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Crazy for Cookies, Brownies, and Bars

Super-Fast, Made-from-Scratch Sweets, Treats, and Desserts

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
  • Molasses Cookies
  • Nana’s Drop Sugar Cookies
  • Slice and Bake Cranberry Pistachio Shortbread
  • Chocolate Candy Cane Cookies
  • Chocolate Peanut Butter Potato Chip Cookies

Beyond the cookies, you’ll love the recipes for:
  • Brown Butter Pecan Blondies
  • Peanut Butter Magic Bars
  • Bacon and Caramel Brownies
  • Fruit Tart Cookie Cups
  • Cookies ’n’ Cream Mud Bars
  • 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!

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

“Best Desserts Cookbook of 2022”—Esquire magazine

“Dorothy has created the ultimate collection of recipes for any dessert lover! Her recipes are easy to follow and include lots of great tips that ensure every recipe is decadent and delicious. This book is a must have for anyone with a sweet tooth!”
 —Holly Nilsson, blogger at "Spend with Pennies"

Heaven for cookie lovers! Dorothy's well-tested recipes ensure your baking success. From tried-and-true classics to over-the-top, creative twists, you'll find a treat to satisfy any sweet tooth. Keep a glass of milk handy. You're going to need it!”
 —Erin Clarke, author of The Well-Plated Cookbook

"Dorothy's book has a great variety of recipes for cookies, brownies, blondies, you name it, that are approachable for anyone from a novice baker to a seasoned veteran.”—Jo Cismaru, author of The Big Book of Jo's Quick and Easy Meals

Harvard Common Press, 9780760372814, 208pp.

Publication Date: February 1, 2022

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.