Saturday, August 22, 2015

The Weekend Edition-If You Give An Author a Cookie

A writer's got to write and a writer's got to have a cookie while writing. The same is true of a reader. There is nothing like a good book, a cup of coffee or tea and a great cookie. 

We're having a cookie weekend inspired by last week's macadamia nut white chip pumpkin cookies.

Giveaway rules can be found here. Please drop us a line to claim your giveaway at All prizes not claimed in 8 weeks go back into the prize vault. We wish we could contact all our winners individually, but we'd rather write books! And P.S. - if we forget to send  your prize DO let us know after 8 weeks per our rules.

We Have Winners

 Giveaway rules can be found here. Please drop us a line to claim your giveaway at All prizes not claimed in 8 weeks go back into the prize vault. We wish we could contact all our winners individually, but we'd rather write books! And P.S. - if we forget to send  your prize DO let us know after 8 weeks per our rules.

From the Weekend Edition: Jackie L, Lyndee, Connie Q, Jill W and Caryl are winners of Walt Mussel's, The Good, The Bad And The Body. 

Monday  Janet Dean brought  her "pets" to Seekerville, those words writers tend to overuse in her post, "Groom your Pet Words." Suzanne Boginskie is the winner of a $15 Amazon gift card. 

Tuesday was a special visit from author/editor/artist/teacher Jeff GerkeJeff  shared his new how-to book from Writer's Digest Books, The Irresistible Novel: How to Craft an Extraordinary Story That Engages Readers from Start to Finish.  KC Frantzen is the winner of a surprise package.

Wednesday Debby Giusti hosted debut inspirational historical author Kristi Ann Hunterwho shared "Five Things You Can Do Now to Make Life Easier After Contract." Barbara Scott is the winner of an advance-autographed copy of A Noble Masquerade.

Thursday Tina Radcliffe was your hostess and she brought friends to the party with her post "A Cup of Joe and Getting Into Character." Winner of Joe and a cup to drink it with is Patti Jo. Winners of Stranded with the Rancher are Sally Shupe and Jackie L. Winners of five-page critiques are Cindy Regnier and Natalie Monk.

Next Week in Seekerville

Monday: One man's failure is another man's success. Join Pam Hillman as she ponders this age-old question and how it relates to writers of today.

Tuesday: An avid animal lover, Sandra Leesmith will talk about using animals in stories to give your characters depth and to enhance plot twists. She will have a special treat in the prize vault. 

Wednesday: Dina Davis, assistant editor for Love Inspired Historical and Love Inspired Suspense, will share her tips for creating interesting characters that really grab a reader’s—and editor’s—attention.  And you’ll have a chance to win some great Love Inspired titles and $8 Amazon gift cards!

Thursday: Love Inspired Historical author Jessica Nelson drops by to chat about "Butterflies, Godiva and Other Writerly Metamorphoses." And she has a copy of  The Matchmaker's Match, her September, RT Book Review's 4 1/2 Star TOP PICK! release for one commenter. (And we hear she may bring some chocolate, too.)

Friday: The Best of the Archives: Inspirational Suspense Author Debby Giusti will feature her June 2012 post, "How I Built My Latest Story." Stop by to see how Debby uses children's building blocks to create her Military Investigations series!

Seeker Sightings

Stop by the Love Inspired Facebook page on August 27th. Glynna Kaye's October  cover-Rekindling the Widower’s Heart- will be revealed!

Tyndale Giveaway - Includes Stealing Jake by Pam Hillman: Comment on Tyndale's #Crazy4Fiction blog with the August release you’d love to read and why for a chance to win all four novels! Giveaway ends August 31st. Enter HERE!

Powerful and rich, Wall Street financial wizard Conor Bradstreet had it all until his son's death showed him otherwise. A decade older and wiser, Conor now faces the final step in his healing - making peace 
with his ex-wife. 
Peace with Conor is the last thing on Alicia Bradstreet's mind. Losing her son took more than her heart, it darkened her soul. But with their daughter's engagement to a single father comes the expectation of harmony. Can Alicia move beyond her anger... and Conor beyond his guilt... to Try, Try Again?  .99 all week for your Kindle or Kindle device!, Try Again
Random News & Information

Thanks to Seekers and Villagers for sharing links!

