Crust & Crumbs 16

Happy Saturday my friends! I cannot believe it’s mid-September already. There are some big things happening here in the coming week and I’m super excited for every single one of them!

1. Guess what?? My book, Dessert Mash-Ups is shipping from Amazon THIS WEEK! You can pre-order it here and have it by Friday!

You all might have to wait until later this week, but I was lucky enough to have the best (mail) day ever last week. I got to see an advance copy of my book!

me and dessert mashups

You can get all the information about my cookbook here. And it’s available for can pre-order on Amazon and B&N. You’re not going to want to miss out on this book. It’s got things like this inside:

Milky Way Brownie Pie (1 of 6)

That’s a Milky Way Brownie Pie. The brownie inside is actually made with Milky Way Candy Bars! I KNOW, RIGHT?

Anyway, you can pre-order it…or you can scroll down to enter to WIN an autographed copy!

That’s right – I’m giving away three signed copies of Dessert Mash-Ups. Scroll down to enter!

2. Speaking of cookbooks, I did a review this week of the Smart Cookie Cookbook by my friend, Christi Farr Johnstone. I made Doughnut Cookies. Aren’t they the CUTEST?

Doughnut Cookies (5 of 12)w

Her book is full of treats like that. You need it!!

I also had the chance to review Paleo Ice Cream by Ben Hirschberg.


It’s got 75 recipes for ice cream and homemade treats that follow the Paleo diet. My husband has been trying to stick to Whole 30, which is different from Paleo but similar in that there is a lot of protein and not a lot of carbs/sugar. These recipes are perfect for anyone following similar food plans. And the book even has recipes for vegan ice creams and how to make your own chocolate chips (totally vegan!)

3. Did you see these last week?

Caramel Apple Toffee Blondies (1 of 6)

Caramel Apple Toffee Blondies: you need them in your life.

4. Do you all know what Stitch Fix is? I’m sure by now you do, but in case you don’t, it’s a clothing service that sends you a box of clothes based on your sizes and preferences. You pay a $20 styling fee that goes towards anything you purchase and you can send back (for free) anything you don’t like. I just got my second box since I started back up again and I’m LOVING it.


These were two pieces (shirt + dress) I couldn’t decide on, and after posting on Instagram, I kept both. There was also a gorgeous white knit top in my box (not pictured). I would have kept all 5 pieces but one of the tops didn’t fit right and I didn’t need the necklace. That dress on the right is my new favorite thing. It gave me a reason to buy these. (Also, this top was in my last box. Love it!)

If you’re interested in Stitch Fix, check it out. It’s only a $20 commitment, which is not a bad price. You’ll be addicted after one fix, believe me!

5. Oh heeeeyyyyyy there.

Homemade Soft Golden Oreos (1 of 5)w

{Soft homemade Golden Oreos}

6. Books I’m addicted to as of late (click on the images to get to the amazon page):

The Longest Ride is typical Nicholas Sparks, but very good and it totally drew me in from the first page.

I think I’m the last person to read The Fault in Our Stars, but it was really, really good. I mean, it’s about two kids with cancer. You can pretty much figure out from that description you’ll need Kleenex, lots of it. But it’s really good and thought provoking. The movie? I will not see it in the theatre. No one needs to see the ugly cry in person.

Sisterland took me awhile to get into, but it was good. I didn’t see the climax coming until it hit, almost at the end of the book. That in itself really made me happy because a lot of times nowadays I know the end of a book before I get halfway through. This one I most certainly did not see coming.

The Kindness of Strangers is the best book I’ve ever read, I think. You must read this book. It’s got a disturbing subject matter (I can’t tell you what it is because that will ruin the first part of the book, but know it involves children so if you’re at all repulsed by crimes agains kids, this might not be for you). Seriously, I couldn’t put this one down. I don’t think I’ll ever forget reading this one.

Girls in White Dresses is a fun, easy read. It’s about 20-30 something girls who start to get married and find their way. It was a fast read, and I enjoyed it.

