When Yvonne Ruperti the author of ‘One Bowl Baking ‘(Running Press 2013) contacted me to ask if I would review her cookbook I gave it all of about 2 seconds thought and said Yes! I mean, a whole book about baking delicious desserts, from scratch, all in one bowl. Yes!

If you know me by now you will know I adore baking, always from scratch and despite the fact that I love my stand mixer the notion of mixing everything by hand in a bowl does intrigue me. Much less fuss and mess all around.

fudgy walnut brownie cookies

fudgy walnut brownie cookies


This is what Yvonne says about One Bowl baking: ‘Great baked goods don’t necessarily require multiple pots and pans. These easy recipes require just one bowl, which means less time, less cleanup, and more eating.’ This is a true story.

one bowl baking

The book is divided up by type of baked good: muffins and scones, cookies, bar cookies, cupcakes, snack cakes, quick breads (pound, bundt and tube cakes) party cakes, tarts and cheesecakes, puddings (upside-down cakes and more). Filled with lovely sounding recipes which I want to try, it was quite a challenge deciding what recipe to pick for this post.

Yvonne is a formally trained pastry chef that headed up pastry kitchens and ran then her own baking business for years. She landed up working as a test cook and writer for a magazine, mastering recipe development and working in very restricted spaces. One Bowl Baking is the culmination of Yvonne’s 15 odd years of experience in baking and a collection of some of her favourite recipes.

Yvonne is now based in Singapore and writes regularly for Serious Eats.

The 3 things I love the most about this book are:

1. The collection of recipes that are tried and tested – excellent as a base to work off

2. The simplification of technique and methods – I love it when unnecessary steps are eliminated

3. The attention to detail and measurements in Metric, Imperial and cups – all bases are covered here.

fudgy walnut brownie cookies


fudgy walnut brownie cookies

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 8 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 12 cookies


  • 4 tablespoons (2 ounces or 55g) unsalted butter, cut into cubes
  • 4 ounces (115g) unsweetened chocolate, finely chopped
  • 1 cup (7 ounces or 200g) granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup (5 ounces or 140g) all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3/4 cup walnuts (3 ounces or 85g) chopped, divided


  1. Pre heat he oven top 180C / 350 F (middle rack) and line a baking sheet with paper.
  2. In a large heatproof bowl heat he butter and chocolate until just melted, stirring constantly (you can do this either over a double boiler or in the microwave – I did it in the microwave) – be careful not to over heat the chocolate.
  3. Stir in the sugar, salt and vanilla. Mix.Add the eggs, one at a time, until completely mixed in.
  4. Add the flour and baking powered to the bowl and stir to combine. Stir in half to 3/4 of the chopped nuts (better to add 3/4)
  5. Scoop the batter using a small ice cream scoop into 12 balls spacing them evenly on the pan. Sprinkle the remaining nuts over the top of each cookie.
  6. Bake until the cookies are puffed, cracked and barely set, about 8 minutes. Do not over bake.
  7. Let the cookies cool on the pan for 5 minutes, then transfer to a wire cooling rack

These cookies are soft and decadent and teeter somewhere between a brownie and a cookie. I baked them for exactly 8 minutes which yields a very gooey chocolatey middle. The win here is they bake in a fraction of the time of a brownie and deliver hugely on taste.

If this one recipe is anything to go by, I’m looking forward to trying out a few more. I loved the use of one bowl and mixing everything by hand.

Yvonne is offering to send a copy of this fabulous and unique book to one lucky Drizzle and Dip reader anywhere in the world. All you need to do to enter is share this post on Pinterest, Twitter or FB with the hashtag #OneBowl and leave a comment here as to why you think this book will rock your world. Entries close on 23 January (this also happens to be my birthday).

Yvonne can be found: Twitter: @YvonneRuperti  on Serious Eats.

One Bowl Baking can be found:  Amazon.comBarnes & NobleIndieBoundPowell’sThe Book Depository

fudgy walnut brownie cookies

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  1. My husband is a cookie monster – I am forever looking for new ideas that don’t take too much time. This book would be a real blessing!

  2. Sam

    Thanks Lolly pop – only 8 mins in the oven, mix in one bowl – like ridic easy #winning

  3. Anita Steenkamp

    One bowl baking, I love this idea! I am one of those that easily mess up my whole kitchen when baking easy muffins! So this would be a dream for me. Not only because it will be less mess when I bake, but because this book will learn me how to bake easily, without a lot of fuss. More time to eat? Count me in! Shared on twitter @anitasteenkamp1

  4. Karin BrandKarin Brand

    love this recipe……easy peasy

  5. nauticalnaomi

    My husband always complain about the amount of dishes I make when I bake. One bowl baking is sure going to put the pleasure back in the whole experience for me. Less work more eating, love it!

  6. Liesl Bush

    I am not very good at baking – find it hard to follow a recipe to the T – and I set myself a goal for this year to try at least one new recipe per month for each course ( one starter , one Veg dish , one Main & one dessert)
    Would love this book to kick things off for my banking goal

  7. It sounds quite interesting specially if the give away comes from Drizzle & Dip ;). Great books have a name behind and this one has it.

