Craving Cookies, The Quintessential American Cookie Book

BY HELEN S. FLETCHER, ON
COPYRIGHT, HELEN S. FLETCHER, 2021. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.
ALL PHOTOS BY PASTRIES LIKE A PRO UNLESS OTHERWISE NOTED.
Craving Cookies, the Quintessential American Cookie Book

Clockwise, Siena Lace, Peppermint Ravioli Cookies, Creme de Menthe Patties, Inside Out Oreos

I am overjoyed to announce that Craving Cookies – The Quintessential American Cookie Book is coming to bookstores as a soft cover print book and as an ebook on October 1st, the start of Cookie Month.

I think cookies are everyones favorites. The variety is amazing and they fit into every type of diet and every occasion.  We made literally thousands and thousands of painted shortbread heart cookies for weddings and showers.

Craving Cookies is a labor of love that depicts my personal journey through the creation of American cookies.I’ve had a folder for over 15 years marked Craving Cookies in my files and many of those cookies are in this book.  In this book, I have invited you into my kitchen to share both new and classic recipes and techniques gathered from years of professional and home baking.  There are no-bake cookies, really easy cookies and some more elaborate ones to fit any occasion or no occasion.

The book includes:

  • Over 80 cookies and over 200 color photographs in 188 pages
  • There’s a story with each of the cookies
  • Each cookie is photographed in color
  • Photos of baking equipment
  • Ingredient compendium of every ingredient used throughout the book
  • Color Technique section detailing techniques repeatedly used throughout the book and will useful with any cookies  you make.

The drop cookie chapter has a host of easy to make, even easier to eat cookies such as the Mini Black and White Cookies made famous in NY. Mini Black and White CookiesThe Cut and Sliced Chapter features one of my favorites, Cardamom Black Pepper Snaps.Cardamom Black Pepper Snaps for Craving CookiesThere’s an entire chapter of Shortbreads in every shape and flavor including savory. This is the Petticoat Shortbread.Petitcoat Shortbread

You’ll love the Filled and Stuffed Chapter.  it features some unique cookies that are sure to become favorites like the Chocolate Coconut Stuffed Cookie.Chocolate Coconut Stuffed Cookies

Gluten-free hasn’t been overlooked, featuring a perfect Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Cookie using only pantry ingredients and no gluten-free flour substitute, plus 8 more cookies that are naturally gluten-free including this Cafe au Lait Meringue.Cafe au Lait Meringues in Craving CookiesIn the Bars Chapter you can find, among other recipes, an updated version of the very popular Lemon Bars that changes one simple ingredient for a perfect outcome, Dutch Apple Crumb Bars, Banana Split Bars, No-Bake Peanut Butter Bars, Rugelach Bars, and many others are featured in this 20-recipe chapter.Dutch Apple Crumb Bars

The final chapter on Brownies includes:  Frosted Brownies, Loaded Brownies and Amaretto Brownies.Amaretto Brownies

What We Can Do

I cannot be sure where both versions of the book will be available other than online at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Apple Books  I have no way of knowing what brick and mortar stores will carry it.   But there are several things we can do.

If f you are so inclined,  please call bookstores in your area and ask if they are carrying Craving Cookies, The Quintessential American Cookie Book.  If they utter the worst of all words, “no we’re not”, impress upon them the importance of doing so.  And, while naturally modest, you have my permission to make me sound like they are missing the best thing since sliced cheese.

Secondly, if you purchase an ebook either from Amazon or another distributor, please,  leave a review on Amazon.  It counts more if you buy the ebook from them as it is a Verified review, meaning you purchased from Amazon.  However, in any case they still give credence to other reviews left.   The more reviews a book has, the higher it will rank and the better it will sell.

I decided to publish the book myself for several reasons.  But the most important was control.  With traditional publishing, I would lose the ability to shape the book as I see it.  Once you accept the advance from the publisher, your input stops with that check.  The formation of the book, how it looks, how it is presented, what is photographed, what’s on the cover, and what is printed is out of your control.

What I did discover is that self-publishing is not for the weak.  Craving Cookies has been a long time coming – like 4 years long.  The up and down journey to getting it published has been eye-opening and I have learned so much.

I have never lost my enthusiasm for getting Craving Cookies published, even as I wove through the maze of items that had to be accomplished. And what I’ve learned will stand me in good stead for books to come.

One of my greatest pleasures of the last few years is bringing this book to you.  I hope you enjoy it as much as I did writing it.Neopolitans

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13 thoughts on “Craving Cookies, The Quintessential American Cookie Book

  1. Julia

    Congratulations! I am excited for you and I wish there was a Kindle copy, as the cookbook sounds marvelous. (I only buy ebooks these days. I don’t have room for paper books in my RV.)

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  2. Becky

    ¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡ YES !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I cannot tell you how excited I am about this cookbook. Yours is the very first blog I ever followed, still the only one that I stop everything and read the latest post as soon as it arrives in my inbox. I have always appreciated your depth of knowledge but also how careful you are to photograph every step and explain what to look for and how to get it right or even how to get it back to rights. Yours is my favorite blog, and I cannot wait to hold your book in my hands!

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    1. hfletcher Post author

      Hi Becky, You have made me feel like Queen for a Day. Thank you for your enthusiasm and letting me know that what I aspire to most with the blog is working.

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  3. Nikki P

    OHHH you had me at shortbread. Then when I read further and I see Amaretto and Brownies used in the same sentence…..
    Looking forward to finding this book. I may be “old school” but have to find a REAL BOOK. eBooks are OK but just not the same as sitting down and turning a paper page.

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    1. hfletcher Post author

      Hi Nikki, I love shortbread also. That’s why there’s a whole chapter. I agree about real books. I am old enough to remember that is all we had. I learn better from a hand held book than online. My grandchildren are the opposite. To each his own. I think you’re going to like this. You can pre-order the “real” book on Amazon.

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  4. Jane

    Congratulations! Good decision to publish independently. I am sure it will be a keeper like your Pastries Like A Pro. And I am a true cookie recipe collector: I adore cookies. Will the softcover be available on Amazon? I haven’t set foot in a brick and mortar bookstore in decades but will if I have to.

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