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Martha Stewart's Cookies: The Very Best Treats to Bake and to Share

4.04  ·  Rating Details ·  13,271 Ratings  ·  179 Reviews
A perfect Mother’s Day gift!

Cookies are the treat that never disappoints. Whether you’re baking for a party or a picnic, a formal dinner or a family supper– or if you simply want something on hand for snacking–there is a cookie that’s just right. In Martha Stewart’s Cookies, the editors of Martha Stewart Living give you 175 recipes and variations that showcase all kinds of
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Published May 4th 2011 by Clarkson Potter (first published March 11th 2008)
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mindi
Jul 20, 2008 mindi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
the librarian made me promise to bring cookies when i return the book.
*****

okay, this book is amazing.

thank you, library, for making my decision to easy.

i NEED to own this book. it's really so so so good. i have 2 recipes to try this week before we go out of town (at Dustin's request. the cookies, are his request, not my leaving town) I have tried several Martha cookies in the past, and they all have been amazing, so i have no doubts about this book.

LOVE all the packaging ideas in the back of t
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Sarah
Mar 31, 2009 Sarah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My favorite character on Sesame Street has always been cookie monster. I'm a serious addict. A friend reviewed this cookie cookbook and said the chapter of contents alone did it for her. I have to admit, the chapter of contents is genius. I checked this out from the library before I bought it because I haven't had the best luck with Martha's ultra precise and exotic ingredient-ed recipes--but after trying four different cookies--I was in love! I swear each cookie was absolutely perfect and delic ...more
Christine
Jan 25, 2010 Christine rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cookbook
Yes, yes, I was one of those twentysomethings who subscribed to Martha Stewart Living magazine straight out of college, tearing out recipes and scrapbooking them like precious family photos. It's no great surprise, then, that I'm delighted to be rid of those greasy pages in favor of this professional, tape-free collection of cookie recipes. And unlike some greatest hits compilations, this one actually includes all of my favorites.

Of the seven major cookie categories listed, I prefer. . . uh, man
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doreen
May 24, 2008 doreen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cookbooks
Made a batch of snickerdoodles from the recipe in this book, and they owned! Many of the recipes featured are rather simple, which is great for those of us who don't want to hunt out some obscure ingredient or shell out oodles for a particular thing you'll only wind up using once. The photos in the book are pure cookie porn, and although I currently have this book checked out from the library, I think I need to get my own copy.
Adriana
Feb 09, 2015 Adriana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who likes to bake or wants to try out some new and delicious recipes
Recommended to Adriana by: Self
Shelves: gastronomy
For those that don't know, any weight I put on is directly related to this book! Her recipes were fabulous! I tried a few during my pregnancy and they could have very easily become cravings that continued way beyond what cravings should last. I don't own this book, but i MUST! If you enjoy baking, are looking for some oldies but goodies, want to be tempted by great photography....this is the book for you!
Kim
Jun 07, 2008 Kim rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Every recipe I've made from this book thus far has been brilliant. I've only been making vegan versions, though-- I can't imagine how far out scrumptious the dairy filled treats are.
Malbadeen
Damn you, Martha Stewart! Damn You!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Christina Windle
The quick and dirty reciew for those that don't want the long version: This book is an essential for any cookie monster. The contents isuniquely laid out and ultra functional as are the sections of the book. There are pictures for every recipe. The recipes are varied in flavour, texture, difficulty, and cost. This book is almost flawless. Recipes to try (They're all chocolate. Wonder what I like in my cookies? :D): chocolate crackles, chocolate chip maracroons, chewy chocolate gingerbread cookie ...more
Nicole
I like the following:

1. Baking
2. Cookies

And this is a book entirely about baking cookies, so... score!

I remember when I first found this at Borders. I was hesitant to check it out because it was Martha. I have no problem with her personally, per se--I mean, it isn't like she ever came over and kicked my dog or anything--but I feel like a lot of times I'm expected to pay out the nose for something just because she slapped her name on it. Like the dog beds. What makes her dog bed worth $50 and thi
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Ashley
Feb 18, 2010 Ashley rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
As with any truly great cookbook, there is a picture of every recipe. I especially like the feature in the front where you can see a small picture of every cookie in the chapter. Then there are pictures within the chapter of the cookies on display or cleverly packaged for gift-giving.

