Hello 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, Christine Warner, and her recipe for Lizzie’s Famous Chocolate Chip Cookies along with an introduction to her Sweet Nostalgic Novella, Secret Love (Book #1 in the Sweet Fifties series). Please join me in welcoming Christine and savor her recipe for chocolate chip cookies as you read about her new book!
Lizzie’s famous chocolate chip cookies…yep, the ones she had her Home Economics class make for the big sock hop. Unfortunately in that day there weren’t air bake cookie sheets…but when I make them that’s what I use.
Before Lizzie shares her recipe she wants to share a couple of secrets with you so that your chocolate chip cookies turn out just the way you like them.
- If you like your cookies ooey an gooey add 2 more cups flour.
- If you like your cookies crispy with a soft center use ¼ teaspoon baking powder and ¼ teaspoon baking soda
- If you like your cookies thick but not crispy freeze the batter for 30 to 60 minutes before baking. This will solidify the butter and it’ll spread less when baking.
- If you like a cakey cookie add more baking soda. Supposedly it releases for carbon dioxide when heated and this makes the cookies puff up.
Okay, now that we have those little hints out of the way, here’s the delicious recipe! I’ll warn you, I’m a name brand addict when I make these cookies. I have tried store brands and I promise you that for some reason the brand really does make the difference.
1 box Dominos dark brown sugar
2 ½ cups Pioneer sugar
2 tsp vanilla (and I swear this makes a huge difference in your cookies…use Mexican or Dominican vanilla)
1 lb. Land O’Lakes butter
6 cups Pillsbury flour
1 ½ tsp Arm and Hammer Baking Soda
1 tsp salt
2 bags chocolate chips
Mix first four ingredients. Add rest of the ingredients in order. For optimum effect use the air bake cookie sheets. Heat oven to 350 degrees and bake cookies for 12 ½ minutes. Put cookies on flattened paper sacks for about a half an hour while they cool. This recipe yields about 50 to 60 cookies depending on the size the baker makes them and how much dough is consumed in the progress.
Saranac, Michigan 1955
Lizzie Tarleton has always done things her own way—including the time at the tender age of thirteen when she confessed to her brother’s best friend she loved him. But now she’s a new teacher at the local high school, and independent enough to know that you can’t force love. She’ll find love when the time is right—even though her parents are adamant the time is now. The only downfall to her idyllic life is the fact that her childhood crush—who broke her heart—is now her boss. If only she could stop daydreaming about him.
Wayne Whitmore grew up on the wrong side of the tracks and worked hard to get where he’s at in life. Even though he enjoys being principal at the small town high school, he dreams of coaching baseball. When his best friend asks him to watch over his little sister at her new job at Wayne’s school, he agrees. What he doesn’t count on is how she’s grown from the pig tailed kid who told him she loved him, to the woman who breaks his concentration with her beauty and smile. Unable to get over his fascination, and afraid he’ll ruin his friend’s trust, Wayne applies for his dream job—one that will take him far away. One night while decorating the school gymnasium for an upcoming sock hop, Lizzie and Wayne find themselves alone. They share a kiss and Lizzie realizes her childhood crush for Wayne has never died. Wayne decides he doesn’t want to let Lizzie get away. Can they come to terms with their secret love and then overcome the other secrets they are hiding in order to get what they each want? Or is their timing for love still off?
She blinked away the heat of tears forming at the back of her eyes. Their conversation had grown too serious. She needed to lighten things up a bit. “Remember when we used to play ‘What if?’”
He laughed. “What if Lizzie wore a dress?”
“Either she was going to church, or her mom was having a ladies’ social.” Lizzie giggled. “Ricky hated that game.”
“He’d get so mad when you’d start it.” He made the final cut on a small snowflake and added it to the pile before him.
“What if Wayne couldn’t throw his famous curve ball?”
“The school trophy case would be one trophy short. What if Lizzie wasn’t teaching here?”
She pouted. “She’d be sad. I have no idea what I’d be doing if I hadn’t found a job here. What does Lizzie have to do to show Wayne she thanks him?” She winked, enjoying their fun.
He cleared his throat. “What if Wayne said Lizzie owed him a kiss?”
Her belly trembled. What if?
“What if he stole one?” His voice lowered and he leaned in.
“Why don’t you find out?” she whispered.
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****Book Two in the nostalgic Sweet Fifties series, A Basket Full of Love, will release in August 2014****
Christine Warner is living her dream in Michigan along with her family, one laptop, and a much loved assortment of furry friends.
Besides laughing and a good dose of humor, she enjoys spending time with her family, cooking, reading, writing, but no arithmetic. A confessed people watcher, she finds inspiration for her stories in everyday activities. She loves to read and write about strong heroes, and determined, sometimes sassy, heroines.
A girl gone wild, at least where social media is concerned, she enjoys meeting other avid readers and writers on facebook, twitter and her website at christine-warner.com.
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