Saturday, December 10, 2011

Shortcut Desserts Bookazine Review

Hearst Magazines today announced the release of Shortcut Desserts, a new 116-page bookazine brimming with recipes for indulgent cakes, sweet and spicy pies, melt-in-your-mouth cookies, creamy puddings, flaky pastries and more, all developed and tested by the editors of Good Housekeeping, Redbook, and Country Living. These quick and easy recipes draw on convenient, pre-made ingredients and provide fool-proof strategies sure to inspire even the most timid chef to dessert greatness. On newsstands now, Shortcut Desserts costs $9.99 and can also be downloaded as a digital edition on Zinio at
Shortcut Desserts offers advice on such topics as choosing proper mixers, pie pans, rolling pins, and cookie sheets. Plus, simple baking tricks demonstrate the best ways to measure butter, flour, sugar, and sticky syrups, so recipes turn out right every time. Finally, Shortcut Desserts reviews the best store-bought mixes and pie crusts to shorten prep time even more.
Recipes such as Chocolate Raspberry Cream Cake (pg. 12) and Vanilla Crème Brûlée (pg. 69) will satisfy your craving for a rich treat, while updated classics like Grilled Angel Food Cake (pg. 26) and Shortbread Tiramisù (pg. 73) are sure to impress hungry dinner guests. You can even get the kids involved with creative recipes like Grasshopper Cake (pg. 28), Cheesecake Lollipops (pg. 89), and Banana & Chocolate Pizza (pg. 45).

This magazine has a lot of great treats. A few recipes that I have my eye on are the mini cherry pies (with raspberries in them too), the eggnog pumpkin pie and the pecan sticky buns. I chose to make my family the Peanut Butter Swirl Brownies. I cheated myself and used a box mix from another review and whipped up the peanut butter mixture. Mr. loves PB and chocolate so these did not stick around for long at all.

About Hearst Magazines
Hearst Magazines is a unit of Hearst Corporation (, one of the nation's largest diversified communications companies. With its acquisition of Lagardère SCA's 100 titles in 14 countries outside of France, Hearst Magazines now publishes more than 300 editions around the world, including 20 U.S. titles. Hearst Magazines is the largest publisher of monthly magazines in the U.S. (ABC 2011) and reaches 87 million adults (Spring 2011 MRI). Hearst Magazines Digital Media, dedicated to creating and implementing Hearst Magazines’ digital strategy, has more than 28 websites and 14 mobile sites for brands such as Cosmopolitan, Popular Mechanics, ELLE, ELLE DECOR, Esquire, Good Housekeeping, Marie Claire and Seventeen, as well as digital-only sites such as, a food site in partnership with MSN;; and Hearst Magazines has published more than 100 applications and digital editions for the iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch, as well as the Droid platform. In addition, the company includes iCrossing, a global digital marketing agency.

*Disclosure* I wrote this review for "Mommy? I'm Hungry!" about Shortcut Desserts. The product(s) in this review were provided to me free of cost for the purpose of conducting my review. All opinions expressed in this review are my own and are not influenced by monetary compensation. Product info & stock images provided by PR or Co.

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