________________ CM . . . . Volume XI Number 5 . . . . October 29, 2004


Bake and Make Amazing Cookies. (Kids Can Do It).

Elizabeth MacLeod. Illustrated by June Bradford.
Toronto, ON: Kids Can Press, 2004.
40 pp, pbk. & cl., $6.95 (pbk.), $14.95 (cl.).
ISBN 1-55337-632-3 (pbk.), ISBN 1-55337-631-5 (cl.).

Subject Heading:
Cookies-Juvenile literature.

Grades 3-8 / Ages 8-13.

Review by Cheryl Archer.

*** /4


Mmmmmm! Is there anything better than homemade cookies? Cookies and squares are easy-to-make, delicious treats that make any day special. So why not celebrate Groundhog Day with Earthquakes? Or brighten a teacher's day with Crazy Daisies? This book includes lots of ideas for celebrating holidays, people, seasons and "just for fun" days with cookies. There are even ideas for making your sweet treats extra special. And if you want to give cookies as presents, you'll find tips for wrapping them up. So what are you waiting for? Get baking!

Bake and Make Amazing Cookies, another craft book in the "Kids Can Do It" series by Kids Can Press, will have young people baking, making--and eating--amazing treats in no time. Author Elizabeth MacLeod offers more than 30 easy-to-make recipes for cookies as well as squares in this attractive book.

     A table of contents organizes the desserts under four headings: holidays/for special people/seasons/just for fun. Also helpful is an introduction that includes pointers for working in the kitchen, including measuring ingredients, cutting out dough, baking, storing goods, melting chocolate or butter, handling hot pans, and, not to be forgotten, food allergies as well as cleaning up the kitchen afterwards.

     While browsing through the book, readers will find fast, simple recipes for goodies that look and sound delicious. And, when it comes to the "fun factor," MacLeod doesn't disappoint. Readers will be salivating and taking over the kitchen when they see Gingerbread reindeer or Cookie pizza or--gasp!--Triple chocolate cookies or Lucky seven squares or good old-fashioned Brownies.

     Illustrations by June Bradford are colourful, helpful, and downright yummy. "You will need" lists for each recipe will help young bakers get organized, and many of the ingredients are items found in the average home kitchen. "Other ideas" have been included (eg. dip cooled cookies into melted chocolate; create stained-glass cookies to hang as decorations) which will provide a myriad of options for those who love to experiment. And, finally, if the baked goods are to be given away as a gift, tips have been provided on special ways to wrap them so they look as great as they taste.

     There are always reasons to make sweet treats--whether for special occasions, special friends or just for fun. Bake and Make Amazing Cookies will be a hit with young cooks as well as the lucky ones who get to eat all the scrumptious goodies. Bon appetite!


Cheryl Archer, author of Snow Watch, admits a weakness for homemade baking, especially anything chocolate.

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