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The Margaret Palca Bakes Cookbook

80 Cakes, Cookies, Muffins, and More from a Famous Brooklyn Baker

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Favorite recipes from a beloved Brooklyn bakery―rugelach, blueberry muffins, incredible carrot cake, and much more!

There is new hipster Brooklyn; then there is old-school, really hipster Brooklyn. Brooklyn-based bakery Margaret Palca Bakes falls into the latter category. Currently located on Columbia Street in Brooklyn, Margaret Palca Bakes has been sharing its owner’s dessert wonders (yes eggs; yes sugar; yes butter!) with the New York City community for the past thirty years. The Margaret Palca Bakes Cookbook tells the story of Margaret’s journey into the world of baking in one of New York City’s most dynamic boroughs.

In her debut cookbook, Margaret shares practical tips, techniques, and more than eighty recipes collected throughout her lifetime. Sweet treats include:

  • Sour cream coffee cake
  • Apple crumb squares
  • Chocolate babka
  • Whoopie pies
  • Vegan maple pecan cookies
  • And more!
Learn practical baking tips and step-by-step techniques to make eighty of Margaret's most popular recipes with The Margaret Palca Bakes Cookbook.

“Margaret Palca has all the qualities I look for in a baker: the soul of an artist, the heart of a nurturer, and an obsessive perfectionist streak.” —Ed Levine, founder of SeriousEats.com

“After working with Margaret for thirty-plus years I’ve always enjoyed her direct approach to baking traditional American classics.” —Ted Matern, owner of Hiller & Moon gourmet food store, former general manager of Dean & DeLuca

“Margaret’s unbelievable dessert quality has never diminished over the three decades I have served her product. Nothing beats her to-die-for authentic rugelach which is unmistakably the best in the city.” —Jose Aguilera, owner and chef of Giacomo Fine Foods, former pastries buyer of Balducci’s

"Weaved into each of Margaret Palca's delicious recipes is an authentic American story of a girl who loved to bake and was determined to make a career of it. In her delightful debut cookbook, Margaret shares a wide range of outstanding recipes for avid bakers in Brooklyn and beyond. —Lei Shishak, owner and pastry chef of Sugar Blossom Bake Shop, author of Farm-to-Table Desserts, Beach House Brunch, and Beach House Baking