Each of America’s little bites—cookies, candies, wafers, brittles—tells a big story, and each speaks volumes about what was going on in America when the recipes were created. In American Cookie, the bestselling author and Cake Mix Doctor Byrn takes us on a journey through America’s baking history. And just like she did in American Cake, she provides an incredibly detailed background alongside each recipe. Because the little bites we love are more than just baked goods.
Early colonists brought sugar cookies, Italian fig cookies, African benne wafers, and German gingerbread cookies. Each of the 100 recipes, from Katharine Hepburn Brownies and Democratic Tea Cakes to saltwater taffy and peanut brittle, comes with a lesson that’s both informative and enchanting.