Congrats to the newest Villagers to join the  Love Inspired Authors family, courtesy of BLURB2BOOK: Annie Hemby (aka Annie Rains in another life) and Jill Weatherholt.

Similar-Looking Cover Designs: INFOGRAPHIC (GalleyCat)

39 Stellar Examples of Author Facebook Cover Photo Designs (BookBub)

Pinterest as a Writing Tool: 5 Tips for Creative Writer (DYI Author)

Never Read a Romance Novel? Grow Up (PW)

New Story Ideas Distracting You From Your Book? Find Out What You Should Do (Helping Writers Become Authors)

Onward and Upward: Christian Book Titles See Sales Rise Higher and Higher (Nielsen)

How to Take the Perfect Author Photo (Writer Unboxed)

5 Books on Writing that Actually Help Your Craft (Alex Radcliff)

3 Terrific Insider Email List Building Tips to Help Authors! (Bad Redhead Media)

And finally, you may of course give an author or yourself a cookie at Gimme Jimmy Cookies!

That's it. Have a great reading and writing weekend, and lots of cookies.


  1. Coffee's brewing!!

    Thanks for the steady supply of links for us to enjoy.

  2. Thanks, Helen! Man, I can't imagine why, but I'm sure craving a cookie right now!


    Y'all have a great weekend!


    Yes we all wish that was Cookie Monster.....but unfortunately it's me.

    I was going to send a super cook 'Me and Cookie' picture but I never got never a cookie all week.

    I think, because it's after midnight and I am on my usual insomniac binge, that I will now attempt to go cry myself to sleep. Thanks Seekerville

  4. Happy weekend, Seekerville.

    I love cookies! Once my youngest son went on a health kick and pretty much quit eating cookies, I quit baking them because I have NO WILLPOWER!

    Congrats to Annie Hemby and Ukll Weatherholt! Whoohoo!

    Congrats to all this weeks winners!

  5. I had no idea my cookies would be such a hit. Found another recipe for two-ingredient lemon bars that I have to try.

  6. Kraft Peanut Butter Cookies:

    1 cup (250 mL) peanut butter
    ½ cup (125 mL) sugar
    1 egg

    Mix ingredients until well blended. Drop 26 balls of dough, 2” apart, onto baking sheets. Flatten slightly with fork.

    Bake in 325oF (165oC) preheated oven for 12½ minutes, or until lightly browned. (Do not overbake.) Cool 5 minutes on baking sheets; transfer to wire racks. Cool completely.

    Makes about 23 cookies. Preparation time: 20 minutes. Total time: 32 minutes.

    * Per cookie: 72 calories, 4.1 g protein, 7.5 g total fat (1.4 g saturated fat), 15.6 g carbohydrates, 1 g dietary fiber, 17%RDI folacin.

    * I multiply by 4, as 1 kg of peanut butter = 4 cups; or I multiply by 2, as 500g of peanut butter = 2 cups.

    * I still make the flour recipes on occasion, but this one works quickly and is allergy friendly.

    * Variation: Make “Peanut Butter Buttons” (also compliments of Kraft) by adding ⅓ cup Baker’s Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips by “gently pressing 2 big chocolate chips into top of each” before baking. (I use one-eighth of Reese’s pieces instead.)

  7. SWAT team training at ten!!!! Maybe I bring one home!!

  8. Frosted sugar cookies, yum!! Love them and chocolate chip!

    Laney4, your flourless peanut butter cookies sound great!

    Congrats to our winners! Huge congrats to Annie and Jill on The Call!!!

    Excited Dina Davis is coming Wednesday.

    Happy weekend everyone.


  9. I've seen SWAT team in action, Tina. From afar. LOL


  10. Oh my goodness. I'm with you MISSY. I want a cookie right now. I'll take a snickerdoodle. smile

    Congrats to all the winners.

    super congrats to ANNIE and JILL. Woohoooooooo! You've sailed into the published world. Have fun.

