Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Cleo Coyle's Chocolate-Stuffed PB Cookies + Book & Tote #Giveaway News!

From Cleo Coyle: These coffeehouse-sized peanut butter cookies are sweet, tender, and stuffed with enough ooey-gooey melted chips to make a chocolate lover swoon.

We're baking them up to continue celebrating the release of our new Haunted Bookshop Mystery, The Ghost and the Haunted Portrait.


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Now let's eat!

Cleo Coyle writes two
bestselling mystery
 series with her husband.
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A Note from Cleo

Readers of our 10th Coffeehouse Mystery, Murder by Mocha, will remember this cookie recipe as one Clare baked up for her daughter's boyfriend, NYPD Sergeant Manny Franco, in thanks for his backup at the International Confectioners' trade show. 

Why did Clare need police backup at a Chocolate and Candy Expo? You'll find the hilarious answer in Murder by Mocha. And keep in touch with us for news of our brand-new Coffeehouse Mystery, coming later this year: Honey Roasted.

May you read (and eat) with joy! 

~ Cleo

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my recipe as a free PDF
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Cleo Coyle's
Chocolate Stuffed Peanut Butter Cookies

Makes 18–20 big, stuffed cookies

1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
1¼ cups peanut butter (standard creamy, do not use sugarless)
1 cup granulated sugar plus ½ cup, for dusting
1 cup light brown sugar, firmly packed
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
¼ teaspoon salt
1 cup good quality semisweet chocolate chips

Step 1—Make the dough: Using an electric mixer, cream the butter, peanut butter, and sugars in a bowl until light and fluffy. Add in the eggs and vanilla and blend well. Fi­nally, add in the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Mix only enough until a soft dough forms.

Step 2—Form and stuff: Pinch off generous pieces of dough and roll into big, golf-ball-sized rounds. Cradle the cookie ball in one hand. Use the thumb of your opposite hand to make a deep indentation in the center of each cookie ball. Fill the hole with about a teaspoon of chocolate chips and then seal the chocolate inside the dough ball. Gently roll the balls in white, granulated sugar for a fin­ished look.

Step 3—Freeze: Place the cookie balls on a wax-paper-covered plate in the freezer for 30 minutes. (The wax paper will prevent the dough from adhering to the plate.) This freezing step is the key to a successful cookie. If you don’t freeze the cookie dough before baking, the cookie may break while baking and the chocolate may ooze out instead of staying in the center of the cookie. (If you plan to freeze the dough longer than 30 minutes, wrap it in plastic and foil to prevent freezer burn.)

Step 4—Bake: Preheat the oven to 350°F. Place the chilled cookie balls on baking sheets lined with parchment paper, keeping the balls a few inches apart to allow for spreading. Bake them for 20–30 minutes. The cookies are not done until they flatten out, so be patient and wait for this to happen. The chocolate should stay inside. A nice “cover” for a cookie with oozing chocolate is to gently dust with confectioners’ sugar....

Yes, a bit of sweetness often 
rescues the day—and the cookie!

Note: When making cookies, always allow your baking sheets to cool before putting more dough on them. A hot baking sheet will cause any cookie to spread too much and please do… 

Eat (and read) with joy!

New York Times bestselling author
of The Coffeehouse Mysteries and
Haunted Bookshop Mysteries

This is us -- Alice and Marc.
Together we write as Cleo Coyle. 

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1 comment:

  1. Hi, Everyone -- We hope you enjoyed our recipe post today. This is a reminder that to enter our 2 Book & Tote Giveaways, you should NOT leave a comment here. We shared two different links in our post (above) that will take you to the two different giveaways featuring our brand-new Haunted Bookshop Mystery.

    We hope you'll join the fun AND join Jack and Pen and all their charmingly quirky friends in their latest adventure: The Ghost and the Haunted Portrait. Cheers!

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