The Art Of The Cookie Cover

The Art of the Cookie: Baking Up Inspiration by the Dozen

  • Author: Shelly Kaldunski
  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Weldon Owen; 1 edition (November 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1616280352
  • ISBN-13: 978-1616280352
  • cover price $19.95


There are cookies, and there are special cookies. Long-time pasty expert Shelly Kaldunksi’s new book The Art of the Cookie: Baking up Inspiration by the Dozen combines a perennial dessert with artistic flair, updating old stand-bys like the chocolate-chip cookie with a modern spin sure to delight all cookie fans.

The Art of the Cookie presents over 40 delectable recipes and inspiring decorating ideas. The book begins with five basic cookie recipes featuring different flavors: vanilla, lemon-buttermilk, brown sugar, chocolate and gingerbread. Building from these basics, Kaldunski’s creative recipes include:

– Glazed oatmeal lace cookies

– Vanilla spritz sandwiches

– Neapolitans

– Ceramic tile cookies

– Pinwheels

The Art of the Cookie takes readers beyond the cookie and into the wider world of pastry design, introducing translatable techniques that apply to a myriad of baked goods. Expand your repertoire with Kaldunski’s must-have tools for any baker’s arsenal and her simple tips answering those puzzling baker’s mysteries, like how to make your frosting work for you rather than against you so you can make dazzling designs of your own!

Still-warm cookies fresh from the oven are irresistibly enticing but decorating the treats doubles the fun. Whether it’s a cookie exchange, holiday gathering, or Mother’s Day tea, decorated cookies are a sweet and memorable addition to any special occasion. Kaldunski’s cookies are innovative mini-works of art and are sure to be beloved by all. This book is a MUST-SEE for any baking aficionado!

About the Author

Shelly Kaldunski is a freelance food stylist and baking and pastry consultant in Northern California. As a pastry chef, Shelly baked in popular restaurants in San Francisco before becoming a food editor at Martha Stewart Living. She was the food stylist for and contributor to Martha Stewart’s Baking Handbook.


I received a copy of The Art Of The Cookie. Chapters include

  • Decorated Favorites
  • Hidden Classics

The beginning of the book includes descriptions of helpful tools and how to use them. Almost every page spread in this book has a beautiful photo, as does almost every recipe. These cookies look so pretty! The recipes are easy to understand and call for ordinary ingredients. The ingredients and tools needed for each recipe are clearly listed. I always find it helpful if prep and cooking time are listed but I don’t really think they could be here since a good amount of handiwork is involved with the decorating and that could be different for everyone. Recipes that especially caught my eye were the Jam Swirls, Bird’s Nests, Graham Cracker Sandwiches, and Chocolate Chip Wafers. This book was be great for anyone who enjoys baking and for those that would like to take their baking to a new level.


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About the Author

I’m a Jersey girl, I was born and raised here and have lived here for almost my entire life. I’m a mom of 2 boys – TJ, a 21 year old, and CJ, an 18 year old with Down Syndrome. I am the oldest of four children. I am also a social media enthusiast, cat person, and Down syndrome advocate. I love coffee and milkshakes. My favorite dessert is cheesecake. I love rock music, tech, travel and food. And cheesecake. I HATE the misuse of the word retarded. I take it personally and find it very offensive. Did I mention that I love cheesecake?

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  1. Someone had at a gathering a cookie that was the place card for where you are dining and it was to look like the person sitting there.

  2. I don’t really decorate my cookies (but willing to learn!) I do remember making a really cute gingerbread house when I was in elementary school!

  3. this holiday we made gingerbread man cookies and turned them into snowman.. I thought that it was awesome that the kids thought of it.

  4. My kids and i made Thanksgiving turkey cookies this year that were really cute. i like making cookies with different themes…there are so many creative ideas online. thanks for the chance!

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