Saturday, 8 December 2012

{COOKBOOK REVIEW}: The Cookie Dough Lover's Cookbook by Lindsay Landis

I often describe myself as Monica Geller from Friends; slightly neurotic, overly obsessed and in love with my label maker.

Whenever I get a new cookbook I usually like to stick tabs on recipes I want to eventually try. There are always a few obvious ones I'll slap a sticker onto and make a mental note to try later and some I just really, really like the look of but feel too scared to give a go but think a neon sticker would look nice on.

Depending on the degree of difficulty, the duration of cooking/baking time required and whether or not I'll need to make a trip to the store for a particular ingredient I just don't have; they are all colour coded.

However, when I received my copy of The Cookie Dough Lover's Cookbook: Cookies, Cakes, Candies, and More by Lindsay Landis, there really was no point in sticking tabs inside or making a mental note to try this recipe or that ... No, I wasn't running low on stickers; I just wanted to try them all! 

There have been waaaayy too many occasions where I have made cookies using a recipe for a dozen, only to end up with just 7 or 8. I'd stand there looking confused for a bit and consider writing a letter to the baker who had obviously gotten his/her measurements wrong. Because, hey, wouldn't it be great to let them know so other people aren't disappointed like I am to find less than a dozen promised cookies? I'd go online, google them, and try to find their contact details. Email address scribbled on the palm of my hand, I'd construct a message reading HEY, WHERE ARE MY COOKIES?? in the subject line and just as I'm about the press send, it'd hit me...

I helped myself to the cookie dough. Again.

We've all been there, right? There's just something about it that can't make you resist sticking your hand in the bowl and grabbing a fistful fingerful of the dough as you work. Just a little taste to make sure it's all good and there's nothing missing, right? But, a little quickly turns into a lot and in the end you're left with just enough for 1 or 2 cookies. So, you finish it anyway.

As author of an awesome cookbook centred around this delicious treat, Lindsay Landis knows exactly what I'm talking about. She's been there.

I was, however, a little skeptical when I first heard of the book. I mean, how much can you really do with cookie dough besides eat it straight from the bowl and/or make cookies? Well, as Landis will show you, there's a looooot you can do.

I recently shared with you the recipe for her Eggless Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough, which kind of acts as the foundation of the book and is incorporated into every other recipe in one way or another. (Pssst, the absence of eggs also means it's safe to eat raw!) From candy to cakes, custards and pies, indulgent breakfasts and fun snacks for parties, you'll be pleasantly surprised to find a whole range of fun treats you can create and discover just how versatile the cookie dough really is.

I also shared the recipe for her Cookie Dough Crispy Treats - a fun little twist on a childhood classic. Mine didn't look nearly as nice as hers (I used pink and yellow marshmallows which resulted in bright orange) but they tasted incredible and didn't hang around for long!

Her Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Truffles, Cookie Dough Cream Pie and Cookie Dough-Stuffed Cinnamon Rolls are next on my list. Each recipe comes with a short introduction about the recipe, quick tips and suggestions, and the most incredible, seriously drool-worthy accompanying photographs.

Something else that gets a huge thumbs up from me (and I'm sure all you other cookbook users will agree) is the fact that it's spiral-bound. There's nothing more frustrating than trying to follow a recipe you keep losing because the book just won't stay open and getting stains all over the beautiful pages. With The Cookie Dough Lover's Cookbook this problem is non-existent. It stays open on the recipe you want and is saved from stains.

The recipes are real easy to follow and to be honest, the only thing I wasn't so thrilled about was the use of cups for measurements. I'm someone who likes her kitchen scale and works in grams. But, you know what? It's really not all that hard.

This cookbook has quickly made it's way to my list of faves and I have a good feeling it'll be spending a lot of time in my kitchen. It has everything I look for in a cookbook - beautiful pictures, personal stories, easy to follow instructions, useful tips and suggestions and tons of fun, quirky and creative recipe ideas.

I've fallen in love with the cookbook and just because I can't get enough of Landis, I've started stalking following her blog, Love and Olive Oil. I'd highly recommend you check out both the book and the blog  ... You'll love both! I promise :)


The Cookie Dough Lover's Cookbook by Lindsay Landis is published by Quirk Books. 
© Quirk Books.


*Disclosure: ThisBakerGirlBlogs was not compensated for this blog post. All opinions are my own.


Honeybee said...

I love sweet treats! This book definitely a must have for a cookie dough lover.

ThisGirlBlogs said...

Then you'll definitely love this book! :-)

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