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Cookiepedia Book Review & Giveaway

Posted by on Sep 1, 2011 in Book Review, Giveaways | 27 comments


I was really excited when Quirk sent me The Cookiepedia to review. This is Stacy Adimando’s first book and as you can tell from the title it’s an “encyclopedia” of classic cookies.


Heath Bar Blondies


The book itself is adorable with inviting colors, spiral bound pages and handy spaces to make notes next to each recipe. The book is split into seven sections. An introduction chapter followed by buttery cookies, chocolaty cookies, fancy cookies, fruity cookies, spicy cookies and nutty and seedy cookies.


I think that this would be an excellent book for someone that hasn’t baked cookies before or is a beginner in baking. It’s very inviting compared to a massive cookie bible like Martha Stewart’s Cookies. As a more advanced baker there are also plenty of cookie types I’ve never made before and I’m looking forward to working my way through them. This book is a good staple to keep on your bookshelf.


I started off by making the blondies, which if you’re going to split crumbs really isn’t a cookie, but they were the best blondies I’ve ever made. Nutty, buttery and melt in your mouth deliciousness.


Heath Bar Blondies

For the Blondie Recipe click here!


I brought them into work and my British colleagues seriously acted like I’d turned water into wine they thought they were so good!

I was kindly allowed to ask Stacey a few questions via email and even though she was on holiday she took the time to write back.

Cupcake Kelly: What is your favorite cookie and why?

Stacy: Ah, don’t make me choose! There is a cookie for every time of day and year, every event, every mood. I can narrow it down to three based on that: shortbread in the mornings, maybe flecked with espresso, lemon rind or poppy seeds; soft chocolate chips, even better dunked in fresh whipped cream, for holidays and celebrations; and my pistachio butter cookies, just because.

Cupcake Kelly: What would you like for someone new to cookie baking to take away from your book?

Stacy: I’m hoping readers and users just have a good time, and gain a greater sense of confidence and competence in their baking. If they bake one recipe and are excited to try another, I’m a happy camper.

Cupcake Kelly: Can we expect more books from you in the future?

Stacy: I sure hope so. There’s truly nothing better than taking a year or two to learn everything you can about a subject, then teaching it to people who are just as enthusiastic about it as you are. I feel very lucky. Now I’ve got the bug.

Cupcake Kelly: Who would win in a battle to take over the world? A cookie or a brownie

Stacy: If there were ever a dessertapocalypse, I’m quite certain cookies would be the last sweet standing.

Great answers! That last question was pretty tricky too. Now that you’ve heard how passionate Stacy is about cookies I’d like to share a copy of the book with you. Quirk have allowed me to giveaway one copy of Cookiepedia to a lucky reader!


1.  Simply leave a comment at the end of this post telling me what your favorite cookie is! Please leave your email address or make sure that I can obtain it from your profile (or leave your twitter name and I can tweet the winner). If you can not be contacted I will have to chose another winner.
2. Giveaway closes Midnight (GMT) Monday September 5th
3. For readers with UK mainland mailing addresses only
4. Please only enter once
5. Book will be shipped by Quirk to the winner once stock has been received sometime in September
6. Winner will be chosen by an online randomizer


Cookiepedia is available from Amazon in the US and UK.

Cookiepedia is published in the UK on Sept 6th. Thanks to Quirk for my review copy and Stacy for the interview.

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    Yay, cookies! The book sure looks ace.

    My favourite cookie would probably have to be a snickerdoodle, which is a cinnamon-sugar cookie. They're really great cookies to make, and so good when they're fresh and still warm from the oven.

  2. The Road to Creativity

    Peanut butter is my favorite cookie. The book looks interesting. Thanks for bringing such sweetness to my life.

  3. Melksham Mum

    My fave cookie is milk & white chocolate made lovingly with the kiddies. It is our favourite primarily as it is the only sort of cookie we have baked! We need some fresh inspiration x

  4. Star Bakery

    My favourite cookie is without a doubt my Mum's chocolate chip cookies. She's no longer with us but the memory of them is one I try and recreate with every cookie I make! You can't beat the classics

  5. scorpio66

    Will be looking out for her book on 6th of September. Brownies and Blondies go down a storm here

  6. Hatti

    white chocolate, cranberry and macadamia nut cookies! So good dunked in coffee or tea…

  7. Jesss

    Those blondies look amazing! Please enter me!
    mustbeadreamer [at]
    My favourite kind of cookie… Horrible question! But anything involving as much chocolate as possible, essentially


  8. Ms Jackson

    My favourite cookies are anything with toffee, chocolate or nuts in, or a combination of the three! I like to take cookies and cakes into school for the staffroom, so some new recipes for my repertoire would be fab!
    This book looks brill!

    Charlie, @jemenfiche

  9. Anonymous

    Now this is a difficult one! Probably coconut home ranger cookies- especially those aboard Celebrity cruise ships! Yuuumm!

  10. Shelbycat

    My favourite cookies are crackle tops, they're like a brownie inside with lovely crunchy icing sugar outside. My only problem is rolling them in the icing sugar, i hate the feeling of it on my nails so i wear rubber gloves!

  11. keira

    I love a chocolate chocolate chip cookie!

  12. [email protected]

    oatmeal chocolate chip all the way

  13. Linda

    Chewey Chocolate Chip of course! I love cookie cook books! I would love to win this one, but if I don't I'll be on the look out for it!

  14. herbivoresheaven

    The book looks lovely.

    It's hard to narrow it down, but my favourite cookie is oat, pistachio and orange. There are very few I would turn down though!

  15. StarryPluto

    I'm a pretty simple gal who is a novice "cook" coming in to her own. I've always loved Peanut Butter Cookies. I like them to be soft and moist and chewy. Now I'm hungry!

  16. jellyjo bean

    my favourite is definitely oatmeal cookes with white chocolate chunks and macadamia nuts

  17. [email protected]

    Hmmm, my favourite cookie……

    I'd have to say a giant choc chip cookie, with large chunks (not chips) of white and milk chocolate!! They must be large to keep my hubby and son busy so I have time to scoff mine before they try to steal it!! nom nom nom

    x Kat x

  18. The Caked Crusader

    OK, I know it's a really really really boring answer, but I've always had an unreasonable fondness for fig rolls. Particularly when they go a bit hard and chewy.

  19. Nelly

    Favourite cookie? I so love a good old chocolate chip, alas I am still on the search for the perfect recipe. Mine always come out too "cakey" I like my cookies chewy.

    Twitter: @nellyscupcakes

  20. nickandkatherine

    My favourite cookie is warm chocolate chip straight from the oven

  21. Elizabeth Gwynne

    My favourite cookie is a good old fashioned Ginger Nut… Nice dunked in coffee, tea, or when used in making cheesecakes etc! Simple but classic )

  22. Elizabeth Gwynne

    Forgot to put my email in the message…

  23. Tash

    My favourite cookies are definitely the M&M cookies I made last week… mmmm!

  24. Scorpio66

    When i first saw the Heath bar recipe I thought it said Healthy neED MY GLASSES CHANGING ME THINKS!!!!

  25. Joanne

    Raspberry and white chocolate cookies – amazing summer treat!

  26. Kelly

    Jenny from herbivores heaven won the giveaway! Thank you all for entering.
    Kelly recently posted..Heath Bar Blondies

  27. Jenny

    Thank you very much! I can’t wait to start baking some cookies!
    Jenny recently posted..Spinach & Feta Falafel With Houmous



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