Crazy About Cookies Cookbook – Because You Need a Break from the Insanity

Crazy About Cookie Cookbook

The entry period for this Cookbook Giveaway is closed! Please check back shortly to find out who gets a copy of Crazy About Cookies!

We know you’ve just spent the entire weekend with your nose in cookbooks, racing through the market, laundering table linens, polishing silverware and color coordinating morning-of-Thanksgiving tasks and aprons with mini post-its, so isn’t it about time you take a tiny breather tonight before the *real* race begins?!

Yes, you need a break right now. With cookies. And a vodka/tonic.

We can’t do the vodka/tonic over internet (yet), and while we can’t technically do the cookies either, what we can do is give away a cookie cookbook!

We just got our hands on Crazy About Cookies, the latest cookbook from designer, baker and dessert-maker Krystina Castella. Flipping through the 300 cookie recipes, we got a little more excited when we realized that this was more than your everyday chocolate chip cookie (though there is a recipe for that, too). Krystina has everything from vegan and gluten free versions of classics to Champagne White Chocolate Meringues (we couldn’t do vodka, but sparkling wine will do, right?), from homemade Fortune Cookies to directions for erecting a Mid-Century Modern Gingerbread House!

How to Enter this Giveaway

As usual, this is a quick and easy giveaway. There is one step:

Leave a comment on this post with your favorite non-chocolatechipcookie cookie. (Make sure to enter your email address in the space provided address so we can contact you if you’re chosen!)

Another classic like Peanut Butter? Something more elaborate like a lacy Florentine? It doesn’t actually matter what you say since we’re going to pick the “winner” randomly, it only matters that you do comment.

And just to get things started, we’ll go first.

We kind of have a “thing” for our very own Heath Bar Cookies.

Good luck! You have about a week-ish, but we recommend you get to it now…since you can’t sit around all night, you have a bird to brine!

by Sarah J. Gim on November 21, 2010 · 173 comments


sjsteimer November 21, 2010 at 6:48 pm

Thumbprints are hands down the best cookies ever. with icing, not jelly. and rolled in chopped walnuts.

Kat Lantz November 21, 2010 at 6:50 pm

So many cookies to choose from! I am going to go the simple route and say Molasses Cookies are my favorite.

wanda November 21, 2010 at 6:51 pm

peanut butter…for reals! extra chunky for extra guilt…but oh-so-worth-it!

chefpandita November 21, 2010 at 6:53 pm

Mmm I love oatmeal-craisin cookies!

Lynn @ I'll Have What She's Having November 21, 2010 at 6:54 pm

Oatmeal raisin. How dorky is that?

queequeg November 21, 2010 at 6:56 pm

homemade oreos!! so good!!

Grace November 21, 2010 at 7:02 pm

My favourite all-time cookie is the Italian Amaretti cookie, so delicious, in fact I was at Mom’s today and could help but indulge in more than one or two.

JulieD November 21, 2010 at 7:14 pm

My favorite is a simple thick chewy snickerdoodle.

Kita November 21, 2010 at 7:17 pm

The simple and delicious peanut butter blossom (and if it counts: my dads chocolate peanut butter chip cookies – thats home).

amy November 21, 2010 at 7:17 pm

Snickerdoodles! : )

Tammy November 21, 2010 at 7:18 pm

I love shortbread cookies!! Any variety :) The “shorter”, the better!

Nicole LaValle November 21, 2010 at 7:18 pm

Italian Lemon Biscuits are my current favorite, they are beautiful and delicious!

Sarah Elizabeth November 21, 2010 at 7:21 pm

Butterscotch chip!

Melanie November 21, 2010 at 7:25 pm

i love oatmeal. no cinnamon. no raisins. just oatmeal. yum.

Andrea Ada November 21, 2010 at 7:25 pm

I’m crazy about soft, chewy peanut butter cookies with peanut butter chips.

Staci November 21, 2010 at 7:32 pm

Ginger snaps

Amy November 21, 2010 at 7:35 pm

Shortbread. Hit me up with some of the chunky scottish variety any day! mmm..

Melanie November 21, 2010 at 7:36 pm

monster cookies. The ones with the works – peanut butter, oatmeal, chocolate chips, and M&Ms. Yum!

donna c. November 21, 2010 at 7:37 pm

My favorite is Almond Roca Cookies

Susan November 21, 2010 at 7:42 pm

I love shortbread thumbprints with raspberry or blackberry preserves. Quite specific I know but you asked! :)

Tam November 21, 2010 at 7:44 pm

I love sandies and shortbread type cookies! I also love cookies with a hint of lemon.

