Great Cookbook Gifts for the Foodie

Some people collect coins, baseball cards, or comic books, but I collect cookbooks. I think most people who cook do. I read mine like regular books and not just for the recipes. I find sometimes I learn more from the introductions and glossaries than from the recipes themselves.

Here are my gift suggestions for the foodie in the family – great cookbooks in the dessert and sweets category:

The Daily Cookie: 365 Tempting Treats for the Sweetest Year of Your Life

The Daily Cookie: 365 Tempting Treats for the Sweetest Year of Your Life

This is my favorite of all of my picks because it’s so unique. The author, Anna Ginsberg, matches a recipe to every day of the year and then presents the reader with a tidbit of history for the day. It’s also a favorite because every recipe is presented with a full-color photograph. Anna is a self-taught baker and I love her down-to-earth style and easy recipes. Published by Andrews McMeel

150 Best Donut Recipes Fried or Baked

150 Best Donut Recipes: Fried or Baked

For doughnut lovers, this is a must-own cookbook. It’s written by George Gear, a former pastry chef for the Walt Disney company. George provides a step-by-step guide for the basic donut making process and then branches out in the recipes to bring in all kinds of flavors .  Most of the recipes are fried, but there are a few baked varieties as well. I long for more photographs, but those that are there are great.  The Blueberry and Green Tea are two I’d love to try. Published by Robert Rose

Complete Cake Mix Magic: 300 Easy Desserts Good as HomemadeDunkin Hines omplete Cake Mix Magic: 300 Easy Desserts Good as Homemade

Every recipe in this books starts with a boxed cake mix but the end result can be anything from a torte, cheesecake, muffins, or bar cookies. Oh, and lots of cakes that go above and beyond their humble boxed beginnings. Written by Jill Snider, she boasts they’re as good as homemade but without as much of the mess and fuss. Several of these recipes are ones my family has made for years. There’s just about nothing that can’t be made with a good yellow cake mix! Published by Robert Rose

The Big Book of Babycakes Cupcake Maker Recipes: Homemade Bite-Sized Fun!The Big Book of Babycakes Cupcake Maker Recipes: Homemade Bite-Sized Fun!

I reviewed their cakepop recipe book some time ago. This new book goes beyond the cakepop and delves into some more bite-sized goodies. The recipes are specifically designed to be used in the Babycakes appliances but you can easily change the recipes to be appropriate for mini muffin tins. This is a great book to have for the holidays. Great recipes like the Triple-Nut Bites and the Pina Colada cheesecakes would be perfect to take along to the in laws home to share on Christmas day. If you have a pre-teen, pick up the Babycakes maker and a recipe book – it’s a great way to introduce them to baking.

These are my dessert and sweet treat picks. I’ll be sharing some of the recipes soon and I have a list of savory books perfect for the home cook as well!

Buy these books at any fine book retailers or online.

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