Something Sweet Review & Giveaway

Written by chanie on September 17th, 2015

I can’t remember the last time I was this excited about a cookbook. OK maybe I do. It was Ottolenghi’s Plenty More. But other than Ottolenghi books, I don’t usually count the days until a cookbook comes out. It’s different when that cookbook is written by a friend and fellow kosher blogger, and when it’s jam-packed with mouthwatering desserts. Only desserts. 

The talented Miriam Pascal of OvertimeCook has been giving me (and all her readers!) sneak peeks into her cookbook for months now. As a foodie friend and fellow food photographer, I got a behind-the-scenes look at Miriam’s amazing photography, and I couldn’t wait to see it in print. Miriam and I started our blogs around the same time, back in 2011. We both had little experience with photography, but as our blogs grew, our photography improved and so did our traffic. As a food blogger, Miriam takes the cake (literally) for the most amazing desserts that she posts on her blog, as well as in her food column for Ami Magazine. I’m not much of a baker, but when I actually feel like shlepping out my kitchenaid, I turn to Miriam for delicious, no-fail recipes every time. I’m so proud of her achievement, that I even filled in for her, guest posting on her blog while she was busy putting the finishing touches on this book.

Leave it to Miriam, I just knew there would be no stone left unturned in her cookbook. She has literally covered all the bases, from a baking guide, to ingredient substitutions, kitchen equipment, baking tips and a holiday guide. I love the range of desserts she covers, including cookies and bars, cakes and cupcakes, muffins and pastries, pies and tarts, desserts and party treats, candy and chocolate, drinks and frozen treats and finally, frosting and toppings. That last one seriously has me drooling. I am a frosting addict.

Now not only did Miriam cover pretty much every dessert you can think of, she also listened closely to her reader’s requests, and developed recipes like no-margarine chocolate chip cookies, no-margarine sugar cookies, healthy muffins, egg-free chocolate mousse and even a coconut oil pie crust (I truly appreciate this one!). The best part about the recipes in Something Sweet is that they are truly accessible. Nothing is over-the-top fancy and all the recipes use basic ingredients that we can all find in our pantry.

Many of my followers know that I’m not a big baker, so I truly appreciate the clearly written recipes, thoughtful variations and plan ahead options. I don’t think there’s a single recipe in Something Sweet that overwhelms me, and that says a lot! Some of the recipes I’ve got my eye on include the bourbon pecan snowball cookies, gingerbread biscotti, oatmeal cookie wedges, honey sour cream pound cake and cinnamon cheese buns.

It doesn’t get more perfect than gorgeous photos, great recipes and an all-around well-written book. Congrats to Miriam on this tremendous achievement!

I’m excited to be giving away a copy of SOMETHING SWEET just in time for the holidays! To enter:

  1. Comment on this post and share your favorite “something sweet” (it can be food or dessert).
  2. For an extra entry, follow Busy In Brooklyn via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or Pinterest. Just be sure to leave a note in the comment letting me know where you follow.

Giveaway is open to U.S. residents (for international entries, prize can only be shipped in the U.S.). Winner will be chosen at random at 10:00 AM EST on Monday, September 21st, 2015.

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151 Comments so far ↓

  1. Roberta Irwin says:

    Would love this book!

  2. Mushkie Brody says:

    Chocolate cake!! Would love to win!

  3. rachel rosin says:

    Homemade Cinnamon Buns with Cream Cheese Frosting.

  4. rachel rosin says:

    I follow you on facebook.

  5. Chani h says:

    I do love Miriam chocolate chip cookies…..however my favorite “something sweet” would probably be a piece of Godiva chocolate….which I rarely treat myself to.

  6. Chani h says:

    I follow you on facebook

  7. Shaina says:

    These cupcakes look amazing!!! I love Miriam’s s’mores pie!!!

  8. esther b says:

    1. The margarine free chocolate chip cookies are amazing!
    2. Follow on FB and Pinterest. Your pinterest boards are amazing, btw!

  9. esti says:

    Love baking, so hard to pick just one thing,but love cinnamon buns! Would love miriams new cookbook, she always has awesome recipes!

  10. Ahuva N. says:

    My favorite something sweet right now is chocolate butterscotch caramels!

  11. esti says:

    Following busy in Brooklyn on Facebook! Thank you!

  12. Ahuva N. says:

    And I follow you facebook and instagram :)

  13. Micah says:

    Crumb topping challah from your blog ?

