 13.35 ounces of vanilla bean per gallon. Double and triple strength (up to 20-fold) vanilla extracts are available [Wikipedia]
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The first thing to keep in mind here is this cookbook is designed to be fun. There is absolutely nothing stuffy or pretentious about it. Fun, fun, fun from beginning to end. Even though I don’t consider dessert to be at the top of my list, it is almost impossible to resist raw cookie dough. I was surprised at the number of variations, a total of over 50 recipes. A lot of imagination and creativity went into the recipe creation process. Super vibrant colorful images are liberally sprinkled throughout. In this case, the author is also the photographer. It happens to be one of the better photographed books I’ve seen lately. It’s not easy to be the writer and shooter.
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What You’ll Find Inside (aka Table of Contents)
Cookies and Brownies
Cakes, Custards and Pies
Fun Snacks and Party Fare
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While we’re on the topic of summer fun…
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Best of the Book (Our Favorite Recipes)
|Inside-Out Cookie Dough Truffles||Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Fudge|
|Crispy Peanut Butter Dough Cups||Cookie Dough Billionaire Bars|
|Cookie Dough Crème Brûlée||Cookie Dough Sundae Sauce|
|Malted Cookie Dough Milkshakes||Baked Cookie Dough Doughnuts|
|Cookie Dough Rice Crispy Treats||Cookie Dough S’mores|
As I’m reading through this I can hear that little voice in my head saying, “You are not a dessert person. You are not a dessert person…” That doesn’t seem to be working as well as it should. Let’s see a few standouts are in order. The Chocolate Cookie Dough Truffles (p19) are the first real recipe in the book for a reason. These little beauties will light up anyone’s eyes. Pretty easy to make too. The Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Brownies (p39) are a drop dead knockout. The beautiful image that accompanies the recipe helps sell it. And, the Old-Fashioned Cookie Dough Ice Cream Sandwiches (p97) is a frozen treat hit in the making. It says the active cooking time for this recipe is 35 minutes. That can be a little deceiving. That applies if you intend to use store bought ice cream to fill your sandwiches. The Cookie Dough Ice Cream recipe in the book (p89), would be well worth the effort here. You can always store some for later. Yeah, I’m sure that wouldn’t be eaten if it were just sitting there in the freezer…
A small conversion chart graces the inside front cover. A good place to put it. At least you can find the thing easily. There is a master cookie dough recipe right up front. It suggests variations including gluten-free and vegan. A list of necessary equipment and key ingredients alerts you to what may be coming in the pages that follow. “Quick Tips” are scattered throughout and give the reader a little extra advice when needed. The book has a hard cardboard cover and is spiral bound. A nice production combo. The book lies flat when opened. I like that.
If you’re looking for a lively romp through the once forbidden world of raw cookie dough, you have come to the right place. The basic recipes can be tackled by just about anyone in the family. Some of the more advanced ones will be a bit challenging for beginner cooks. This cookbook will make you smile. It’s just as if your mom has just whipped up a batch of chocolate chip cookie dough and left the room with the spoon still in the bowl. Only this time, you don’t have to look over your shoulder.
Culinary Expertise Required: 5.5
1= Boiling Water (novice) 10= Liquid Nitrogen (expert)