7. Where are my yoga pants?

Caramel Peanut Butter Cookie Bars (6 of 6)w

8. Stuff I’m loving:

9. I guest posted for my BFF, The Domestic Rebel, this week. Go check out my recipe for Brown Butter Blondies!

Brown Butter Blondies (1 of 3)

10. And finally, what you’ve been waiting for: The GIVEAWAY!


**Giveaway has ended**

Do you want to win an autographed copy of my cookbook, Dessert Mash-Ups? Enter using the rafflecopter below. Three winners will be chosen and your books will be shipped once I receive my shipment. Thank you for reading and entering!!

Please enter using the rafflecopter form below. Give it a moment, sometimes it takes time to load. Open to U.S. residents only, must be 18 years or older to enter. Full rules in the rafflecopter form. Good luck!

Oh, and you’ll want to come back tomorrow. I’m posting this:





Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


  1. Pingback: Crust & Crumbs 16: Dessert Mash-Ups Giveaway! | The blog of COOPER APPAREL. Find us at

  2. Wow congratulations on your cookbook–so exciting! I love all mash up desserts, almost as much, if not more than I love those books you have listed. The Fault in Our Stars IS SO sad. I didn’t see it in theaters for the same reason as you 🙂

  3. German chocolate donuts

  4. I love pies are mashed up with ice cream, especially when there are big chunks of crust!

  5. Congrats on the book! Looks delicious 🙂

  6. Oh wow this book looks amazing! Can’t wait to make something cakey!

  7. Brownies and ice creamcake

  8. Congratulations on your cookbook being ready, Dorothy! Sooooo exciting!!!!
    Tracey @ The Kitchen is My Playground

  9. I am SO excited to have a copy of your book in my hands!! And thanks for the link love!

  10. I can’t WAIT for this book Dorothy!! I’m dying to see all these yummy treats!! My favorite type of mash up would be ANYTHING with pb and chocolate (thanks for giving my trifle a shout out!! ) Oh, and you look adorable in that striped dress! I’m going to have to give that service a try. 🙂

  11. I like ice cream cakes or pies. I have made one myself for Father’s Day and it was SO GOOD. Everyone asked me for the recipe.

  12. The donut cookies. Adorable!

  13. My favorite dessert mash-ups involve candy mashed with pretty much anything. Like that gorgeous pie you posted above! I’m so excited about your cookbook, can’t wait to win or buy it!

  14. So excited for you on your cookbook, Dorothy! I love desserts that are more than just your average ones, so I love the dessert mashup idea. By the way that dress is gorgeous, love it!

  15. Favorite dessert mashup so far – cookie dough brownies!
    congrats on your book!

  16. As someone who has followed your blog since the beginning, I’m pretty sure I REQUIRE a signed copy. Congrats Dorothy! You’ve earned it!

    Anything smashed into ice cream…

  17. Cookies and Brownies!

  18. Brownies and cheesecake – a brownie bottom makes any cheesecake 1000000x more delicious!

  19. I love anything with brownie and candy bars!

  20. You must be buzzing about your book, Dorothy!! Imagine people all over the world buying your book, it must feel unreal! I give everyone who enters the draw good luck as, sadly, I can’t enter 🙁
    However, I can’t wait until I receive my book in the post; dessert mash-ups are so current, trendy and most of all, delicious, congratulations!

  21. So much great stuff packed into one delicious post!!

  22. Congrats on your cookbook! My answer would be cookie dough brownies.

  23. Yay! Soo excited for the book!!! My fave dessert mash-up are definitely brookies.

  24. I love the combination of cookies and brownies…yum! Would LOVE a copy of your book. I like having books by people I actually know 🙂

    PS-I’m reading The Fault In Our Stars right now and…wow, just…wow.

  25. Pretty much anything with brownies – cookie dough, candy bars, ice cream… I could eat brownies all day long.

  26. It must feel great to have that book in your hands! So cool! Congrats, Dorothy!

  27. Cookie dough and brownies.

  28. Yay, I am so excited about your book – it’s stunning girl! I’m dying to see to see your gorgeous treats! Great call on keeping both the green and the striped – so so pretty!

