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Cookbook Spotlight – The Holiday Kosher Baker *Giveaway*


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Two years ago Paula Shoyer came to market with The Kosher Baker.  A cookbook that filled the void for many to create amazing non dairy desserts that left no need for apology.  Check out our first interview with Paula and learn more about her transformation from lawyer to pastry chef to cookbook author.  Now, Paula is back with more amazing recipes to add to your holiday repertoire.   The Holiday Kosher Baker Cookbook is a go to bible filled with tips and tricks for any new or seasoned baker.  Paula is especially gifted and making our favorite desserts without any dairy, although this book does include some specialty dairy recipes for Shavuot.


Your new cookbook focuses on holiday recipes, how did you decide which recipes to include?
I have a vision of a new approach to Jewish holiday baking, so my goal was to include recipes for updated version of traditional Jewish desserts as well as encourage the community to consider some new ideas for the holidays. I updated traditional recipes to include modern flavors of sufganiyot for Chanukah such as pumpkin and chocolate ganache and hamantaschen flavors such as green tea and red velvet. New ideas include plated desserts for Rosh Hashanah, homemade candies for Purim, pies for Passover and classic French pastries for Shavuot.

Decorated non dairy Brownie Bites

Decorated Brownie Bites

What is your favorite recipe in this book and why? Please share that recipe with us.
I love my Decorated Brownie Bites from the Purim chapter. They are mini 1-inch pieces of brownies where you dip one side in colored sprinkles. I created them as a great idea for Mishloach Manot, but they are so pretty that they make a festive dessert all year round and would be great for any family celebration. For Chanukah you could do just silver and blue ones, for a bris or baby naming you could go with blue or pink, or any time you can match them to your table decor. The brownies can be frozen and taken out and decorated. They are really good brownies, just made a little fancier.

If you have to pick one recipe from this book that you want everyone to try, which one would it be and why? Please share.
I love the Chewy Chocolate Olive Oil Cookies. I find I am making them every week and even started adding another 1/4 cup chocolate chips, a change that will be in the second printing of the book.

You gave many tips in this book like when it is best to use a silpat and when parchment paper is preferred – can you give us 1 must have tip you learned in creating this recipes?
I learned how to create perfect chewy cookies. Most people overbake cookies and I developed a test for making sure cookies designed to be chewy are indeed chewy. After the cookies bake for three quarters of the baking time, open the oven and press a cookie. If you can press halfway down and then your finger stops – take out the cookies. They will harden slightly but stay chewy. If your finger goes to the cookie sheet, give the cookies another 1-2 minutes to bake and check again.

How long did it take you to create this cookbook?
I wrote it in a year,  but then did photography and editing for another 8 months.

How many times did you test the recipes?
Over and over and over and over and then I sent them out to home bakers all around the US and also to the UK for testing.

Almond Olive Oil Cake

Almond Olive Oil Cake

Can you share the Almond and Olive Oil Cake and let us know what inspired you to create it?
Even though I love making fancy desserts, I prefer to eat simple ones. This cake is similar to cakes I have eaten in Italy. Moreover, I wanted to create a dessert with olive oil to recall the Chanukah miracle that was not fried.

Enjoy the recipes for

Chewy Chocolate Olive Oil Cookies

Almond Olive Oil Cake

Decorated Brownie Bites

Thanks to Paula for talking to us and sharing these fantastic recipes, get The Holiday Kosher Baker on Amazon and now is your chance to WIN.

***Giveaway*** To enter to win Paula’s cookbook all you have to do is Comment below and you are automatically entered.

Contest open to U.S. residents 18 and over.  Contest runs through December 4th at 9:00 am EST.


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121 Responses to Cookbook Spotlight – The Holiday Kosher Baker *Giveaway*

  1. What wonderful recipes! Can’t wait to try them.

  2. avatar says: kne

    Sounds like a great cookbook!

  3. avatar says: Rochelle

    looks like a great new cookbook

  4. The recipes look amazing!

  5. avatar says: Bina

    The decorated brownies look so pretty! I would like to try them with various toppings in blue, white, and silver for Chanukah.

  6. the olive oil cake looks nice and simple.

  7. avatar says: sarah f

    What a beautiful looking cookbook!

  8. Looks like a great cookbook. Each weekend we do not have plans we try to make something new. Lots of opportunities for new things in this book!

  9. avatar says: Carolsue

    Those decorated Brownie Bites are awesome!

  10. avatar says: elizabeth

    this cookbook looks amazing. I cant wait to try these yummy recipes.

