I'm preparing for the February 1, 2015 book launch of GILT BY ASSOCIATION. In each Caprice De Luca home staging cozy mystery, I include three recipes. My sleuth Caprice loves to cook. She learned at her mom's and Nana's elbows in the kitchen. I learned to cook the same way.
To give my readers a little something special, I also include an original recipe in my newsletter and blog before the book is released. I also pass it out at book signings to give my readers something to take along with them along with the mystery. Since this book's theme is Valentine's Day, I thought something chocolate would be a particular treat this time of year.
Triple Chocolate Divine Cookies are deeply chocolate. I hope you can share them with someone you love
Triple Chocolate Divine Cookies
Preheat oven to 375 degrees
2 sticks butter (softened)
3/4 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
2 large eggs
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/4 cup cocoa
4 oz. Baker’s semi-sweet baking chocolate bar, broken into pieces
2 1/2 cups flour
12 oz. MILK-chocolate chocolate chips
Cream butter, granulated sugar and brown sugar. Add eggs and mix well. Add baking soda, baking powder and cocoa. Mix until all ingredients are blended well and batter is smooth and velvety. Melt chocolate bar pieces in microwave for 1 minute. Stir. Continue to heat in ten-second intervals until completely melted (My 1400 watt microwave takes 1 minute 40 seconds). Do not wait until cool. Stir again and add to mixer bowl. Add flour 1/2 cup at a time. Stir in chocolate chips.
Lightly grease cookie sheets. Drop batter in nicely rounded tablespoons.
Bake 11-13 minutes until set. Let stand one minute, then remove from cookie sheet. Before serving, sprinkle with powdered sugar.
Makes about 40 cookies.
Book 1, STAGED TO DEATH (Kindle version),
is now $2.99
Book 2, DEADLY DECOR (Kindle version),
is on sale for $1.99.
Book 3, GILT BY ASSOCIATION, will be available
USA TODAY Bestselling Author Karen Rose Smith is an only child who delved into books at an early age. She learned about kindred spirits from Anne of Green Gables, solved mysteries with Nancy Drew and wished she could have been the rider on The Black Stallion. Yet even though she escaped often into story worlds, she had many aunts, uncles and cousins around her on weekends. Her sense of family and relationships began there. Maybe that's why families are a strong theme in her novels, whether mysteries or romances. Her 87th novel will be released in 2015.
Readers often ask her about her pastimes. She has herb, flowers and vegetable gardens that help her relax. In the winter, she cooks rather than gardens. And year round she spends most of her time with her husband, as well as her four rescued cats who are her constant companions. They chase rainbows from sun catchers, reminding her life isn't all about work, awards and bestseller lists. Everyone needs that rainbow to chase.
Karen looks forward to interacting with readers. They can find her at the links below.
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