  14. Dassy says:

    We love cinnamon crumb bundt cake!

  15. Micah says:

    I follow you on Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest

  16. Kreindy says:

    My favorite dessert is strawberry shortcake. I follow you on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Pinterest. Yep all over, love ur recipes!

  17. Aviva says:

    My favorite something sweet is banana muffins

  18. Aviva says:

    I follow you on Instagram and facebook!

  19. Pnina Bargad says:

    I made the Hot Gooey Caramel Pie for Rosh HaShana and it was fabulous. I follow on Instagram and Facebook.

  20. Adeena says:

    My favorite “something sweet” is apple pie!

  21. Adeena says:

    I follow you on pinterest

  22. Adeena says:

    I follow you on instagram

  23. Adeena says:

    I follow you on facebook

  24. Chana Kittner says:

    Mazal tov on your new cookbook!
    Favorite food is roasted cauliflower.

  25. shayna says:

    my fav sweet is brownies..warm with a scoop of vanilla icecream. mmm

  26. Sara says:

    I love my mother’s soft chocolate chip cookies!!

  27. Sara says:

    I follow BIB on instagram.

  28. Dvora Rotter says:

    I love a really simple chocolate mousse, maybe dressed up with some ganache

  29. Dvora Rotter says:

    I follow on Instagram

  30. Rachel says:

    So far everything I made has been a hit. The Choclate cookie dough pie and the fruity pebble cookies were favorites.

  31. Rachel J says:

    My favorite ” something sweet” is soft serve vanilla ice cream with rainbow sprinkles from Carvel.

  32. Rachel J says:

    I follow you on facebook.

  33. Mushkie Gurevitch says:

    I love brownies. Instagram follower.

  34. A Brand says:

    Chocolate chip cookies

  35. dkny says:

    I love anything chocolate and mushy and if it has peanut butter – even better.

  36. Shoshana J says:

    I love the milkshakes and smoothies! Yum! I hope I win this cookbook! Also, I am following Busy in Brooklyn on facebook :)

  37. dkny says:

    I follow you on instagram.

  38. Shoshana says:

    Anything with peanut butter!

  39. Dev says:

    Cinnamon buns

  40. Dev says:

    Following on instagram

  41. Gitty says:

    Favorite marble cake (adapted from chic cookbook)
    Mix 1 cup of oil with 3/4 cup of sugar (recipe calls for 1 cup)
    Add 5 eggs one at a time (recipe calls for 6)
    Add 1 tsp vanilla extract and 1 tsp baking powder
    Mix well add a pinch of salt
    Add 2 cups of flour

    Pour batter in well greased bundt pan leaving 1 cup of batter aside (you can also use a 9×13 for this)
    Mix 3/4 cup of chocolate syrup with the 1 cup of batter pour over the cake and with a fork make swirls to give it the marble effect.
    Bake in oven at 350 for 60 min

    Enjoy! I follow you on blog instagram and facebook :-)

  42. Wendy says:

    cheesecake is our favorite

  43. Wendy says:

    I follow everywhere — FB, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram

  44. Ella says:

    My favorite something sweet is Miriam’s zebra cake.

    I follow busy in Brooklyn on Facebook

  45. Dinie says:

    Favorite dessert is warm cobbler w vanilla ice cream

  46. Yudit says:

    Apple crumble with vanilla ice cream!

  47. Yides Biederman says:

    Following on Facebook and Instagram. Hope I win

  48. saara says:

    I love Overtimecook’s bakery style cookies! i roll mine in rainbow sprinkles :)

  49. saara says:

    entry 2 – i like Busy in Brooklyn on facebook

  50. Musia Baumgarten says:

    Favorite something sweet has got to be overnight blueberry French toast!

  51. Musia Baumgarten says:

    Oh, and following on facebook, instagram, and pinterest!

  52. Aviva H says:

    No bake Chocolate Cheesecake Balls.
    I follow you on Facebook.

  53. Aviva H says:

    Also very excited to have the chance to win “Something Sweet” Thank You :)

  54. R says:

    My favorite something sweet is chocolate mousse, rich & delish!

  55. rachel rosin says:

    I follow you on instagram.

  56. Devorie says:

    Salted caramel macarons. The best of both worlds. I follow everywhere :).

  57. Rochel Leah Neuman says:

    Gooey caramel pie!!!!

