Fresh-Baked Homemade Cookies Stir Memories of an Old-Fashioned Holiday

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Cookie loving co-authors, McConnell and Sutton, pack dozens of real-life stories in between fantastic mouth-watering cookie recipes in their inspired homage, "Cookie Stories: Life Stories and the Cookies that Inspired Them."

In time for the ultimate cookie season, Penny McConnell, owner of nationally-recognized Penny's Pastries, and Kathy Sutton present their highly entertaining, light-hearted celebration of the all-time favorite sweet treat. "Cookie Stories: Life Stories and the Cookies that Inspired Them" (ISBN 0976902605) brings joy to the heart, and belly, with a soul-filled experience surrounding the universally loved cookie.

A casual, conversational flare makes "Cookie Stories" a memorable journey, thanks to the efforts of two cookie-loving coauthors who compiled the funniest, most heart-warming cookie stories from around the country. Their combined deep appreciation for the cookie is evident as they transform the art of baking cookies into a universal gesture that brings friends, families, and communities together. With real-life stories set alongside tantalizing recipes and expert bakers' secrets, readers discover how to create delicious cookies and decadent delights - brimming with chocolates, mysterious spices, and sensual textures - as well as family favorites ready to share at the next potluck or backyard barbecue.

For McConnell, who made her first batch of cookies at age 8, this book is the natural progression of an 18-year career as owner of Penny's Pastries. Her nationally-recognized specialty cookie bakery has been featured on The Food Network's "Best of Cookies" show and in print media, including USA Today, Entrepreneur Magazine, Black Enterprise, The Austin American-Statesman. McConnell says, "There is simply no other symbol that is as simple and accepted as a cookie. For many people, cookies represent connection and celebration."

Funny, tender, captivating, and passionate - the magical power of the cookie is alive on the pages of "Cookie Stories." This delightful book encourages readers to seize the moment and create their own cookie memories. With an intriguing section dedicated to the winter holiday season, this book is the perfect gift idea. Like a big batch of warm chocolate chip cookies, fresh from the oven on a cold winter day, "Cookie Stories," is sweet, memorable, and always satisfying to the soul.

Penny McConnell and Kathy Sutton both reside in Austin, TX with their families. The co-authors drew from their diverse backgrounds and 12 year friendship to set the warm tone and fun personality to their collaboration. "Cookie Stories" (ISBN 0976902605) can be purchased at online bookstores or at http://www.cookiestories.com.

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