The 11 Best Baking Cookbooks to Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth
No matter your skill level in the kitchen, we can all use new recipe ideas every now and then. Time in quarantine gave us the chance to tie on our aprons, dust off unused baking pans, and whip up a lot of banana bread, TBH. But now, we’re ready for more complicated recipes that still satisfy our sweet tooth. We’re talking layered cakes, intricate pies, and more unique cookies than your standard chocolate chip (although there’s nothing wrong with indulging in classics.)
To help us put the icing on the cake of our baking skills, we need the best baking cookbooks to guide us. Whether you’re a beginner who’s asking, “What’s a bundt pan?” or a seasoned pro looking to brush up on their dough rolling technique, we found the best baking cookbooks for every skill level and taste, from chocoholics to pastry aficionados.
Momofuku Milk Bar: A Cookbook
Milk Bar is the wildly popular Manhattan-based bakery founded by chef Christina Tosi, which now has multiple locations across the country. If you’ve tried their famous cake, truffles, or cookies, you likely crave them all the time. Luckily, this baking cookbook reveals the exact recipes for those drool-worthy sweets: cakes, cookies, pies, ice cream, and more addictive concoctions await you.
Trophy Cupcake & Parties!
This baking cookbook comes from Seattle’s prize-winning cupcake bakery, Trophy Cupcakes and Party, and as the title suggests, it offers both baking recipes and party ideas, feeding two birds with one scone (see what we did there?). Dip your toes into unique cupcake flavors like piña colada and gluten-free orange almond rose, plus classics like salted caramel and triple chocolate.
100 Cookies: The Baking Book for Every Kitchen
Calling all cookie lovers—this is the best baking cookbook for you. But don’t get it twisted: Cookies aren’t the only sweet treat included in this cookbook. Brownie and bar recipes are also included, plus an entire chapter on how to get crisp edges and soft center in all cookies. Sign us up.
Better Homes and Gardens New Cook Book
Nearly every household has a copy of the Better Homes and Gardens Cookbook—and you should, too. With more than 1,000 recipes, you can’t go wrong with this staple baking cookbook. And hey—you’ll find plenty of other classic recipes besides desserts, too.
The Baking Bible
The title of this baking cookbook says it all. If you’re seeking an all-encompassing baking cookbook for every type of dessert, this one’s for you. It covers everything: cakes, pies, tarts, cookies, candies, pastries, and breads—from crowd pleasers like coffee cake to intricate pastries that will impress your friends and family.
The Cake Bible
If you’re only interested in perfecting your cake baking skills, reach for The Cake Bible. By the same author as The Baking Bible, this baking cookbook takes a deep dive into cakes (including pancakes.) By the end of this book, you’ll be your friends’ and family’s go-to baker for birthdays, showers, and everything in between.
Mary Berry’s Baking Bible
Perfect for beginners and experienced bakers alike, Mary Berry’s Baking Bible covers everything from sponge cakes to bread pudding. Let Mary guide you through these easy-to-follow baking recipes.
BraveTart: Iconic American Desserts
This was named the 2018 Best Baking Cookbook of the Year by the Atlantic, the Wall Street Journal, the Chicago Tribune, Bon Appétit, the New York Times, the Washington Post, Mother Jones, the Boston Globe so you know it’s legit. From scrumptious fudge bars to fluffy blueberry muffins, this is the classic American dessert baking cookbook you’ve been looking for.
Pastry Love: A Baker’s Journal of Favorite Recipes
With 125 dessert recipes and master lessons on essential baking techniques, this is the best baking cookbook for beginners. Perfect showstoppers like a passion fruit crepe cake and strawberry slab pie with the guidance of award-winning baker Joanne Chang.
Simple Cake: All You Need to Keep Your Friends and Family in Cake
Here’s another all-cake baking cookbook for the cake-lovers out there. Mastering the art of baking cakes is no easy feat, and this cookbook details every skill you’ll need, from layering to icing to decorating.
The Book on Pie: Everything You Need to Know to Bake Perfect Pies
Is any dessert more classic than a pie? This baking cookbook spans classic recipes like cherry and apple pies to more innovative flavors like birthday cake—plus, savory picks like caramel pork pie. (Because you can have both a sweet and savory tooth.)