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A Little Fate, a Lot of Cookie Dough

I’m a big proponent of free will, but some things were just meant to be.

My mom spent much of the summer going through boxes full of stuff. Memories, sure, probably a lot of junk too. And every few weeks I’d get a little package of things she thought I might want.

Inside one of them was a cookbook. A ragged little thing with a hand-drawn cartoon chef on the front. I believe his name was Barnabe. A cookbook that I wrote when I was maybe 9 years old. Well, maybe wrote is a bit of an exaggeration, I should probably say copied from my mom’s recipe collection (clearly, I was not destined to be an intellectual property attorney). A cookbook author, though? Just might be fate.

the Cookie Dough Lover's Cookbook

I am so excited to finally announce that my book, The Cookie Dough Lover’s Cookbook, will be published by Quirk Books this coming June. June 5th, to be exact. That’s less than 5 months away.

What’s extra fitting is that today, January 11th, just so happens to be the 2 year anniversary of the Cookie Dough Truffles. The post that, to this day, continues to be one of the most popular posts on the blog. The post that started it all. I couldn’t think of a more perfect day to share this with all of you.

Let’s rewind.

I never thought I’d write a cookbook. In fact, I consciously remember thinking I DIDN’T want to write one. That was the case until this bug of an idea crept into my head one day. At that point I’d taken the cookie dough theme farther than just the truffles, with Cookie Dough Stuffed Cupcakes, Cookie Dough Ice Cream and the oh-so-decadent Cookie Dough Cream Pie. I thought, there really needs to be an entire cookbook of cookie dough recipes. Someone should… oh. Maybe I should write one.

And so I did.

Well, it wasn’t quite that simple.

I made a lot of messes.

Our house looked like a makeshift photo studio for weeks on end.

Even the cats helped out.

Once all the recipes were written, recipes like Cookie Dough Stuffed French Toast and Cookie Dough Creme Brulee (oh yes I did!), there was still months of editing. Back and forth and nitpicking and double checking and retesting. I think I underestimated (or was in denial about) just how much work really went into a cookbook. But I did it. I got it done. Thanks in part to the wonderful team at Quirk. And I couldn’t be more happy with the final product.

The Cookie Dough Lover's Cookbook

The book is filled with 45 delicious cookie dough recipes, plus plenty of variations on top of that. All raw-egg-free and perfectly safe to eat (not that eggs ever stopped any of us from eating the dough before, but that’s beside the point). Take that salmonella.

And while you can’t hold it in your cookie-dough-loving hands for another few months, you can preorder it today. Yep, I’m on Amazon. Never thought that would happen, either.

I don’t really know what happens now… I wait, I guess. And hope for the best. This whole process is so new to me and I’m just grateful I was able to experience it. And will continue to experience it as we reach each milestone. I really, honest to goodness, can’t wait to simply hold it in my hands for the first time.

Baby Lindsay with Cookie Dough

Clearly, it was meant to be.

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  1. 1
    Posted On January 11, 2012 at 1:57 pm

    Definitely preordering! Congrats!

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  2. 2
    Posted On January 11, 2012 at 1:59 pm

    Now this is a cookbook I am excited about! Congrats!!

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    Posted On January 11, 2012 at 1:59 pm

    HUGE Congratulations! I will definitely be one of your biggest supporters in getting the word out about your cookbook. Can’t wait!!!

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  4. 4
    Posted On January 11, 2012 at 1:59 pm

    this is so amazing!! congratulations! i will be picking up a copy :)

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  5. 5
    Posted On January 11, 2012 at 2:01 pm

    AHHH CONGRATS!

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    Posted On January 11, 2012 at 2:01 pm

    Congratulations!! That is amazing :) And man, I would be happy & fat with your cook book. Can’t wait for June!

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    Posted On January 11, 2012 at 2:01 pm

    Congrats! So exciting!

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    Posted On January 11, 2012 at 2:02 pm

    congratulations Lindsay!! Yes, you did it…and I am going to purchase one of the copies since it is Egg-free! What a treat…

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    • Posted On January 11, 2012 at 2:05 pm

      Thanks, Grishma! To clarify though, the recipes are not completely egg free, just raw egg free. There are cooked eggs in many of the recipes.

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    Posted On January 11, 2012 at 2:03 pm

    That’s so exciting, congratulations! Can’t wait until it’s out!