  29. I can wait for my copy!!! 🙂

  30. Ayyyy I’m so excited for this book! Um um um my favorite dessert mashup? Probably cake + cheesecake.

  31. Dude. Are you peeing yourself a little bit? Can’t wait to get my copy!

  32. Dorothy, I just received an email from Amazon and your book will be here on the 17th! Yay! Can’t wait to see all the treats inside:) What a remarkable man your great grandpa was; that was an amazing write up about him.

  33. Everything you make looks amazing!! Yum!

  34. Anything mashed up with brownies… as long as it is chocolate. No fruit, for example.

  35. I haven’t received your book, but I ordered it a few weeks ago. Looking forward to all the exciting recipes that you’re sharing in it!

  36. good luck with new book

  37. Anything chocolate

  38. Cheesecake and cookie

  39. Just found your website a few weeks ago through yahoo. The photos of the food you make are beautiful! My mouth waters just looking at them! Congratulations on the book! Cristine

  40. Your cookbook looks delightfully yummy. Good thing I have a credit on my Amazon account!

  41. Birthday cakes with cake layers, ice cream layers, and lots-o-buttercream!!

  42. Birthday cakes with cake layers, ice cream layers, and lots-o-buttercream!!

  43. Congratulations on your new book. Just put on my wish list! Thank you for all your wonderful recipes. Tried oh so many and am so happy with the results.

  44. Congratulations on your book!! My husband and I love your butter pie crust recipe!!!!

  45. I love to bake!! I would love a copy of your book.

  46. No, Dorothy, I haven’t read the Fault in our Stars yet. I’m going to be the last hold out! 🙂 BIG congrats on your book…Glad your dream came true!

  47. I love the chocolate chip cookie/brownie cookies.

  48. The chocolate chip cookie/brownie cookies!!

  49. My favorite dessert mash up is ice cream cake!

  50. Chocolate chip cookies in ice cream

  51. Accolades on your cookbook!! The recipes that you create are awe inspiring-Keep them coming! I love them all.

  52. Congratulations on your book! That is so exciting! I don’t really mix stuff up, picky husband you know. Your cookbook will be an eye opening experience.

  53. Congratulations on publishing your cookbook. You must be a busy gal. Just love your recipes and can’t wait to try your cookie donuts 🙂

  54. Thanks Dorothy you have the best food blog!!

  55. Love pie and love Milky Ways! What a combo; can hardly wait to make this dessert.

  56. I love a Maple breakfast roll with Bacon mash=up!

  57. I love any mash-up with cheesecake – brownies, chocolate chip cookies, etc.

  58. Chocolate chip cookie pie. I can’t wait to see the cookbook.

  59. Honestly,the cronut has been my favorite dessert mash-up.

  60. I like salted caramel chocolate brownies

  61. I like cheesecake and brownie together.

  62. My favorite mash up has got to be a doughnut cookie, or a fruit pie bar.

  63. brownie cookie pie!

  64. cookie dough brownies

  65. Anything with chocolate & more chocolate!

  66. I love to bake and cannot wait to see this cookbook! Congrats on the book.

  67. Congratulations on the new cookbook! Looks soo good!! 🙂

  68. Can’t wait for you new cookbook. It looks like a beautifully put together cookbook. My sister and I read them like novels.
    Usually print off every recipe that I get on e-mail from you. Just wonderful recipes that look delicious and can’t resist making. Thanks so much……..Lisa

  69. Congratulations!! Awesome!! I love cheesecake brownies 🙂

  70. I love the brownie and chocolate chip combo. This books looks very interesting!!

  71. My favorite dessert mashup would be chocolate coconut cake with cherry cheescake filling.

  72. I like to make a cake with a cheesecake layer in the middle.

  73. I like brownies and Oreos as a mashup.

  74. Cherry pie cheesecake!! Yum!

  75. Your Death by Chocolate Brownie Layer Cake has me drooling!! Thanks for the chance to win!

  76. Congratulations on your Cookbook! I really need this! I love a big spoon of Peanut butter with chocolate chips and white chocolate chips mixed in! Totally easy and delicious!

