I’m not a food blogger and I’m not a foodie, but I do love desserts. Recently I’ve been trying to be more organized with cooking and meal-planning, so when Christina Dymock contacted me about this blog tour, I thought it might be fun to participate. I find that most people have different habits and opinions when it comes to food. This review is based on my own preferences, so your take on the same recipes or on this cookbook’s concept could be far different.
I haven’t bought many cook books lately. Usually when I do, I find that I’m only interested in about ten percent of the recipes, and of those, very few becomes ones I use over and over again. When I browse through a recipe book, I normally judge it by a set of factors. Other people will have different criteria, but for this review, I’ll go through the different categories I use and tell you what I think.
Are the recipes healthy?
Not all that applicable for a dessert recipe book. Many of the recipes included shortening and corn syrup, two things I usually don’t bake with. But dessert is about taste, not about nutrients, right?
Are the recipes easy?
I don’t mind baking, but I have lots of other ways I like to spend my time. (Writing spy thrillers, for example.) As promised by the title, the recipes in this book use just one bowl for mixing and one for baking. A few of the recipes even have you assemble the items on the baking sheet, so there is even less cleanup.
Most of the ingredient lists were fairly small. Some recipes are true “make from scratch” recipes, and others start with a cake mix or pre-made cookie dough. I thought there was a great balance between these two types of recipes.
Do the recipes use items I have on hand, or do they require a special trip to the store?
I normally have the basics for things like chocolate chip cookies or brownies (butter, sugar, flour, vanilla, chocolate chips, salt, eggs, baking soda, baking powder, cocoa, oil, etc). While the ingredient lists for most of the recipes in One Dirty Dish aren’t long, the majority of them included at least one item not normally in my pantry. (But your pantry may be different.)
Is the final product tasty?
Why waste your time making a dessert that doesn’t taste good? (Unless it somehow has the nutritional benefits, of, say broccoli.) I can’t speak for every recipe in the book, but here is a summary of those I tried:
Over the Moon Brownies
These get points for being chocolate. As promised, they were easy to mix up. But I have other recipes I like better (admittedly, my go-to from-scratch brownie recipe dirties two bowls instead of one), and my favorite brownie is still the Ghirardelli mix. Usually my family of four has no problem polishing off a batch of brownies, but we only ate about 2/3rds of these and tossed the rest. They weren’t bad, but it’s a recipe I won’t make again.
Abracadabra Cookie Bars
These bars were tasty. A crust that’s a mix between a cookie and a pie crust, topped with chocolate, butterscotch, coconut, and pecans. It’s a recipe I may make again, especially for extended family get-togethers or potlucks, because it makes a large batch. (I was going to share them with a friend, but she’s allergic to the pecans).
Lemon Bread with Blueberry Streusel
My husband and I thought this was good (3 out of 5 stars), but my kids loved it. Quote from a four year old: “This is the best bread ever!” Mine didn’t turn out as pretty as the picture, but no one at our house cared.
Since I was able to try only a small percentage of the included recipes, I thought it would be helpful to list the other options below. Many (but not all) of the recipes included a picture. I found the recipes easy to follow, so if you see a lot of recipes that catch your eye, check out this cookbook. It’s available on Amazon.
Small & Scrumptious
Mini Bundt Cakes with Pears
White Chocolate Cherry Delights
Raisin Pie Bites
Cookie-Bottom Individual Cheesecakes
Banana Petits Fours
Coconut Cups with Strawberry Filling
Roll-Over Cookie Bites
Little Chocolate Rolls
Mini Pumpkin Oreos
Beautiful Brownies & Bars
Best-ever Chocolate Fudge Lemon Brownies
Extreme Peanut Butter Bookies
Mom’s Butterscotch Bars
No-Bake Peanut Butter Bars
To-Die-For Pecan Bars
Variety S’mores Bars
Chocolate Cream Cheese Strawberry Brownies
Very Vanilla Brownies
Seriously Chunky Brownies
Sandwich Cookie Bars
Abracadabra Cookie Bars
Chocolate Crispy Bars
Peanut Butter Goodness Bars
Peanut Butter Love Bars
Decadent Dessert Breads
Chocolate Chocolate Chip Bread
Lemon Bread with Blueberry Streusel
White Chocolate Pumpkin Bread
Butter Rum Bread
Lemon Spritz Cookies
Snap-and Crackle Cookies
Old-Fashioned Oatmeal Raisin Cookies
Raspberry Meringue Cookies
Paper Bag Cookies
Dark Chocolate and Caramel Cookies
Chocolate Graham Cracker Cookies
Santa’s Favorite Cookies
Brownie Mallow Cookies
3X Chocolate Cookies
Pumpkin Sugar Cookies
Peanut Butter Truffle Bars
Hazelnut Ice Cream Topping
Salted White Chocolate Peanut Clusters
Charming Cakes, Cupcakes, Cobblers & Pies
Graham Cracker Pie
Pumpkin Bundt Cakes
Hummingbird Sheet Cake
Moist Chocolate Cake
Upside-Down German Chocolate Cake
White Chocolate Almond Poppy Seed Cake
Caramel Cake with Pecan Frosting
Blueberry Ribbon Cake
Mint Valley Cupcakes
White Chocolate and Strawberry Cupcakes
Plum Upside-Down Cupcakes
Grandma’s 24-Hour Cupcakes
Vanilla Peach Bundt Cake
Inside-out Pumpkin S’more Cupcakes
Chocolate Cake to the Third Power
Blender Pumpkin Pie
In addition to One Dirty Bowl: Fast Desserts, Faster Cleanup, Christina Dymock has also written The Hungry Family Slow Cooker Cook Book, Young Chefs, 101 Things to do With Popcorn, The Widow’s Mite, and The Godmother Chronicles.
You can connect with Christina through her blog or her Facebook page.
*I was provided an electronic copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
Hey there! This post could not be written any better!
Reading through this post reminds me of my previous room
mate! He always kept chatting about this. I will forward this article to him.
Pretty sure he will have a good read. Thank you for sharing!