Frances November 21, 2010 at 7:44 pm

Hermit cookies – they’re spicy and delicious.

emily November 21, 2010 at 8:21 pm

Hermit cookie? It’s sounds delish! Can u send me the recipe?

Suzie the Foodie November 21, 2010 at 7:45 pm

They are time consuming but my Caramel Pecan Treasures were so delicious!

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Jo November 21, 2010 at 7:46 pm

samoas or chocolate thin mints

Jane November 21, 2010 at 7:48 pm

russian tea cakes …..yum

Katie November 21, 2010 at 7:49 pm

Marshmallow Cookies!

Michele Cameron Ruta November 21, 2010 at 7:51 pm

Peanut Butter Fork Print Cookies! My mom didn’t bake, but somehow she had a Betty Crocker Recipe File box in avocado with that recipe in it, and she allowed me to bake those cookies with no supervision–I think I was in my twenties before I relized that you were supposed to use ground clove, not whole ones in cookies like we did on hams!

Ngoc November 21, 2010 at 7:52 pm

Apple oatmeal cookies studded with plenty, and I mean plenty of Raisinets :)

Sara @CaffeIna November 21, 2010 at 8:01 pm

I love shortbread! So simple, so versatile, so elegant

Stephanie November 21, 2010 at 8:14 pm

Sugar cookies!

Year on the Grill November 21, 2010 at 8:14 pm

I have a recipe for a pecan lace cookie that is to die for!

Kimberly November 21, 2010 at 8:17 pm

these italian custard cookies, biscotti di nonna

emily w November 21, 2010 at 8:18 pm

Honey lavender shortbread cookies! The most fantastic dense tea cookie ever!

Dawn C. November 21, 2010 at 8:23 pm

Cranberry-white chocolate-blueberry oatmeal cookies.

Eva November 21, 2010 at 8:23 pm

White Chocolate Macadamia Nuts Cookies!

chefrenee November 21, 2010 at 8:24 pm

I might be the first so far but I LOVE COCONUT MACAROONS! Dipped in chocolate is even better! I made 24 today and shared half with a friend. I would be happy to share the other half…maybe for a cookbook?

Amy November 21, 2010 at 8:25 pm

My butterscotch-oat-walnut biscotti!

Susan November 21, 2010 at 8:31 pm

Kiffles! Only my friend that used to make them for the holidays has passed away and I don’t know where she got the recipe. :-(

Miss November 21, 2010 at 8:31 pm

Peanut Butter, fresh out of the oven, I could eat the whole batch!

lmr November 21, 2010 at 8:33 pm

italian rainbow cookies! although not really a cookie, that’s what theyre called

elaine November 21, 2010 at 8:34 pm

shortbread for sure….. only a christmas time treat around here!

Bekah November 21, 2010 at 9:08 pm

Shortbread Cookies! YUM! With any kind of little treat added to the mix!

Marisa November 21, 2010 at 9:18 pm

Molasses crinkle cookies. Mmmm!

Allyson November 21, 2010 at 9:54 pm

Snickerdoodles for sure!

Lori T. November 21, 2010 at 10:53 pm
Don Mills November 21, 2010 at 10:58 pm


Lisa Rosenthal November 21, 2010 at 11:11 pm

Oatmeal chocolate chip!

Adriana November 21, 2010 at 11:30 pm

I love flourless fudge cookies, but gingersnaps come second!

Arezou November 22, 2010 at 12:34 am


Kat November 22, 2010 at 12:51 am

I love the Milano cookies!

Charlotte November 22, 2010 at 1:53 am

Although I wouldn’t choose them, whenever I eat one I’m always going back for more! Ginger cookies are amazing that way :-D

Fawn M November 22, 2010 at 2:35 am

Key lime white chocolate cookies have a stronger hold on me than The Force does on Skywalker…

Kylie-Ree Dean November 22, 2010 at 3:08 am

Soft place in my heart for ANZAC biscuits.

Maria November 22, 2010 at 3:51 am

Sugar cookies… So simple yet sooo good :)

marybeth November 22, 2010 at 4:14 am

Love fresh ginger cookies (with real grated ginger, and crystallized ginger bits ! So flavourful and chewy!!!

michael November 22, 2010 at 4:16 am

Love Oatmeal Raisin (Avalon Bakery/Detroit)!

kara sheppard November 22, 2010 at 4:17 am

Love snickerdoodles !

linda sheppard November 22, 2010 at 4:17 am

love macaroons!

carol November 22, 2010 at 4:19 am

A perfect shortbread!

Sam November 22, 2010 at 4:37 am

One of the best cookies I’ve had from the past few months were S’mores Cookies. The recipe is over at Baked Perfection. It is seriously awesome!