  77. I love the original Brookie!

  78. Birthday Cake with Neopolitan Ice Cream and Dark Chocolate Sauce all mashed together in a bowl.

  79. I would love to add this to my 3500+ cookbooks

  80. I love all your recipes. I often find myself going to your blog for ideas of something to bake!

  81. Love, love your recipe have made so many, and will do more, CONGRATS on the book

  82. Congrats on the cookbook. Brookies would be my choice!

  83. Congrats! The book looks fab! I want the milky way brownie pie now…and it’s 6am!!

  84. I love cheesecake and brownies!

  85. Would very much like to win! And wonder what’s you’re posting tomorrow…
    Thank you for the book recommendations; I’m always looking for another one to read, but I’ve had the unfortunate experience of picking…less than stellar ones when left to my own devices!

  86. Brookies, brookies, brookies!

  87. I am a big fan of cookies and donuts together.

  88. My familiy’s favorite smash-ups are either any goodie smashed into their favorite ice cream or my cookie dough cheesecake! Love this blog and your recipes – I gain weight just reading them! : )

  89. Oreo cheesecake!

  90. I love desserts! Would love to win your book to try new desserts.

  91. Congrats on your cook book! Can’t wait

  92. Must. Have. Now. Cookbook and Milky way pie! and I’m ordering your recommended books from the library right now!

  93. Congratulations, Dorothy! I’m looking forward to trying recipes from your new book, and also staring at the beautiful photos!

  94. just want to say thank you for you wonderful blog. ii get the bst recipes and inspirations from here. And thank you for giving us a chance to win your new book. i am so happy for you, and wish you also the best of luck with this book.

  95. Favorite dessert mash-up is definitely some sort of pie!! I love everything!

  96. I love the Caramel stuffed Peanut Butter Bars!! I could just dive into those!!!

  97. Congratulations on the new cookbook! All the desserts look fantastic! Can’t wait to try the milky way brownie pie!!! Anything mashed with a brownie has to be yummy!

  98. Any type of cookie/candy pie

  99. candies + pie!!!!

    CONGRATS! I’m so excited for you and your book is def. on my MUST HAVE list!

  100. I’ve never had a brookie, but they look delicious!! Congratulations on the book!!1

  101. What a wonderful book! Would love to have a copy.

  102. I love cheesecake and brownies!

  103. I’m just excited to try any of these great recipes!!! Good Luck!

  104. Anything with cheesecake

  105. I have loved and followed your blog for years before starting my own and couldn’t be more excited about your cookbook! Congrats on all your success you are so deserving!!

  106. Can’t wait to get my copy of the cookbook! I was excited to received the updated shipping estimate last week.

    Oh, and Stitch Fix, my new fav thing. Fix 4 is on the way!!

  107. Congrats on the book release Dorothy!! I can’t wait! My fave mash up dessert is a pie mashed with ice cream! Ie. the banana cream pie ice cream recipe that you posted a while back! I’ve made it 3 times in the past month and just can’t get enough of it!!! Yum! <3

  108. I love brookies!

  109. Hi. I love your blog and can’t wait to see the book!

  110. I simply cannot wait for my copy to arrive this week. I am so excited for you and so happy for all of your beautiful accomplishments. You deserve it all!

  111. I’m so happy for you!! Well deserved after all of these years. You have truly been an inspiration since the moment I saw those icee cupcakes. Can’t wait to have to your book and try some of your amazing brownies and blondies!!

  112. Your peanut butter/brownie mix dip! YUMMMMMMM!

  113. no way I could pick just one favorite! Every recipe looks so wonderful! Love your blog!

  114. I don’t even know my fave mash up but I do now I want to win a copy of your gorgeous cookbook! Congrats, my dear!

  115. Oreo Cheesecake. Yummmmmmmmm.

  116. I am so excited for your new cookbook!! I love pie and milkshake mash-ups!

  117. Congratulations on your new cookbook! I just love your website and I love the pretzel crusted peanut butter brownies, they are the bomb 🙂

  118. Milky way pie! OMG! So excited for you Dorothy…and so excited to try all these yummy recipes! And the new site looks great as well! I am thinking it’s been a pretty awesome month for you!!! 🙂

  119. Coke dough and brownies !

  120. The brown butter blondies and s’mores cake sound scrumptious.  I’m new to this mashup thing but my mouth is watering right now.

