Lucy Burdette: When an author is invited to a book talk, we never quite know what we'll find. Big crowd? Little crowd? Books flying off the shelves? No sales? Most of us have had all those experiences...I've found the best approach is to keep expectations on the low side and bring a cheerful attitude. Because as my pal Hank Ryan always says, you never know what might lead to what...
So when the Goshen Library up in northwestern Connecticut invited me to judge a cookie-tasting and then talk about the food critic series, I gladly went. And happy to report, I had a blast! Three hardy souls had used the molasses cookie recipe from AN APPETITE FOR MURDER to make cookies. Two lovely ladies who frequent the library helped me judge--things like, color, texture, crumbles in your mouth...and we needed more than one bite of each to be sure we were being accurate! This was not as easy as it looked, because all three versions were delicious.
Here's Suzanne with her winning cookie--which by the way had the most intense molasses flavor.
After the judging, we all enjoyed cookies and coffee and talked about the Key West mysteries. Honestly there's nothing more fun than chatting with readers who've read your books! For your sampling pleasure, here is the recipe:
Molasses Sugar Cookies
3/4 cup butter
1 cup sugar
¼ cup molasses
2 tsp baking soda
2 cups flour
1/2 tsp ground cloves
½ tsp ground ginger
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp salt
Sugar for rolling
Melt butter over low heat. Cool, add sugar, molasses, and egg. Beat well. Sift together flour, soda, cloves, ginger, cinnamon, and salt, add to first mixture. Mix well and chill. Form the dough into 1-inch balls and roll them in sugar. Place on a greased cookie sheet 2 inches apart and bake at 375 for eight to ten minutes. Cool on a wire rack.
And on the way home, one of my new friends led me to Milk House Chocolates at Thorncrest Farm. All the chocolates are made from milk from the cows right on the farm. My favorite was the milk chocolate with caramel inside and sea salt on top. To Die For....
LUCY BURDETTE is the author of the Key West food critic mysteries. You are invited to follow her on PINTEREST, FACEBOOK, and TWITTER!