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The Great Minnesota Cookie Book

Award-Winning Recipes from the Star Tribune's Holiday Cookie Contest

Lee Svitak Dean, Rick Nelson, Tom Wallace (By (photographer))


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Eighty delicious, imaginative recipes from the Star Tribune’s beloved annual cookie contest, with mouth-watering pictures and bakers’ stories

It’s cold in Minnesota, especially around the holidays, and there’s nothing like baking a batch of cookies to warm the kitchen and the heart. A celebration of the rich traditions, creativity, and taste of the region, The Great Minnesota Cookie Book collects the best-loved recipes and baking lore from fifteen years of the Star Tribune’s popular holiday cookie contest. 

Drop cookies and cutouts, refrigerator cookies and bars; Swedish shortbread, Viennese wafers, and French–Swiss butter cookies; almond palmiers; chai crescents and taffy treats; snowball clippers, cherry pinwheels, lime coolers, and chocolate-drizzled churros: a dizzying array and all delightful, the recipes in this book recall memories of holidays past and inspire the promise of happy gatherings to come. 

These are winning cookies in every sense, the best of the best chosen by the contest’s judges, accompanied by beautiful photographs as instructive as they are enticing. A treat for any occasion, whether party, bake sale, or after-school snack, each time- and taste-tested recipe is perfect for starting a tradition of one’s own.

Praise For The Great Minnesota Cookie Book: Award-Winning Recipes from the Star Tribune's Holiday Cookie Contest

"A great book to get a baker into the holiday spirit."—Publishers Weekly

"The Cookie Book begins to answer the question, showing how the chassis of flour, butter, sugar and eggs can be customized in innumerable ways."—Shepherd Express

"Whether you’re a fan of drop cookies and cutouts, refrigerator cookies and bars, Swedish shortbread, Viennese wafers or chai crescents and taffy treats, they are all represented in this book that recalls memories of holidays past and inspires the promise of happy gatherings to come."—Hutchinson Leader

"It’s a wonderful, complete collection and makes a perfect holiday gift. Each page presents a colored photo that might send you running to the kitchen to get to work."—Post-Bulletin

Univ Of Minnesota Press, 9781517905835, 240pp.

Publication Date: October 9, 2018

About the Author

Lee Svitak Dean is the longtime food editor at the Star Tribune, where she has guided the Taste section to multiple James Beard Awards, an Emmy, and recognition as “Best Food Section.” She is author of Come One, Come All: Easy Entertaining with Seasonal Menus.

Minnesota native Rick Nelson has been writing about restaurants and food at the Star Tribune since 1998. He is a James Beard Award winner and his work has been featured in four editions of the annual Best Food Writing anthology, which highlights the best in American food journalism.