Cookbook Announcement (YAY!) + Some Badass Holiday Cookies

I am SO EXCITED that I am finally able to tell you that I’ve been working on a cookbook!! I started working with an agent (hi Leigh!) last December and over months (and months!) created a baking cookbook proposal (that covered all things butter + sugar). When we were finally weeks (maybe days??) from finishing that monster proposal I got an email from Page Street Publishing saying they wanted to work with me on a cookbook. ME. I had to pinch myself. And pop champagne. Life does not normally roll that smooth and I don’t think anyone would disagree. And I have to pause (frequently) and feel so grateful for the opportunities that have been thrown my way as of late and for all of you that make my recipes, send me photos and leave sweet comments. It truly feels like the biggest life gift to interact and know you on this level. I know, a little sappier than usual. But I mean it.

So the publisher was interested in a subject-specific cookbook…a cookbook all about SUPER FABULOUS COOKIES…the kind of cookies that introduce you to a neighbor (maybe a hot one?), win a contest, make new friends or just taste amazing sitting in the dark binge-watching Netflix. Basically, they wanted me to write a fantasy cookbook. So I said yes and here we are. I have gone through an obscene amount of butter, have everyone from fellow bloggers, friends and family testing every recipe along with me (a MAJOR shout-out to my mom for testing heaps!) and I can hardly wait until Fall 2018 when it will be released! Then we’re just going to make cookies, eat cookies, exchange cookies, talk cookies, drink cocktails and retire. JK on that last one. I haven’t been that naive in awhile. But it’ll be fun.

Some quickie details because I have to get back to writing and testing as the manuscript is due on January 30th and I feel both like I’m having the time of my life and that I have an elephant on my chest and I’m gonna die. Such is the way in life with all things that are worthwhile. A thousand sighs. We don’t have a name yet for the book…as soon as that happens I will share it here asap. I hope to give lots of behind-the-scenes glimpses on social media (mostly Instagram Stories) using the hashtag #GourmetCookieBook. So if you’re not on there, I hope you’ll join just so I can hear your thoughts as we create a cookie book that makes you want to say holy shit every time you take a bite. Maybe we should call it the Holy Sh!t Cookie Book? The recipes will include some of my favorite (but all new) classic cookie recipes as well as holiday (because you can’t talk cookies without a holiday section…it just can’t happen) and general cookie extravagance. Everything stuffed and smeared and ooey gooey’d until your heart’s content. I believe there are only five blog recipes going in there…do you have any favorites you’d like to see in print?

Have I left anything out??? That might be it for now. If you have any of questions or thoughts leave them in the comments below or email me as always. I would love to hear! I have not been the most consistent at posting recently and that will probably continue until February and then I’ll get back on schedule. I do have a handful of things planned until then, so hang tight.

Again, thank you!! None of this would be happening without you and that thought does not escape me for one second. xo

Before We Get Started

  • Dough. This dough will feel sticky and unmanageable when first mixed. Wrap tightly in plastic wrap and stash in the fridge for at least 30 minutes, perhaps an hour or more…whatever works in your schedule. The longer they chill, the easier they’ll be to roll. Your hands will get a bit messy, but you can do it. I actually used a cookie scoop for these in the photo and even though I love using my hands, for this cookie I quite liked the scoop. And PS to every brand out there that has made a cookie scoop: label your cookie scoops so we know what size we’re using!!! Why don’t they do this? I *think* I used the 1 1/2-tablespoon cookie scoop.
  • Freezer. Don’t skip the very short freezing of the dough balls before baking…this helps them with their badass shape. They will look a wee puffed when they get out of the oven and then they will collapse on themselves after they cool a bit. If you don’t have a large enough freezer to accommodate a baking sheet, place them on plates for the freezer and then transfer to the baking sheets for baking.
  • Smear. You do not need a pastry bag + tip to smear the frosting over the top…I was just being quite particular about how I wanted them to turn out for the photos. An offset spatula, spoon or butter knife would all work well.
  • Tasting. While this cookie does get thin, it stays incredibly soft and chewy. The frosting is a mix between Oreo filling and a buttercream…and yes, it’s incredible. Should I work on becoming more humble in the new year?