  11. I am always looking for desserts without dairy and these sound really delicious. I can’t wait to try some of them.

  12. The decorated brownie bites look amazing! They’re a simple idea that would fit in on any elegant table.

  13. I would love this.

  14. avatar says: Maryam

    Wonderful recipes!

  15. avatar says: Alix

    my office already purchased and i was planning to borrow it because there were so many things i want to bake!

  16. avatar says: Sarah

    The cookbook looks great!

  17. avatar says: Jessie C.

    can’t wait to check out this cookbook!

  18. avatar says: Ilana

    The cookbook cover looks beautiful ,I will loved to have that book and make some of the wonderful recipes.

  19. avatar says: Bracha

    love new cookbooks!

  20. avatar says: Madison F

    Yummy! I would love to win a free copy! Pick me! Pick me!

  21. avatar says: Sarah

    This cookbook looks excellent!!

  22. avatar says: glen

    Awesome book!

  23. avatar says: meryl

    Looks like a wonderful cookbook. Would love to have the cookbook so I could try the recipes

  24. Thank you for your book. I look forward to try new recipes for Chanukah!

  25. avatar says: Susan

    Recipes look and sound delicious! Am looking forward to trying.

  26. avatar says: miriam t

    Would love to win this looks like a great cookbook

  27. I’d love this cookbook–I just missed hearing her speak a few weeks ago and am regretting it terribly!

  28. avatar says: Melissa

    Cookbook looks great! Would love to win it :)

  29. avatar says: ruchie

    Looks like a great cookbook with interesting recipes!

  30. I would love this cookbook!

  31. avatar says: Esther

    I am loving that there are all the olive oil recipes!

  32. I would love to win this! There are no Jewish food outlets where I live, except what I can mail order or make for myself. The more recipes, the better!

  33. avatar says: Jessica

    The cookbook sounds amazing! I’d love to win it.

  34. avatar says: Pearla

    This looks like an amazing cookbook. It will also make good Chanukah gifts.

  35. Sounds wonderful!!

  36. avatar says: melody

    Wow, this book looks like it is right up my alley…..I love to bake and especially on holidays. Good luck to all who enter!!

  37. would love to win a new cookbook I always enjoy all the recipes…..and creative possibilities!!!!

  38. avatar says: Carol

    The cookbook looks amazing! With interesting recipes! I would love to win!

  39. avatar says: Michelle

    Recipes look so good! I can’t wait to try them!!

  40. This book looks beautiful and would be a welcome addition to my library and recipe repertoire!

  41. avatar says: Jane

    I can definitely use a great book like this!

  42. avatar says: Cheryl

    Looks like an amazing cookbook!

  43. avatar says: rena

    this cookbook looks amazing!!! (and i just ordered the new joy of kosher. looking forward to trying the great recipes)

  44. avatar says: Michelle

    Looking for new desserts. This would be a great addition to my recipes.

  45. Definitely going to try the chocolate olive oil cookies before Chanukah is over

  46. I love the recipes in this book. I like some Jewish food and now I can try new Jewish dishes.

  47. avatar says: Aviva

    Beautiful book I saw it on Amazon and was able to view a few recipes and I really would love to have the “Kosher Baker” in my life!

  48. avatar says: Aviva

    *”Holiday Kosher Baker”!

  49. This book looks awesome!

  50. I saw the recipe for the pumpkin sufganiyot in Jewish Woman and made them for Hebrew School. People said they were, “Amazing!”

  51. avatar says: Robee61

    Pictures are beautiful, can’t wait to start baking!

  52. These recipes look wonderful. Looking forward to baking!

  53. avatar says: molly

    I am drooling…this looks like it is full of delicious kosher treats!

  54. avatar says: Rochel

    the almond olive oil cake sounds like my style!

  55. avatar says: Sarah

    How wonderful, I need a collection of non-diary desserts!

  56. avatar says: Millicent

    You had me at the word desserts! I am going to try the decorated brownie bites soon. Much success with your new book!

  57. avatar says: Daniel M

    always like trying new recipes!

  58. avatar says: Rena

    Everything looks and sounds delicious!

  59. avatar says: Susan B.

    Would enjoy using this cookbook. :)

  60. avatar says: Liora

    Wow! This would be fantastic to win! So many beautiful creations!

  61. avatar says: Ellie

    This cookbook looks amazing!

  62. You can never have too many cookbooks especially Kosher and desserts :)

  63. I definitely would enjoy using a cookbook like this! :)

  64. I could really use a kosher cook book

  65. Love the olive oil recipes!! Would love to win this book!

  66. Jamie Geller is the BEST!! Her recipes and presentation always make an award winning masterpiece!!

  67. avatar says: Liora

    Pity you won’t send this out of the US….