  11. LANEY what a super duper recipe. Must go try it. I wonder if it works with Nutella as well.

  12. TINA will you bring one home for me too?

  13. Congrats to Annie and Jill! And to all of this week's winners too!

    Must go find my recipe for peanut butter chocolate chip cookies... I will attempt to find out where it's hiding!

    I want cookies now...good thing it's never too early for cookies

  14. Thanks, I'm craving cookies now and I don't have any in the house...and missing a few key ingredients in order to make any. Just as well because cookies for breakfast would be so wrong!

    And since autumn is nearly upon us -- here's my favourite pumpkin cookie recipe:

    2 1/2 cups flour
    1 tsp baking powder
    1 tsp baking soda
    2 tsp cinnamon
    1/2 tsp nutmeg
    1/2 tsp cloves
    1/2 tsp salt
    1/2 cup butter, softened
    1 1/2 cups white sugar
    1 cup canned pumpkin puree
    1 egg
    1 tsp vanilla extract

    (glaze if desired)
    2 cups icing sugar
    3 tbsp. milk
    1 tbsp. melted butter
    1 tsp vanilla extract

    Y'all know how to moosh together a cookie recipe, right? blend butter and sugar together first then add egg. After that she toss everything else in and mix. bake at 350 about 15 minutes. Once cookies are cooled drizzle glaze on top.

  15. HAPPY WEEKEND SEEKERVILLE! Congrats to ALL the winners. Thank you for sharing ALL these yummy recipes.

    Hands-On Time 15 minutes Total Time 35 minutes
    Makes 3 dozen cookies
    1/2 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
    1/2 cup granulated sugar
    1/2 cup brown sugar
    1 large egg
    1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
    1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
    1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
    1/2 teaspoon baking soda
    1/2 teaspoon baking powder
    1/2 teaspoon salt
    1/2 cup milk-chocolate chips
    1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips
    Heat oven to 350°F. Cream the butter and sugars in a large bowl with an electric mixer on high speed. Lower to medium speed and add the egg and vanilla. Sift together the flour, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. On low speed, add the dry mixture to the butter mixture. Beat until fully incorporated. Fold in the chocolate chips.
    Form the dough into approximately 1 1/2-inch balls. Place on parchment- or foil-lined baking sheets, 2 inches apart.
    Bake until the centers are just set, about 12 minutes. Let cool on sheets for 5 minutes, then transfer to wire racks.

  16. Congratulations Jill and Annie!

    Congratulations to all the winners.

    My favorite cookie is Red Velvet.

    I found a new cookie recipe on Pinterest and made them a week ago. Here is the recipe for Fluffernutter Cookies. They only have 3 ingredients and I loved them.

    1 cup creamy peanut butter
    1 large egg
    1 cup marshmallow cream

    Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl mix the peanut butter and egg until well combined with a spoon. Slowly stir in the marshmallow cream until just combined. You want to see the marshmallow cream not fully incorporated, almost like swirled through. With small medium cookie scoop, scoop dough onto a parchment lined baking sheet. Bake for 12-15 minutes or until baked through. Let cool 5 minutes on cookie sheet before transferring to a cooling rack. About 18 cookies.

  17. How do your Cookies Crumble?

    Sweet cookies crumble deliciously
    Smart cookies crumble auspiciously
    Tough cookies crumble acrimoniously
    Stale cookies crumble humbly
    Fortune cookies crumble fortuitously
    Superior cookies crumble arrogantly
    Blue ribbon cookies crumble with hyperbole
    Lessman cookies crumble passionately
    Craft cookies crumble non-adverbially

    Show don't tell!

    How to make Milano cookies!
    (But don't tell anyone!)

    Take them to a cookie exchange and no one will believe you made them! That's if you can get them out of the house!

  18. Good morning, Seekerville! Like Mary, I never saw a cookie all week. I almost sent a picture of me with a bag of dark chocolate M&Ms instead, my go-to quick reward for finishing a big task, writing or otherwise.

