Some cookbooks can get away with just providing great recipes, but when the holidays roll around, it is so much fun for me to look through a cookbook brimming over with colorful taste-tempting photos. The Better Homes and Gardens Cookies for Christmas is a wonderful colorful cookbook with actual photos that make you anxious to try each recipe.
This is a hard cover book with a low price tag. It is one of our favorites because not only does it have great recipes and beautiful full color photos, this cookbook is also very helpful, especially for a beginner.
I love the section that shows the pretty and creative containers to use when giving your cookies away as gifts. I found the Mailing Cookies section very helpful too, and learned the trick about always packing cookies in pairs from this book.
We enjoyed making cookie ornaments by just pressing a hole in the dough with a drinking straw and stringing ribbon through the hole as suggested in this book. There is section on hosting cookie swaps, something that is really popular around here.
This cookbook is so easy to follow. The chapters are broken down into different types of cookies like drop cookies, shaped cookies, sliced cookies, and more. One of the best things in this book, even if you never try out any recipes, but I'm sure you will, is the hints for each type of cookie. For example, they will mention some tips on making bar cookies.
One of the recipes from this book has become a tradition in our family. Those cookes are called simply Candy Canes. Everyone looks forward to these delicious cookies each year. They are made of twisted peppermint flavored dough. They are pretty and festive to look at and fun and tasty to eat.
I like how different techniques are shown and discussed in this cookbook. When we are feeling especially creative, we create the gingerbread house similar to the one featured on the cover.
This is one of our favorite Christmas cookie cookbooks. I highly recommend it.