Interview: Lindsay Landis of "The Cookie Dough Lover's Cookbook" + Giveaway

The newest fad to cookbook baking is the highly popular “The Cookie Dough Lover’s Cookbook” by Lindsay Landis. Lindsay is the author of the popular food blog “Love and Olive Oil” (where the infamous chocolate chip cookie dough truffles came about), is a graphic designer/small business owner by day and a food blogger/cookie dough addict by night. She lives in Nashville with her husband, Taylor and their three crazy cats.


For those of you that simply love chocolate chip cookies just for the sole reason of eating the cookie dough, you are in luck. Here is a cookbook dedicated to all things cookie dough, egg free too. No worries of salmonella here.

Inside The Cookie Dough Lovers Cookbook you’ll find over 50 recipes. These recipes aren’t your run of the mill cookies, in fact, most of the recipes aren’t even cookie. Each recipe features homemade (and egg free) raw cookie dough front and center.
Some cookie dough treats include:

- chocolate chip cookie dough doughnuts
- chocolate nutella cookie dough crème brulee
- brown sugar macaroons with cookie dough filling
- old-fashioned cookie dough ice cream sandwiches
- cookie dough swirl marshmallows

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The cookbook is laid out into different sections of what you can do with cookie dough. A candy section; cookies &, brownies; cakes, custards & pies; frozen treats; indulgent breakfasts; and fun snacks & party fare. In addition, Lindsay also gives us a section on other cookie dough flavors, vegan/dairy free, gluten free, peanut butter, oatmeal raisin, sugar, almond, gingerbread. Throughout the book you find handy guides as well as key ingredients.
The recipes I personally cannot wait to try? “Cookie dough stuffed cinnamon rolls” pg. 127 and “Cookie dough cream pie” pg. 63


My first question, naturally was going to be “why a cookbook about cookie dough?” and then I thought why not. As I was flipping though your cookbook, I read that as a child your mom was the best chocolate chip cookie maker ever. And you, on occasion, were found with your whole head in the bowl trying to eat the cookie dough. Do you remember that moment?

I remember it only because there is video proof. One of my parents apparently thought two little girls crawling all over the counter with a mixing bowl on their head was cute, and thought to break out the video camera. One of these days will have to get it converted to DVD and publicly embarrass myself by sharing it. :)

What other memorable cooking/baking moment do you remember that stayed with you sparking your career in baking?

I grew up baking, so my memories of childhood are filled with batch after batch of chocolate chip cookies. I was also quite the mini-entrepreneur, hosting regular bake sales at the top of our driveway.

With each interview I do, I love finding out about what kind of taste-testers each cookbook authors have. Who do you have? I know you have your husband. Anyone else? I can only imagine the line up of people at your door if they found out what you are creating in your kitchen for this cookbook?

It’ll be no surprise that I have very well-fed friends and neighbors. I should also mention my mom, who single-handedly tested a good 2/3 of the recipes in the book. I couldn’t have done it without her!

chocolate chip cookie dough truffles, pg. 19

Which recipe from the book, gave you the most challenge? Which one was the easiest?

Perhaps the fudge. I initially tried to do a traditional fudge. Let’s just say me and cooked sugar don’t quite get along. There were many batches of fudge that ended up in the trash. Eventually, I went with a simpler powdered-sugar based fudge, and the result is out of this world.

I’m always amazed at some of the time constraints editors put on finished cookbooks. From start to finish, how long did it take you to hand in the finished product to your editors? Was there a timeframe?

4 months, including photography. Yes, it was a stressful 4 months. We were pushing to get the book out as soon as we could, before someone else beat us to it!

Were there any recipes that didn’t make the cut?

Cookie dough macarons. Perhaps one of my favorites (I love anything almond!) but the recipe was so finicky that I couldn’t get it to work on a regular basis. And I figured if I couldn’t even follow my own recipe, probably best if it wasn’t published. I’ll keep working on it, because (when they work!) they’re too good not to share!

Favorite brand of chocolate to use in cookie dough? I know I’m a firm believer in the highest ratio of cacao works best.

For your standard chocolate chip cookie dough semi-sweet is my favorite, and the fact that they’re available in a mini size (which gives a much better dough-to-chocolate ratio in my opinion) is key. I went through an unbelievable amount of mini chocolate chips during the testing process.

