Exeter Chiefs stars launch Cookie Club Cook Book

Exeter Chiefs stars launch Cookie Club Cook Book

An exclusive baking club made up of Exeter Chiefs players, called The Cookie Club, has launched The Cookie Club Cookbook. The cookbook lifts the lid on one of the most prestigious and exclusive baking clubs in world rugby and its proceeds will raise funds, as well as scrumptious bakes, for local charities the Exeter Chiefs Foundation and Devon Air Ambulance.

The group, open to Exeter rugby players by invitation only, meets regularly through the season to test out favourite treats and perfect their culinary craft. Players take it in turns to prepare cakes and bakes to surprise and delight fellow Cookie Club members.

The book has been exclusively published during the Testimonial Year of Welsh rugby star and premiership player with Exeter Chiefs, Phil Dollman – the year being a long standing tradition in the sport that recognises outstanding service to the game.

The book features recipes from Exeter favourites and international rugby stars, including Thomas Waldrom, Geoff Parling, Dave Ewers, Tomas Francis, Moray Low, Matt Kvesic, Don Armand, Gareth Steenson, Phil Dollman, Ollie Devoto, Luke Cowan-Dickie and Ben Moon, and offers a unique opportunity to sample the flavours of the Cookie Club at home.

In a further twist, the book includes a guest recipe by Jack Nowell, Chiefs’ wiley winger and Exeter’s first ever British Lion, representing the Cookie Club rival group, the Sandwich Club.

All the recipes in the book have been tried, tested and edited by baking guru Mad Cakes of Exeter ensuring this is not only a fantastic initiative to raise funds for the testimonial year, but a practical cookbook too.

The Cookie Club Cookbook is available now for £9.99 and can be ordered online or through your local bookshop. Distribution is through Ingram Content Group and Gardners Books.


Phil began his Exeter rugby career ten years ago having moved to the South West from his early playing career in Wales. He has been an ever present figure in the tremendous recent success of rugby in Exeter. Phil was selected for the Welsh international squad in 2018 but, in a cruel twist of fate, was unable to join the squad due to injury. Phil was granted a testimonial year by Exeter to celebrate his tenth year and has dedicated his year to support two charities, the Exeter Foundation and Devon Air Ambulance.

Information about the Phil Dollman Testimonial Year can be found at www.dollysyear.co.uk. Events for the testimonial include a Gala Dinner, White Collar Boxing, Woodbury Park Gold Day and a Dolly’s XV v Wales XV rugby match with pre-match evening function.

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