Crispy treats can’t be harder than macarons, right?
A few months ago, I did a review for Nerdy Nummies + Mastering Macarons and was super impressed not only with the book but the instructions and tips for each recipe.
This time around, I’m reviewing another Rosanna Pansino cookbook for the holidays and celebrations throughout the year.
Recipes to Enjoy Year-Round
In this book you will find more than 85 recipes for many of the holidays and special occasions such as Christmas, New Year’s, Valentine’s Day, birthdays, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, and more.
Like Nerdy Nummies, the beginning has Rosanna’s introduction and how to use the book. It explains the icons, step-by-step photos, and templates, along with the tools you’ll need and basic recipes you’ll refer to during the baking process.
The book starts with Valentine’s Day and has at least five recipes per holiday. There are ten chapters in total, with the last being for “Special Occassions” such as graduations or weddings. Yes, you could make a wedding cake. I am nowhere near ready to try that.
Each recipe also comes with a quote from Rosanna as she talks about what you’re going to make and if it’s something special to her family.
What I love about these books is that not only each recipe has a picture (which some books don’t do) but will show step-by-step instructions with pictures for assembly. Even without the pictures, each of the steps is easy to follow.
Obviously, some recipes will be more advanced than others, but there are plenty of easy ones to try, even if you never baked before. As someone who has failed many times, just keep trying.
However, the best way for me to review a cookbook is to try a recipe.
Making Monster Crispy Treats
Perfect for this time of year, I went under the Halloween chapter. I’ve made plenty of cupcakes and cookies over the years but the Rice Krispy treats is something I haven’t tried.
The ingredient list isn’t long and didn’t seem hard to make, however, one of the things I struggle with (and it frustrates me to no end) is decorating. Whether it is icing a cake or creating Frankenstein’s monster, but I was determined to do it right.
The Final Product
This recipe required peppermint extract, which I bought and left at the store. And because I had literally everything ready to go, just made a regular Rice Krispy treat with vanilla extract and I added some sprinkles, but still followed the rest of the recipe.
I just can’t make something out of these books exactly perfectly, as you can see, with the color difference. That green would not turn the color I wanted and unlike someone on a baking show, I don’t want to just throw it out.
So…I’m rather proud of what I made. I had an issue with the piping bag when I started using the melted chocolate to hold the eyes and make the mouths…it exploded. Chocolate went all over one of the treats (RIP) and I literally used a toothpick to do the rest.
BUT, I think the treats match the “aesthetic” of Frankenstein’s monster. He’s not perfectly put together and neither are they.
Even though I had some issues, the steps are easy to follow and well-detailed. I didn’t have any problems or confusion when it came to actually put it together. The chocolate just wasn’t my friend.
Like I said in my Nerdy Nummies Review, I think this would be a great gift for the baker in your life, beginner or advanced. There are a lot of recipes to choose from and the versatility will appeal to everyone.