Bake Something Great: 400 Bars, Squares & Cookies by Jill Snider

Bake Something Great: 400 Bars, Squares & Cookies
Jill Snider
Robert Rose Publishing (2011)
ISBN 9780778802815
Reviewed by Irene Watson for Reader Views (11/11)


First of all, I love cookbooks that are spiral bound; reminds me of recipe books from the 1950s and 1960s.  To me it seems like it’s going back to basics when I see the spirals.  As I perused “Bake Something Great” before I decided on which recipes to test, I did note many basic recipes were included.

For the purpose of a review we are asked to test three recipes.   For the first test I decided to make “Caramel Honey Pecan Bars.”  The picture looked great and the recipe simple enough to make quickly.  The crust is the usual combination of flour, butter, sugar, and egg, pressed into a pan and baked for about 14 minutes.  The topping is a combination of pecans, butter, honey, brown sugar, cinnamon and whipping cream. The end result was tasty and the caramel layer gooey.  The bars are very sweet so I suggest cutting them in bite size pieces.  These freeze well.

Oatmeal seems to be a down-to-basics ingredient so I decided to test “Oatmeal Date Sandwich Cookies.” The cookie itself is rich and slight citrus flavor from the lemon zest and orange juice.  The date filling is super sweet; too sweet for my liking. The dates are sweet enough as is and the recipe called for 1 cup of sugar as well.  The next time I make these cookies, I will not use any sugar at all.  Being the cookies are sandwiched, it’s important to use a cookie scoop to be sure they are exactly the same size.  The cookies were soft and chewy, good flavor but too sweet (for me.)

The third recipe I made was “Lemony Lemon Squares.”  YUMMM!!!  The shortbread crust was rich and melted in the mouth. The filling was absolutely heavenly: rich, soft, and lemony.  These were a big hit in our home.

There are so many recipes I want to make from “Bake Something Great.”  The section on Shortbread and Holiday Cookies looks wonderful.  I’m thinking gifts of baked goods this year. Jill Snider outdid herself and I’m glad she did. If you are into making squares, bars, or cookies, this really is the only cookbook you will need.  “Bake Something Great” is highly recommended.

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