~I won this in a giveaway from BookishFirst.com! Thanks so much for sending me over a copy, but it doesn't change my review!~
Me and cookbooks don't really go together too well. I glance through them quickly and they're basically never looked at again until I need to find my classic lemon bar recipe and I can't remember which book it's in. However, I've been trying to amp up my baking game in the past few years, and I love me some delicious cookie recipes. With holiday cookie time coming around, I spotted this book and thought it would be the perfect book to give me some inspiration to find some new cookies to fill my Christmas tins. What I didn't think was how much fun it was going to be. I thought this was an absolutely delightful read!
First and foremost, the recipes! To be honest, I'm super picky about my cookies and my desserts. If it's too hard, I'm out. If it doesn't sound like I'm going to like it, I'm out - which is a lot since I'm a picky eater. To tell the truth, I probably wouldn't make a lot of the recipes in this book, but that's just because I'm ridiculously picky. However, Kim gives so many unique, quirky, and flavorful recipes that I see so many people enjoying and trying. She came up with things that I would never dream of creating, but I'm also super intrigued by.
There were 4 desserts that really stood out to me. You're a Total Monster (Cap'n Crunch cookies), You're Such a Flake (Butterfinger flake bar), I Cannoli Be Happy When You're Dead (cannoli waffles), and I'm Not Your Buttercup (Peanut Butter Pretzel Cups). 100% will I be trying out the I'm Not Your Buttercups very, very soon because not only do they sound delicious, look delicious, but they also look super easy and fun. Totally right for the holiday season! (I will update with any results with them).
What I also loved was the information that Kim added in as well. She gave so many little tips to creating a perfect dessert, and I loved it. I had never heard of taking the cookie off the sheet and flipping it upside. I've been struggling to find a way to keep my cookie settled after taking it off the sheet for a long time now, and I'm definitely going to have to try this out now!
I also loved the humor infused within this book. Kim thought about it so much, and she made this book witty, exciting, and so unique. All of the titles were clever, and when I showed the book to two other people of widely different ages, they loved it, too. While I think this book would fall in a younger millennial demographic, I think it's great for all ages. It really reinvented the idea of a traditional cookbook, and I looked forward to all of her little additions.
The other thing I loved was the pictures! They were amazing. I'm a girl that needs to have pictures in her cookbooks, and these were wonderful. They totally made all the foods look appetizing and appealing.
I thought this was a wonderful cookbook that was fresh, new, and super entertaining. While a good deal of the recipes weren't for me, it was due to my own pickiness, and I think a lot of people would enjoy them. She creates unique recipes like hot flamin' cheetos sandwiches, white chocolate ramen noodle fudge, and mochi donuts but there are some classic recipes in here with some cool twists. I would definitely recommend this for anyone looking to have some fun with baking and some younger adults looking to jump into the baking world. 4 crowns and an Ariel rating!