  121. Congrats again!! I’m curious how you began your cookbook journey. That’s a dream of mine. I have ideas out the wazoo! I love the new look of your site as well!

    You rock!

    • Thanks Dana! The traditional way is to write a proposal, then find an agent. I was about to do that when a publisher came to me, which made it easier. But I’m working on a proposal for book 2…and who knows how I’ll have to do that one!

  122. I made your cookies ‘n cream brownies, they were by far my favorite!

  123. peach pie & ice cream

  124. I like anything with chocolate!! Thanks for the giveaway 🙂

  125. Oreo cookie balls are the Best!

  126. Brookies. 

  127. Congratulations on the release of your cookbook, Dorothy! Going to head on over to Amazon right now so I can order a copy. 🙂

  128. Congrats!! I can’t believe it is finally hitting bookstores everywhere. Time is a flyin’! Wow, green looks so good on you Dorothy. That top is definitely one of my favorites 🙂 And what an awesome giveaway!
    PS I’m late, I know, but ohmyGOSH your site looks incredible! Love love love the redesign!

  129. I just happened to stumble upon your site and I’m excited to keep reading for sure! I hadn’t ever heard of Stitch Fix but I plan to get over there and check it out because I adore that dress so if that’s what they are sending out I can’t wait. Congrats on your book!

  130. S’morescake… many yummy desserts. Thanks for the giveaway!

  131. I hate it when I don’t read the full directions first 🙂  Peanut Butter Brownie Batter Dip

  132. I think chocolate chip cookie pie is pretty high on the list!

  133. I can’t wait to get your cookbook. You have such amazing yummy recipes. Seriously looking forward to trying the Milky Way Brownie Pie. Thank you for the giveaway. 🙂

  134. My favorite dessert mash-up is carrot cake and vanilla ice cream! Congrats on your book!

  135. Cheesecake and Fudge Brownies!

  136. Ice cream and cookies. 

  137. OMG isn’t today the day? *squeeee!* Girl, I’m way too excited and proud for you. 

    I know you know I want my signed copy too. And now it’s released, do I go ahead and buy on Amazon and get it shipped to you? I’d send you an email, but I always feel like I’m bugging you.

    And that glass pie dish. I can’t find one anywhere. If you have time, can you pick up one for me and let me know how much I owe you for it, S&H for them both.

  138. Fav dessert mash up? Cookies/Brownies. Best of both worlds!

  139. OH MY GOSH!!!! It looks dangerous and it may be better not to win that delicious looking cookbook, BUT I will take my chances!!! YUM!

  140. YES it looks dangerous but you only live once!!  Would love to have a copy of this.  Nice to see someone’s hard work pay off having a ckbk published is not easy.

  141. I am SO in love with the Caramel Peanut Butter Cookie Bars!! I just made them for the 2nd time in a week!! They don’t last a day in my house. 

  142. I am looking forward to getting this book.  I am always looking for new treats, especially at Christmas time.  

  143. Brown Butter Blondes are looking so mashed up good !!!!!!!!!!! Great job on your book…

  144. I absolutely love your recipes!! The treats in your dessert mashup book look delicious!

  145. SO EXCITED about your new cookbook! My family LOVES trying your recipes, and just looking at your posts makes my mouth water. Congratulations!!!

  146. Too many “favorites” to pick only one! Now that fall is approaching, I’m loving the apple-based recipes! Congrats on your book!

  147. Love the brown butter blondies and many more, would love to win a signed copy of Dessert Mash-ups. Congratulations on your book…

  148. Congratulations on your new cookbook! I can’t wait to try the recipes! My favorite mash-ups would definitely be cheesecake and brownies (cheesecake and anything!!).

  149. I Love the recipes! you are so generous to share! Thank-you! I will keep my fingers crossed that I win your new book! Thanks for the chance to win!

