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Everything you need to know to host a cookie exchange! You'll find easy-to-follow how-to's with a handy checklist to make swapping a cinch, clever invitations and a recipe card to copy and color, tried & true recipes plus nifty ideas for packaging and presenting cookies. Try nutty butterscotch squares, chocolate-vanilla swirl cookies, magical creme wafers, chocolate peanut Everything you need to know to host a cookie exchange! You'll find easy-to-follow how-to's with a handy checklist to make swapping a cinch, clever invitations and a recipe card to copy and color, tried & true recipes plus nifty ideas for packaging and presenting cookies. Try nutty butterscotch squares, chocolate-vanilla swirl cookies, magical creme wafers, chocolate peanut butter secrets and more, including recipes for fudge, caramels and hard tack candy too!


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Everything you need to know to host a cookie exchange! You'll find easy-to-follow how-to's with a handy checklist to make swapping a cinch, clever invitations and a recipe card to copy and color, tried & true recipes plus nifty ideas for packaging and presenting cookies. Try nutty butterscotch squares, chocolate-vanilla swirl cookies, magical creme wafers, chocolate peanut Everything you need to know to host a cookie exchange! You'll find easy-to-follow how-to's with a handy checklist to make swapping a cinch, clever invitations and a recipe card to copy and color, tried & true recipes plus nifty ideas for packaging and presenting cookies. Try nutty butterscotch squares, chocolate-vanilla swirl cookies, magical creme wafers, chocolate peanut butter secrets and more, including recipes for fudge, caramels and hard tack candy too!

30 review for Cookie Swap Cookbook

  1. 4 out of 5

    Yaaresse

    Rating based on what it actually is/is intended to do: 3.25-3.5 Rating based on how I felt about it: 2.25 To put my rating into perspective: For the last few years, I've baked a ridiculous amount of cookies and breads at Christmas. Most were sold at fundraisers for a group I was involved with or to gift to neighbors. To maximize potential profits for the fundraisers (and because baking is one of the few areas where I can be competitive), I favor recipes for the unusual. People open their wallets w Rating based on what it actually is/is intended to do: 3.25-3.5 Rating based on how I felt about it: 2.25 To put my rating into perspective: For the last few years, I've baked a ridiculous amount of cookies and breads at Christmas. Most were sold at fundraisers for a group I was involved with or to gift to neighbors. To maximize potential profits for the fundraisers (and because baking is one of the few areas where I can be competitive), I favor recipes for the unusual. People open their wallets wider at holiday time for baked goods that are unique or for that laborious treat they recall their grandmother made only on special occassions. Since I'm not longer involved with the fundraisers, I am pondering if I want to do holiday baking this year and what I might want to make. If I decide to bake, I want to make (and eat) something far more interesting that spritz and sugar cookies. I sort of knew this book wasn't going to help me with the "what", but I was hoping for some really good tips on presentation, packaging, storing...and maybe inspiration to organize a swap. The Big Disclaimer: For reasons I'll go into below, I didn't make anything from this book. My rating is based ONLY on reading through it and doing some quick mental math on the ingredient ratios. Who/what Gooseberry Patch is: Gooseberry Patch was sort of a pre-internet version of AllRecipes. (GP is on-line these days, too.) They collect recipes from "member" submissions and publish them into print and e-book cookbooks that they then sell for a modest price. In return for a recipe's inclusion in a Gooseberry Patch book, the submitter gets a free copy of the cookbook. Their niche is books with names like Country FriendsĀ® ______ Cookbook or Homestyle in a Hurry. They focus on the fast, easy, homey, nostalgic. I could not find any mention about how or if the solicited recipes were tested. They may not be. (And THAT is not unusual as you may think. It has been a problem with cookbooks and magazines for years. If you want to know why/how, here's a terrific explanation in a NYT article from TWENTY-freaking-years ago...and the mess has only gotten worse since then. What this cookbook is: This is a collection of very traditional, mainstream, simple cookie recipes prefaced with a brief outline of how to organize a neighborhood cookie swap. Nothing here is going to challenge anyone's tastebuds or cooking skills. You want to teach the grandkids that the stove can be used for more than frozen pizza and that cookies don't come in a tube or from the Girl Scouts? This is your book. Sprinkled among the recipes are tips for decorating the party room, additional activities to add interest (contests, raffles, etc.), and presentation/display of cookies. The cookie swap organization part is extremely bare bones, really just basic common sense. The tips scattered throughout are more useful, but you have to look for them as they don't stand out from the recipe text (at least in the e-book.) Frankly, I was a little surprised that the recipes call for base (read: real) ingredients. You remember ingredients? Flour, butter/margarine, sugar, eggs, baking powder, extract...that sort of thing? There is no mention of Bisquick, instant pudding, breaking up candy bars or store bought cookies, or using boxed cookie mixes. (Kudos for that, Gooseberry Patch.) In the ebook version, there are some minor formatting issues with spacing, but nothing too distracting. Personally, I prefer steps in a recipe to be numbered, and these are not. There is, however, sufficient line-spacing so you won't go cross-eyed trying to read the next step. There is no Table of Contents. If there was a logic to how the recipes were organized, it wasn't obvious to me. They seemed to be grouped (very) loosely by dominate flavor. There is, however a decent index to recipes in the back of the book, and it is hyperlinked to take you to the beginning of each recipe. What this cookbook is not: It is decidedly not food porn. There are no photos of recipes, certainly no step-by-step hand-holding pics. That's why the book is inexpensive. You shouldn't need pictures for recipes this simple, but we all know that for holiday baking cookbooks, the food porn is 80% of the fun. It is not challenging. Nothing new here. These are the same cookies that appear in every gift tray and at every holiday bake sale. And there is nothing wrong with that if that's what you want. Ir sort of is what it is. For my purposes, it's not something I would ever use. I have almost all of these recipes already, ones I've made often enough that I know I can trust them to be reliable. And, to be brutally honest, I found most of the recipes boring. If I'm only gong to bake four or five types of cookies this year, they aren't going to be the most basic, common types.

