Sunday, March 8, 2015

Guest Laura Bradford Brings Blondies and Books! #recipe #giveaway

Mystery Lovers Kitchen is delighted to welcome bestselling author Laura Bradford to our kitchen! We think you will love both her white chocolate peppermint blondie recipe and her new Amish mystery, SUSPENDERED SENTENCE. To be entered in today's drawing, make sure you leave a comment, including your email. Welcome Laura!

LAURA BRADFORD: Over the last decade or so, I’ve developed quite a love affair with white chocolate. But it took my daughter pairing it with peppermint in a to-die-for hot chocolate over the holidays to send me into the kitchen with a mission of my own: to create a white chocolate peppermint blondie. 

If the reception I received from my husband and kids is any indication, I think I pulled it off.  Now, if I can get Aunt Diane (from my Amish Mysteries) to serve it to her guests at Sleep Heavenly, I’ll know I truly got it right…

White Chocolate Peppermint Blondie

Preheat oven to 345 degrees. Grease a 9 x 9 pan.


* 8 ounces white chocolate
* 1 Tablespoon vanilla extract
* 1/8 teaspoon peppermint extract
* 1/2 Cup butter
* 1 ¼ Cups all-purpose flour
* 2 eggs
* 3/4 teaspoon salt
* 1/3 cup white sugar
* 1/2 Cup white chocolate chips
* 1/2 Cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

Topping (optional):

* 1/2 Cup white chocolate chips
* Crushed candy cane


1.    Melt the 8 ounces of chocolate with the butter in a double boiler. Stir constantly until smooth. Allow to cool.

2.    In a large bowl, beat eggs well. Add vanilla, peppermint, and sugar. Mix.

3.    Add melted white chocolate to mixture. Mix.

4.    Combine the flour and salt and then add to the white chocolate mixture.

5.    Fold in chips.

6.    Spread the batter into the prepared pan.

7.    Bake for 20-25 minutes.

8.    Sprinkle the remaining white chocolate chips and crushed candy cane across the top of the blondie and let cool on a wire rack.

The national bestselling author of Shunned and Dangerous returns to the Amish community of Heavenly, Pennsylvania, where shop owner Claire Weatherly has come to appreciate a simpler, more peaceful way of life. But dark secrets are about to complicate things—and lead to murder…

After the Stoltzfus barn catches fire, Claire is awed by the response of the community. Hundreds of Amish men gather together to raise a new barn for the family in a matter of days. But in the midst of the work, a human skeleton is unearthed. Found with the remains is half of a friendship bracelet last seen on Sadie Lehman, an Amish teen long believed to have left her strict upbringing for the allure of English ways.

Now Detective Jakob Fisher—once a member of the Amish community himself—is determined to solve the young woman's murder. With Claire's help, he must dig into the past and bring to light long-buried secrets—secrets that someone is willing to kill to protect.
Laura Bradford is the best-selling author of the Amish Mysteries and the Southern Sewing Circle Mysteries (written as Elizabeth Lynn Casey) with Penguin Random House.  A third cozy mystery series will be added to the mix in 2016. Laura is a former Agatha Award nominee, and the recipient of an RT Reviewer’s Choice Award in romance.  SUSPENDERED SENTENCE (the 4th Amish Mystery) is now available. WEDDING DURESS (the 10th Southern Sewing Circle Mystery) will release April 7th.

In her free time, Laura enjoys making memories with her family, baking, playing games, and catching up with friends.

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To be entered in our drawing for a copy of Suspendered Sentence, Laura’s new Amish Mystery, and this “Amish Mysteries” tote bag, leave a comment including your email.


  1. Sounds so yummy! Love the title and cover! Thanks for the chance!

  2. Blondies + white chocolate = baked good perfection! Two of my favorites. And, of course, the book sounds like an excellent read!

  3. White Chocolate Peppermint Blondie looks so yummy! Thank you for a chance to win a copy of Suspendered Sentence. :)


  4. The book looks fantastic; thank you for the chance to win it and I hope to get a chance to read it soon :)

  5. Mmm, this sounds delicious! I am a big fan of white chocolate, so when I see it in a recipe I am automatically on board

  6. I love this series and can't wait to "go to Heavenly Pa" again.
    Thanks for the chance to win.

  7. This recipe sounds great, so does the book. I love this series. Thank you for the chance.

  8. I am so looking forward to reading this book. My library doesn't have it yet. Would love to have a copy of my very own!

  9. I'm always amazed when people tell me they don't like peppermint. For me, it's such a wonderful flavor! Thank you for the recipe, Laura. I'm anxious to read Suspendered Sentence ~

  10. Love this series. I'd be thrilled to get the book now.
    Recipe sounds good. thanks

  11. thank you for the giveaway!!!
    I already have the bookmark to go with the book..........*hint hint...........

    cyn209 at juno dot com

  12. Looking forward to reading this!

  13. Thanks for hosting me here, today.

    And thank you, to all of you, for stopping by!

  14. The brownies look delectable and your book captivating and special. Thanks for this great feature and giveaway. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

  15. Thank you for the recipe and the book looks like a fun new cozy for me to try! Lilflynracer at

  16. The recipe is delightful. The book intriguing. Many thanks. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

  17. I love reading Amish mysteries. Would love to win and read this book. Thank you for the chance.

  18. Another recipe that I'll have to try since I like chocolate, but not overwhelming chocolate---and the mind sounds delightful. Thanks for the contest.

  19. I'm not crazy about white chocolate but I love peppermint.
    sgiden at verizon(.)net

  20. Yum! Congratulations, on "Suspendered Sentence"! I have read nothing but rave reviews and look forward to reading it. patucker54 (at aol dot com)

  21. Thank you for sharing your recipe~looks so yummy! Your book sounds like a terrific read~I love the title and the cover! That tote is awesome! Thank you for a great review and contest!

  22. The Amish are fascinating
    libbydodd at comcast dot net

  23. Mmmm, the recipe looks yummy, and your book looks good. I'll have to check them out! Thank you. pamela.priest at yahoo dot com

  24. Hi Laura! So nice to see you here. Your title makes me smile every time I see it and the story sounds very interesting! Love those decadent brownies, too!!!

  25. This sounds so good - the brownies and your novel! Can't wait to read it after following the rave reviews! jeaniedannheim (at) ymail (dot) com

  26. I love reading Amish mysteries. Ive read earlier ones in series. Would love to win and read this book. Thank you for the chance. I enjoy the Southern Sewing circle mysteries, too!

  27. I like the white chocolate but I'd forego the mint part. Your book sounds wonderful. I'd love to read it.
    lkish77123 at gmail dot com

  28. I read Amaish books all the time as we are friends with a few and also we go to a city that we shop alot as we like the things that Amish make. The book sounds so good can't wait to read and review for you I would say from the comment that it is great. Good luck,.,,,

  29. Recipe sounds great. Would love to win this gift

  30. Thank you for this chance! The book and the recipe sound wonderful!

  31. Thanks for the chance to win! The book and receipe sound good, will have to try and make the blondies.