Cookbook Giveaway: Dessert Mashups

By: Mallory Stuchin

So, you've got your measuring cups ready and your sugars on standby, but you just can't figure out what to bake? Cupcakes or pies? Truffles or trifles? Cookies or bars? Stop fretting over your stand mixer -- the answer to this sweet dilemma is simple: Make a mash-up.

It was this "what do I make" predicament that led Dorothy Kern, creator of the blog Crazy for Crust, to write her new book Dessert Mash-Ups (on sale September 30). Kern, an avid baker and lover of all things flaky and light, was tired of only baking pies when she decided to test a recipe for an over-sized shortbread cookie in a pie pan. When Kern filled her "Pookie" with chocolate ganache and served it as a pie-cookie hybrid, the idea for her new baking concept was born.

Since then, Kern has gone on to marry all things sweet (like Peanut Butter Cookie Cake and Lemon Meringue Pie Fudge) in the inventive but accessible recipes she's created specifically for her new book. Better yet, Kern shares simple baking tips to ensure that the resulting desserts look as outrageous as they taste.

Try a few recipes from Dessert Mash-Ups today:

We’re giving away three copies of Dessert Mash-Ups. All you have to do to enter is check out this Comfort Food Mash-Ups gallery and leave a comment telling us your favorite.

So, tell us, which mash-up recipe looks the best? You must include your email address in the “Email” field when submitting your comment so we can communicate back with you if you’re a winner. (But do not post your email address into the actual body of the comment.) We’re giving three very lucky, randomly selected commenters each a copy of Dessert Mashups. NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Open to legal residents of the 48 contiguous United States and D.C., age 21 or older. Void in Alaska, Hawaii and where prohibited. Odds of winning depend on number of entries received. Sweepstakes ends at 6pm ET on Oct. 15, 2014. For full official rules, visit http://blog.cookingchanneltv.com/dessert-mashups-cookbook-giveaway-rules/. Sponsored by Cooking Channel, LLC, 75 9th Ave, 3rd Floor, New York, NY 10011.

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