Back in 2011, Quirk Books sent me a delicious cookbook (this one) to review & do a giveaway for. I loved the book & every recipe in it! The frosted maple pecan cookies are some of Jay’s favorite cookies ever. So when they asked me to do a review for a new book, Sprinkles! Recipes and Ideas for Rainbowlicious Desserts, I totally had to say yes!
And I had to ask if I could give one of YOU a copy as well!
I love cookbooks. I love books in general, really- especially cookbooks, how-to books or DIY/craft books. I’m in the middle of redoing things around the ol’ homestead, so I don’t have easy access to them right now. Which is another reason why I jumped at the chance to get my hands on a new one.
But the main reason? It’s December! It’s time to start thinking about Christmas baking & Christmas presents. Cookbooks like this make not only amazing gifts, but provide some inspiration when we get a little stuck for holiday treats.
“Sprinkles! Recipes and Ideas for Rainbowlicious Desserts: Here’s a guide to baking and decorating delicious desserts with a colorful twist: sprinkles! Of course you can scatter them over cakes and pies–but you can also swirl them into waffles, “embroider” them on cookies, and freeze them in pretty popsicles. Jackie Alpers shares dozens of creative, colorful, super-fun recipes, plus quick-and-easy projects (ideal for little kids), holiday treats, party-perfect sprinkles crafts (great for gifting!). She also offers simple tutorials for tinting sparkling sugars, concocting homemade pop rocks, and even crafting your own sprinkles from scratch. Sprinkles! is an awesome rainbow explosion of a cookbook you won’t want to miss.”
The first thing that you need to know is that the photography in the book (& on the front & back covers) is beautiful. Beautiful colors & beautiful layouts. It’s enough to make a food blogger a little jealous.
And that makes sense, because Jackie Alpers is a photographer. Specializing in food-themed projects, of course. So naturally her photographs are stunning.
Okay, so, one of my favorite things about the book: the descriptions of all the different varieties of sprinkles… or jimmies… or nonpareils… or whatever. I know I’ve been calling them all “sprinkles” since I first learned to talk. So I guess I need to step up my sprinkle knowledge.
Did I mention the colors? Lovely.
The recipes, though, are what you’re really in it for, am I right? They don’t disappoint. Sprinkles butter. I mean, honestly. Where is Julia Child when you need her to agree with you on how awesome something like SPRINKLES BUTTER is?!
And of course, CUPCAKES!
These party spoons are definitely happening for hot cocoa this winter. Maybe with peppermint extract mixed into the chocolate & some snowflake sprinkles?
Also included in the book: homemade pop rocks, coloring your own sugar, crafts using sprinkles and get this… recipes to make your own sprinkles!
Birthday cake martinis. Chocolate bark. Brazilian chocolate truffles. Confetti popcorn cake. How to stencil a cake with sprinkles. Windowpane cookies. Hot chocolate stir sticks. Tell me those things don’t sound AMAZINGLY appropriate for this time of year? You can’t. ‘Cause they are.
I’m really excited to add this book to my arsenal of cookbookery. It’s one of those cookbooks you could easily leave out on a table for display. Like a coffee table cookbook! You probably want one too, right?
If you’d like to add it to your arsenal as well, here’s where you can get it:
Amazon: click to buy
Barnes & Noble: click to buy
Overstock.com: click to buy
Walmart: click to buy
However… if you’d like to try & win it, here’s how you can! Open to U.S. residents 18+ ONLY, the giveaway ends on December 9th at midnight Eastern Standard Time. THERE IS ONLY ONE MANDATORY ENTRY: leaving a comment answering the question asked below in the Rafflecopter widget! Log into the widget using Facebook or your e-mail, click ‘Answer a Question!’, read the question, then scroll down to the comments section & answer it. Scroll back up & click ‘I commented!’ and you’ve got your one mandatory entry! The rest are bonus entries– however, I suggest you do them because the more you do, the more chances of winning you have. Also… you can tweet about the giveaway every day & come back here to enter for tons more chances!
Happy gifting… & winning!