Kulsum at JourneyKitchen November 22, 2010 at 4:46 am

Peanut butter cookies! No doubt!

No Onion Please November 22, 2010 at 4:52 am

I cant stop munching on coconut – lime cookies! Once I make them, all batch goes down my throat at once!

Ana-Maria November 22, 2010 at 5:17 am

I totally love the peanut butter cookies. Yummy!

gold(fryd) November 22, 2010 at 5:35 am

Pie crust cookies! especially when the sugar caramelizes…

Kim November 22, 2010 at 5:36 am

My favorite cookies are speculaas. I like the taste, the shape, the printing on the top. It sound wintery to me!

leaf (the indolent cook) November 22, 2010 at 5:41 am

Pineapple tart cookies, yum! November 22, 2010 at 5:45 am

Chocolate crinkle cookies!

char November 22, 2010 at 5:46 am

macadamia nut shortbread cookies for me :)

dani November 22, 2010 at 5:57 am

i LOVE shortbreads :) i made a great one last Christmas and dipped it in some choclate now they are affectionately known as “dirty bottoms” So good!

Karen B November 22, 2010 at 6:01 am

Macaroons = yum

Diana Gervits November 22, 2010 at 6:21 am

so hard to pick one favorite. I love snickerdoodles and shortbread. I also love cookies with dried cherries and walnuts.

Valerie Williams November 22, 2010 at 6:28 am

I have an awesome Cheesecake Cookie Bars recipe with a delicious streusel topping that is always a huge hit. Love them! (but I do have to say that homemade chocolate chip cookies *are* hard to beat!)

Diane November 22, 2010 at 6:33 am

I love oatmeal cookies!

Sabrina Jiwani November 22, 2010 at 6:56 am

Key lime, white chocolate chip, and macadamia nut cookies!

David November 22, 2010 at 6:57 am

Peanut butter or oatmeal raisin.

Andrea November 22, 2010 at 7:17 am

My mom’s oatmeal raisin chocolate chip cookies. By far!

Aparna November 22, 2010 at 7:18 am

I’m not much of a cookie person but I do enjoy ginger cookies.

Ashlie November 22, 2010 at 7:32 am

Simple shortbread cookies, buttery, sweet, perfect with a cup of hot tea!

Luciana November 22, 2010 at 7:37 am

Lemon Ricotta Cookies

Heather J November 22, 2010 at 9:09 am

My favourite non-chocolate chip cookie is definitely a soft ginger cookie.

donna November 22, 2010 at 9:32 am

Almond Roca Cookies

Ana November 22, 2010 at 9:38 am

Spekulatius cookies :)

Barbara November 22, 2010 at 9:49 am

Italian “Esse di Raveo” Biscuits are my current favorite, they are beautiful and delicious!

Kerala Hise November 22, 2010 at 10:21 am

The chocolate heath bar cookies my mom makes that are crisp on the outside, soft on the inside, with delicious bits of heath bar throughout. They’re decadent.

Lydia November 22, 2010 at 10:49 am

Mexican Wedding cookies. They reduce my hand to a shovel.

Lo November 22, 2010 at 11:02 am

Vanille Kipferln are definitely the most delicious cookies in the world!

mikeb November 22, 2010 at 11:10 am

wifey makes the most amazingly KILLER Iced Pumpkin cookie. So so good. Like a little poofy, cakey cloud of pumpkin goodness. Mmm.

denise November 22, 2010 at 11:10 am

Gingerbread cookies!!!

Erin November 22, 2010 at 11:12 am

Sugar Cookies – they remind me of my mom!

jason November 22, 2010 at 11:12 am

Peanut Butter is my favorite but there has to be pieces peanut in the cookie. Texture makes a huge difference

Erica November 22, 2010 at 11:13 am


vicki November 22, 2010 at 11:15 am

Are macarons considered cookies? If not madeleines always make me feel better on a sad day. :)

liza November 22, 2010 at 11:18 am

“whole jar of peanut butter chocolate chip cookies” and yes they have an entire(18oz) jar of peanut butter in them plus some chopped peanuts for good measure

Rob G November 22, 2010 at 11:19 am

Oatmeal chocolate chip…. or snickerdoodles1

Amy I. November 22, 2010 at 11:20 am

Lemon white chocolate chip. Divine!

Charisse November 22, 2010 at 11:24 am

I love these cookies that I came across recently – perhaps on here actually – that are made with carrots and orange zest. They taste so light and citrus-y but are chock full of grated carrot!!!

My other favorite is oatmeal raisin (no walnuts, please).

