The New Joy the Baker Cookbook ~ A Review

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I was one of Joy the Baker’s enthusiastic fans long before I signed up for the Cookbook Spotlight and Cook-Off hosted by Heather at girlichef that celebrates the launching of Joy’s new cookbook. Her blog is one of the many I visit on a regular basis and I have always loved her recipes so I knew that her book would be a excellent addition to my cookbook library.  The first three weeks of the cook-off  we prepared recipes from the book and now, the fourth week,  it’s review time.  Joy calls her book a “celebration of butter and sugar” and that is the best description I can think of to summarize it.  You will find a complete list of cook-off participants and their recipe selections at girlichef.

The Joy the Baker Cookbook is a compilation of 100 of Joy’s favorite recipes. Its 241 pages contain beautiful photographs (I always make the recipes with photos first, don’t you?) and a broad range of recipes from peanut butter bacon cookies, chocolate avocado cupcakes with chocolate buttercream frosting to cocoa almond granola and zucchini and potato pancakes.  And I want to make them all!  Joy introduces each recipe with comments about her baking philosophy and a glimpse into her charming personality and delightful sense of humor. By the end of the book I feel that I know Joy and understand her passion for baking. She has even included a chapter of kitchen tips such as how to make buttermilk and brown sugar and how to season a cast iron skillet.  Joy loves cream cheese frosting as much as I do and includes recipes for chocolate, brown sugar and peanut butter versions. Yum!

If you read the posts I have included in this Cook-Off you know that I loved the recipes I tried and look forward to baking many more in Joy’s book.  The recipes are straight forward and easy to follow and for the most part use ingredients that I always have in the pantry.  They are everyday recipes with special twists and additions that make them very special.   The Verdict… I give this cookbook two very enthusiastic thumbs up and recommend that you add it to your cookbook collection if you love to bake.

Week 1 – Chocolate Fudge Brownies with Chocolate Buttercream Frosting



Vanilla Bean Snickerdoodles


*This post is part of the Joy the Baker Cookbook Spotlight and Cook-Off sponsored by Hyperion and hosted at girlichef*


  1. says

    Great review; it seems everyone is talking about The New Joy the Baker Cookbook. When we travel. I love to come home with a new cookbook; this might be the one this year.

  2. says

    Wow—I am so glad I stopped by to read this review and I had missed the snickerdoodles and goat cheese biscuits. (I am loving those biscuits really!) Great review. I may have to sneak this in my cookbook library—even though I am on a self-imposed cookbook-buying hiatus.
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  3. says

    A cook can never have enough cookbooks and this one sounds great. The goodies all look delicious and I appreciate the great cookbook review! Love those Snickerdoodles!

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