Saturday, September 19, 2015

Bourbon Bacon Chocolate Chunk Cookies for #Bookclubweek from @PegCochran & #Giveaway

Welcome to our Book Club!  Hi Lisa, Fred, Tina, Dru Ann, Shelley, Kathy, Sue and SueAnn.  Help yourselves to some cookies and a glass of wine or sparkling punch and have a seat.  There's the doorbell--I'll be right back.

Now that we're all here, let's enjoy some delicious bourbon bacon chocolate chunk cookies.  When I told my husband about this recipe, he was VERY skeptical.  Now he's a convert!

So, without further ado, here is the recipe which comes from Recipe Girl via a famous bourbon maker (I used a different brand--don't tell!)

Ingredients:

3/4 pound center cut thick bacon
2 1/2 cups flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. baking powder
1/2 cup unsalted butter
1/2 cup reserved bacon fat, chilled until solidified
3/4 cup white sugar
3/4 cup brown sugar
3 tablespoons bourbon of your choice
1 tsp. vanilla extract
2 large eggs
8 ounces dark chocolate, chopped into chunks

Saute bacon until golden and crisp.

 Center cut thick bacon




Fry bacon until crisp and golden, drain on paper towels and chop into small pieces.

  
           






 Reserve 1/2 cup bacon fat and refrigerate until solidified.

 Whisk together flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt.

With a mixer, cream butter, reserved bacon fat and sugar.  Add bourbon and vanilla and combine.  Add eggs one at a time and combine.  Beat in flour mixture and stir in bacon and chocolate chunks.







Drop by tablespoonfuls onto cookies sheets lined with parchment paper.  Bake in 375 degree oven for 9 to 11 minutes (mine took 11 minutes.)  Cool on cookie sheet for five minutes then transfer to rack to cool completely.




 Enjoy!  Now let's begin our book discussion.

Tonight we'll be talking about Berried Secrets, the first book in my Cranberry Cove Series.



Here are a few ideas for things to discuss:

1.  Monica's business has failed so she leaves Chicago to go to Cranberry Cove to help her half-brother Jeff with his cranberry farm.  Would you be willing to do that for a sibling? Or do you think Monica should have stayed in Chicago and tried again with another business?

2.  Monica's fiance was killed in a swimming accident.  She is attracted to Greg Harper, owner of Book 'Em, a mystery bookstore in Cranberry Cove.  Should she risk dating again?  How long should someone wait after a tragedy or a break-up?

3. Cranberry Cove is a small town and gossip runs rampant (very useful when trying to solve a murder!).  Do you gossip?  Do you believe everything you hear?  Or do you close your ears to wagging tongues?

I'd love to give away a copy of Berried Secrets to someone who leaves a comment!  Tell me whether you'd prefer small town living or big city life!

And coming in May 2016 is Berry the Hatchet, book #2 in the Cranberry Cove series. 



 
Available for pre-order now from Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

Thanks for joining my book club today!  Hope to see you back again.  Meanwhile, stop by my website to sign up for my newsletter--I'll keep you informed of new releases, contests and giveaways. And I love interacting with readers on my Facebook page.

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39 comments:

  1. I prefer small town living :)
    jslbrown2009 at aol dot com

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  2. I think I would prefer small town (less traffic).
    myrifraf(at)gmail(dot)com

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  3. I think I would prefer small town living but I've mostly lived in suburbs.
    peggyhyndman(at)att(dot)net

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  4. Small town living, for me! patucker54 (at aol dot com)

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  5. I would love a small town but my husband works in a big city and wants to move close to his work.
    MarshaMysteryreader@yahoo.com

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  6. Small town is so appealing. Thanks. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

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  7. I would love to experience small town living since I grew up in a large city and now live in a medium sized one that is still growing. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  8. Enjoying Book Club Week! I think I prefer a mix somewhere in-between, I like small town living but not to the point where not only does everybody know your name, they know all your business. And there are a few big cities I love so would like to live right in the middle of the excitement.

    Thanks for the giveaway.
    sallycootie@gmail.com

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  9. I have lived in the same city all my life. Not the same house. I can actually say at one time it was a small home town which I liked growing up, but I prefer the suburbs which is where I live now in the same city. Thank you for a chance to win. crossxjo @hotmail com

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  10. I prefer small town living, but I don't mind visiting big cities like New York and San Francisco at historic sites.

    bluedawn95864 at gmail dot com

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  11. I love living in a small town , and then visiting big towns on vacation ! kathambre@yahoo.com

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  12. I LOVE to visit the city, but I'll always be a Small Town Girl!!

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  13. I've lived in both cities and small towns and several in between. I've enjoyed them all but as I get older, I prefer a smaller town. Life seems to be a bit simpler, there's less traffic and commute times are shorter. Nevertheless, I love to visit cities (Washington DC, NYC, etc), where there is so much to see and do.
    jrobinson12(at)austin(dot) rr(dot)com

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  14. Wonderful new cover, Peg! And this recipe is too tempting not to try. Yum!

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  15. Although I'm from a big city, I dream of retiring to a small town.
    karen (dot) Kenyon (at) rogers (dot) com

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  16. What a wonderful recipe you posted. I am going to share it with a neighbor as her husband just loves bacon! The cover is so good also. ptclayton2@aol.com

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  17. We lived in the big city and then retired to a small town. I'd love to move back to the city with all it's diversity. Those cookies look so good that they should almost be illegal---I must try them. Thanks for the contest.
    suefarrell.farrell@gmail.com

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  18. I've lived in a mid-sized city all my life, but my first teaching job was with Los Angeles Unified, and I discovered the vast opportunities of a "humongous" city. I loved the diverse architecture, intimate and big time theater performances, restaurants so varied I didn't repeat for months, and shopping on Rodeo Drive...well, window shopping. But, I returned home with little neighborhoods and wonderful strip malls and coffee shops. kat8762@aol.com

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  19. I grew up in a big city in Jersey but my folks moved to a small rural town in Florida. A complete polar opposite. And I have been here since. There are some aspects of city living that I miss and wish we had here but I enjoy a small town were everyone knows everyone. Would love to read this book.
    b5sycop@nefcom.net

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    1. Where did you grow up? I grew up in New Providence--about 25 miles from NYC>

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  20. I think they each have their perks. I like the slow pace and friendliness of a small town but I love the availability of the arts in cities. I like the suburbs best.

    lkish77123 at gmail dot com

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  21. I'm a small town girl but I don't gossip! dblaser(at)windstream(dot)net

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  22. Bourbon, bacon, and chocolate--the three major food groups!
    Oh, yes please.
    libbydodd at comcast dot net

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  23. Small town always
    ofhp@att.net

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  24. I grew up in a small town! Live in a city now but not near hustle and bustle but prefer small town!

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  25. Small town for sure!

    ElaineE246 at msn dot com

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  26. I prefer small towns! I grew up in a township in Northern Ohio and while I currently live in a bigger city (40,000 people), I often go over to the town next to us which has 5,000 residents. Thank you for having this contest! pfistersk@yahoo.com

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  27. The recipe sounds great. I prefer small town. I live in Knoxville, tn and if I could I would move to a much smaller town. Knoxville is not huge but to me it is still way to big.
    Moonbay7399@gmail.com

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