    TINA & DEBBY must be having a great time at WPA, judging from all the fun pix they've been posting on Facebook. Almost makes me want to write romantic suspense!

    Congrats to our weekly winners and our Blurb2Book contract recipients--exciting week!!!!!

  19. All this talk about cookies is making me hungry. Hope everyone is having a great weekend. Just helped our son move back to college after being home all summer, so feeling the empty nest again. I probably do need some chocolate!

  20. I feel the same about COOKIES as I do about donuts - - I never met one I didn't like. ;)

    LOVE the cute photos and the clever (and true) sayings about cookies. I must confess I often eat a cookie (or 2) for breakfast - - with coffee, of course!

    Great WE as usual, and CONGRATS to all the winners!!
    I am beyond THRILLED to win the beautiful cup and the Joe to drink - - this has given me a huge boost as I approach a "milestone" birthday. *sigh*

    Hugs to all my wonderful Seeker friends, Patti Jo

  21. p.s. SANDY SMITH, sending you a gentle hug, and I can SO relate.
    Even after 5 years I haven't completely adjusted to the empty nest (and now my baby is in Pittsburgh - - TOO far from Atlanta!). Hang in there, and don't be hard on yourself (have some chocolate AND cookies!). ;)
    Hugs, PJ

  22. I am so excited! My husband's birthday was a few days ago. He said I was the only gift he and chose to celebrate me! I got a dozen roses and...drumroll please... a brand new computer. And it's purple, (See pics on FB) That's romantic enough to be written into a story, I think. Up for grabs - computers don't work well in the historicals I write.
    Anybody got a recipe for gluten-free Snickerdoodles? Craving that cinnamony (apparently that's not a word but I'm using it anyway) flavor.
    Thanks for drawing my name for the critique! Soon as I get brave enough I'll send in a little of my WIP.
    Great WE. I LOVE Seekerville!

  23. Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe.
    My neighbor made these and they are stunning they are so good.
    The chocolate chip cookie has been perfected!

    Oatmeal Crispies
    These are Karen Coopers and probably the ultimate chocolate chip cookie if you like oatmeal. Otherwise just use the back of the chocolate chip cookie bag.
    1 C. white sugar
    1 C. brown sugar
    ½ C. butter
    ½ C. Crisco
    2 eggs
    1 t. vanilla
    Mix. Add:
    2 C. flour
    1 t. soda
    ½ t. baking powder
    ½ t. salt
    3 C. quick oats
    2 C. chocolate chips
    Makes 6 dozen. Bake at 3500 for 8- 10 minutes. As a matter of fact, from here on out. Just bake everything at 3500 unless I tell you different.

  24. Cookies you buy in a store are also delicious.

    I did mention I'm DIETING right?

    Let's not forget the lowly Oreo.

    Oreos are so lovely.

    ps, I didnt' get into this shape by being all that picky!!!!!!!!

  25. I just happen to have a can of pumpkin puree so I am ecstatic about Kav's cookie recipe. Actually I also have chocolate chips, peanut butter, and oatmeal. I am really never without the fixin's for cookies! I enjoyed every cookie graphic and I have re-read Never Read a Romance twice! :)

    Congratulations to all the winners.

    This recipe is not my own chocolate chip pretzel cookie recipe, but it is close. Basically we make the back of the bag cookies and add crushed pretzels.

    Chocolate Chip-Pretzel Cookies

    Southern Living
    3/4 cup butter, softened
    3/4 cup granulated sugar
    3/4 cup firmly packed dark brown sugar
    2 large eggs
    1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
    2 1/4 cups plus 2 Tbsp. all-purpose flour
    1 teaspoon baking soda
    3/4 teaspoon salt
    1 1/2 (12-oz.) packages semisweet chocolate morsels
    2 cups coarsely crushed pretzel sticks
    Parchment paper
    1. Preheat oven to 350°. Beat butter and sugars at medium speed with a heavy-duty electric stand mixer until creamy. Add eggs and 1 1/2 tsp. vanilla, beating until blended.