  58. Rochel Leah Neuman says:

    Gooey caramel pie!
    I follow on Facebook :)

  59. Ashley says:

    I love cookies.
    I follow you on Facebook.

  60. AILUY says:

    I made these cupcakes for Rosh Hashana (got the recipe from Artscroll website). Didn’t even get a chance to glaze them. As soon as they were out of the oven, ‘may I pleeeeeeeeeeeeeeese’ try it began and then it was time for snack, so we had them dipped in yogurt with some pomegranate arils and then there was only one left, which became breakfast for me with coffee this time. May I’ll get to glaze them next time.

  61. Miriam says:

    Love pies pies and more pies! I follow you on instagram, your food is amazing!

  62. Mimi says:

    I love apple strawberry crisp!! I also follow you on istagram.

  63. Joanna says:

    chocolate cake is definitely my fav! Following you on instagram

  64. Tali says:

    The new favorite sweet in our home is Miriam’s honey cookies. (And I’m following you on Facebook and Pinterest!)

  65. angela lazo says:

    My favorite dessert is arroz con leche

  66. sara lea says:

    Cinnamon buns . Thanks !

  67. Michelle Roizman says:

    Creme brulee

  68. Meechal Roizman says:

    Boston creme pie

  69. Meechal Roizman says:

    I follow on Facebook

  70. Michelle Roizman says:

    I follow on Instagram

  71. Nechama says:

    chocolate chunk chocolate cookies

  72. Tova says:

    Chewy chocolate cookies! Following you on Instagram

  73. shoshana zlotnick says:

    I love cheesecake!! Especially Miriams no bake lemon cheesecake mousse cups ;}
    and I follow you on Instagram, thanks!

  74. Rochel S says:

    LOVE cinnamon buns!

  75. Rochel S says:

    I follow Busy In Brooklyn via Facebook

  76. Rochel S says:

    I follow you on instagram

  77. Rochel S says:

    I follow you on pinterest

  78. Marla says:

    I love chocolate!

  79. rena says:

    Plain ol’ chocolate chip cookies! Love overtime cook!

  80. Raizy says:

    I’m not a dessert eater but in my house we love Miriam’s creamy basil dip.
    Now following you on Facebook

  81. Chani J says:

    My favorite something sweet is cheesecake! Love your blog :)

  82. M MG says:

    Warm chocolate molten straight out of the oven!! yum!!!!!

  83. Dana S says:

    sweet challah

  84. Dana S says:

    I follow on instagram

  85. Reesa says:

    I love Miriam’s cinnamon bun recipe, the one with the almond milk instead of water! I follow you on Instragram and really enjoy seeing what you cook:)

  86. Brocha says:

    I normally hate honey cake, but for rosh hashanah this year, i borrowed something sweet from a friend and the honey chocolate chip cookies were soo good.

  87. Rivka says:

    my all time favorite is anything pb and chocolate…so homemade Reese’s PB pie :)

  88. Rivka says:

    I follow on Facebook and Instagram

  89. Rivka says:

    And Pinterest too!

  90. Miriam Leah says:

    I love the caramel pie recipe from Miriam’s blog. It is amazing!!!

  91. Abby says:

    My favorite something sweet is chocolate. :)

  92. Devora says:

    Hot chocolate chip moultins with a scoop of homemade ice cream on top! My favorite!

  93. bracha says:

    my favorite is chocolate

  94. Esther says:

    i love Miriam’s brownie cookie dough pie.

  95. Rebecca says:

    My fave is a good chocolate chip cookie :)))

  96. Rebecca says:

    Following on insta

  97. Rebecca says:

    And Pinterest and

  98. Sara Sullivan says:

    My 15-year-old daughter recently learned to make crepes. They are delicious and have become our go to dessert. I’d love to win the book for her! She’s a great baker because she reads directions- a skill she didn’t learn from me!

  99. Sara Sullivan says:

    I follow you on all platforms! @TessaS2000 on Twitter

  100. Ally says:

    Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE my dessert, but very little beats fresh berries for my sweet fix.

  101. shaina says:

    My favorite is any cake batter straight out of the mixing bowl :) Just started following BIB on Facebook.

  102. Goldie says:

    Cinnamon buns!

  103. Goldie says:

    I follow you on Instagram

  104. SH says:

    Mississppi Mud Pie aka Marshmallow Crunch Cake

  105. SH says:

    I follow on Pinterest

  106. Dova Weinberger says:

    my something sweet is the perfect Key Lime Pie!