Amy November 22, 2010 at 11:24 am

I love dark-chocolate-dipped almond lace cookies. Divine!

karen collins November 22, 2010 at 11:25 am

My grandmother made the best chocolate covered cherry cookies. I have tried to replicate them with okay results, but none touch Grandma’s.

bunkycooks November 22, 2010 at 11:25 am

Oatmeal raisin still get my vote!

Alexis November 22, 2010 at 11:30 am

Simple brown sugar cookies with the tiniest sprinkle of sea salt.

Russell Lewis November 22, 2010 at 11:31 am

My favorite is an Amish Sugar Cookie, a little known recipe that produces a light, crunchy and very tasty cookie. Impossible to stop eating once you begin

Sarah November 22, 2010 at 11:39 am

I’m a big fan of all of them…so how about peanut butter oatmeal chocolate chip?

hanne November 22, 2010 at 11:42 am

I LOVE lemon drop cookies with citrus icing! Both the texture and taste are great.

Darina Rossier November 22, 2010 at 11:43 am

Spitzbuben. Definitely. Those wonderful nutty cookies with raspberry jam are my personal favorites. Here is how they look: (after they are bitten).

Sarah November 22, 2010 at 11:45 am

Any cookies with peanut butter are right up there! My favorite out of all of those would probably be peanut butter cookies with chocolate filling. Mmm

fatima November 22, 2010 at 11:57 am

snickerdoodles and sugar cookies

john November 22, 2010 at 12:04 pm

Pfeffernüsse! Sadly I can’t seem to make them right, ever.

Natalie November 22, 2010 at 12:10 pm

I’m crazy about my mom’s Pecan Tassies! They’re like little bites of pecan pie heaven!

Amy O November 22, 2010 at 12:10 pm

I can never stop eating oatmeal lace cookies. So I can never make them unless the house is full!

janessa November 22, 2010 at 12:11 pm

m&m cookies, and shortbread ones with raspberry fillings. and sugar cookies with sprinkles. and… ok, enough… i just <3 cookies!

Gem November 22, 2010 at 12:13 pm

Oatmeal raisin… or shortbread

Lauren November 22, 2010 at 12:18 pm

Jam Thumbprint cookies by Ina Garten – hands down the best!

Carmen November 22, 2010 at 12:22 pm

Don’t know if they count as cookies, but I love Pecan Tassies (mini pecan pies). If that doesn’t count, I’d say my favorite is one we call Poor Man’s cookies – oatmeal, brown sugar, nuts … but it uses oil instead of butter.

Hannah November 22, 2010 at 12:25 pm

brown sugar and ginger molasses cookies – great for the holidays!

Roakian November 22, 2010 at 12:25 pm

Peanut butter cookies for sure!

Rachel November 22, 2010 at 12:35 pm

I like tea cookies that aren’t too sweet.

Jessica November 22, 2010 at 12:37 pm

Oh baby, peanut butter & nutella cookies for the win!

Radhika @ foodfor7stages November 22, 2010 at 12:51 pm

Simple Butter cookies are my favorite

Angela B November 22, 2010 at 12:54 pm

My favorite is definitely oatmeal candy cookies. :D

The Cilantropist November 22, 2010 at 12:54 pm

I love to make chocolate buried cherry cookies. My absolute favorite at Christmas! :)

Kim November 22, 2010 at 1:02 pm


Tara November 22, 2010 at 1:04 pm

Lemon poppyseed. Hands down.

Georgie Fear RD November 22, 2010 at 1:10 pm

Oreos!!!!! With a tall glass of milk of course :)

sweetlife November 22, 2010 at 1:10 pm

sugar cookies, but with a twist…sweet and savory!!


Jamieanne November 22, 2010 at 1:29 pm

Snickerdoodles! There was this cookie bakery that my mom and I used to stop at during a long day of shopping and I’d *always* get a snickerdoodle. They were about as big around as my hand and soooo delicious!

Stacy (Little Blue Hen) November 22, 2010 at 1:51 pm

Salted Oatmeal White Chocolate Chip Cookies. I made them 3 times in a month. Yum.

Selina November 22, 2010 at 2:09 pm

Ginger snaps are my fave. Especially this time of year – a bit of Christmas in every bite :D

Vicki November 22, 2010 at 2:41 pm

I like peanut butter. And snickerdoodles. And ginger snaps. Hmmm, can’t choose!

Ian November 22, 2010 at 2:42 pm

Mmmm, grandmas oatmeal raisin cookies

Dax November 22, 2010 at 3:33 pm

Oatmeal cookies, plain.

Samantha November 22, 2010 at 3:42 pm

Butterscotch or Toffee!