    2. Combine flour, baking soda, and salt in a small bowl; gradually add to butter mixture, beating just until blended. Beat in morsels and pretzel sticks just until combined. Drop by tablespoonfuls onto parchment paper-lined baking sheets.

    3. Bake at 350° for 10 to 14 minutes or until desired degree of doneness. Remove to wire racks, and cool completely (about 15 minutes).

  26. I am loving all these cookie recipes.

  27. We only make bar cookies here :)

    White Chocolate cranberry blondies

    3/4 cup Butter
    1 1/2 cups Brown sugar, packed light
    2 Eggs
    3/4 tsp Vanilla extract

    2 1/4 cups All-purpose flour
    1 1/2 tsp Baking powder
    12 oz White chocolate chips (option: chopped)
    1/8 tsp Cinnamon, ground
    1/4 tsp Salt
    1/c cup dried Cranberries

    9x13 350 degrees for 18-21 minutes. We make these as cookies and use a whole bag of white chocolate chips. We've made the original recipe with frosting, and they are sooo rich!

  28. I love spices, plus they're good for you. Which makes spice cookies good for you, right? So here's my favorite spice cookie recipe - Soft Pfeffernusse:

    1/2 c butter
    3/4 c brown sugar
    2 T molasses
    2 T honey
    1 egg
    2+ c flour
    1/2 t soda
    1/2 t salt
    1/2 t each cinnamon, cardamom, fresh ground black pepper, anise, ginger
    1/4 t each nutmeg, cloves, allspice

    I like to heap all the spoonfulls of spice, plus add a dash of cayenne, paprika, and some raw grated ginger root for more of a kick. Refrigerate dough for an hour or so, then bake 10 minutes at 350. Then, if you're in the mood when they cool, roll them in powdered sugar.

  29. YAHOO!! I'm totally stoked that I won an autographed copy of Kristi Ann Hunter's book A Noble Masquerade. Hmmm. Cookie recipes. I haven't baked cookies in almost two years. That's how I lost 65 pounds. But my mouth is watering from your pics! I may need to make a trip to the mall for a nice, big, gooey, chewie, peanut butter cookie. Heaven!

  30. CINDY R, congratulations on the new computer! Purple--yes, indeed, very romantic!

    I'll have to ask my gluten-free daughter if she has a good snickerdoodles recipe. Hmmm...

  31. Cindy, wow you've got yourself a keeper!!! Will check out your computer.


  32. Hugs, Sandy, our your empty nest.


  33. Vince, you always up the fun in Seekerville!

    How do cookies not crumble?

    When we stuff the whole thing in our mouths.


  34. I seriously started reading the blog post and saw the cookie recipes and gasped. Those are some of the most mouth watering recipes I have ever seen.

  35. We just baked mango bread the other day ... now I want to try so many of these cookie recipes! =)

    I love Alton Brown's "Good Eats" episode all about chocolate chip cookies --he had recipes for both thin & crispy and soft & chewy:

    Congrats winners! =)

  36. congrats winners!!

    I've been without an oven for months, so no cookie baking here! I make peanut butter treats instead..

    1 small jar marshmallow cream
    1 cup smooth peanut butter
    rice krispies (I never measure.. so I'm going to guess 2 cups or
    chocolate chips

    mix first three ingredients together and form into 2 inch ball (I coat my hands with coconut oil cooking spray because it's sticky). then I Pop them in the fridge while I melt the chocolate chips. dip then place on waxed paper. once cooled, I usually dip in melted chocolate again (because really, who doesn't wanted double chocolate ;) ) then store in the fridge.


  37. LOVE COOKIES AND LOVE THIS WE!!! Every Christmas I would make my favorite cookies for neighborhood cookie trays -- Sugar cookies with three different color icing and sprinkles/redhots, Russian Tea Cakes (my fave!!), Chocolate and vanilla pinwheel spritz, Christmas tree spritz, and peach and raspberry jelly centered spritz flowers, Rice Krispie wreaths with red hots, M&M cookies, green almond bark, snickerdoodles, and fudge. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE cookies!!