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    Posted On January 11, 2012 at 2:03 pm

    Congratulations! I love your site and can’t wait to get my hands on your cookbook – what a fabulous and delicious idea!

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    Posted On January 11, 2012 at 2:04 pm

    Wooohoooo!! I am so proud of you! How awesome is it to see your book on AMAZON! Just wait til it’s in a bookstore :) Can’t wait to order it & try out all the recipes.

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    Posted On January 11, 2012 at 2:04 pm

    This is so incredibly exciting! I have never written a cookbook, nor do I intend to, but I am almost finished with a book, and Oh my, it is a TON of work. Not to mention you had to first come up with the recipes and all that… crazy stuff. So, congratulations on something amazing as well as wonderful timing. Happy January 11 to you!!!

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  13. 13
    Posted On January 11, 2012 at 2:06 pm

    SO exciting! :) Congratulations, you deserve this.

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    Posted On January 11, 2012 at 2:07 pm

    Congrats! I can’t wait to get my hands on a copy. When I saw the picture of of the big mess you made my eyes went directly to the french toast and I thought “No way, Cookie dough french toast!” Then I read that it really was cookie dough french toast and went “Yesssss!”

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    Posted On January 11, 2012 at 2:08 pm

    Congratulations! That is so incredibly exciting. Also, thanks for sharing those behind the scenes photos…It’s great to see how you captured the shots.

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    Posted On January 11, 2012 at 2:10 pm

    Yay!! Congrats! I’m so excited for you! What a great cookbook. Can’t wait to finally tell all my friends!

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  17. 17
    Posted On January 11, 2012 at 2:12 pm

    So incredibly exciting! Making a book is a TON of work, not to mention having to create all of the recipes first. Congratulations of a HUGE accomplishment!!!

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    Posted On January 11, 2012 at 2:12 pm

    This is so awesome! Way to go! I love that you did all the photos too. Considering I have probably bookmarked at least half of the recipes on your site, I’m looking forward to getting my hands on a copy of your book! YAY!

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    Posted On January 11, 2012 at 2:14 pm

    What a beautiful cookbook!!! I am so excited for you!!!! Congrats on all your hard work :)

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    Posted On January 11, 2012 at 2:30 pm

    So thrilled for you Lindsay! You have so many talents and the book looks beautiful!!!

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    Posted On January 11, 2012 at 2:34 pm

    I am so stinkin’ proud of you guys, Lindsay! Seriously, I’m in awe of your work and will power!

    *almost wrote powder. will powder. PATENT PENDING.

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    lisa
    Posted On January 11, 2012 at 2:34 pm

    Congratulations!! that is freakin’ awesome! :)

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  23. 23
    Posted On January 11, 2012 at 2:36 pm

    Congratulations! Can’t think of a tastier topic :)

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  24. 24
    Posted On January 11, 2012 at 2:37 pm

    So exciting! What a great thing for you.

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  25. 25
    Posted On January 11, 2012 at 2:38 pm

    Congrats! Can’t wait to see the real thing!

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    Posted On January 11, 2012 at 2:38 pm

    Congrats! It looks like it will be a beautiful (and very delicious) book! :)

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    Posted On January 11, 2012 at 2:40 pm

    Ooh I am *so* excited about this cookbook and so happy for you!! I can’t wait to get this book in my hands – the sneak peaks above look beautiful!

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    Posted On January 11, 2012 at 2:41 pm

    Congrats! That sounds like an amazing cookbook!

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    Posted On January 11, 2012 at 2:42 pm

    congrats, lindsay! this was a beautifully written post. your hard work looks well worth the effort. and what a cute little one you were. ;)

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  30. 30
    Posted On January 11, 2012 at 2:44 pm

    Yayyyyyyaaa! That’s all I can say. You know how I feel. xoxoxo

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  31. 31
    Posted On January 11, 2012 at 3:01 pm

    How exciting!! Your book looks beautiful and I can’t wait to see it in print! :-)

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  32. 32
    Posted On January 11, 2012 at 3:07 pm

    congrats, congrats, congrats!!! it looks SO gorgeous! i can’t wait to get it :)

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  33. 33
    Posted On January 11, 2012 at 3:10 pm

    Congrats Lindsay, I would be shoutin’ from the rooftops if I was you! I love that kitchen pic ;)
    Take care…

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  34. 34
    Posted On January 11, 2012 at 3:13 pm

    Congrats! So happy for you!

