Review: The Cookies & Cups Cookbook by Shelly Jaronsky

Posted April 29, 2016 in Review / 4 Comments

Review: The Cookies & Cups Cookbook by Shelly Jaronsky

The Cookies & Cups Cookbook: 125+ sweet & savory recipes reminding you to Always Eat Dessert First

by Shelly Jaronsky
Published by Simon & Schuster, Gallery Books on April 12th 2016
Genres: Non-Fiction
Pages: 320
Format: Paperback

I received this book for free from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

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Wildly popular Cookies & Cups blogger Shelly Jaronsky’s eagerly anticipated cookbook features all-new, mouth-watering, delectable sweet treats 100% guaranteed to make you want to eat dessert first.

Shelly Jaronsky has a problem. She’s an addict. Of the buttercream variety.

“Chronicling my life in sugar” has been Shelly’s motto since the inception of her insanely frequented dessert blog, Cookies & Cups. With recipes ranging from the deliciously decadent (her S’mores Fudge Bars will make you seriously reconsider everything you thought you knew about baked goods) to the deceptively simple (her Favorite Chocolate Chip Cookie will become an instant staple in your baking repertoire), The Cookies & Cups Cookbook truly has something for everyone, from the cooking novice to the seasoned chef.

Now you can bring Shelly’s signature style into your own kitchen with more than 125 no-fail recipes, including some reader-approved favorites and a special bonus section dedicated to the quick and savory side of cooking. Authored in the witty, intimate style of the blog that draws more than three million monthly page views and a social following of more than seven hundred thousand fans, The Cookies & Cups Cookbook is the go-to source for all things flavorful, accessible, and irresistibly tasty.


If you’ve ever stumbled upon my Pinterest page (stumble away HERE), you’ll see I have an overactive sweet tooth.  Anything and everything with a pretty picture, covered in chocolate is pinned in my “Sweets – YUM” board.  So I was super excited to get a recipe book full of Pinterest worthy recipes – all printed out and ready to be made!



Besides the awesome pictures, the best part of this recipe book is that most all of these recipes can be made from ingredients you already have on your shelves.  You want some brownies tonight?  No problem.  I’m sure you have some chocolate chips laying around in the cupboard just waiting to be used.




In my opinion, the worth of any good cookbook is if they can nail a basic recipe.  Chocolate chip cookies, buttercream frosting, or brownies – you’ve got to get those right!  And coincidentally, Ms. Jaronsky put her basic recipes up front in the beginning of her cookbook.  Smart…

So I know brownies and chocolate chip cookies.  But since I was majorly jones’ing for chocolate (blame the 21-day Fix diet I’ve been on), I made “The Fudgiest Brownies”.  And this wasn’t a measly 8×8 pan recipe, this was the 13×9 family sized recipe.  This is looking promising…

I will suggest that you take a bit of time reading “My Rules (or Lack Thereof) in the Kitchen”.  Ms. Jaronsky highlights how she cooks and bakes in her kitchen.  One of her slightly different ingredients is that she uses kosher salt instead of regular table salt.  She explains why.




I’m not sure if it was because my kosher salt was older or what, but my hubs and I kept tasting salt in our brownies when we ate the final product.  I’m not sure I’d follow that bit of advice again when I go to make another recipe.  I would just back down the salt measurement, depending on if I used salted or unsalted butter.  Another thing I might have done “wrong” is that I melted the chocolate chips in the microwave.  Most recipes nowadays will tell you it’s perfectly fine to melt chocolate in the microwave, as long as it’s done carefully.  So me and by Batter Bowl got to work (doesn’t everyone have a Pampered Chef tool or three?).

Finally, I would use ALL semisweet chocolate chips because I am from the school that brownies should never be milk chocolate.  The darker the better I say.

My next attempt will be the chocolate chip cookies.  I am the consummate connoisseur of chocolate chip cookies.  I have a signature recipe, too.  We’ll see if Ms. Jaronsky’s is up to snuff… I predict sooner rather than later 😉

About Shelly Jaronsky

Hi! I’m Shelly and I’m an addict.

Of the buttercream sort.

I started this site a few years ago as a way to justify my sugary, buttery obsession with desserts.

It has worked out well for me so far, because as it turns out you guys all love sugary, buttery desserts too!

It feels good to know you are not alone, doesn’t it?

I began this site when one of my kiddos started kindergarten and wanted a way to be creative…which we all know is code for…a way to justify my sugar obsession 😉

I lived the majority of my childhood in Houston, TX and will always feel like a Texan, but moved to New Jersey after college, following the love of my life.

I have lived in New Jersey since 1999 and am a happily married wife and mom to 4 boys!

My love for baking began as a small girl in my Grandma’s kitchen. Beyond trial and error I have no “formal” training.

I try to approach all my recipes knowing that we don’t all have a million hours to spend in the kitchen.



About Kristin

Kristin has to ensure she gets her minimal requirement of "happily ever after" books in between those books that contain cliffhangers and never-ending story arcs. It's for her family's sake. When not reading, she's homeshooling her 10-year old son, watching cartoons on TV, or taking a nap.

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4 responses to “Review: The Cookies & Cups Cookbook by Shelly Jaronsky

  1. Kosher salt is so much bigger in each grain. I’ve heard some doctors are really grumbling about all of the different kinds of salt because the “artisan” salts have larger grain which is making people use more. I don’t know. I’m lazy. I buy boxed brownies and make them that way. I still love them. I am a batter eater. I can make myself sick with the amount of batter I will eat before the brownies make it into the oven. I hope you enjoy your cookies. 🙂
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