  107. Gail says:

    Dark chocolate covered pretzels. I love sweet and salt.
    I follow you on Instagram

  108. Shuli says:

    Anything with chocolate and peanut butter ;)

  109. Tammy Greenberg says:


  110. Fraydes says:

    Sooo hard to pick just one thing but I love cinnamon crumb cake and chocolate covered pretzels…and doughnuts…and cheesecake. K I’m ganna stop now bc I can go on and on.

    I follow you on Facebook and instagram:)

  111. Malky s says:

    My favorite dessert … That’s a hard one, I have way too many. I like warm desserts like chocolate soufflé or apple crumble with vanilla ice cream, or warm cinnamon buns or fresh choc chip cookies mmmmmm I’m getting hungry!
    I follow you on Pinterest and Instagram.

  112. Jamie says:

    Chocolate chip cookies!

  113. Sharon M says:

    Yummmm… If I have to choose… I think I will choose Mocha cake. I also follow you on Instagram.

  114. Deborah S says:


  115. Sylvia says:

    Favorite something sweet is chocolate chip mint ice cream.. Following you on Facebook and Instagram

  116. Mushka says:

    Cinnamon buns!!
    I follow you on Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest.

  117. CHAVIE says:

    peanut butter bars

  118. CHAVIE says:

    i follow on twitter and instagram

  119. Perel milworm says:

    Anything with peanut butter

  120. Perel milworm says:

    I follow u on fb

  121. Nina taub says:

    i love fruit desserts- apple or blueberry. I follow you on Facebook and Pinterest. Love your cooking and Miriam’s!

  122. Barbara says:

    Would love to win the cookbook! Great review, by the way

  123. Barbara says:

    Oops forgot my favorite… Probably the Lemon Cheesecake Mousse Cups

  124. Miriam says:

    I follow you on Instagram

  125. Rena says:

    Napoleon! Thanks

  126. Rena says:

    Follow you on Facebook

  127. Nechama says:

    Chocolate nut bars!
    Ice been following overtime for three years and constantly recommending her recipes to others as well!!

  128. Marcy says:

    This year I learned to make pie crust and now I love pie! I loved pie before, but now I can make it myself.

  129. Marcy says:

    And I follow you on Facebook

  130. Miriam says:

    I love cake and cookies. I follow you on Facebook Twitter Instagram and pinterest

  131. gabriella davidson says:

    These look amazing! My fave something sweet is a toss up between oatmeal chip cookies and cheesecakes! I just followed you on facebook!

  132. Chanah says:

    Sugar cookies with frosting!!

  133. Frayda B says:

    Chocolate chip cookies!

  134. Frayda B says:

    And I follow you on Facebook and Instagram

  135. Myriam Fuchs says:

    Lemon meringue pie would love to win.

  136. Sarah V says:

    I have a major sweet tooth, so I love almost all deserts, but my favorite is fudgey brownies :-)

  137. cindy says:

    I follow in twitter

  138. cindy says:

    I follow in Pinterest

  139. cindy says:

    I follow in FB

  140. cindy says:

    cookies…all kinds of cookies

  141. chaya says:

    Love miriams caramel pie!

  142. chaya says:

    Follow on instagram

  143. Esther says:

    Brownies! I follow you on Facebook and Instagram.

  144. estee says:

    looovveee the chocolate peanut butter pie so easy and amazing !!!
    I follow you on pinterest , instagram and facebook
    Hope I win IYH !!!!

  145. Miriam says:

    Who won the cookbook?

  146. Stephanie says:

    I just made these cupcakes and while they taste great, the color of the cupcake is completely different from the color of the cupcake in the picture. The cupcakes in the picture look like regular vanilla cupcakes. The cupcakes with the 1/2C pomegranate juice added look bluish/grey..not very visually appealing :/ I used the POM pomegranate juice. Should I have used something else?

    • chanie says:

      How weird! This is not my recipe, it is a sample recipe from the cookbook. I suggest you email the cookbook author. Her blog is Good luck!

  147. Jordana Gluck says:

    fave thanksgiving recipe is sweet potato casserole from Joy of Kosher-

    I follow busyinbrooklyn on insta!

  148. Hedy says:

    This couscous cranberry dish has two dishes in one.Looks yummy. I love to make a GF cornbread stuffing…and pack double the amount of mushrooms, celery, onions to the cornbread that is made separately. Cube the cornbread, add veggies and place in a casserole to bake.

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