  68. The olive oil cake looks fabulous! Looking forward to expanding my dessert repertoire…

  69. avatar says: hftopaz

    The Chewy Chocolate cookies sound great. I think that I will be making them for Shabbat.

  70. avatar says: Peninah

    Getting married in two weeks! can’t wait to try these recipes in my new home!

  71. avatar says: Maureen G

    The Decorated Brownie Bites are so festive!

  72. avatar says: Peri G

    Ooooh…looks awesome!

  73. Those look so awesome. I cannot wait to begin trying some of the recipes.

  74. I would love a new cookbook!

  75. avatar says: Glikl

    Looks amazing! Hopefully there are dozens of pareve recipes in the book… :-)

  76. avatar says: EstiK

    Wow! Those brownie squares look fit for a simcha!

  77. This cookbook looks fantastic!

  78. Already have this book and look forward to using it this winter. The Almond Olive Oil cake is my kind of dessert!

  79. avatar says: susan

    love the tasting foods from other cultures especially baked goods.

  80. love the first book and love to bake so winning this cookbook would be great! i am always looking for new ideas to try

  81. Thanks for your great site!

  82. avatar says: Melanie c

    I absolutely have to try those decorated brownie bites! they look delicious ;)

  83. avatar says: Heather B

    everything looks so yummy!

  84. avatar says: Cheryl J

    Looks like a fantastic book!

  85. avatar says: Stephanie

    I saw this at BN it looked lovely

  86. I have baked many a delicious recipe from “The Kosher Baker”; I am excited about Paula’s new book, “The Holiday Kosher Baker”.

  87. avatar says: elaine

    Beautiful presentations, delicious recipes. A great addition to the cookbook library.

  88. avatar says: Carolyn K

    I would love this cookbook. I am not a baker but have to try these recipes!

  89. avatar says: Rochel S

    Would love to try this out! Thanks for the chance!

  90. avatar says: blima

    would love this

  91. avatar says: DebbieB

    Paula Shoyer’s first cookbook, The Kosher Baker, has become an essential part of our Shabbos meals, gift giving and just in general – really good eating! When I first bought that book, I baked recipe by recipe, until I finished the whole thing! My family and friends really appreciated the tastings. I even made notes about which recipes each one like best! I hope to do the same with the new holiday book! But – do I really have to wait until the holidays??

  92. Great Cookbook. Bought it for my sister in law who bakes often.

  93. Cannelles! Well so much for my low-carb diet :*)

  94. I love desserts that look as good as they taste. This book seems to full of those.

  95. Sounds great, sign me up! :)

  96. I am a chocoholic. I am salivating already for the brownies.

  97. avatar says: shlomo

    love to have it

  98. Looks like a wonderful cookbook. Always interested in new dessert recipes.

  99. avatar says: Sara mark

    Would love to win.! I lovemaking and enjoyed a wonderful class given by Paula in LA! I have the new cookbook, but I want the original!

  100. avatar says: Tamar

    I loved watching Paula on Sweet Genius! I’d love to win her book.

  101. Green tea hamantaschen? Not so sure about that one — think there would be family protests — but the brownie bites look great!

  102. avatar says: faigy

    I love new cookbooks – hate buying them for myself!

  103. I LOVE your first cookbook! I can’t wait to get my copy of this one!

  104. avatar says: cwiz23

    The Decorated Brownie Bites are so colorful and pretty. I am going to bake them for my grandchildren. Might even grab a few for myself.

  105. avatar says: Samantha

    These recipes and pictures look so delicious! Thanks!

  106. avatar says: ses

    This book looks great. It is interesting that she had the recipes tested in England too. I admit I am a recipe book collector

  107. avatar says: Sand

    I would love to try this cookbook!

  108. avatar says: samsmom

    Can’t wait to get my hands on this new book! I love Paula’s first one. Her pumpkin pie was a huge hit on Thanksgiving. It’s great being able to make great non-dairy desserts.

  109. avatar says: Shelton

    The almond/olive oil cake looks so moist. Sounds like a lot of hard work into making this cookbook.

  110. Can’t wait to try the almond olive oil cake. Sounds terrific.

  111. Good luck! I have met Paula and admire her greatly.

  112. avatar says: Gabrielle

    Printing recipes right now! Sounds so good!

  113. I’ve enjoyed Paula’s first cookbook and would love to try the recipes in her second one.

  114. avatar says: elki

    i would love a new cookbook

  115. avatar says: craig

    hey looking for the great recipies I love to cook & bake

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