I haven't made any of the cookies yet (that's this weekend's project), but I plan on copying out all the ones that look good before taking it back to the library. Most of the recipes don't interest me, which is why
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Stephanie
Oct 29, 2008 Stephanie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cookbook, baking
For me, the book was a pleasure to look at - 175 recipes, broken down by texture. The table of contents was unique in that it shows a small full color image of the finished cookie to aid the browsing :) Each recipe also includes a large beautifully photographed image of the finished cookie, so you know what you're aiming for when you start. While several of the recipes appear to be old favorites (meringues, snickerdoodles, macaroons, cocoa crackles, chocolate chip, classic shortbread, thumbprint ...more
Sarah
Apr 11, 2013 Sarah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cookbook
This is the best cookie cookbook ever. Best. Ever.
Jodi-Lee Kaemingk
Dec 22, 2016 Jodi-Lee Kaemingk rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
Too Pretentious....if that can even be said for a cookbook about cookies.
Maze Branch Oak Park Public Library
The setting couldn't have been more appropriate for our What's Cooking? cookie exchange - a library discussion room during a snowstorm. We had a large selection of confections to discuss as well as some hot apple cider to cleanse our palates in between bites...

Earl Grey Tea Cookies - evenly split between those who really liked this cookie and those who thought it was just okay. Baker felt that the instructions concerning the use of a paper towel tube to roll the dough could have included a note
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EsEfEm
Sep 16, 2016 EsEfEm rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cookery, 2016
I love having photos of each cookie! Makes it easier to decide what to make.
Sharon
Mar 28, 2010 Sharon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cookbook
This cookbook is beautiful. There are pictures of every single recipe: YES every single one. Thank goodness. It also describes specific procedures in detail with additional photos where needed, which is much more detailed than Martha's website (yes, we're on a first name basis.) Speaking of her website, this is the reason it didn't get 5 stars from me. These recipes are on her website and in her magazines...I recognized quite a few. So it really isn't new, original information, just grouped into ...more
Rachel C.
I'm SO not a baker, but even I'm mesmerized by this cookbook. Gorgeous photographs and mouth-watering ideas.

A bunch that caught my eye on a flip-through: Gingersnap palmiers. Cream cheese pinwheels. Cornmeal thyme cookies. Cashew caramel cookies. Whole wheat date bars. Oatmeal applesauce cookies. Chewy molasses crinkles. Apricot windows. Pistachio lemon drops. Iced hermits. Hazelnut orange shortbread. Maple pecan shortbread. Lime meltaways. Bourbon currant cookies. Rocky Ledge bars with buttersc
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Jamie
Oct 09, 2011 Jamie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is wonderful in it's visuals but the cookies themselves were not my favorite. There are photos to go with every cookie so you'll know how it should look when it comes out of the oven. It's very diverse in the options of traditional cookies and bars which is nice. Nothing too off the wall in here and everyone I think I've tried in one shape or another.

Three problems for me in these recipes that kept it from being a favorite of mine:
1) The recipes are really sugary. Each one was more sw
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An Abundance of Books
May 26, 2011 An Abundance of Books rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cookbooks
Featured at An Abundance of Books

I don't make a habit of reviewing cookbooks, but this one must be shared. There are 175 mouthwatering cookie pictures that make you want to bake every single one of them! The photographic table of contents is fantastic! It's divided into types of cookies (Light and Delicate, Soft and Chewy, Crumbly and Sandy, etc) with photographs of each cookie. Stewart has included savory "cookies" also. The recipes themselves range from easy to ridiculously involved. However,
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Jessamine
Feb 04, 2010 Jessamine rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: baking-cooking
I generally rate and review cookbooks after working through several recipes just to have a fair perspective. I made a lot of cookies from this book over the holidays, and everything was delicious. I also like that there are recipes here that are unexpected and slightly exotic. For example, I went through a tea cookie phase because there's a recipe for earl grey tea cookies in here (I used all kinds of different flavored teas for a variety of flavor profiles).

If I wasn't sure about my 5-star rati
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Mary
Feb 26, 2010 Mary rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow, this is as close to perfection as I can imagine a baking book. I got this from the library and then bought it, and then sent my other cookie books to a thrift store.

