The best books for people who love baking cookies

Who am I?

Monica Wellington was born in London and lived in Switzerland and Germany as a child. She has written and illustrated many books for young children, including Apple Farmer Annie, Zinnia’s Flower Garden, My Leaf Book, and Mr. Cookie Baker. She now lives in New York City. Some of her favorites things are: baking desserts, eating chocolate, traveling to France, going to the ballet, and reading at home with her cat on her lap. She teaches at the School of Visual Arts.


I wrote...

Mr. Cookie Baker

By Monica Wellington,

Book cover of Mr. Cookie Baker

What is my book about?

Mr Cookie Baker, my picture book for young children, is about a day-in-the-life of a very busy baker who, step by step, makes his special sugar cookies and then welcomes in his hungry customers. Since childhood, I have always loved baking cookies. And when I first came to New York City I worked at a famous bakery. These two things came together and inspired the idea for this book. Mmmm, yummy!

The books I picked & why

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Betty Crocker Cookies: Irresistibly Easy Recipes for Any Occasion

By Betty Crocker,

Book cover of Betty Crocker Cookies: Irresistibly Easy Recipes for Any Occasion

Why this book?

My first cookbook was Betty Crocker’s New Boys and Girls Cook Book. It was given to me by my mother when I was eight years old. I still have it and Cookies, Cakes, and Other Desserts was always my favorite chapter. I remember working my way through the recipes, starting with Oatmeal Cookies and advancing to creative Paintbrush Cookies. My love of baking started there! This book has many recipes with kid appeal, such as Frankenstein Cookies and Tie-Dye Swirl Cookies. A personal favorite of mine: Turtle Chocolate Chip Cookies with caramel and pecans and lots of chocolate!


100 Cookies: The Baking Book for Every Kitchen

By Sarah Kieffer,

Book cover of 100 Cookies: The Baking Book for Every Kitchen

Why this book?

Have a glass of milk, or a cup of tea, ready for when the cookies come out of the oven - they will be every bit as delicious as the photos! The names of the chapters give you a good idea of the wonderful selection: Classics, Brownies and Blondies, Fruit Extravaganza, The Next Level, Time to Play, Pan-banging Cookies, and Mix & Match.


Martha Stewart's Cookie Perfection: 100+ Recipes to Take Your Sweet Treats to the Next Level

By Martha Stewart Living Magazine,

Book cover of Martha Stewart's Cookie Perfection: 100+ Recipes to Take Your Sweet Treats to the Next Level

Why this book?

Martha Stewart's recipes always work. I always have success with them! I recommend getting your kitchen decorated as you try recipes from each of these chapters: All Dressed Up, Classics with a Twist, Some Assembly Required, Giant Cookies, Tools of the Trade, Cookies by Any Other Name, Celebration Cookies.


The Book of Cookies

By Pat Alburey,

Book cover of The Book of Cookies

Why this book?

In addition to the essential photo of each cookie, there are also excellent photos showing the stages of preparation. The recipes include a lot of fancy-looking cookies that are actually very simple: favorites include Marbled Shortbread, Madeleines, Pinwheels.


The Summer Country

By Lauren Willig,

Book cover of The Summer Country

Why this book?

I love historical fiction. So lastly, for something a little different - perhaps to read while you are waiting for the cookies to come out of the oven! This novel takes place in Barbados on a colonial sugar plantation in Victorian times. The connection to my topic of cookies? Sugar, of course! I was particularly interested in learning more about the harsh truths of the history of sugar production, at the same time that I was immersed in this gripping family saga.


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