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Cookbook review: Pioneer Woman cooks through the holidays

Published: Tuesday, Nov. 26 2013 3:39 p.m. MST

Caramel Apple Sweet Rolls from "Pioneer Woman Cooks: A Year of Holidays" by Ree Drummond.

Provided by William Morrow Cookbooks

"THE PIONEER WOMAN COOKS: A Year of Holidays," by Ree Drummond, William Morrow, $29.99, 387 pages

Ree Drummond, blogger, food writer and TV personality, brings some festive cheer to the kitchen just in time for the holidays with her new cookbook.

Drummond, who runs The Pioneer Woman blog at thepioneerwoman.com, has become a household name for her delectable recipes and flavorful foods, perfect for any family.

In her new cookbook, "The Pioneer Woman Cooks: A Year of Holidays," Drummond features holidays from New Years, Cinco de Mayo, Easter, Halloween Christmas and everything in between.

Her photography, an iconic component of her blog, is featured in this cookbook with step-by-step instruction photos to transform even the most inexperienced chefs into holiday hosts.

In addition to the easy-to-use instructions, Drummond's recipes are easy to make and call for ingredients found in most kitchens.

The simplicity of the recipes combined with the exquisite taste of the seasons make "The Pioneer Woman Cooks: A Year of Holidays," an essential ingredient for any frantic holiday planner.

Drummond, who is part girl-next-door and part hometown girl, can charm the hearts of readers from coast to coast with her down to earth voice and her nurturing tone, which is evident with her introduction before each recipe.

This cookbook is like catching up with an old friend through the celebrations during the year.

The recipes, as visually pleasing as they are tasty, will add just the right spice to whatever holiday festivities are in the works.

Drummond will be in Salt Lake City for a signing Dec. 3 at 6 p.m. at the King's English Bookshop at 1511 South 1500 East.

If you go ...

What: Ree Drummond book signing

When: Tuesday, Dec. 3, 6 p.m.

Where: The King's English, 1511 S. 1500 East, Salt Lake City

Web: kingsenglish.com, thepioneerwoman.com

Note: There will be priority signing line tickets for those who purchase their copy of "The Pioneer Woman Cooks: A Year of Holidays" from the King's English.

CARAMEL APPLE SWEET ROLLS

Makes: about 30 rolls

My mom’s cinnamon rolls are legendary, and while nothing beats the original recipe, I always have fun coming up with new and decadent variations on the theme. These caramel apple beauties — glazed with a heavenly icing — are just about as good as you can get. Deliver these to family and friends around Christmastime. They make an unforgettable gift!

½ batch Basic Dough ( recipe below)

FILLING

4 Granny Smith apples

1 stick butter, plus more for greasing the pans

1 cup packed brown sugar

½ cup heavy cream

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

CARAMEL ICING

½ cup (1 stick) butter

1 cup packed brown sugar

½ cup heavy cream

2 cups powdered sugar

¼ teaspoon salt

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