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First of all, thanks to Elaine for inviting me to hang out today! I’m so happy to be here and talking about one of my favorite things: baking.
I like to cook, but for me, baking is king. Cooking… there’s some room for error. You can adjust the tastes as you go and you can get creative, adjusting the flavors. Baking feels a little more like chemistry. Small changes to a few key ingredients can be the difference between something being light and fluffy or as flat as a pancake. Too much mixing can ruin a crumb and not enough mixing can leave whipped things…well, unwhipped.
Something about that—about conquering that—just leaves me feeling triumphant.
The only problem with baking sweets (my favorite thing to bake!), is that then there are sweets in my house. At the holidays, though, there always seem to be lots of people around and lots of excuses to get together. The perfect time to bake! Because then I can make the things and other people help me eat them!
So, today, I’m going to share some of my favorite cookie recipes. I’m going to link to the recipes, so you can visit. My holiday Pinterest page with all of these recipes is here: https://www.pinterest.com/marneeblakeauth/holidays/ There are other recipes, too, and a whole bunch on my cookie page. I also have pages for book things or house things or whatever else. Feel free to browse… I love Pinterest.
Oreo Truffles (https://www.pinterest.com/pin/340303315581046580/)
These require only a few things… a package of cream cheese, a package of Oreos, and melting chocolate.
Pulse the Oreos, add the softened cream cheese, roll into balls and dip in chocolate. Chill, and they’re delicious.
Also, I’ve used a bag of chips melted with a tablespoon of shortening instead of melting chocolate with good results. I know folks who use different types of Oreos, who add mint things. These are fully-customizable.
Drop Sugar Cookies (https://www.pinterest.com/pin/33988172161813043/)
One of my sons loves sugar cookies, but I’m not a fan of the rolling and the cutting and the rerolling. When I saw this recipe, it was the perfect fit. It comes together easily and you drop it like a chocolate chip cookie. We decorate these with sprinkles and decorative sugars. I’ve even used glaze on them afterwards (just mixing powdered sugar and milk). What I also love about these is that they freeze really well. Which means I can make them early in the season and pull a couple out of the freezer when the mood strikes me (as happens often).
Chocolate Crinkle Kiss Cookies (https://www.pinterest.com/pin/33988172161813028/)
These cookies are an easy mix together, too. And, they use cocoa instead of melted chocolate that has to cool, and I always have cocoa on hand. They’re a little fussy before the bake, needing to be rolled in powdered sugar. But, they’re a soft and chewy brownie cookie and, well, that’s just fabulous. I’ve made these with regular Hershey kisses, but it was almost too chocolate-y (I KNOW?! Who even knew there was a such a thing?!) I recommend using the candy cane kisses or, if you’re not into peppermint, I made these with Hugs. The Hugs melt into a bit of a puddle, though, but I liked the way it looked in there, like it was a fingerprint cookie.
Chocolate Chip Blondies (https://www.pinterest.com/pin/33988172171908911/)
If you aren’t the drop cookie making type, might I suggest something easier. This recipe happens in one bowl, uses melted butter (no waiting for it to soften) and is amazingly yum. I’ve added all sorts of stuff in to this instead of chocolate chips. Or in addition to. Change up the chips, add in dried fruit or shredded coconut. Mix whatever you want in instead.
Oh, and I use aluminum foil instead of parchment. Just because it molds to the pan better.
So tell me… Are you a baker? If so, I’d love to see/hear about your favorite recipes! Please share below and I’ll choose one person to win a copy of my latest release, ABSOLVED (Available now from Entangled Embrace).
About me: Award-winning author and RITA® finalist Marnee Blake used to teach high school students but these days she only has to wrangle her own children. Originally from a small town in Western Pennsylvania, she now battles traffic in southern New Jersey where she lives with her hero husband and their happily-ever-after: two very energetic boys. When she isn’t writing, she can be found refereeing disputes between her children, cooking up something sweet, or hiding from encroaching dust bunnies with a book.
Since a brain-altering drug killed most of Luke Kincaid’s town—including his father—and left him telekinetic, he’s determined to stop the fanatic who stole the drug to create his own super-powered army. That means working with scientist Dr. Beth Jenkins, whose graphic tees and beautiful smile are some of Luke’s biggest distractions.
A science prodigy, Beth works with the FBI and solves the toughest crimes, but she can’t figure out what caused her mother’s early-onset Alzheimer’s disease. The drug that ravaged Luke’s town is volatile, and the mortality rate is still high, yet Beth is convinced it holds the key to saving her mother, even if sexy and tortured Luke doesn’t believe it should be adapted for commercial use.
When bodies start to pile up, though, the two loners must decide if the goals that tie them together are greater the fears that would tear them apart.
Thank you very much for this post and your brilliant books, Marnee! I really enjoyed them all and look forward to trying out some of your recipes, they look deliciously tasty!