The big new idea in baking: cookie transformations-- using a few cookie cutters and a twist of the wrist to create 100 totally unique and fun cookie designs!
Dubbed "the most creative baker I know" by Ina Garten, cookie expert Patti Paige reveals the secrets behind her famous decorating techniques and dough recipes. Known for her irresistibly playful cookie designs, Patti shows how, with a change of perspective and her decorating tips, a single cookie cutter is the only tool you need to make a Chick that will transform, into French Fries, a Hen, and a Dog!
A pumpkin-shaped cookie morphs into a bunch of bananas or into George Washington's profile; a tea cup into a stork or graduation cap; a ghost into a cat; a football helmet into a bird on a nest or an elephant; a gift box into a spider; or Santa into a turkey , and much more. Plus, Patti shares her seven favorite cookie dough recipes from classic vanilla sugar cookies to vegan gingerbread, and all the tools, tips, techniques and resources needed to create your own transformations in the kitchen - even how to make your own cookie cutters.
About the Author
Patti Paige, creator and owner of Baked Ideas, has appeared nationally on Food Network's The Barefoot Contessa ("How the Cookie Crumbles") and the Cooking Channel's Food Crafters. Her cookies have filled the pages of O magazine, Martha Stewart Weddings, Sweet Paul, the New York Times, and Brides magazine, among others. Paige does cookie-decorating workshops at Williams-Sonoma and other locations, and her cookies are sold in Dean & DeLuca, Bloomingdales, and other stores. She has worked with Hello Cupcake's Karen Tack and Alan Richardson, and her diverse group of clients include Alicia Keys, David Hyde Pierce, Tiffany, Crayola, Gourmet magazine, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and Hillary Clinton.
"What I love about Patti is how she thinks outside the box. She is a true pioneer in cookie artistry!"--Amanda Rettke, author of Surprise Inside Cakes
Patti is a supernatural cookie artist. And her book, You Can't Judge a Cookie by Its Cutter, is not only a great inspiration to all aspiring cookie decorators; it gives great hope to cookie cutter hoarders (ourselves included) everywhere. Do yourself a favor and unearth that barely used chick-shaped cookie cutter. Patti is going to show you how it can become a bag of fries, a dog's head, a hen . . . and a beautiful, gorgeous chick!--Matt Lewis and Renato Poliafito, authors of Baked
"If you've ever dreamed of unleashing your inner creativity, you've come to the right place! Patti Paige is the high priestess of decorated cookies, and in this book she shares her extraordinary knowledge so you can bake the most amazing decorated cookies you've ever seen. This book is the master class you've been waiting for!"--Ina Garten, bestselling author of the Barefoot Contessa cookbooks
"Patti Paige is one smart cookie! Who knew a bear could be turned into a toadstool or even hugs 'n kisses? You Can't Judge a Cookie by It's Cutter shows our kind of thinking: outside the box."--Alan Richardson and Karen Tack, authors of Hello Cupcake!
"Cute, creative, and incredibly inspiring, You Can't Judge A Cookie By It's Cutter shows you how to think beyond predetermined shapes and decorate cookies you really want to make."--Angie Dudley, author of the New York Times bestselling Cake Pops
"Patti's cookies are chic, clever, and most important, crumb-licking delicious. Nobody does custom creations like her!"--Ariel Foxman, editor of InStyle