REVIEW – Good Housekeeping The Cookie Jar Cookbook

Good Housekeeping The Cookie Jar Cookbook Cover


  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Hearst (September 6, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • Suggested price $12.95
  • ISBN-10: 1588168387
  • ISBN-13: 978-1588168382


Let’s face it, who doesn’t love cookies? Whether with nuts, chocolate chunks, coconut, or mints, homemade cookies are guaranteed to make eyes light up. The good news is that cookies are easy to mix and bake. With the right ingredients, the right equipment, and some simple rules, baking cookies at home will be simple, delicious and successful.

In The Cookie Jar Cookbook, Good housekeeping has provided 65 scrumptious recipes for every occasion. From Thumbprint Jammies and Chocolate Chunk to Whole-Grain Gingersnaps and Triple-Nut Biscotti, these recipes guarantee you’ll have a something yummy in the kitchen. Whether for after-school snacks, coffee breaks, holiday get-togethers, or midnight munchies, each of these triple-tested treats is guaranteed to come out perfectly. Plus, the book features tear-out perforated blank recipe cards-great for cookie gift giving.

Susan Westmoreland is Good Housekeeping magazine’s food director, entrusted with the management of the renowned test kitchens. She regularly represents the magazine on television and radio. In 2001, Susan was named The James Beard Foundation’s Editor of the Year.

Good Housekeeping magazine is an American icon of consumer protection and quality assurance. Each issue reaches 24 million readers, and, with 15 editions published worldwide, it is an internationally recognized brand that sets the standard to which all other women’s service magazines aspire.


I received an advance copy of The Cookie Jar Cookbook. The book is divided into four types of cookies – drop, shaped, icebox and brownies & bar cookies. I love that the cookbook is spiral bound, that makes it so easy to use the book. The recipes are easy to understand, and contain prep and cooking time. There are a number of colorful photos of the foods scattered throughout the book. There are lots of great tips on baking and on common ingredients in the front of the book that are very helpful, particularly if you’re new to baking cookies from scratch. Some of the recipes I want to try making include Chipperdoodles, Melt In Your Mouth Sugar Cookies, Cocoa Brownies With Mini Chocolate Chips, and Blondies. This cookbook would be great for anyone new to baking as it contains very reader-friendly recipes for classic style cookies.

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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. Since this is Good Housekeeping, I wonder if these recipes are online? We love our Sunset Cookies cookbook that we have had for a long time. (It’s in deplorable condition.)

    In a way, I like spiral bound since the book will lie flat, but after a while the pages will tend to start tearing out. I have Reader’s Digest music books that are spiral bound, and I have to be very careful with the pages.

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