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  35. 35
    Posted On January 11, 2012 at 3:17 pm

    Congrats Lindsay! It looks beautiful :)
    I’m so proud of you (and Taylor, someone had to eat all the goodies…)
    :)

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    jennifer
    Posted On January 11, 2012 at 3:54 pm

    Awesomer!! Congrats

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  37. 37
    Posted On January 11, 2012 at 4:01 pm

    VERY exciting! Congrats!

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  38. 38
    Posted On January 11, 2012 at 4:06 pm

    What a great post, and what an outstanding project! You have my total empathy and sympathy on the process and I can;t wait to see (and buy) your book!

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  39. 39
    Posted On January 11, 2012 at 4:21 pm

    Oh Lindsay!!! This is so fantastic! Congrats x1000! :) I’m so thrilled for you and can’t wait to see it.

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    Posted On January 11, 2012 at 4:23 pm

    Congratulations! That is so exciting! I’ll have to put that on my wish list, I definitely qualify as a cookie dough lover!

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    Posted On January 11, 2012 at 5:00 pm

    Congratulations and I CANNOT wait to buy this book. I love cookie dough!

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  42. 42
    Posted On January 11, 2012 at 5:08 pm

    Huge CONGRATULATIONS! Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous photos. Will definitely be buying at least 2 copies (one for myself and one to giveaway!).

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  43. 43
    Posted On January 11, 2012 at 5:15 pm

    You are amazing, I can’t wait to get my hands on a copy. Congratulations, Lindsay!

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  44. 44
    Posted On January 11, 2012 at 5:16 pm

    This is awesome, are amazing, I can’t wait to get my hands on a copy. Congratulations, Lindsay!

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    Posted On January 11, 2012 at 5:22 pm

    Lindsay, this is an amazing post and congrats to you for accomplishing a something that you never knew you wanted to do; but once you did, you put your heart and soul into it and I know the book is going to be amazing!

    CONGRATS!!!!

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  46. 46
    Posted On January 11, 2012 at 5:24 pm

    Congratulations! I love the concept of all things cookie dough!

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    Posted On January 11, 2012 at 6:24 pm

    Wow, congrats Lindsay! My own cookbook’s coming out in March, so I can relate to all the work you’ve put into this. Your theme sounds INCREDIBLE and I can’t wait to see the book. Sounds like many things are veganizable, too! I’d be happy to do a review of your book when the times comes, and introduce you to the vegan blogosphere. :)

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    Posted On January 11, 2012 at 6:34 pm

    I love this! I was just at work today (at Barnes and Noble) and I thought to myself, “hey I haven’t checked to see if Lindsay’s book shows up in our system lately”. I was so excited when it actually popped up today (cause I’ve been secretly stalking it for awhile now) that I totally squealed, which lead to some strange looks from customers. And then I come home to even more amazing pictures from it! I can’t wait until June to get it! You can guarantee that the minute we get it in our store, I’m putting it immediately on my Staff Recommends display!

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  49. 49
    Posted On January 11, 2012 at 6:35 pm

    Congratulatons! What a fun idea for a cookbook. Absolutely love the cover. I can’t wait to get my hands on it.

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    Meghan A.
    Posted On January 11, 2012 at 6:41 pm

    I’m so excited! I’ll pre-order it soon! :)

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    Posted On January 11, 2012 at 6:58 pm

    Congrats!! The cookbook looks mouthwatering in every way. As a gigantic fan of cookie dough, I will without a doubt be enjoying it thoroughly.

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  52. 52
    Posted On January 11, 2012 at 7:07 pm

    Congrats – I can’t wait to check it out!

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    Anonymous
    Posted On January 11, 2012 at 7:21 pm

    I cannot (cannot, cannot, CANNOT!) wait for this cookbook! I am an absolute addict of cookie dough and it is as if you made this book just for me! :) I have made your Cookie Dough Cream Pie countless times and it always is a huge crowd pleaser/wower – I’ll be honest…it always steals the show. Again, I could not be more excited! Congratulations! And, um, even though perhaps it’s a bit early to talk about writing a second cookbook (is it?), I vote for a part two, if you’re up for it! Yes, I love cookie dough that much! :)

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  54. 54
    Posted On January 11, 2012 at 7:22 pm

    This is amazing!! Congratulations, Lindsay!! I can’t wait to read the book. And your photos, as always, are gorgeous.