Have you ever thought about opening up a cookie shop? You know selling some of your most popular recipes?

Never. I like sleeping in too much! Baking for me is still just a hobby, and I think I’ll keep it that way.

For your food blog loveandoliveoil.com, when looking at recipes to try or create next, what sparks your interest most?

My sometimes odd cravings dictate much of it, so does seasonal produce and ingredients. If I see something new and interesting at the farmer’s market I’ll pick it up, even if I don’t have any specific plans for it yet.

Don’t you love how the “cookie dough movement” is changing? Cookie dough is no longer just for cookies. It’s for candy, pies, cakes, etc… I wonder why it took so long to get here?

I have no idea. When I first thought of the concept for the book, I was almost shocked no one else had done it yet.

Is there a cookie dough you have yet to experiment with?

I’ve covered most of the classic flavors, from peanut butter to sugar cookie to gingerbread. The majority of the recipes are chocolate chip, but with a few modifications can easily be made into a different flavor.

invisible cookie dough ice pops pg. 109

Are there certain foods you just love to experiment with and/or write about?

Desserts! I have a definite sweet tooth and I think it shows.

What country would you like to visit most for their food?

I’d love to go back to Italy (my husband and I spent our honeymoon there a few years ago), also maybe France or Spain.

Favorite junk foods (besides chocolate chip cookie dough)?

Peanut butter cups, especially the dark chocolate ones from Trader Joe’s.

Is there a personal favorite recipe in your cookbook? Or do you still just love to eat the cookie dough on its own?

If I HAD to pick a favorite it’d be the cover recipe - the Old Fashioned Cookie Dough Ice Cream Sandwiches. The dark chocolate cookies are soft and slightly salty, and prove to be the perfect compliment to the rich cookie dough ice cream.

Is there a second cookbook in the works?

There IS! I haven’t officially announced the topic yet, but I’ll say that it’s pretty much the polar opposite in terms of subject matter.

Thank you so much Lindsay!

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If you'd like a chance to win a copy of her book, leave one comment telling us what kind of recipe/creation you'd like to see made with chocolate chip cookie dough.
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We'll do the drawing July 18, 2012.


  1. Jeannine DiBart7/10/12, 7:09 PM

    I would love to see cookie dough muffins!

  2. I would definitely like to see a recipe for a cc cookie dough donut. YUM!!!

  3. A cookie dough-based baked Alaska would be amusing. (mamagotcha@gmail.com)

  4. I would love to see an amazing cookie dough cake, with chunks of cookie dough stuffed inside, cookie dough frosting, chocolate chips in the cake...and whatever else to take it to the extreme!

  5. Cookie dough brownie or cheesecake.
    msgb245 at gmail dot com

  6. Something with cookie dough, bananas, chocolate, maybe strawberries....maybe a pie with all these things! msdenisebalboni@yahoo.com

  7. Cookie dough peanut butter pie!

  8. I would die for a chocolate chip milkshake!

  9. I would like to see it in a pancake somehow....or has that already been done? angie.walker41@yahoo.com

  10. Cookie dough alfajores, mmm!
    My e-mail is lulimj@gmail.com
    Thank you for the chance :)

  11. I think I'd have to go with cookie dough brownies. Maybe throw some peanut butter in there as well :) kristin.flessland@gmail.com

  12. (Sending a second comment because I'm not sure the first one worked, ignore this one if it did go through!)

    Cookie dough alfajores would be dreamy, I think, with some dulce de leche, mm!
    My e-mail is lulimj@gmail.com

  13. how about cookie dough pudding parfaits?

  14. Cookie Dough donuts!

  15. Cookie Dough Scones. That might be interesting!

  16. Awesome giveaway! How about cookie dough fudge??

  17. I just want to make the cookie dough pops!

  18. I would love to see those macaroons come to fruition!

  19. A cookie dough smoothie might be interesting!

  20. I would love to see cookie dough flavored granola...I don't know how you would do it, but I love cookie dough and I love crunchy granola on my breakfast.

  21. Clever idea for a cookbook, I'd say. Although cc cookie dough is not the only dough I eat raw. I adore Giada's apricot/almond/pine nut cookie dough. I don't even bother cooking any.....just keep slicing and eating raw. :)
    I have yet to make the cc cookie dough ice cream, which I'm certain she has a recipe for in the book.