  8. Rachelle

    Because I’ve just moved into my own place and currently only own 1 bowl and a few other, mismatched cooking utensils…I’d like to prove to my sister that I can make fabulous eats! My colleagues at work are always sharing amazing recipes and I’d also like to impress [and perhaps butter up…note the baking pun ;)] them with delightful treats <3

  9. Zama Gabela

    My love for baking has instantly been taken to the next level just by reading this delicious recipe. I want to successfully bake my year through 2014 and what better way to start then with #onebowl. My taste buds and tummy are begging for this cook book 😉

  10. Oh this book would be fab for me. I’m a one handed cook with a kid on the hip and I love to bake. A one bowl baking book would be such a help! Pick me! 🙂 shared on twitter @thewhimsicalwife01

  11. How would this book rock my world? Let me count the ways:
    1. I love to bake!
    2. I love the idea of only using one bowl
    3. I love to bake!
    4. I love trying new recipes
    5. I love to bake!
    6. I love good recipes that are easy to follow and understand
    7. I love to bake!
    8. I love cake, cookies, pastries…the list goes on
    9. I love to bake!
    10. I love your blog (smiles sweetly)


  12. I’m super excited about the concept of this book. I’m a new mom and baking (which I love to do) has unfortunately taken a back seat. One bowel baking seems reasonably doable with a baby on and off my hip. Also having the different measuring systems sounds heavenly to me! As an American living in Sweden I have to constantly convert recipes.

  13. LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE the idea of this book! I would make good use of it by testing some of the beautiful recipes contained within and sharing the products with friends and fam. Pick me! Pick me!! :):)

  14. Cool bananas. i am going to try this recipe in the bakery.

  15. i’ve heard of this book and i’ve been wanting to get it because my husband complains to no end about all the dishes I use when I bake.

  16. Nicola Meyer

    Our family of four has very sweet teeth and my 16 year old son regularly bakes choc chip cookies. I’m sure he would love to make this.

  17. Yelizaveta Smalonskaya

    Amazing cookie recipe.
    The giveaway is only for US residents only?

  18. Sam

    Hi, not he giveaway is an international giveaway.

  19. I would so love to win this cookbook, because I’m a cookbook collector, avid baker, and my husband is an avid sweets eater! Plus, who couldn’t use a few easy baking recipes to whip up in the midst of a busy day?

    Crossing my fingers,

  20. Catherine

    This might sound really silly but do you leave the balls of batter as is or do you flatten them before putting the baking sheet into the oven?

    P.S. I’d love to win this book. I’m always looking for new recipes to try and new books to explore and learn new methods especially with baking! One bowl baking just sounds absolutely too good to be true and I know how much mess I can make when baking!

    Here’s to hope!

  21. I want to try out some easy baking recipes, so this cookbook would be perfect for me!

  22. I Love Walnuts well all sorts of nuts really
    Love Chocolate to much
    So will have to bake theses
    My Passion is Baking

  23. I made these this morning Sam, and they were DELICIOUS! I think my mixture may have been a bit slack because they spread way more than yours did, but everyone loved them and we all agreed that they would be lovely for an easy pud, made quite small and served with ice cream. Most definitely a keeper!

  24. rehana seedat

    This book would rock my World because: I truly love baking, the whole process of baking from how everything is precise and exact to the way everything mixes together to create something wonderful and delicious. I also love to share and enjoy making people feel special that I created something just for them. I love working with my hands and knowing that what came out of the oven was a labor of love and part of the creative process. Would make my day to win this awesome giveaway. fingers crossed! Have tweeted@rehanaseedat and shared facebook

  25. Renuka Lallbahadur

    This book is awesome! Would so love to win it. I’m not very good at cookie making, usually I end up with flat pancakes and too much of bicarb! I’m need tried and tested recipes and after I’m done, throw the bowl into the dishwasher, grab a cuppa coffee and eagerly await my baked goodies.

  26. Cheryl W.

    I shared on Pinterest.

    I think this book, One Bowl, is right up my alley with my cooking style. Also, I have that perfect, beloved one bowl I love to use!

  27. This books looks fabulous…my sister is a great baker & I love going to visit her to try out what she has made :). This is for her!

  28. Two small children, two jobs anf and a love of baking do not go hand in hand..a book that means I can bake quickly and possibly with the children – AMAZING!

  29. I have Yvonne’s bread book and appreciate her “real world” approach to keeping recipes and ingredients simple, with excellent results!

  30. Reta Kenter

    First of al – HAPPY BIRTHDAY
    Next – I would LOVE to win this book but sadly I will not be able share this post on Pinterest, Twitter or FB as I have no interest in them.
    SO – since I know I probably WON”T win the book, I have reserved it at my library. If I like it – I will order a copy for myself!

    Reta Kenter

  31. Sam

    The Winner of this cookbook is Rehana Seedat. Thank you all for entering.

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