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My Big Secret

I’m lousy at keeping secrets. Therefore, many of you already know that yes, there is going to be…

a Chocolate-Covered Cookbook!

I started dreaming about a cookbook when an agent first contacted me back in 2009. But as a busy college student, it was more of a “someday in the future this might be nice” idea.

However, when editors from two of the Big Seven publishing firms emailed within a week of each other, I knew it was time to make my book dreams a reality. (I’m not mentioning this to brag… I’m mentioning it because I still can’t believe it actually happened!!)

I planted myself in the kitchen, feverishly conducting trial after trial to create only the absolute very best healthy dessert recipes for a potential cookbook. Our kitchen morphed into an unrecognizable disaster zone, and my roommate took to calling me “Hurricane Katie.”

breakfast snack cake

Possible Cookbook Recipes:

  • 100-Calorie Cinnamon Rolls
  • Mini Molten Lava Cakes
  • Chocolate Cream Pie Bars
  • Monster Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bread
  • Mocha Mini Muffins
  • Chocolate Peanut Butter Ice Cream Pie

I was getting excited. Mini molten lava cakes, people. Mini molten lava cakes! Then I hit a snag, realizing: “None of these recipes can go on the blog.” It’s been difficult to sit on the ideas mentioned above, as well as the many others I’ve been saving—some of them are my favorite recipes of all time! I put the book idea on hold for awhile; yet, in the end, I knew: I want to do it all. I can write a book with only my very best healthy dessert recipes. And I can still maintain the blog without sacrificing content or posting second-best recipes. By posting some of my favorite ideas online (such as the recipes for Healthy Lemon Squares or the Chewy Granola Bars, both of which I’d originally planned for the book) and keeping some of them for a future cookbook, it might take longer. But I want to take my time with this so that both–book and blog–will be nothing short of the best content I can possibly publish. Anyway, I figured you all deserved to finally know what’s been going on.

Look out for the Chocolate-Covered Cookbook in December of 2014! 🙂

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Published on May 24, 2012

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  1. Katie says

    Congratulations, Katie! So excited for you… you deserve this! Your recipes have made my evenings at home so much fun this past year. Thank you!

  2. Noelle (@singerinkitchen) says

    WAY TO GO GIRL! I cannot believe you been putting it off for 3 years but it goes to show you, people love you and your recipes. Way to be an inspiration. I wish I could be in the kitchen creating dishes like I used to, but there are SO many other wonderful things on my plate. 🙂 Hugs!

  3. Suzie says

    Wow, that is so exciting and what an accomplishment! You deserve it, work so hard and not have something of your own and thankfully share with the world your discoveries! Yay so excited!!

  4. Therese says

    Katie why can’t you put both new and old favorites in your cook book? I would totally love to have a cookbook with your already existing recipes to share with people and have on my kitchen counter! But I am thrilled that a cookbook is official!

  5. Elisa says

    Good luck and congrats, Katie! I have been following your blog for several months and love your recipes and especially your upbeat, positive, and wonderfully dorky personality! It’s like having a friend in the kitchen, helping you along. 🙂

    Very best wishes and can’t wait for what’s next – a Food Network show, perhaps? I’d SO watch that! 😀

  6. Alanna says

    That’s so exciting! I’ve been using my iPad as a sort of mobile CCK cookbook in my kitchen, but I will totally buy a hard copy when it comes out! 🙂 I love that, though all of this, you’ve stayed true to doing things “your way” and not letting other people tell you how it should be done. I know there will be a lot of us waiting to place an order when the cookbook is ready!

  7. Katelyn says

    YAY KATIE! 😀 I can’t wait to share this book with my friends and relatives.. especially the ones who have not quite figured out how to use the internet, let alone a blog (not to name any names, Grandma!) Do you have any idea when we could expect this book?!

    P.S. I am so glad that you decided to share the lemon bars early, as they made the perfect mother’s day gift for my lemon loving mother, who thought tofu could never be tasty in a desert. (I didn’t tell her the secret ingredient until after she ate three, and she LOVED them!)

    • Chocolate-Covered Katie says

      I am so so excited you tried the bars… and that they turned out well :).

      As I wrote in the post, I took time off from the whole idea and just recently decided for sure: Yes, I really do want to do this. So now I’m going to go full force ahead. I know the whole process takes a long time, so it’ll be awhile. But I don’t want to rush anything. I’m happy to just keep blogging in the meantime.

  8. Amanda says

    I WILL be buying this cookbook! My daughter (she’s 5) will be so happy- she loves your recipes as well! And because they are vegan, I don’t mind if she “helps” by licking the batter out of the bowl 😉

  9. Lisa Mitchell says

    Oh we all saw it coming, first glance at your blog, I sent the link to a commercial photographer out in California I know to check it out and said, “cookbook?”, he said oh for sure! He thought maybe a life style magazine would be great too, something like Rachel Ray but with Vegan recipes. Think about THAT idea! I’d love to get your magazine in the mail every few months! I am first to sign up for your book and will give them out as gifts for sure! Can’t wait! Great job Katie, I am so proud of you. I’ve already posted your link on my FB and my blog. I saw your potential with my first hit on my first recipe from you!

  10. Mary says

    Congrats Katie!!! You deserve it girl 🙂 I’ve been doing a make-one-new-dish-a-day for this summer, and the majority of it has been from your site so far 🙂 Thanks for your inspiration, positive attitude, and healthy recipes! 😀

    • casey says

      Ditto! Would love to sample all those tasty recipes!! My roommate gets to do the testing around here and I have to do all the work! Worth it in the end, cuz always tastes good 🙂

  11. Tammy says

    CONGRATS!!!!! I agree with the many comments of “I’d still buy it even if you but recipes from the blog in there”. I too have scratch pieces of paper with recipes all over the place in my kitchen 😉 Im so happy for you Katie. I tell ppl about your blog all the time. I am by no means a vegan, but I am a chocolate lover 😉 and always look for healthier ways to eat desserts.

  12. Emily says

    I am also excited. I made the Better than Nutella yesterday and used Splenda. It is awesome! My husband is diabetic and I have trouble finding recipes that he can have and that are healthy. He dived right in when he got home. I can adjust many of your recipes to use Splenda as other sweeteners don’t work for him. I have also told others about your web site. I will defnintely buy the cookbook.

  13. Amy says

    I really hope you have some of your blog recipes in the cookbook! Some of your recipe posts are really hard to find (especially some of my favorite older ones) and it would be super convenient to have them all in a book! 🙂

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