Crazy for Cookies, Brownies, and Bars contains 85 recipes showing you how to make cookies in batches big or small and offers expert tips on how to store them so they stay fresh for a long time. It will guide you in taking your cookie skills in new directions, into the delectable world of brownies, blondies, shortbreads, cookie cups, cookie cakes, and more.

The first chapter, Cookie Jar Favorites, will feel like home with the familiar yet jazzed-up flavors of Chocolate Chip, Sugar Cookies, and Peanut Butter. From there you’ll go on a sugary journey, stopping for Mint Chip Brownies or Triple Decker Cookie Bars, enjoying Strawberry Shortcake Cookie Cups and even an entire chapter of no-bake cookies. Then you will stretch your imagination and creativity by making some of the crazier cookies: Fruity Pebble and Lime in the Coconut Cookies, stuffed cookies and sandwiched ones too. And not to be left out: there are even a few cookies for your pups – our dog Abby joined in with three of her favorite homemade dog treats!

There is something for every cookie lover in this book, from traditional favorites to some extra crazy cookies and all the deliciousness in between

My goal is to inspire you to enjoy cookies in a whole new way and use the recipes in this book to create memories with your friends and family, creating new crazy cookie lovers along the way.


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What to Expect

  • Full color photos for every recipe!
  • Tested, tried and true recipes: every single recipe was tested at least 3 times by myself and independent testers.
  • If a recipe didn’t get a 5-star review from a tester it didn’t make it into the book!
  • Tips for every recipe – many with ways to change up the recipe to make a brand new one.
  • Storage and freezing tips, including how I freeze almost everything in the book.
  • Tips for doubling recipes and even for how to make them look picture-perfect.
  • Plus my favorite ingredients and equipment to set you up for success.
churro cookies on a rack with frosting


  • Cookie Jar Favorites
  • Brownies
  • Blondies and Bars (and everything in between)
  • Cookie Cakes, Cups, and Skillets
  • Crazy Cookies
  • Stuffed and Sandwiched
  • Skip the Oven: No Bake Cookies and Bars
  • Abby’s Treats (For Your Pups)
brownies with caramel and bacon on top

About the Author

dorothy kern

Dorothy Kern is the founder, writer, and photographer of the popular food blog, Crazy for Crust, where she shares all things sweet (and sometimes savory), always with a slice of life. She sees baking and the creating of food as warmth and love and strives share recipes that will inspire others to get in the kitchen and create their own happiness and memories through baking.

Having wanted to be a teacher since she was young, Dorothy started her career as a high school algebra and geometry teacher, trading in her compass for diapers after her daughter was born, then returning to her love of teaching through blogging back in 2010. Since then, she’s reached hundreds of millions of people through her love of pie, cookies and all things dessert. She’s been featured on or in Rachael Ray MagazineWoman’s World MagazineBuzzfeedGood Housekeeping, and Redbook and many more.

When she’s not in working, you can find Dorothy reading a book or binge-watching Bravo, often while online searching for sparkly shoes or earrings, or planning her next trip to anywhere. She’s 100% a California girl with dreams of living at the beach with her husband, teenage daughter, and precocious labradoodle-turned-second-child, Abby.


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