Showing posts with label Cate Price. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Cate Price. Show all posts

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Cate Price's Kitchen Sink Cookies #recipe #giveaway

MLK: We're so delighted to welcome Cate Price back to our kitchen. She has a brand new book out this month, and she's brought us cookies! Take it away Cate...

Cate: We all probably have certain dishes that friends and family beg us to make again and again. These are my “special request” treats. Once you see the list of ingredients, you’ll know why I call them Kitchen Sink Cookies! 

In LIE OF THE NEEDLE, my main character, Daisy Buchanan, owns a vintage sewing notions shop, where the ladies of the village congregate for coffee in the mornings. Daisy’s best friend, Martha, a fabulous baker, usually brings in delicious home-made goodies , but due to certain recent events, like a brutal murder and the disappearance of the love of her life, Martha is too distraught to cook. Daisy and another friend, Eleanor, decide to take a crack at it. I mean, how hard can it be? I'll show you in this excerpt:


“Wait—there’s no coconut in this recipe,” I demurred as Eleanor dumped in half a bag of shredded coconut.
“I know. I like it, though.” She followed up with a mountain of chocolate chips, popping a handful into her mouth.
I peered at the paper again. “And no chocolate chips, either.”
“Details, details.” Eleanor waved a hand in the air. “Everyone knows that chocolate makes everything better.”
The batter was so heavy by this point that we had to take turns mixing it by hand because it was too dense for the beaters.
Eleanor consulted the recipe and shrugged. “Ah, rats! I knew I’d forget something. The vanilla! Never mind, I have bourbon. Should work just as well.” She pulled a flask out of the back pocket of her jeans and sloshed a glug into the bowl.
We dropped it by clumps onto baking sheets and slid them into the oven. Soon a wonderful aroma wafted through the old Victorian building that housed my store.
“This should entice the customers,” I said, breathing in deeply. “Even if they don’t taste good, they smell great.”
I was just taking the first batch out of the oven when the doorbell jangled and Martha swept in.
“Uh-oh, caught in the act,” Eleanor muttered.
“What on earth are you two doing?” Martha took a small piece off one cookie and bit into it gingerly. “Amazingly good. I think you two should make all the treats from now on.”
“Now look what you’ve done,” I said to Eleanor.

Kitchen Sink Cookies

3 cups all-purpose flour
1 Tablespoon baking soda
1 Tablespoon baking powder
1 Tablespoon ground cinnamon
1 tsp salt
1 cup butter (2 sticks)
½ cup margarine (1 stick)
1½ cups sugar
1½ cups light brown sugar
3 large eggs
1 Tablespoon dark rum (or whiskey or bourbon) *
1 Tablespoon vanilla
3 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
3 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
2 cups chopped walnuts or pecans
2 cups sweetened flaked coconut

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In one bowl, mix flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt. Set aside.
In another large bowl, beat butter and margarine until smooth with mixer at medium speed. Gradually beat in both sugars until well blended. Add eggs, vanilla, and rum and beat.

Stir in flour mixture. Stir in oats, chocolate chips, walnuts and coconut.

For each cookie, drop a large spoonful of dough onto an ungreased baking sheet, spacing a couple of inches apart (maximum of a dozen to one sheet). Bake for 12-15 minutes, until edges are lightly browned. Transfer cookies to rack to cool. Yield: 3 dozen large cookies, or more.

    * The rum or bourbon is optional, but it does add that secret “je ne sais quoi” touch.

Note: These are kitchen sink cookies, so have some fun! Once when I made them, I didn’t have enough chocolate chips, so I made up the difference with dried cranberries.

You’ll find this recipe, as well as a recipe for a terrific turkey chili, in the Millbury Ladies’ Home Companion in LIE OF THE NEEDLE, together with some helpful household hints.

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 Cate Price is the author of the Deadly Notions mystery series from Berkley Prime Crime, featuring the proprietor of a vintage sewing notions store situated in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. GOING THROUGH THE NOTIONS and A DOLLHOUSE TO DIE FOR are the first and second books in the series, and the third, LIE OF THE NEEDLE, was published January 6, 2015.

Please visit Cate at her website, or on Facebook.

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Creme Brulee Cheesecake Bars from Debut Author Cate Price

Lucy says: What could be more fun than a debut cozy mystery author? A debut mystery author bearing cheesecake bars! Please welcome Cate Price...

Cate says: I promise that if you make these Crème Brûlée Cheesecake Bars and bring them to your next party or social gathering, you will be famous in less than five minutes.

Come, take my hand and let me lead you down a dissolute path of delicious decadence. These treats are not low-cal by any stretch of the imagination. They are, in fact, rather an evil force to be reckoned with. But trust me. One bite and you just won’t care.
This past weekend, I made them for my Romance Writers of America chapter meeting. The recipe makes quite a lot so I figured there would be leftovers to take to the office on Monday. Spread goodwill among my fellow workers, suck up to the boss with the sweet tooth, and so on. But at the end of the meeting the plate was picked clean. Bone clean. Cleaner than when it came out of the dishwasher.

You’ll find this recipe, along with helpful household hints and creative tips for vintage notions in the back of GOING THROUGH THE NOTIONS.
My heroine, Daisy Buchanan, owns a quirky sewing notions and antiques store in the quaint village of Millbury, PA, and everyone seems to congregate there in the mornings. Her best friend, Martha, is a great baker and brings tasty treats into the store for Daisy’s customers. These cheesecake tidbits are one of Martha’s specialties. But sometimes it can be touch and go as to whether there’s any left for the clientele.

I hope you also enjoy these delectable bars with their creamy, luscious cheesecake filling, crunchy, buttery fudge-like crust and toasted toffee crumble topping.

Now, get ready for your fifteen minutes of fame!

Makes 36 bars

1 pouch (1 pound 1.5 ounces) Betty Crocker® sugar cookie mix
1 box (4-serving size) French vanilla instant pudding and pie filling mix
2 tablespoons packed light brown sugar
½ cup melted butter
2½ teaspoons vanilla
2 eggs plus 3 egg yolks
2 (8-ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
½ cup sour cream
½ cup sugar
⅔ cup toffee bits, finely crushed

Heat oven to 350ºF. Lightly spray the bottom and sides of a 13-by-9-inch pan with cooking spray. In a large bowl, stir together the dry ingredients—cookie mix, pudding mix, and brown sugar. Add the melted butter, 1 teaspoon of the vanilla, and 1 whole egg until a soft dough forms. Press the dough to cover the bottom and slightly up the sides of the pan (with your spotlessly clean fingers!).

In a separate bowl, beat the cream cheese, sour cream, and sugar with an electric mixer on medium speed until smooth. Add the remaining whole egg, 3 egg yolks, and remaining 1½ teaspoons vanilla; beat until smooth. Spread over the crust in the pan.
Bake 30–35 minutes or until set in the center. Depending on the temperature of your oven, it may take a little longer. Keep checking at 5-minute intervals until the center is no longer wobbly and a knife comes out relatively clean. Immediately sprinkle the top with the crushed toffee bits. If you can’t find pre-made toffee bits, use Heath bars. Crush them inside a plastic bag with a rolling pin.

Cool 30 minutes. Refrigerate about 3 hours or until chilled. For bars, cut into 9 rows by 4 rows. Store covered in the refrigerator.

Cate Price’s debut novel is Going Through the Notions. The second book in the series will be A Dollhouse to Die For, and she is hard at work on the third one. Cate loves to chat with readers at her website  or on Facebook.