The Beginner's Guide to Cookie Decorating

The Beginner's Guide to Cookie Decorating by Mary Valentino

Title:  The Beginner's Guide to Cookie Decorating: Easy Techniques and Expert Tips for Designing and Icing Colorful Treats
Author: Mary Valentino
Publisher: Quarry Books
Genre:  Cooking, Food & Wine
Format:  temporary PDF
No. of Pages: 482
Date of US Publication: 12 July, 2022
My Rating:  4 Stars

My Thoughts 

Cookie decorating is fascinating and intimidating to me, and my teens and I both wanted to check this guide out (we all loved it!).

I love the clean and fun layout of this one, the photos, along with the encouraging writing of the author and her accessible instructions. 

Recommended for the middle school aged and above home baker / craftster looking to learn a new skill. 

Temporary PDF provided by Quarry Books / Quarto Publishing Group and NetGalley. Opinions shared are my own.


You’re inspired by the cookie decorating trend on TV and social media, but how can you find your way through the maze of information out there? You turn to The Beginner’s Guide to Cookie Decorating.

In this comprehensive guide, Mary Valentino of Emma’s Sweets, a winner of the Food Network’s “Christmas Cookie Challenge,” reveals her latest and greatest easy techniques and designs that are perfect for beginner hobbyists. Everything is included to help you advance your cookie-decorating skills, including information on basic supplies and upgradeschoosing and using color, tasty cookie and icing recipes, and an array of cookie designs: vivid flowers, adorable animals, cute clothing, seasonal motifs, and much more.

She also shares the most up-to-date simple techniques for creating wow effects, including easy hand painting, embellishing, piping, color blocking, sparkly effects, and using molds.

Watch your budding embellishment skills blossom with these ideas and inspiration:

  • Professional-looking cookie designs for every season and occasion
  • How to mix colors and create appealing palettes
  • Techniques and troubleshooting tips for getting the perfect icing consistency every time
  • No-fail, delicious cookie and icing recipes
  • How to get the most out of cookie cutters
  • How to achieve dimensional and texture effects that make cookies pop

Let cookie decorating star Mary Valentino show you how simple it is to 
create amazing cookies that taste as good as they look!


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