Cookbook Favorites: Sweet Treats

Today we thought we would share some of our favorite cookbooks for sweet treats-cakes, cookies, and all manner of baked goods!


From basic drop cookies to elaborate pinwheels, tuile leaves, meringues, and more, this cookbook by Martha Stewart has recipes for any cookie you could think of. The recipes are easy to follow and produce lovely and absolutely scrumptious cookies. I would highly recommend the snickerdoodles from this book, which are quick and easy to whip up and a definite crowd-pleaser.

A few great recipes: Earl Grey Tea Cookies, chewy molasses crinkles, hazelnut orange shortbread


Purchased back in my bundt cake phase, this cookbook by Greg Patent offers “traditional and contemporary favorites from the past 200 years,” from pound cakes to pies to breads to cheesecake. The spice pound cake is a particular favorite of mine, a delicious taste of fall that can be made impressive looking when baked in an intricate bundt pan. Some of the recipes also provide brief histories of how the ingredients or products came to be popular in the United States.

A few great recipes: Maple-frosted Maple Cupcakes, Boston Cream Pie, Chocolate Soufflé Cake


A holiday gift many years ago, this cookbook comes from Melissa Gray, a producer on NPR’s All Things Considered. Full of a wide variety of cakes, this cookbook also has a personal touch, with stories from the author, from her discovery of recipes to her coworkers delight at taste testing her creations.

A few great recipes: Chocolate Pound Cake, Tunnel of Fudge Cake, Butter Rum Cake, Black Walnut Cake, Argroves Manor Coffee Cake


This cookbook by Viola Goren has pies of all kinds, from sweet to savory. Flipping through the pages, it is hard to find a recipe in here that doesn’t look simply delectable.

A few great recipes: Asparagus, Parmesan, and Olive Tart, Spinach, Onion, and Pine Nut Pie, Rustic Double-Crust Apple Pie, Chocolate Pecan Pie

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