Thursday, February 4, 2016

12 Bulletproof Badge: Cookies and a Giveaway



My characters rarely get to eat anything other than fast food. I thought I’d share my chocolate chip cookie recipe…since warm cookies definitely go with any story.
2/3 cup Butter Flavored Crisco, softened--not melted
2/3 cup margarine, softened--not melted
1 cup granulated sugar
1 3/4 to 2 cups brown sugar, firmly packed
2 eggs
4 teaspoons vanilla (if you use REAL vanilla, back it down to 2 teaspoons)
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
chocolate chips to your liking
nuts if you must

NOTES: You’ll definitely want a good mixer.  Invest in baking stones. The perfect cookie isn’t achieved on a metal baking sheet. The cookies bake in the oven for 8 to 10 minutes and they’ll be sooo gooey you can’t remove them. You’ll be tempted to put them back in the oven. If you know how a baking stone works, it retains heat and will continue to cook the gooey cookie while it cools. THAT’s THE SECRET!  Fortunately, I have more than one stone and can cook a batch while one is cooling.

If your cookies are a bit too soft, back off the brown sugar a tad. Honestly, I discovered Baker’s Chef brown sugar and have noticed a difference in the taste of the cookies when I didn’t use this brand.

Heat oven to 375 degrees.

Thoroughly blend softened margarine and Crisco. It needs to be one blended mixture. Add eggs, blend again. Add vanilla, blend again. *I do things differently, I add the baking soda, baking powder and salt here (realizing that most people add them with the dry ingredients, but I want to make certain they blend well--and after the flour goes in, it gets harder to mix). Add granulated sugar, blend. Add brown sugar, blend. Add 1 cup of flour at a time until all is blended. Add chocolate chips, but the recipe is great without them too.

Drop cookie dough onto baking stones. Another secret to a soft cookie is to make them larger. I had a bus driver accuse me of making mini-pizzas. Band kids always wanted second cookies, but the band director said they could only have one. HAHA…so I made larger single-serving cookies. But this rebellion helped me develop a very soft cookie.

Don’t squish the dough, just spoon it and let it sit tall, give it plenty of room to spread out when it cooks.

Bake 8 to 10 minutes (at least in Texas).
            Cool at least 8 minutes on the baking stone.



BULLETPROOF BADGE
By Angi Morgan


His key witnesses dead, Texas Ranger Garrison Travis had to protect innocent bystander Kenderly Tyler. Her crucial evidence had two very dangerous Texas crime families willing to do anything to keep her quiet. But Garrison's undercover status had branded him a killer, and now the bad and the good guys were after them both.
Hiding out with a handsome protector, on the run for her life, was so beyond anything Kenderly had imagined. While there was more than just adrenaline pulsing between them, the Ranger vowed his job was his life. Dare she wonder what would become of them should they actually make it out alive?




An 11th generation Texan, Angi utilizes her strong heritage to create passionate characters willing to risk everything. She writes Intrigues where danger and honor collide with love. When the house is quiet, she plots ways to engage her readers with complex story lines, throwing her hero and heroine into situations they’ll never overcome...until they find the one person they can love.
With her three children out of the house, Angi concentrated on her work, finding her dream agent and editor. She and her husband live in North Texas with only the four-legged ‘kids’ to interrupt her writing. Tex & Roxie keep Angi and her characters company and remind her to occasionally take time off to play.


BULLETPROOF BADGE
by ANGI MORGAN

Harlequin; January 19, 2016
224 pages; $5.50 U.S
ISBN-978-0-373-69886-8

I have one copy of this book to give away to a lucky reader. To enter, fill out the form below. This giveaway is open to US addresses only. You must be at least 13 years old to enter. Please read our giveaway policy before entering.


12 comments:

  1. My favorite type of cookie is chocolate chip.

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    1. My daughter loves them without the chips.

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    1. If you like them gooey...this is a great recipe.

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  3. Miniature walnut roll cookies. I also like pumpkin cookies and rice coconut cookies that have chocolate chunks and raisins in them.

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    1. The miniature walnut roll cookies are delicious!

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  4. Thanks for hosting the recipe and for the book giveaway.

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  5. Chocolate Chip or Peanutbutter are my favs.

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  6. Chocolate Chip, Snickerdoodles, Oatmeal Raisin

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