It's all about cookies - and other treats - this time of year at the library

With the holidays upon us, baking goodies to share with family and friends is a popular pastime for many people.

From cakes and bread to pies, cinnamon rolls and cookies, the holidays are filled with delicious treats. Your Abilene Public Library is joining in on all the baking fun this holiday season by baking cookies.

At the Dec. 13 meeting of APL’s Cookbook Club, we will have a cookie exchange. Part of the event will be sharing appetizers that we have made using recipes from library cookbooks or the library food databases, AtoZ Food America and AtoZ World Food. This will be the dinner portion of the night.

The second part will be sharing our homemade cookies with each other.

The cookie recipes can come from the databases - cookbooks at the library, a favorite cookbook at home, the internet, or a treasured family cookie recipe. Attendees will need to bring two dozen cookies to share with the others. If you are in search of a new cookie recipe, the library has a wide variety of cookbooks that could inspire you and your baking aspirations.

Martha Stewart's cookie book.
Martha Stewart's cookie book.

With just a quick look at the cookie cookbooks in our collection you can find “Martha Stewart's Cookie Perfection: 100+ Recipes to Take Your Sweet Treats to the Next Level” from the kitchens of Martha Stewart Living, “The Perfect Cookie: Your Ultimate Guide to Foolproof Cookies, Brownies & Bars” by the editors at America's Test Kitchen and “Crazy About Cookies: 300 scrumptious Recipes for Every Occasion & Craving” by Krystina Castella.

If you want to learn more, you can take the class How to Bake Cookies available through the library’s Universal Class portal on the library website. You can also take classes on cake decorating, bread baking and pie making. There are so many ways you can upgrade your holiday baking skills this year.

If you are interested in joining the Cookbook Club for this event, or future ones, you will need to register on the library’s event calendar. The group meets at 6:30 p.m. the second Tuesday of the month at the Mockingbird Lane branch. The group is open to adults 18+ only.

Each month, there is a different theme that attendees use to direct their cooking. This is a great way to try new recipes, grow your cooking or baking skills, and make new friends. Registration is required for all attendees.

If this sounds fun to you, please register and join us for a wonderful night and delicious food and festive cookies. All this, and more, is happening at your library this exciting holiday season.

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