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  55. 55
    Posted On January 11, 2012 at 8:03 pm

    You, my dear, are a rock star! What a project! Can’t wait to put it to good use. Congratulations.

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  56. 56
    Posted On January 11, 2012 at 8:08 pm

    Amazing. And clearly meant to be from the get go. Congrats!!!!

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    Kristen
    Posted On January 11, 2012 at 8:24 pm

    I’m so excited for you!! Congrats!

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  58. 58
    Posted On January 11, 2012 at 8:28 pm

    Woo hoo Lindsay! I can’t wait to see it, especially the creme brulee.

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  59. 59
    Posted On January 11, 2012 at 8:28 pm

    Congratulations!!!

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    Posted On January 11, 2012 at 8:39 pm

    Girl, that’s your book?? I kid you not, I was on Pinterest an hour ago and re-pinned it. I didn’t look at the cover too closely (obviously) or I would have noticed your name on the front. Congrats!!

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    Posted On January 11, 2012 at 8:40 pm

    P.S. Love the new look :)

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  62. 62
    Posted On January 11, 2012 at 8:48 pm

    Yay! I’m so excited!!! I can’t wait, as I know a handful of those recipes are delicious, from personal experience! ;) I love seeing your photos too!

    PS. Looks like our “babies” will arrive at almost exactly the same time! Except your baby is a book, and mine is a human.

    PS (again). You know who to talk to to book a segment on Talk of the Town!

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  63. 63
    Posted On January 11, 2012 at 8:54 pm

    This is a beautiful accomplishment! Congratulations! I very much look forward to indulging in your recipes.

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    Posted On January 11, 2012 at 8:56 pm

    I loved being a tester! Until I gained 10 pounds… Would have tested more, but couldn’t afford a whole new wardrobe. All my pals are getting this book for all birthdays and holidays in 2012. Let me know when I can pre-order!!!!
    Sal

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    Posted On January 11, 2012 at 9:22 pm

    Congratulations! I’m so into this cookbook idea :) And I love, love, love the behind the scenes info and mess pictures!

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    Felicia
    Posted On January 11, 2012 at 9:25 pm

    I love your recipes and cannot wait to get the book. I just ordered two so that my newly-wed daughter (the biggest cookie-dough lover I know) won’t steal mine. Congratulations!!

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    Posted On January 11, 2012 at 9:36 pm

    Congratulations!!! The topic is so relevant and perfect for you. As my “adopt a blogger” mentor, when I asked what increased your traffic, you said to me it was your chocolate covered cookie dough truffles. You said it perfectly in your blog post and the idea for this cookbook was certainly meant to be. I will be ordering a copy of this book – my only wish would be to have you autograph it. :-) Really enjoyed your post and your redesign of your website is super great! Have a nice evening!!
    Lisa

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  68. 68
    Posted On January 11, 2012 at 9:44 pm

    This is awesome, Lindsay, congratulations! The book looks amazing. Can’t wait to see it in real life and try some of those delicious treats!

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    Posted On January 11, 2012 at 10:10 pm

    Congratulations!!!!! The photos are amazing. I’m so happy for you.

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    Posted On January 11, 2012 at 10:36 pm

    Congratulations! That is awesome! I’ll be sure to buy your book!

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    Posted On January 12, 2012 at 1:55 am

    Congratulations…what a testament to your hard work! The photos look gorgeous too!

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    Posted On January 12, 2012 at 2:29 am

    That’s so amazing!! Congratulations on finishing the book and I can so imagine you would want to hold it in yr hands. I’m definitely ordering!!

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    Posted On January 12, 2012 at 4:14 am

    Congratulations!! I’ve always thought you should write a recipe book and what other theme could it be but cookie dough? :-) All those photos look utterly gorgeous and can’t wait to get my hands on a copy.

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  74. 74
    Posted On January 12, 2012 at 6:06 am

    Congratulations! Your photography is gorgeous. Good luck with your book, and I hope it’s a runaway success! :)

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  75. 75
    Posted On January 12, 2012 at 11:08 am

    WOW! Congrats. All your hard work paid off. I cannot wait to see the book. Your pictures are fabulous. I never even thought about how much the pictures matter in a cookbook. They are almost as important as the recipes! Great job.

