Crazy for Cookies, Brownies, and Bars: Super-Fast, Made-from-Scratch Sweets, Treats, and Desserts

Crazy for Cookies, Brownies, and Bars: Super-Fast, Made-from-Scratch Sweets, Treats, and Desserts

by Dorothy Kern
Crazy for Cookies, Brownies, and Bars: Super-Fast, Made-from-Scratch Sweets, Treats, and Desserts

Crazy for Cookies, Brownies, and Bars: Super-Fast, Made-from-Scratch Sweets, Treats, and Desserts

by Dorothy Kern


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Master cookie basics, then expand your repertoire with over 85 crave-worthy yet easy-to-prepare recipes for both classic and inventive sweet treats, each with its own mouthwatering photo.

Author Dorothy Kern is one of the most trusted and widely read baking bloggers on Earth—and with good reason. Her tested-to-perfection recipes are simple to make, delectable, and full of creative new flavor ideas. In Crazy for Cookies, Brownies, and Bars, she shares her recipes and baking secrets so you, too, can make scrumptiously delicious cookies that everyone loves.

Dorothy outlines the rules for successful cookie baking, provides an overview of key ingredients and tools, and offers expert tips on how to store baked things so they stay fresh for a long time. What’s more, she guides you in taking your cookie skills in new directions, into the delectable world of brownies (lots of different kinds of brownies!), blondies, shortbreads, shortcakes, cookie cakes, and more.

The recipes, warmed with Dorothy’s personal stories and memories, include cookies that range from traditional favorites to all-new concepts:
  • Seriously the Best Chocolate Chip Cookies
  • Nana’s Drop Sugar Cookies
  • The Great Pumpkin Cookie Recipe
  • Mochadoodles
  • Slice and Bake Cranberry Pistachio Shortbread
  • Salted Butterscotch Cookies

Beyond the cookies, you’ll love the recipes for:
  • Caramel Oatmeal Cookie Bars
  • Apple Shortbread Bars
  • Bacon and Caramel Brownies
  • Brown Butter Pecan Blondies
  • Fruit Tart Cookie Cups
  • Birthday Cookie Cake

…among tons of other delicious crowd-pleasers. Your family and friends will be thrilled with the results—and so will you.

It’s the definitive book on cookies—and so much fun to use!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780760372814
Publisher: Harvard Common Press, The
Publication date: 02/01/2022
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 666,535
Product dimensions: 8.10(w) x 10.10(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Dorothy Kern, one of the most-read and most-relied-upon food bloggers in the world, has been blogging since 2010 at Crazy for Crust (, which focuses on baking recipes both savory and sweet. Her recipes have been featured in Everyday with Rachael Ray, Woman’s World, Redbook,, Buzzfeed, and other outlets. She lives with her family in the Sacramento, California, area, where she appears often as a cooking expert on local television.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Let’s Get Crazy About Cookies
Know Your Key Ingredients
Tools for Successful Baking
Storing and Freezing Tips
The Seven Rules for Successful Cookie Baking
Chapter 1 Cookie Jar Favorites
Seriously the Best Chocolate
Chip Cookies
Banana Nut Cookies
Toffee Chippers
Coconut Cornflake Cookies
Peanut Butter Oatmeal
Chocolate Chip Cookies
Nana’s Drop Sugar Cookies
Trail Mix Oatmeal Cookies
Mel’s Peanut Butter Lovers’ Cookies
Peanut Butter Chip Chocolate Cookies
Sprinkle Cookies
The Great Pumpkin Cookie Recipe
Chocolate Chip Snowball Cookies
Almond Joy Macaroons
Molasses Cookies
Tuxedo Cookies
Chapter 2 Brownies
Fudgiest Brownies Ever
Vanilla Lovers’ White Chocolate Brownies
Oreo Truffle Brownies
Mint Chip Brownies
Peanut Butter Stuffed Brownies
Death by Chocolate Brownies
Bacon and Caramel Brownies
Mocha Brownies
Macadamia Nut Brownies
Nutella Brownies
Zucchini Brownies
Chapter 3 Blondies and Bars
Brown Butter Pecan Blondies
Cinnamon Blondies
Bake Sale Blondies
White Chocolate Lemonies
Triple Decker Cookie Bars
Peanut Butter Patty Bars
Peanut Butter Magic Bars
Caramel Oatmeal Cookie Bars
Margarita Bars
Chocolate Chip Cookie Gooey Bars
Chocolate Chip Shortbread Bars
Blueberry Lemon Bars
Apple Shortbread Bars
Chapter 4 Cookie Cakes, Skillet Bakes, and Cups—Oh My!
Birthday Cookie Cake
Three-Layer Cookie Cake
Sugar Cookie Cake
Fruit Tart Cookie Cups
Chocolate Lovers’ Cookie Cups
Piñata Cookie Cups
Strawberry Shortcake Cups
Skillet Brownie for Two
Brookie Skillet
Chapter 5 Crazy Cookies
Dark Chocolate Espresso Cookies
Orange Dream Cookies
Chocolate Peanut Butter Potato Chip Cookies
Ice Cream Cookies
Salted Butterscotch Cookies
Cookies ’n’ Cream Red Velvet Cookies
Giant M&M Cookie
Lime in the Coconut Cookies
Chocolate Candy Cane Cookies
Raspberry Almond Spirals
Pumpkin Spice Snickerdoodles
Slice and Bake Cranberry Pistachio Shortbread
Churro Cookies
Fruity Pebble Cookies
Chapter 6 Stuffed and Sandwiched
Chocolate Marshmallow
Sandwich Cookies
Chocolate Caramel Pecan Cookies
Giant Stuffed Nutella Cookie
Lemon Poppyseed Thumbprints
Salted Caramel Ginger Sandwiches
Peanut Butter Thumbprints
PB&J Sandwich Cookies
Stuffed Carrot Cake Cookies
Birthday Cake Sandwich Cookies
Chapter 7 No Oven, No Problem: No-Bake Cookies and Bars
Haystack Cookies
Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bars
Ultimate Peanut Butter Bars
Biscoff Oatmeal No-Bakes
Caramel Crunch Bars
Sugar Cookie Bites
Cookies ’n’ Cream Mud Bars
Amaretto Bites
Nutty Slice and No-Bake Cookies
Chapter 8 For Man’s Best Friend: Dog Cookies for Your BFF
Ginger’s Gingerbread Cookies
Abby’s Favorite Vanilla Cookies
Pumpkin Dog Cookies
About the Author
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