  150. Thanks for remember your followers…I´d love to get the book
    Love from Spain

  151. Everything looks good.Will try some of the recipies soon

  152. My favorite is the lime curd.

  153. Good luck with  your cook book.  I love seeing your recipies in my e-mail and on fb.  I save many to pintrest to make for friends

  154. I read your blog ll of the time. Love reading the recipes, an would love to win your new
    book “Dessert Mash-Ups”, they all look so good, how to choose which to make first?

  155. totally buying if I don’t win one first!

  156. I love you recipes and hope to win this sweet new cookbook! Congrats!

  157. Love your recipes. And I collect cookbooks. Usually buy immediately whatever I want, but have orders not to from my kids.. My birthday is coming up, along with Christmas and apparently I’m hard to buy for.
    So Guess who’s new Book is on my list. Along with my to give list also.

  158. Cookies/brownies make a great mashup. Congrats on the book and HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!

  159. I am making the caramel stuffed peanut butter cookie bars, they are gonna be totally righteous – cannot wait. Oh yeah, I wanna win your awesome new dessert mash up cookbook, Sugar Britches !!

  160. Dorothy, congratulations on your cookbook. It is beautiful. I can’t decide what to make first. I do have a question though. On page 139, the Gingerbread Cheesecake Bars (OMG!!) the directions say to press 2/3 of the dough into the pan  but I don’t see where it says where to use the other 1/3. Am I missing it?  These sound delicious and I’d love to try them. Thanks, Annette. 

    • Oh gosh, me AND my editor must have missed that!

      Actual method: ALL the dough goes on the bottom of the pan below the cheesecake layer. Just a layer of cookie, layer of, cheesecake, topping. Ignore the 2/3. 🙂

  161. I love you blog and all the recipes I have tried so far.

  162. Sorry to be dense- so you put 2/3 of the dough in the pan, then the cheesecake layer, then the remaining 1/3 of the dough, then the crumb mixture?  I looked at the picture and can’t tell if there is dough on top of the cheesecake or not.  I don’t mean to bother you; I’d like to make these for work and don’t want to mess them up. I do love your cookbook and enjoy reading your blog. Your daughter reminds me of my daughter at that age (she’s now 18). Thanks for everything!

  163. I love your recipes! I hope I win one of your cookbooks!

  164. I had a recipe years ago for an oatmeal cookie pie, which was really good. I didn’t think of it as a mash-up, but I guess it fits! And now that you’ve got me thinking about it, I need to find that recipe again.

    Love the idea behind your cookbook! Congrats and good luck.

  165. I made take 5 cupcakes for my son’s birthday. His favorite candy bar. Awesome!

  166. My favorite are the brownie/cookie mashups! Can’t wait to read your book!

  167. ice cream and cake! 🙂

  168. Cookies + Ice Cream = Ice Cream Sandwiches

  169. brownies & cheesecake! yum!

    Thanks for the chance to win!!

    JoeyfromSC/Joey J.

  170. I’m not buying any cookbooks for the forseeable future as I’m loaded up for now.  But I’d certainly like to win yours.  It looks super.  I know you’re really proud of it.

  171. That Stitch Fix dress looks gorgeous on you! 🙂 I totally need to try this! Have you heard/ tried Vain Pursuits too? I saw them on YouTube and it seems like a similar service but for skincare! 

    • Thank you – and no I haven’t. I’ll have to look into it!

      • 🙂 I scheduled my Stitch Fix last night – excited about this!  This is like getting pampered, someone else doing the styling for me!   I think I’ll give Vain Pursuits a shot, it’s like getting two treats at once.

  172. Congrats on the new book!  I used to collect cook books, and always love looking through them and trying the recipes.  I love looking for recipes on line as well, but there is just something about holding that book in your hand.  I love to bake and continue the family holiday traditions with my kids that my mom and grandmother did with us. Unfortunately, that might not happen this year as my oven broke, so we just use the top of the stove and microwave…I am disabled and on a limited income and have a daughter that just started college and a son in high I try to help them as much as I can…so it’s going to be a no-bake holiday season…lol  (But it will be fun researching no-bake recipes and of course chocolate-oatmeal no-bakes is on the top of the list! Wishing you much success with your new book.  Love your web site!

Leave a Comment »