Cookiepedia

One of the best bits about blogging is undoubtedly being sent lovely little packages to cook with and share with the world!

I was the happy recipient of a newly released cookie cook book; The Cookiepedia, packed full of weird and wonderful cookies from animal shapes to unusual flavours; salt and pepper cookies anyone?

Written by Stacey Adimando, the book is full of really great tips and tricks, thoroughly explains cookie terminology cookie novices may not be familiar with, and even has a brilliant conversion chart at the back, for those of us who look at ‘cups’ and think, ‘but how do I know if my cup size is the right size?!’…and for those of us who simply like the safety and warmth of grams and ounces…

Great simple illustrations…

Cookies aren’t always sweet…here are some delicious looking salt & pepper biscuits to liven a mug of soup up

And my favourite tip…

So naturally, anyone who receives a cook book has to try out a recipe or two…and so I set myself the challenge of flicking past the well loved chocolate chip cookie, and instead opted to bake something I’d never heard of before…Rugelach…

‘?!!!??!’ I hear you cry? Read on…

I assure you I thought ‘but that’s a croissant…’ as well…but fear not dear readers! ‘Rugelach’ is in fact a traditional Jewish pastry that apparently was created to commemorate the lifting of the Turkish siege in 1793. Cookies and Turkish history, what more could you ask for…

So yes, this, out of all the wonderful cookies on offer, even brownies! Was the strange little object I chose to bake…behold…

The first strange thing about this particular cookie is it uses cream cheese in the dough which I had never come across before…

Then butter…

And a whole lotta’ flour…

Mixy mixy…and eventually you go from this…

to this…my weird skull shaped ball of dough…

Of course all good dough meets it’s end sooner or later when it meets Mr. Roller…

This is rolled out nice and neatly into a circle-like shape, wrapped and chucked in the fridge to cool down for an hour after all that rolling…

In the mean time, the fruity nutty filling is made by massacring a load of mixed nuts, sultanas and raisins either in a blender or with Mr. Knife!

Add these to the raisins…

And add to these some sugar and cinnamon…

And you’ve got yourself a very tasty little rugelach filling!

Also, here is my ‘The Shining’ meets Rugelach photograph of some heavily photoshopped raisins…

Ahem…I assure you baking is sugar, spice and everything nice…but sometimes there comes the urge to create bloody imagery with your finely chopped raisins…

So back tot he Rugelach! The chilled out dough comes out the fridge and warmed up with a blanket of nuts and fruit laid on top of it…

And after some short lived relief, is met by Mr. Knife and hacked in to several pieces…tough life being rugelach dough…

I’m sure at this point you could cook it and have Rugelach Pizza, but alas, we roll…

and this little lot…

becomes this browned little lot…

And they were delicious! The response ‘better than mince pies’ was uttered…

The Cookiepedia is great for familiar and unusual cookie finds like Rugelach was for me. If it’s just a simple but delicious chocolate chip cookie recipe you’re after…

or the more unusual ‘Kitchen Sink’ cookies (not, as I thought, the cookies you drop in the sink as you’re attempting to peel them off the baking sheet you thought was non stick, and put them at the bottom of the pile of cookies to dry off…) but actually cookies that combine everything from chocolate chips to salty snacks; everything but the kitchen sink!

And finally, some more tasty images from the book!

The Cookiepedia is available to buy from Amazon! 

 

 

 

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