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100 Best Decorated Cookies 

Now might be a good time to rediscover the joys of baking cookies.

Food Thought

100 Best Decorated Cookies: Featuring 750 Step-By-Step Photos
By Julie Anne Hession
Robert Rose, $20, 256 pp.

With all this Arctic air putting the freeze on us, it might be a good time to rediscover the joys of baking cookies. And there’s no reason to make the same, boring old sugar cookies. Julie Anne Hession’s exciting spiral-bound volume of artful cookie recipes is sure to get you grabbing your rolling pin. If you’re new to baking, the book’s array of hundreds of step-by-step photos will set you at ease. But even the most seasoned cookie monster will likely learn a new trick or two, including seasonal cookie ideas, the skinny on pastry bags, and even how to make your snacks gluten-free and vegan. Given all the shivering and shoveling, that little carb load is going to be welcome indeed.

The Works

Heart Puzzle Cookie Cutters
$18; fancyflours.com

Speaking of cookies, what better idea than to bake the sweetheart in your life a bunch of these heart puzzle cookies for Valentine’s Day. It’s a whole heart made up of two cookies that interlock. All you need is a pastry bag to write your names on each half. Yeah, it’s corny, it’s a little silly, but it’s just so darn cute! These adorable tinplate cutters are made by Birkmann in Germany, and make cookies that are 5 inches square when completed. They also come in an attractive box with a recipe, if it’s intended as a gift for that happy couple.

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