  2. 5 out of 5

    SheLove2Read

    Free and SHORT cookie cookbook. I was hoping for something a little more detailed than what was offered which was basically just a handful of cookie recipes. I think I've been spoiled by The Pioneer Woman.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Heather

    I haven't tried any of the recipes in this book but I bookmarked probably half of them to try at some point. Given the title I was expecting a little more on how to actually run a cookie swap but what was there seemed to make sense.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Diane

    a very nice, tough short, cookbooklet of cookie recipes and baking tips

  5. 5 out of 5

    Raquel

  6. 4 out of 5

    Benjamin Finger

  7. 4 out of 5

    Nichole

  8. 5 out of 5

    Brenda Howard

  9. 4 out of 5

    Karen

  10. 5 out of 5

    Cathy Koth

  11. 4 out of 5

    Therese Peregrine

  12. 5 out of 5

    Sandee

  13. 5 out of 5

    Kate Hamm

  14. 5 out of 5

    Terri Thomas

  15. 5 out of 5

    Gail Hughes

  16. 5 out of 5

    Melissa Romack-Blevins

  17. 5 out of 5

    Thomas Merrick

  18. 4 out of 5

    ViolinVixen

  19. 5 out of 5

    Katherine

  20. 4 out of 5

    Donna Suptut

  21. 5 out of 5

    Charlene Pondillo

  22. 4 out of 5

    Tammy

  23. 5 out of 5

    Tara Dilley

  24. 4 out of 5

    Summer

  25. 4 out of 5

    Debbe Swafford

  26. 5 out of 5

    Stacie

  27. 4 out of 5

    C Belisle

  28. 5 out of 5

    Brandie Tower

  29. 5 out of 5

    Tracy

  30. 4 out of 5

    Fivewincs

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