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Book Review | The Ultimate Cake Mix Cookie Book

Title: The Ultimate Cake Mix Cookie Boox

Author: Camilla Saulsbury

My Review:

The holiday season is traditionally marked by baking, baking and more baking. Parties, presents, hostess gifts, and even cookie exchanges. Generally, I stick to making things from scratch but I can only do so much. That being said, I was really excited to get a copy of The Ultimate Cake Mix Cookie Book.

The Ultimate Cake Mix Cookie Book is a collection of over 350 recipes that all start with a simple box of cake mix. When this book first came, I had thought that I would mark the recipes I wanted to try. I quickly abandoned that idea. They ALL looked good! Mostly favoring white, chocolate, and spice cake mixes, you can also find a handful of recipes that use yellow & other misc. flavors.

I tried two recipes over Thanksgiving week–the Praline Cookies (page 87) and the Double Chocolate Coconut cookies (page 41). One of the things I loved about these cookies are that they are EASY. Dump the mix & liquids. Stir. Fold in yummies. Bake. They use a minimum of utensils and I didn’t even need a spatula to scrape the bowl. I used a bowl, mixer, cookie scoop & a measuring cup. The cookies I made were both drop cookies & the chocolate ones were very puffy & chewy. The praline cookies were flat because of the high fat content in the butter cake mix but the notes revealed this before baking. I got fewer cookies per recipe, but I use a cookie scoop instead of spoons.

Camilla Saulsbury, an award winning cook & recipe designer, has won several competitions including the Food Network $25,000 Ultimate Recipe Showdown (Cookie episode). It’s obvious that Camilla is an expert. The book starts out with a baking primer in the beginning that was hugely useful for baking in general. The book was sectioned out by cookie type — drop cookies, bar cookies, and formed/filled cookie. Ms. Salisbury includes an index of recipe by mix type, which is handy when you are trying to use up your stockpile.

This is a great book for anyone who likes variety, hates cleaning up a kitchen mess, likes to spend time with kids in the kitchen, or cooks for crowds or as a ministry. You know, EVERYONE. This would be an especially useful book if you are invited to a cookie exchange this Christmas season and need something easy, plentiful and unique. Go pick up your copy today!

*I received a copy of this book to review but I was not financially compensated in any way. The opinions expressed are my own and are based on my observations while reading this novel.*

Jen S.

Jen currently makes her home in the Great White North and is a wife and mother to 2 beautiful girls. She writes at about books, living the Catholic faith, holiday celebrations, creating beautiful & useful systems and anything else that is beautiful, good and useful at Happy Little Homemaker. She also shares deals, tips and product reviews to help save time, money and sanity at Happy Homemaker Reviews.

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