  22. cookie dough chocolate cream pie...yum!

  23. How about cookie dough iced coffee! That sounds good to me!

  24. I love all of the cookie dough truffles that are out there! I have never seen peanut butter cookie dough truffles and I would love to see those!

  25. Charlotte Pillow7/11/12, 4:30 PM

    cookie dough cheesecake

  26. I know what you're going to say...but I personally don't like chocolate chip anything. HOWEVER, my family does, so I'm always making things for them. I'd love to make cookie dough ice cream, though. My two sons LOVE cookie dough, so this would be a bonus for them...ice cream and cookie dough! nbdillon07@comcast.net

  27. Cookie Dough Dessert Won Tons
    (with a hot fudge and raspberry sauce to drizzle over)

  28. Oooh maybe a fun twist on a Nanaimo bar?


  29. Would love to see Cookie Dough Marshmallows!

  30. I'd love to try cookie dough ice cream sandwiches!

  31. YUM! I'd love to see some type of creation w/ cookie dough and pretzels. I love me some sweet and salty!

  32. Cookie dough blondies. yum

  33. That's a tough one. I am going to have to go with some version of a cookie dough cheesecake since this blog always makes me think of cheesecake.

  34. Cookie dough cheesecake with an oreo cookie crust

  35. Cookie dough pancakes and/or french toast!! Yum!

  36. I am down with ANYTHING cookie dough :) Cheesecake sounds fab however!

  37. Cookie dough BAKLAVA. Surely it can be done! ;)

  38. choco chip cookie dough donuts would be so amazing!!!! vr5v@virginia.edu :)

  39. Apple crumble with cookie dough crumbly bits. Some crunchy. Some soft. Mmmmm aykarro@gmail.com

  40. Maybe a cookie dough loaf....I'm picturing a soft and fluffy cookie dough-based bread, with extra bits of cookie dough thrown on top during the last few minutes of baking :)

  41. cookie dough pie sounds delicious!


  42. fried_liver@hotmail.com7/11/12, 7:36 PM

    dark chocolate chocolate chip Soda! Then take two hunkin' scoops of vanilla ice cream for a float.

  43. How about cookie dough frozen yogurt!

  44. I would love to see a cannoli, infused with a chocolate chip cookie dough type filling. That would be amazing!


  45. Cookie dough ice cream (or just the yummy-looking ice cream sandwiches)!

  46. I would like to try cookie dough peanut butter...2 of my favorite things!

  47. Ibaked cookie dough donuts.

  48. oh wow, i love the idea of a cookie dough macaron :) keep working on it, lindsay!!

  49. Mmm, I'd have to say cookie dough blondies! Yum :)

  50. Cookie dough chocolate chip cookies - I know, it seems redundant. But what if you bit into a regular chocolate chip cookie and somehow, someway, there was a nub of chocolate covered cookie dough INSIDE?

  51. with brownies or... nope just with brownies

  52. cookie dough croissant! some sort of cross between pain au chocolat and an almond croissant. Heaven.

  53. Maybe cookie dough granola bars?!

  54. I would LOVE this cookbook! I have great memories of eating the dough as a kid. It's hard to not ask your kids to do the same! Cookie dough pie?

  55. A cookie dough incorporating fruit in some way.

  56. I'd love to see a cookie dough jelly roll. I think that would be awesome

  57. How about chocolate chip cookie dough waffles. Everyone loves waffles, just ask Donkey from Shrek.

  58. How about scones?
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  59. Cookie dough filled pretzel. All the way!


  60. I love pretty much anything cookie dough and have been know to make a batch just so we can eat the dough while watching movies! These cookie dough donuts are haunting me... I NEED to see this recipe! :D

  61. cookie dough pizza! OMG


  62. Something that you can cook in a fire pit. Like chocolate chip cookie dough smores.

  63. I would like to see a type of brownie created.

    dr2baka at gmail dot com

  64. Cookie dough pancakes, thanks!

  65. Such an awesome interview Dawn! Thanks so much for sharing :)

  66. I would love to see cookie dough ice-cream with nutella :) this book looks awesome

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