Cookie Baking for the Holidays

The holidays mean the smell of cocoa, nutmeg, cinnamon, and Cookies! Canton Public Library has what you need to fill your cookie wishes.

Cookie Platter Sale

Cookie Platter

Are you looking for a platter of great tasting, home-baked cookies?

Act fast and you can reserve a 2 lb platter of cookies for $20. You can order at the circulation desk or on the Friends of the Canton Library website. Not only will you enjoy some great cookies, but you will also be helping the Friends of Canton Public Library continue their work to support the library.

Help out and show off your baking skills!

The Friends are also looking for volunteer bakers. Cookies can be dropped off at the Community Center- Room C on Thursday, Dec. 15 from 10am-6pm. Cookies cannot be accepted after this date. You can arrange a home pick up by emailing the Friends at before Dec. 15. Sign up at the Friends of Canton Library website or calling the library.

Adult Cookbooks

Reindeer Food by Cayla Gallagher- This cookbook features tons of different techniques, allowing both beginners and baking experts to hone their skills this holiday season. Cozy up in front of the fire with a Reindeer Hot Chocolate, challenge your friends to an Ugly Christmas Sweater Cake challenge, and watch the winter sun shine through your Snowflake Window Cookies. Santa will surely leave you extra presents when he sees the Candy Cane Cookies you’ve left out for him! And if someone in your family has been naughty this year, you can always sneak a couple Lumps of Coal into their stocking.

Dorie’s Cookies by Dorie Greenspan- Over the course of her baking career Greenspan has created more than 300 cookie recipes. To merit her approval, every cookie had to be so special that it begged to be made again and again. Here she includes dozens of choices for cookie swaps, shows you how to make cookies unlike any you’ve seen before and presents those that bring out the inner tinkerer in all of us. In other words, the recipes she loves to share with her family and friends.

100 Cookies by Sarah Kieffer- Kieffer’s cookbook contains go-to recipes for cookies and bars that are perfect for a party, potluck, bake sale, or simply a cozy night at home. From tried-and-true favorites to classics with a twist– and even a few unique treats– her recipes beg to be shared.

Chewy Gooey Crispy Crunchy Melt-in-Your-Mouth Cookies by Alice Medrich- Brand-new cookies and delicious new spins on the classics are here, with simple well-tested recipes and all the tips, techniques, and ideas that you need to please a crowd or satisfy the most sophisticated palate around.

Sally’s Cookie Addiction by Sally McKenney- This collection of recipes for cookies, cookie bars, cookie dough dips, slice-and-bakes, and no-bakes includes such options as brown butter snickerdoodles, pinwheel cookies, fairy meringues, jam shortbread bars, and chocolate hazelnut thumbprints.

Martha Stewart’s Cookie Perfection by Martha Stewart- This authoritative and creative collection of showstopper cookie recipes outlines techniques for maximizing flavor and decorative appeal, featuring such options as Carrot Cake Thumbprint Cookies, Chocolate-Chocolate Chip Skillet Cookies and Snowball Truffles. Illustrations.

Children’s Cookbooks

Baking cookies is also a fun Christmas activity to do with kids. Check out the child-friendly cookbooks:

The Greatest Cookies Ever by Rose Dunnington- Which will be your favorite–the Ultimate Peppermint Patty? Even kids who have never baked before will rush to the kitchen to try out these awesome cookies. It’s easy: all the basics that ensure success are in this lie-flat, spiral-bound cookbook. Children can choose Wild & Crazy Cookies (amazing-looking cookies that are fun to build and decorate); Chunky, Chewy, Yummy Cookies (classic recipes with delicious and surprising variations); and Cool, Cool Refrigerator Cookies. Mouth-watering color photos showcase treats that look almost too good too eat.

Super Simple Holiday Cookies by Alice Kuskowski. Get young bakers making their own treats with Super Simple Holiday Cookies! Kids can follow the super simple recipes in this book to learn how to make chocolaty Valentine’s Day cookies, yummy New Year’s cookie sandwiches and more.With simple text, how-to photos, and tricks and tips, cooking has never been easier or more fun. 

Holiday Cookie Swaps

Cookie Swap! by Lauren Chattman- Cookie swaps are hip yet old-school, trendy yet traditional. Cookie swaps are creative, inexpensive, DIY, and a great way to entertain.  Cookie Swap! captures all of this and more in an idea-packed, slightly sassy guide. Includes info on how to swap with a planner and ideas for invitations, decorations, and containers. Lauren Chattman is a former professional pastry chef and baking writer who has put together a knockout collection of more than 60 delectable, easy-to-make, simple-to-sophisticated recipes. Finally, the book ends with a chapter of drink recipes such as Iced Irish Coffee, Mini Strawberry Milk Shakes and Juicy Sangria because not every cookie wants milk.

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