    WALT ... yes, you started it all, you little brat! And now you found a recipe for two-ingredient lemon bars??? You MUST share!!

    OH. MY. GOSH, LANEY4!! Peanut butter cookies with only 3 ingredients and 72 calories??? I MUST try these!!


  38. KAV ... pumpkin cookies??? I am sooooo there!!!

    VINCE, LOL!!! "Lessman cookies crumble passionately." SOOOOOOO true!!! ;)

    LANI & CARYL ... I'm drooling !!!

    PATTI JO SAID: "I feel the same about COOKIES as I do about donuts - - I never met one I didn't like. ;)"

    LOL ... We must be twins separated at birth, girlfriend, because I soooo agree!!


  39. KELLY, Chocolate Chip-Pretzel Cookies sound DIVINE!!!

    RACHAEL ... you had me at "spice" ... ;)

    BARBARA ... you lucky dawg!! I'm reading Kristi's free novella, and WOW, is it good!!!

    LEA, the peanut butter treats sound WONDERFUL ... especially since they don't require an oven!!


  40. Sadly, I could not find the family recipe for peanut butter chocolate chip cookies...They are most delicious, so there may have been surreptitious weeping. I WILL find that recipe--soon! Those cookies are too good to lose the recipe amongst the mountains of paper in my house right now.

    But I did find our recipe for peanut chocolate swirl bars! Find it here:

    I usually leave out the peanuts (just personal preference), and these cookie bars are HEAVENLY. Seriously, I hope there are cookies in heaven. :-)

    Julie, I just read Kristi Ann's e-novella the other day, and I CAN'T WAIT FOR THE BOOK!

    Whoever decreed Saturday "Cookie Day" in Seekerville is my new favorite person of the moment.

  41. As much as I love cookies, my favorite is the classic chocolate chip! Here's my go-to recipe from a friend who worked at Mrs. Fields... throw my name in the batter bowl! ;)

    Mix until fluffy:
    1 c. white sugar
    1 c. brown sugar
    2 eggs
    2 cubes butter

    Add and mix:
    1.5 tsp vanilla
    1 tsp baking soda
    1 tsp salt

    Change to dough beaters and mix in:
    3 c. flour
    2 c. semi-sweet chocolate chips

    Bake at 375 degrees for 9-11 minutes (until edges are lightly browned)

    Enjoy! :)

  42. Wow! I'm getting a tooth ache, reading all of these yummy recipes.
    I'm touched by all of the congratulation messages. Thank you so much. If it weren't for God, Seekerville,and all of its amazing people, I would never have received "the call." I'm thrilled...and still in shock. :)
    I look forward to reading Walt's book! Thanks!

  43. My favorite to make is Oatmeal Scotchies. And because I am lazy I make them into bar cookies :)

    1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
    1 teaspoon baking soda
    1/2 teaspoon salt
    1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    1 cup (2 sticks) butter or margarine, softened
    3/4 cup granulated sugar
    3/4 cup packed brown sugar
    2 large eggs
    1 teaspoon vanilla extract or grated peel of 1 orange
    3 cups quick or old-fashioned oats
    1 2/3 cups (11-oz. pkg.) Butterscotch Flavored Morsels

    For cookies bake at 375 for 8 minutes. For bar cookies cook at 400 for 20 minutes.

  44. My favorite to make is Oatmeal Scotchies. And because I am lazy I make them into bar cookies :)

    1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
    1 teaspoon baking soda
    1/2 teaspoon salt
    1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    1 cup (2 sticks) butter or margarine, softened
    3/4 cup granulated sugar
    3/4 cup packed brown sugar
    2 large eggs
    1 teaspoon vanilla extract or grated peel of 1 orange
    3 cups quick or old-fashioned oats
    1 2/3 cups (11-oz. pkg.) Butterscotch Flavored Morsels

    For cookies bake at 375 for 8 minutes. For bar cookies cook at 400 for 20 minutes.

  45. I'd love a cookie right now but there's nothing sweet in the house. These recipes look amazing. My daughter also loved fluffernutters -- or any kind of cookie. Me, too!

