Love and Olive Oil

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. I came back to this post because I keep looking at that tripod. Do you like it? I shoot with a 5D and a 24-70mm as my workhorse and I do not trust my tripod, at all. It’s way too top-heavy and tippy and I’m pretty sure you shoot with the same set up as I do. LMK if you like it or would recommend it. Thanks, Lindsay!

    • Well, the one pictured is actually my old cheapo tripod – crapped out on me shortly after these photos were taken! My new one is a Slik 700DX, recommended to my by Helene of Tartelette. Very sturdy and not as expensive as some of the other brands, either! Definitely a worthwhile investment!

  2. great post and so inspiring. Congrats on the cook book!

  3. What a great idea! Congratulations on getting it published.

  4. Cograts Lindsay, I’m a distant admirer from Turkey. Definitely will be ordering asap…

  5. Oh Lindsay – how absolutely fantastic is this! I’m so unbelievably excited for your success and to get my mitts on a copy of this beauty! Way to go, gorgeous! ~Megan

  6. Those pictures are so wonderful!
    -Kate from

  7. Congratulations! I am a cookie dough lover and can’t wait to read your book! June can’t come quick enough!

  8. wow, how cool! congratulations! looking forward to buying the book, my kids will be in heaven! plus the pictures are already making me drool. gotta love a good food photo! :-)

  9. Yay! That’s fantastic, I can’t wait to read it. Cookie Dough verrines?? and cookie dough pancakes.. amazing. I’m pre-ordering and spending my entire maternity leave with this book (will it be out by April?? :)) <3

  10. Congratulations! Can’t wait to get my hands on your book. Love the behind the scenes shots of you in action.

  11. Congratulations! I just sent a link to a friend who is seriously addicted to cookie dough!

  12. Thank you, I just ordered it!

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