You can tell that these cookies have been tested very thoroughly. I have made about eight of the recipes, some of them multiple times, and they always turn out as described. Even so, there are very sophisticated cookies in this book, the kind that will have people asking you to bake more months later. Some cookies are garden var
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Jayne
Jan 17, 2012 Jayne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cookbook
I LOVE Martha Stewart. Her awkward personality and need to be perfect intrigue me. Ever since I was a child and I would watch Martha's holiday specials with my mother I had a fascination with the Do-It-All Queen. I came across the Martha Cookie cookbook about a year ago when I took it out from my library. Within the week I baked four of the cookie recipes. Being the cheap-o that I am I wrote down my favorite recipes, bringing them out for every get-together at my parents. My mom and dad LOVE the ...more
Cami
Mar 26, 2009 Cami rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cookbooks
I love the layout of this book. Usually, a big book of cookie recipes can be impossible to navigate, but not this book.
It has the cookie recipes divided up by the following categories:
Light & Delicate
Chunky & Nutty
Crisp & Crunchy
Soft & Chewy
Cakey & Tender
Rich & Dense
Crumbly & Sandy

Not only that, but the table of contents is a full page photo spread of each of the cookies in their categories so you can totally avoid the Crumbly & Sandy section like me and go right
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Shanleigh
Mar 02, 2014 Shanleigh rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is my favorite cookie book I own, and I own a lot being a pastry arts graduate. The most unique and great feature of this book that others don't have is that the front contents is sorted out into types of cookies such as "soft and chewy" making it immensely easy to narrow down what you are looking for and then each cookie recipes pg. number is listed beneath a picture of the cookie. To top this book off is that I have not encountered a single cookie recipe from this book that turns out bad. ...more
Monica Willyard
This collection of cookies is both classy and creative. Each recipe has very clear instructions. I especially like the extensive chapter on shortbread cookies. The cookies in this book aren't like your average every day chocolate chip drop cookie. The flavors and styles vary widely, and these cookies can be served at a simple get together or a fancier party. I'm excited about making and serving the Chocolate Charms at my Christmas party this year.
The only frustration I have with this book, and
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Becca
Mar 15, 2009 Becca rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
When I saw this book at the library, I knew I had to check it out and I thought I wanted to buy it. I took it home and I loved looking at the pictures. It is beautifully laid out. I contemplated asking for it for Christmas, but thought I'd better try some recipes first.

I'm glad I did. I tried several recipes. They all either turned out 1)looking great and tasting bad or 2)looking bad and tasting great. None turned out as I'd hoped.

Now, it is possible that this is because I didn't use parchment
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Shannon
Sep 11, 2008 Shannon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
LOVE this book! Most of the recipes use ingredients that I already keep as basics in my baking arsenal. I've made her chocolate chip cookies and the chocolate sandwich cookies (basically homemade Oreos) already and wow...both were delicious! The book's table of contents is neat in the fact that the cookies are organized by texture and there's a picture of each type of cookie in the table of contents. The book gets a little OCD for me with the chapter about packaging and presenting the cookies... ...more
Sweet  Lime
Sep 09, 2010 Sweet Lime rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I got this in a magazine form at first and had a love afair with it. Once my husband even threw it out and I made him dig it out of the garbage can covered in cat litter and clean it off. When it came out as a book I was thirlled. The organization is fantastic. Picture index in front and divided according to crunch, chewy, etc. It's perfect. Plus the cookies, although complicated sometimes and using non typical things, come out amazing. I get by far the most compliments on cookies out of this bo ...more
P.
Sep 03, 2010 P. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cookery-bookery
I love Martha Stewart INC cookie recipes! Some of my favs are in here - italian polenta cookies, I'm looking at you.

I gave it 5 stars because the index consists of PICTURES OF THE COOKIES, names, and page numbers, and the book is divided into COOKIE TEXTURE for chapters. How genius is that?

I tried these new recipes:
Chocolate Ginger brownies - delish
Lemon bars - too sweet, but very lemony
Chocolate black pepper cookies - also with espresso, yum. and easy to make.

I was going to try Cornmeal-thyme
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Elaine Shipley-pope
May 13, 2013 Elaine Shipley-pope rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone looking to bake cookies
There are, as of course the title would suggest, lots and lots of cookie recipes. There are recipes of all degrees of difficulty. Someone who feels a little uncomfortable baking would be able to make a few of these tasty delights and on the other hand a culinary wiz would be satisfied with a few of the harder ones. Its an excellent book to look through to find a new recipe if you've gotten tired of the plain old chocolate chip. On more then one occasion I have thumbed through this book looking f ...more
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