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.

Leave a comment today with your email to be entered in the drawing for one signed copy of LIE OF THE NEEDLE.
 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.


  1. Oh my gosh! These cookies sound wonderful! Of course you had me at the rum. I would love to win a copy of the book!

    1. Melanie, the rum (or bourbon) is definitely the secret ingredient! Although you don't have to use it...Good luck in the giveaway!

  2. Kitchen Sink cookies are the best! So versatile with add-ins and flavors. And the book sounds FANTASTIC!

    1. This is a recipe you can have fun and improvise with, and all will be well.

  3. Going to try these cookies! Thanks for the recipe & giveaway.


    1. Hi Linda! Let me know how you like them!

    2. Pat ( 25, 2015 at 12:35 PM

      Good grief! I'd have to take up running to work off these cookies. They sound so good.

    3. It's okay, Pat, you'll have enough of a workout mixing the batter. No guilt here!

  4. I love finding new cookie recipes! This one sounds great! Thanks for the recipe and the chance to win yout book! This book sounds great! I would love to read this!

    1. Hope you enjoy this one, Terri, and good luck in the giveaway.

  5. These cookies sound wonderful! Thanks for the recipe and the giveaway. Looking forward to the book.

  6. Love the cookies. The book sounds like a great fun read.

    1. I had fun writing it, Gram. There are some serious issues, too, and a murder, of course, but overall, I think you'll enjoy!

  7. What luscious-looking cookies, Cate! Your excerpt has already enticed me. Now I can't wait to read the book!

  8. The cookies sound great but I don't know if I'd be able to stir all of that. Or, lift the bowl! But I can lift the book. I'd love to read it.
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  9. This is a great recipe to make with a friend or two. The more arms the better.

    1. And it's always fun to cook with friends. One of my favorite things to do!

  10. Welcome to the Kitchen, Cate. Great to have you here, and thanks for the recipe.

    ~ Cleo

  11. Yum! Love the concept of your book. The kitchen sink cookies look delicious. jenniferbyerschambers at yahoo dot com

  12. Wow, this does have everything in it but the kitchen sink. I love the excerpt, I started laughing, I've been known to do something like that once or twice. Thanks for the chance to win and the laugh.

  13. Love the addition of rum to these cookies. I'll have to try them. Thank you for the giveaway!

    1. You're welcome, Daniele. These cookies disappear very quickly every time I make them, so it's worth the effort!