Reviewed by Alice L.

Wilton Cookie Exchange arrived just in time since I had my first cookie exchange with my mothers’ group last week. There were four people participating so I had to make forty-eight cookies (a dozen for each family, including my own).

Cookie Exchange is not your ordinary baking book. It does have some delicious and easy to follow cookie and baked goods recipes, but the majority of the book is aimed at the more “serious” baker who likes to decorate her creations. I wish I had the book earlier when I was preparing for my daughter’s birthday party! I spent way too long standing in Wilton isles trying to figure out which design I wanted and what size of pastry bag tip I needed.

Cookie Exchange contains so many different ways to decorate Christmas tree cookies, gingerbread man cookies, and many others. It also gives details on how to make a festive cookie exchange party, including tips on invitations, stacking cookies and presentation.

The beginning of the book provides basic explanations on how to make and decorate your cookies – everything from mixing and rolling the cookie dough to detailed tutorials on decorating techniques. Once you read through the instructions and tips, the pictures of cookies in their galleries become less intimidating. While the intent of the book is to prepare one for participating in a Christmas cookie exchange, this cookbook also provides lots of detailed instructions on decorating cookies which do not necessarily have to be Christmas themed.

Wilton Cookie Exchange by Wilton is not a cookbook for someone who is looking for simple baking recipes, rather, it is a cookbook for someone who has a desire to learn to decorate cookies that are going to make statement.

Alice is a former city girl who now resides in an Ohio suburb with her husband (and college sweetheart) Justin and their busy toddler, Amelia. She is a stay-home-mom and when she is not chasing her daughter, she enjoys cooking, reading, and little bit of retail-therapy.

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by Wilton Enterprises. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.