Another look at cookbooks

Apple Spice Drops

Continuing on with my column from last week, I am taking a look at another cookbook I got at The Gospel Book Store of Berlin Cookbook Contest in Berlin, Ohio. And speaking of cookbooks, there’s still time to get your recipes in for the Parkersburg News and Sentinel Cookbook contest. Email them to by Sept. 11!

Just to recap, the bookstore hosted members of the community who had published cookbooks, all of whom brought several dishes out of their cookbook for the public to sample.

The top 3 cookbooks were voted on by members of the public. The cookbooks were also for sale and be signed by the authors.

I now have several of the cookbooks from the contest (and thought about going back and purchasing the other winners) and thought I would share a bit about them here.

Another of the books that I purchased was “Country Blessings Cookbook.” Written by Amish sisters Frieda Troyer and Clara Coblentz of Sugarcreek (though only Frieda was there that day) this is a book that is a baker’s dream come true. It should have been called the Cookie book with a few non-cookie recipes thrown in!

Raspberry Shortbread Thumbprint Cookies

The sisters straight up say they have included a lot of cookie recipes to prepare at Christmas time. And since I love cookies any day of the year, this was a major selling point.

At the contest, I remember trying the Raspberry Shortbread Thumbprint Cookies, the Chocolate Streusel Bars and the Hot Pizza Dip. All of them were delicious, and I made them all immediately when I got home. I also made a few other cookies from the book – Chocolate Peanut Butter Drops and Apple Spice Drops. I will admit – when I made the raspberry shortbread thumbprints at home, I omitted the almond extract and used vanilla instead, since I’m not a fan of almonds – didn’t stop me from eating them at the contest though!

Everyone at home has enjoyed all the treats I have made — my stepdaughter especially loved the Chocolate Streusel Bars and claimed that as her favorite.

There are a couple of cheesecakes I’m dying to try from the book — Brownie Cheesecake and Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cheesecake. As for cookies, I’d still like to explore the Chocolate Truffle Cookies, Hot Chocolate Cookies, White Chocolate Cranberry Blondies and lots more.

As I mentioned before, there is a section on appetizers and dips where I made the Pizza Dip. There is also a section of breakfast dishes and a breads section. But you didn’t come here for that, you came for the cookies!

Chocolate Streusel Bars

The cookbook can be purchased at The Gospel Book Store of Berlin for $13.99.


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