Simone Anne November 22, 2010 at 4:04 pm

Italian wedding cookies! Yummm!

Ashley November 22, 2010 at 4:55 pm

My all time fave is shortbread and oatmeal cookies! Oh and fortune cookies!!

Nessia November 22, 2010 at 4:56 pm

Oat Cookies. A healthy snack. And I just make them! :)

Tracy Nakata November 22, 2010 at 5:53 pm

Citrus infused button cookies, half dipped in dark chocolate

Donna November 22, 2010 at 10:14 pm

Dorie Greenspan’s World Peace Cookies

MelodyJ November 22, 2010 at 10:49 pm

I love Oatmeal Rasin Cookies.


Cakes1 November 22, 2010 at 11:30 pm

melting moments

Catherine November 23, 2010 at 6:24 am

Oh, It’s so difficult to not put chocolate chip cookie!! However, taking some time to think about it, I really really really enjoy a moist and tender… White chocolate, macadamia and toffee cookie!~ ….. or fresh and delicate home-made Pecan Sandies!

Jamie Ang November 23, 2010 at 10:45 am

Oh it’s tough choice but I would have to say the rose cookies from The Cookie Museum in Singapore. Expensive, yes. Delectable, very.

++MIRA++ November 23, 2010 at 10:55 am

I love shortbread cookies. Simple but so yum with some tea!

Nicole November 23, 2010 at 11:54 am

All of them! Ha! How about those Mexican Wedding Cookies. Look forward to them every holiday season.

Aileen November 23, 2010 at 1:18 pm

I like all cookies, which macadamia nuts with toffee cookies are the best !

Diana November 23, 2010 at 1:26 pm

I love buckeyes! They’re so good!

Liana November 23, 2010 at 9:24 pm

ener-chi cookies. they’re like a granola mountain in cookie form. 9 different nuts/fruits/coconut. that or Austrian shortbread. oh god yum.

Mandy November 23, 2010 at 9:36 pm

I like brown butter cookies!

Becca November 24, 2010 at 6:25 am

Snail Cookies that my grandmother used to baked! They’re really just sugar cookies tied into a knot and then iced with a powdered sugar/milk mixture and topped with rainbow sprinkles!!

Anissa November 24, 2010 at 8:58 pm

homemade oreos!

nags November 24, 2010 at 9:10 pm

i don’t like the flavour of ginger much but strangely, ginger cookies are my absolute fave!

Katie November 25, 2010 at 5:40 am

Big, sugar crusted molasses chews.

julie. November 25, 2010 at 10:27 pm

toffee pecan cookies :]

Kat November 26, 2010 at 9:48 pm

chewy gingerbread cookies!

kathyvegas November 27, 2010 at 12:52 pm

Poppyseed butter cookies are my current weakness

Kim-Liv Life November 27, 2010 at 4:36 pm

Molasses Spice!!! Our holiday favorite!!

Schmidty November 27, 2010 at 6:28 pm

Huge snickerdoodles.

little daisy November 28, 2010 at 3:25 am

classic chocolate chip cookies!!!

Lindsey November 28, 2010 at 8:56 am

If I’m feeing particularly saucy, I love a caramel apple cookie. Otherwise, oatmeal raisin!

danika November 28, 2010 at 11:59 am

coconut macarons are the best!

serena November 28, 2010 at 1:15 pm

My favorite non chocolate chip cookie is shortbread!

Megan November 28, 2010 at 1:22 pm

Favorite are chewy molasses cookies….. love them!

Rosa November 28, 2010 at 2:29 pm

Coffee kisses!



heather November 28, 2010 at 3:34 pm

Snickerdoodles. Warm, puffy, extra cinnamon.

Starla November 28, 2010 at 4:11 pm


julia November 28, 2010 at 5:42 pm

peanut butter blossoms. Done and done.

karen November 28, 2010 at 5:44 pm

I love lemon cookies with powdered sugar!

Lauren November 28, 2010 at 5:45 pm

Mom’s pinwheel cookies, fresh from the oven :).

Rachel November 28, 2010 at 5:49 pm

My absolute favorite is a peppermint thumbprint cookie. It’s amazing.

shannon November 28, 2010 at 6:04 pm

Nanaimo Bars!

Ashley November 28, 2010 at 7:22 pm

If i cant have chocolate then bring on the sugar cookies! Chewy and soft and many as can fit in my mouth!

Charlene November 28, 2010 at 9:49 pm

I love cookies with Andes mints, but I also love lemon cookies!!

Allen November 28, 2010 at 9:54 pm

oatmeal raisin cookies!

Stephanie November 28, 2010 at 10:04 pm

M&M cookies!

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