Let’s bake some baller holiday cookies, shall we?




Chewy Chocolate Cookies With Peppermint Buttercream

Makes 2 ½ Dozen Large Cookies

INGREDIENTS

For the Cookie

  • 8 ounces semisweet chocolate, coarsely chopped
  • ½ cup sunflower oil (or other light-flavored oil)
  • 3 large eggs, room temperature
  • ¾ cup brown sugar, packed
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon real vanilla extract
  • 1 cup bread flour
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • ¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder, sifted
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 ½ teaspoon sea salt

For the Buttercream

  • 2 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/2 stick butter, room temperature
  • 1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • 1-2 tablespoons milk

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Place  chocolate + oil in a large, microwave safe bowl and melt in the microwave (I usually do 1 minute on High, but microwaves are funky so keep an eye on things). Stir the chocolate to get rid of any chunks. Sometimes it will look chunky, but if you give it 20 or so stirs, you’ll get rid of all of the chunks without overheating it. Set it aside to cool a beat. Whisk in the eggs, brown sugar, granulated sugar and vanilla. This mixture will be thick…don’t panic. Set aside.
  2. In another bowl whisk together the bread flour, all-purpose flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and baking soda and sea salt. Pour the flour mixture into the chocolate mixture and stir until just combined. Wrap tightly and chill the cookie dough for 30 minutes in the fridge.
  3. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees F. Line your baking sheets with parchment paper.
  4. Roll 1 1/2 tablespoons of dough and place on the baking sheet allowing at least two inches between dough balls. Freeze for 10 minutes or place in the fridge for 20 minutes. If you have a small freezer, you could set them on a dish and then transfer to your baking sheet.
  5. Bake for 10 minutes in the center of the oven. You want to slightly underbake these. Allow the cookies to cool on the sheet for 5-10 minutes, or until they come off easily, and transfer to a rack to finish cooling.
  6. In a medium bowl stir together the powdered sugar, soft butter, peppermint extract and milk until smooth. Add more milk if necessary to get desired consistency: thick, but spreadable. Schmear on top of the cooled cookies, decorate with your favorite sprinkles and exchange away. xo
On My Mind
  • I know some people don’t like New Year’s Resolutions…which I liken more to goal setting. I’m already thinking about mine…anyone else?
  • I have been doing heaps of brand work lately and a lot of the recipes have been on Instagram only. I’m going to start putting some of them on the blog…beginning with these cookies. This cookie was originally done in partnership with Ralph’s Grocery (Kroger). They have been a wonderful company to work with and I look forward to more fun recipes with them in the new year!
  • Big Little Lies is coming back for a second season and I can hardly wait.
  • This breaks my heart. We could have a huge conversation about this.
  • This year’s holiday party.
  • Ok and this.
  • PS I just started working with Mediavine (see the advertising on the site)…it feels like A LOT right now and I’m going to pull it back…I just wanted to let it stay as is for a month or so and then cut out some of the ads in the middle…and maybe the big one that sticks on the bottom of the screen. Just bear with me while I work through this with them. Thank you for understanding while I sort it out!!!
  • PPS It has been killing me to keep this secret for so long!!!
  • Sending heaps of love + light!!!

Rebecca xoxo

 

41 Comments

  • Sara @ Cake Over Steak 2017/12/19 at 12:32 AM

    Congrats! That’s so exciting! There’s seriously nothing I love more than cookies, so I KNOW I will love your book. If you need any more testers let me know!!! xoxo

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  • Funny Christmas Greetings 2017/12/17 at 3:04 AM

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  • kate | tasty seasons 2017/12/16 at 12:43 AM

    congratulations! that’s going to be one very delicious cookbook. :-) i can’t wait to see what you come up with.