  46. Nom! Nom! Good cookies! :)

    Awesome WE! I'm looking forward to digging into those links!

    Here's a recipe I love, but only make every once in a while, because they're full of butter and we eat them WAY too fast. lol.

    Easy Scottish Shortbread Cookies


    4 1/2 ounces (125g) of salted butter
    A bit more than 1 cup (110g) flour
    1/3 cup (55g) cornstarch
    5 tbsp (60g) soft brown sugar (plus a tablespoon to sprinkle on top)


    Contrary to many shortbread cookies recipes, we will use a cake pan to shape these sticks.

    1. Whisk sugar and butter at room temp until creamy. Add cornflour and beat until smooth.

    2. Add flour and knead by hand until you get a ball of dough. DON'T OVER-KNEAD. You want a crumbly texture. If over-kneaded, cookies will be dense and tough.

    3. Line a rectangular cake pan with wax paper. Pack the dough into the pan with a glass and prick with a fork, then cut dough into strips.

    4. Bake for about 20 min at 300°f (150°c), the cookies should be VERY lightly browned on the edges.

    5. Remove the pan, sprinkle with sugar, let stand a few minutes, re-cut cookies with a gentle, fluttering motion. Be careful because these cookies are very crumbly. Let cool and enjoy. These easy shortbread cookies will retain several days in a tin.

  47. No Bake Cookies – an old time Girl Scout staple needed to earn a cooking badge!
    In true Girl Scout spirit, measure all ingredients ahead of time for easy assembly.

    2 C sugar
    3 T cocoa
    1 stick butter
    ½ C Milk

    Cook all in a saucepan to a rolling boil for 1 ¼ minutes.

    Next add:
    ½ C peanut butter
    1 tsp vanilla
    3 C oatmeal

    Stir well to incorporate.
    Drop on waxed paper.
    Let harden. Gently remove from the waxed paper. Store in a foil-lined tin.

    DISCLAMIER: addicting

  48. Thanks for the great WE.
    Thanks for the book, WALT!
    Loved seeing the photos of the Writers Police Academy on FB. Looked like a ton of fun and info gathered there. Thanks for sharing those.

    And now excuse me...I have to make cookies...

  49. Lol, Lyndee! Must have cookies! I am currently at o'Hare ready for home!

  50. I quote, " There is nothing like a good book, a cup of coffee or tea and a great cookie." While I totally do agree I find there is one thing missing, a purring cat in your lap. I really enjoy the weekend editions so many great links. This weekend has been especially busy for me as I am finally sending my children back to school and last minute shopping is not fun. Anyways children like cookies and I'll be happy to share a recipe my childen love.

    2 packages devil's food cake mix (regular size)
    4 large eggs, lightly beaten
    2/3 cup canola oil
    1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
    1/2 cup butter, softened
    1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
    3 to 4 cups confectioners' sugar
    Red and/or green food coloring, optional

    1. Preheat oven to 350°. In a large bowl, beat cake mixes, eggs and oil until blended. Shape dough into 1-in. balls; place 2 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets and flatten slightly.
    2. Bake 8-10 minutes or until a slight indentation remains when lightly touched. Cool on pans 2 minutes. Remove to wire racks to cool completely.
    3. For filling, in a large bowl, beat cream cheese, butter and vanilla until blended. Beat in enough confectioners' sugar to reach desired consistency. If desired, tint with food coloring.
    4. Spread filling on bottom of half of the cookies. Top with remaining cookies. Yield: about 4 dozen.

    Note: This recipe was tested with Duncan Hines Classic Devil's Food Cake Mix; results may vary when using a different product.

    These are absolutely delish ! They are always a great sell when we have a yard sale too ! Please add my name to the batter bowl for the bag of books I love munching cookies and reading. Thank you Seekerville Family.
    Deanne Patterson
    Cnnamongirl at aol dot com

  51. Hey, Sarah, I did too, and I reallly liked it a lot!! That was smart of Bethany House to put so much of the book at the back of that novella. Usually publishers just put a chapter in, bu they put in quite a few.