Slice and bake cookies are a type of cookie where you prepare your dough, roll it into a log and chill it in either the refrigerator or freezer until it is very firm. The log of dough is then sliced into individual cookies and baked. The doughs can be prepared well in advance, especially if they are frozen, so you can always have cookie dough on hand for baking when you need a cookie fix. Slice & Bake Cookies: Fast Recipes from your Refrigerator or Freezer is all about slice and bake cookies, with 50 recipes for a wide variety of these easy to make cookies.
The typical slice and bake cookie is a plain butter cookie, but this cookie baking method can really be used with all kinds of flavors, both sweet and savory. The book is divided into four chapters: Chewy Cookies, Crisp Cookies, Stuffed & Sandwich Cookies. and Savory Cookies. The recipes range from traditional Old Fashioned Oatmeal Cookies to modern Sweet & Salted Chocolate Cookies. Since there isn’t a lot of variation in the looks of these cookies – although the book points out several ways that you can dress them up and even disguise the fact that they are slice and bake cookies – a lot of attention was paid to maximizing the flavors in each recipe. The savory chapter offers up cracker-like recipes made with spices , bacon and cheeses that could be easily served as appetizers while the other cookies are served as dessert. Readers will find some great tips on slice and bake cookie basics in the introduction, so that your cookies will turn out well every time.
The pictures in the book are lovely, and the cookies look mouthwateringly good – which may surprise readers who associate slice and bake cookies with plain cookies. With sweet and savory recipes, there is a lot of versatility in this book and it is great for anyone who loves to entertain, since you can get both appetizers and desserts on one source. And because everything can be prepared in advance, you just need to spend a day stocking your freezer with your favorite doughs and you’ll be ready for the holiday season.