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  • Coco in the Kitchen 2017/12/15 at 11:47 PM

    I can’t wait to get my hands on that cookbook of yours! And, these cookies are just so pretty. I’ve gotta bake some this w/end w my li’l Daisy.

    As for New Year’s resolutions, yes, I’m thinking ahead also….about all the stuff I’m going to buy before Xmas next year. Long pine needle garlands are my current obsession. Looking for a good deal!

    Merry Christmas to you and your family! Thanks for making our lives so sweet.

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  • Erin Clarkson 2017/12/15 at 3:33 PM

    Yaaaaayyyy! So happy for you / proud / excited for the cookbook / stoked I get to call you my friend, all of the things!

    YUSSSSSS! xx

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  • Beth 2017/12/13 at 4:18 AM

    Woo hoo for you. You are killing it girl. Disappointed that it’s not an Instant Pot cookbook tho. Just kidding. I love cookies seriously so this will be a welcome edition.

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  • Shannon 2017/12/13 at 1:05 AM

    Congrats on the cookbook! Been following your beautiful Instagram feed for a while! What’s your source for those pretty blue dragees in multiple sizes?! Trying to internet source for almost an hour!!! Thanks :)

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  • Traci | Vanilla And Bean 2017/12/12 at 6:37 PM

    Yayay! So excited the cat is out! And I can’t wait to get my hands on your work, in print… I can only imagine the work, effort, sleepless nights and wine you’ve been through and the marathon isn’t over yet! Hang in there and tights hugs and congratulations to you… YOU!!! Now, just gimme all the cookies! xo

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    • Rebecca Firth 2017/12/12 at 6:46 PM

      Hi Traci — thank you so much for the warm congratulations!!! I can’t wait to share it with you once it’s done!!! xoxo

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  • Jenny 2017/12/12 at 6:36 PM

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    • Rebecca Firth 2017/12/12 at 6:45 PM

      Hi Jenny!! I’m glad to be working with you all too!!! Happy Holidays to you too!!! xox

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  • Christine | What do you crave? 2017/12/12 at 3:21 PM

    Congratulations on the book! It’s going to be wonderful!! Can’t wait to come visit and eat all the recipes you’re testing! I’ve loved everything you do since we IG-met and I can’t wait to see this come together!

    These cookies look and sound amazing! I’ll take a dozen.

    …and Big Little Lies is coming back?! *insert surprised and excited face here*

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    • Rebecca Firth 2017/12/12 at 4:47 PM

      Thank you so much Christine!!!! I can’t wait for you to come up in February!!!! All the cookies!!!! …and you get five dozen. ;) xoxo

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  • Shana 2017/12/12 at 3:19 PM

    Will you be offering pre-orders on the cookbook? I would love to have an article in the SYV-Star about you!

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    • Rebecca Firth 2017/12/12 at 4:49 PM

      Hi Shana — Yes, as soon as we get the cover together they’ll be doing pre-orders…I’m thinking spring time? And I would love that — thank you!!! Email me!! xoxo

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  • Paige 2017/12/12 at 3:16 PM

    Wonderful news! You can count on me to order it, I love your work !

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    • Rebecca Firth 2017/12/12 at 4:50 PM

      That’s so sweet Paige — thank you!!!!! All of it!! xoxo

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  • C 2017/12/12 at 3:07 PM

    Congratulations on your book deal!! I have been following your blog for AGES and have long cited you and your writing as my favorite. You have always been genuine and fun and feel-good. I’ve never left a comment before but I am so happy for you. Everything well-deserved xx

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    • Rebecca Firth 2017/12/12 at 4:57 PM

      Hey! First, thank you for following for ages — I loved getting this comment!!! That means a lot to me!! And I’m glad you left me a comment this time — you made my day!!! xoxox

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  • Mary Ann | The Beach House Kitchen 2017/12/12 at 1:29 PM

    So excited for your cookie cookbook Rebecca! I have no doubt it will totally badass, just like all your recipes here at DisplacedHousewife! Can’t wait to add this recipe to my baking list!! Congrats!!

