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Diane Venetta coverHello and welcome to Romance Recipes where I am happy to introduce you to a new author and a new recipe! Two of my favorite things! Today I am bringing you author, Dianne Venetta, and her recipe for Butterscotch Cookies along with an introduction to her latest release, Ladd Springs. Please join me in welcoming Dianne and savor her recipe for Butterscotch Cookies as you read about her new book!

We all know the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach. Well, I have found the secret weapon. If your man has a sweet tooth, add this sensual finish to the dinner plate and you’ll have him eating out of your hands. Literally. These cookies are melt-in-your-mouth delicious and the direct conduit to any man’s soul.   And while they taste exotic and complicated and will yield all sorts of fabulous results in the romance department, they’re really not. If my twelve-year-old daughter can make them, you can make them!

Butterscotch Cookies

2 cups all-purpose flour

1 tsp ground cinnamon

1 tsp ground ginger

1 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp table salt

2 sticks unsalted butter, room temperature (1 cup)

1 1/2 cups packed brown sugar

1 egg

1 tsp vanilla extract

12 oz. butterscotch chips

Powdered sugar for dusting

Stir flour, cinnamon, ginger, baking soda and salt together in a bowl; set aside. Cream butter and brown sugar with a mixer until smooth. Beat in egg and vanilla, then add flour mixture. Mix in flour mixture just until blended. Do not over mix or cookies could become tough. You definitely don’t want that to happen — chewy soft is part of their charm! Fold in butterscotch chips, then cover and chill dough until firm, about 1 hour.

Preheat oven to 350°

Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper. Shape dough into 2-inch balls using a No. 40 cookie scoop or tablespoon. My daughter used her hands. Roll balls of dough in powdered sugar and arrange on prepared baking sheets, spacing 3 in. apart. Bake 12-14 minutes, or until golden and just set. Let cookies cool on the pan for 5 minutes, then transfer to rack.

Makes 4 dozen 3 inch cookies.   Total time: approximately 90 minutes plus chilling time.

Cuisine at Home is a great publication. Not only does it offer phenomenal recipes, but it includes color photographs of the cooking process.   Indispensable for novices like myself!


Delaney Wilkins finds herself at odds with hotel developer Nick Harris over a deathbed promise and a mysterious find in the Tennessee forest. Both are after title to Ladd Springs, But Ernie Ladd, current owner of the property and uncle to Delaney, is adamantly opposed to them both. Felicity Wilkins, Delaney’s daughter, deserves to inherit her family’s legacy, but neighbor Clem Sweeney is working against her, ingratiating himself with Ernie Ladd. Clem is also harboring a secret that will make him a very wealthy man—unless the others stop him before he can bring it to fruition. Complicating matters is Annie Owens. Ex-girlfriend to Jeremiah Ladd, Ernie’s estranged son living in Atlanta, she declares her daughter Casey is Jeremiah’s, making Casey every bit as entitled to the property as Felicity—only Annie hasn’t proven this claim. Yet. All are fighting to get the property, but only one will walk away with the gold. Which will it be? Find out in the first installment of Ladd Springs…

Buy the Book:

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Ladd-Springs-Boxed-Dianne-Venetta-ebook/dp/B00K3V1L0Y/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&qid=1400758231&sr=8-5&keywords=ladd+springs And, the complete boxed set is currently on SALE for ONLY .99!!! The sale runs through the end of this month so be sure to get yours now! As a bonus, every one of Dianne’s novels includes a recipe in the back! Ladd Springs features southern cornbread, fried okra, boiled peanuts, sautéed cabbage and onions and sweet potato casserole.

Meet Dianne:Diane Venetta pic

Dianne lives in Central Florida with her husband, two children and part-time Yellow Lab—Cody boy! When not whacking away at her keyboard crafting her next novel you’ll find her in the family’s organic garden chasing grasshoppers and plucking hornworms all the while drawing wild analogies between kids and plants and men. Definitely men.

A girl’s gotta have fun, right?

When she’s not knee-deep in dirt or romance, Dianne contributes garden advice for various websites and volunteers in her kids’ school garden (a crazy existence to be sure). But at the end of the day, if she can inspire someone to stop and smell the roses–or rosemary!—kiss their child and spouse good-night, be kind to a neighbor and Mother Earth, then she’s done all right.

Find Dianne:

Website: http://www.diannevenetta.com

Thank you for joining us for another Romance Recipes! I hope you’ll stop by next week to meet another author, try a new recipe and pick up a new book!