Bon Appétit Desserts – review & giveaway

I like to cook, but I love to bake!  I’m always on the lookout for new recipes to try and cookbooks to add to my collection, so I was very excited when I was offered to preview the newest offering from Bon Appétit magazine.  Bon Appétit Desserts has over 600 recipes in 9 categories; there is truly something for everyone!

Bon Appétit Desserts is authored by Bon Appétit magazine’s editor-in-chief  Barbara Fairchild, whom you may recognize from a wide variety of television shows such as Food Network’s Iron Chef America and The Next Food Network Star and Fox’s Hell’s Kitchen.  She started at Bon Appétit in 1978 and has worked her way up from editorial assistant to editor-in-chief since 2000.  This is a woman who knows her food and how important it is to have an easy to follow cookbook to help us novices out!

I really appreciate that every recipe is rated with one to four whisks: one whisk means it’s appropriate for the most novice baker, while a four is considered a “showstopper” and so is for experienced bakers.  At a glance, I can tell if a recipe is something that I can likely accomplish while watching TV at night, or if it’s something I should be saving for a free afternoon.  The index at the back lists all of the recipes in their whisk categories, so you can easily select something based on how adventurous you’re feeling that day! Check out this teaser video for a taste of what the book has to offer:

As soon as I saw the picture of the Dark and White Chocolate Chunk Cookies with Ginger, I knew I had to make them.  And with a one whisk rating, I knew it was something I could whip up without a problem during naptime.  Sure enough, they were easy to make – the hardest part was not eating all of the raw dough and waiting for them to cool when they came out of the oven!  Mine looked almost as good as the ones in the book and we’re rationing them now so that they last longer than 24 hours.  I baked mine on baking stones instead of the baking sheets recommended and they were still perfect.

Dark and White  Chocolate Chunk Cookies with Ginger

The addition of crystallized ginger gives these chocolate chip cookies a surprising kick. Crystallized ginger can be found in the spice section or the  Asian foods section of most supermarkets. Makes about 2 dozen

  • 2 2/3 cups bittersweet or semisweet chocolate chips, divided
  • 1/4  cup (1/2 stick) unsalted butter
  • 2    large eggs
  • 1/2  cup (packed) golden brown sugar
  • 2    teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3/4  cup self-rising flour
  • 1/2  cup chopped crystallized ginger
  • 3 1/2     ounces high-quality white chocolate (such as Lindt or Perugina), very coarsely chopped

Preheat oven to 350°F. Line 2 heavy large rimmed baking sheets with parchment paper. Stir 2 cups chocolate chips with butter in heavy small saucepan over low heat until melted and smooth; cool 10 minutes. Beat eggs and brown sugar in large bowl until well blended. Beat in melted chocolate mixture and vanilla, then flour. Stir in ginger and remaining 2/3 cup chocolate chips; let stand 10 minutes.

Drop cookie dough by rounded tablespoonfuls onto prepared baking sheets, spacing cookies 1 1/2 to 2 inches apart. Press white chocolate pieces into tops  of cookies, dividing equally. Bake until cookies look puffed and slightly dry on top, about 13 minutes. Cool cookies on baking sheets.

Do Ahead: Cookies can be made 2 days ahead. Store in airtight container at room temperature.

—From Bon Appétit Dessertsby Barbara Fairchild/Andrews McMeel Publishing

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38 Comments on Bon Appétit Desserts – review & giveaway

  1. Natasha
    November 10, 2010 at 9:33 AM (7 years ago)

    I would pretty much like to try everything :)

  2. Shelley
    November 10, 2010 at 9:33 AM (7 years ago)

    I love baking lemon meringue pie! Its my favourite. :)

  3. Natasha
    November 10, 2010 at 9:34 AM (7 years ago)

    oh and WHY do I need this book?? DUH! TO BAKE SOME YUMMY COOKIES! And get fat! HAHAHA!

  4. Shelley
    November 10, 2010 at 9:35 AM (7 years ago)

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  5. Natasha
    November 10, 2010 at 9:37 AM (7 years ago)

    What do I like to bake? Chocolate cake :)

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    November 10, 2010 at 9:37 AM (7 years ago)

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  7. Natasha
    November 10, 2010 at 9:41 AM (7 years ago)

    Recipe I would like to try from Bon Apetit – Maple-Apple Pie with walnut streusel. OMG IT LOOKS SO GOOD!

  8. Kaisa
    November 10, 2010 at 12:57 PM (7 years ago)

    I love baking cookies! Looks like this cookbook has some drool-worthy recipes, hence I NEED it. :)

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    November 10, 2010 at 12:57 PM (7 years ago)

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  11. Kaisa
    November 10, 2010 at 12:58 PM (7 years ago)

    I’d like to try the chocolate caramel slices from the website!

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  13. Leanne M
    November 11, 2010 at 2:14 AM (7 years ago)

    I need to win this because I love baking treats for my kids and they would love to try some new things.

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    November 11, 2010 at 2:15 AM (7 years ago)

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  16. Danica
    November 11, 2010 at 12:25 PM (7 years ago)

    Mmm, sugar cookies cut into fun shapes and decorated! Always my favourite :)
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    November 11, 2010 at 10:32 PM (7 years ago)

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  20. MelM
    November 11, 2010 at 10:32 PM (7 years ago)

    I need this b/c I suck at cooking and can only redeem myself through baking! ;)

  21. Kirsten
    November 14, 2010 at 6:24 AM (7 years ago)

    I love making peanut m&m cookies.
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  24. Kirsten
    November 14, 2010 at 6:26 AM (7 years ago)

    I would really like to try the Maple and Chocolate Chip Shortbread recipe
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  25. Tara
    November 17, 2010 at 4:55 PM (7 years ago)

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  28. Amber Y
    November 19, 2010 at 8:35 AM (7 years ago)

    I actually like the no bake cheese cake we make lol, but my boyfriend loooves to bake. this book would be awesome for him!

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  29. Laura
    November 23, 2010 at 10:56 AM (7 years ago)

    I love to bake cookies and I need another book to add to my collection of cookbooks!

  30. Helen@Baby Shoes
    November 24, 2010 at 5:27 AM (7 years ago)

    Lemon cheesecake is my thing when I’m feeling a bit naughty.