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    • Rebecca Firth 2017/12/12 at 4:53 PM

      Hi Mary Ann!!!! Thank you for all of your support, as always AND I’m so glad to have you as a tester!!! Your recipes are impeccable and I so appreciate all of your help!!! xoxoxo

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  • Kelsey @ Appeasing a Food Geek 2017/12/12 at 11:56 AM

    Congratulations! So very happy for you! And I can’t wait to bake alllll of the cookies. Let me know if you need any last minute recipe testers! :) xoxo

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    • Rebecca Firth 2017/12/12 at 4:54 PM

      Thank you so much Kelsey!!!!! I can’t wait for you to bake all the cookies!!!!! And I will!! ;) Happy holidays!!! xoxoxo

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  • Lindsay 2017/12/12 at 5:01 AM

    YAY!!! Congratulations!! I’m so excited for your book! I’ve REALLY enjoyed following your blog and I hoped that you would write a book! I’m even more excited to hear that it’s a cookIe book! :D Can’t wait to hear more about it and congrats again!

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    • Lindsay 2017/12/12 at 5:05 AM

      *cookie book! :)

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  • hilmopaige 2017/12/12 at 4:40 AM

    So SO proud and excited for you!!!!!!! It’s going to be AMAZING!!! XOXO

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  • Laura | Tutti Dolci 2017/12/12 at 3:56 AM

    So, so, so thrilled for you! Can I pop the champagne?! And bake all the cookies?! This is the best news! :)

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    • Rebecca Firth 2017/12/12 at 4:56 PM

      Yes to champagne!! Yes to cookies!!! Wish you were closer!!!! Thank you Laura!!! xoxox

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  • Kate 2017/12/12 at 3:32 AM

    Hooray hooray hooray hooray! The world isn’t ready for the good things in that book. So thrilled for you and starving just thinking about your cookiebook!

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    • Rebecca Firth 2017/12/12 at 4:56 PM

      Thank you so much Kate!!! What a fun year it’s been, right?!?!? xoxo

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  • fatimah 2017/12/11 at 11:55 PM

    omg!!! this is super exciting news and i am so happy for you! i can’t wait to hear more about the book, for now i’ll just drool over these beauties that buttercream sounds amazing xx

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    • Rebecca Firth 2017/12/12 at 1:16 AM

      Thank you so much Fatimah — so super exciting!!!! And it’s always good to drool over buttercream!!! ;)

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  • heather (delicious not gorgeous) 2017/12/11 at 11:49 PM

    YAYAYAY congrats!!! super exciting (: loving all the chocolate mint things on the blogosphere recently (:

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    • Rebecca Firth 2017/12/12 at 1:15 AM

      Thank you SO MUCH!!!!! And me too!! Such a good flavor combo!!! xoxo

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  • Amisha 2017/12/11 at 11:30 PM

    Oh Rebecca!! I am really soo thrilled and excited for you! I love the hashtag already – #GourmetCookieCookbook !! LOVE IT! I know this book will be fabulous and unlike anything we have seen! BIG CONGRATULATIONS TO YOU and much love! XO May the force be with you :)

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    • Rebecca Firth 2017/12/11 at 11:40 PM

      YAYAYYAYAYAYYYYYY!!!! I am so dang excited Amisha!!!! Thank you so so much!!! I can’t wait to celebrate once this is turned in!!! xox

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  • Amanda Paa 2017/12/11 at 11:18 PM

    I am so happy for you and proud of you, I just want to reach through the screen and hug you! Hang in there while you’re finishing the manuscript, and all love and good vibes coming your way!

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    • Rebecca Firth 2017/12/11 at 11:23 PM

      Aww that means so much Amanda!!! You were one of the first bloggers that I followed so that means heaps coming from you!!! I can’t wait to share this with you!!! xoxoxo

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  • Josh 2017/12/11 at 10:50 PM

    Wow, these look amazing, can’t wait to see your cookbook!

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    • Rebecca Firth 2017/12/11 at 10:52 PM

      Thanks Josh!!!! I can’t wait for you to have it!!!!

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