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    Posted On January 12, 2012 at 11:10 am

    Congratulations!! I love getting your updates in my email. Your photos are always so beautiful and your food looks amazing! My coworker would probably love to have your book. Perhaps a birthday gift.. =)

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    Jessica
    Posted On January 12, 2012 at 11:47 am

    What a beautiful looking book! Congratulations! Umm, preordered :)

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    Posted On January 12, 2012 at 11:51 am

    LOVE the cover. And a huge congrats on all your success! I’m a new reader (and recent Nashville transplant) and am excited to pick up a copy when it comes out.

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    Posted On January 12, 2012 at 1:23 pm

    Congrats on the cookbook! I’m excited for it to come out. Also, happy that my kitchen isn’t the only one that becomes an utter disaster when cooking. ;)

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    Elena
    Posted On January 12, 2012 at 3:11 pm

    This is perfect! I have a friend getting married this summer and their thing is cookie dough. This is going to be the perfect gift!

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    Posted On January 12, 2012 at 4:02 pm

    This is beyond awesome. I am definitely looking forward to this.

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    Pin
    Posted On January 12, 2012 at 6:41 pm

    congratulations!!! looks very delicious!

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    Posted On January 12, 2012 at 7:08 pm

    Congratulations!! I can’t wait to get my hands on a copy! YAY!!

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  84. 84
    Posted On January 12, 2012 at 8:26 pm

    This is so very cool! I pre-ordered my copy yesterday; you can’t go wrong with cookie dough!

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  85. 85
    Posted On January 12, 2012 at 8:27 pm

    Adorable photo! I’m already drooling over your book. It will be on my wishlist NOW!

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  86. 86
    Posted On January 12, 2012 at 10:18 pm

    AWESOME!!! This will be a HUGE success!!!! I know this because I, too, have a cookie dough post that does very well on my blog.

    Can’t wait to see the book and try your recipes! :D

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  87. 87
    Posted On January 12, 2012 at 10:33 pm

    Congratulations! I can’t wait to see it!

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    Amanda Dawn
    Posted On January 13, 2012 at 8:35 am

    I learned of your website from kevinandamanda.com…you had my heart at “cookie dough stuffed French toast.” I must, I must order this book and have that recipe! :)

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    Posted On January 13, 2012 at 8:40 am

    Congratulations! Looks incredible and d-eeeee-licious!

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    Marlene Pezzuti
    Posted On January 13, 2012 at 10:05 am

    Congrats….I am so excited for you! I preordered 2 of them…one for me of course…and one for my BFF! I can’t wait to get these to start baking…yummy!

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    58Teresa
    Posted On January 13, 2012 at 12:17 pm

    you know – I have almost the same pic of me but a little different – and yours is much better composed!

    I can’t wait for this cookbook – it sounds ahhhmazing!

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    Posted On January 13, 2012 at 1:37 pm

    Congrats Lindsay! Super super exciting! I already know the prefect person to gift this to :-) (in addition to myself, ha!)

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  93. 93
    Posted On January 13, 2012 at 5:43 pm

    This is truly a thing of beauty!

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    Posted On January 14, 2012 at 11:26 am

    Congrats on your book! It looks beautiful, the pictures are making me want cookie dough right now! I can’t wait to add it to my cookbook collection!

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  95. 95
    Posted On January 14, 2012 at 1:22 pm

    What a beautiful cookbook! Everything looks absolutely perfect and delicious! Congrats!! xo

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    Posted On January 15, 2012 at 5:47 am

    Congratulations Lindsay! I love cookie dough, can’t wait to see the book!

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    Posted On January 15, 2012 at 8:44 am

    Congratulations! I love bloggers with cats. Cats make everything more special :)

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  98. 98
    Posted On January 15, 2012 at 10:00 am

    CONGRATULATIONS!! That is such a blessing to be having your own cookbook published.

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  99. 99
    Posted On January 15, 2012 at 10:07 am

    So glad I came across your site! Beautiful photos. <3

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    Posted On January 15, 2012 at 3:23 pm

    Congratulations, Lindsay! So proud of you and can’t wait to get this book! Will you sign it for me? ;-) I sent a link of this post to my sister. She loves to bake and has a tough time waiting for the cookie dough to bake. I bet she’ll go to town on your Cookie Dough Truffles. Great job!!

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