Category Archives: desserts

Joan’s Famous Chocolate Chip Cookies and Books!

I am not a huge chocolate chip cookie fan, but I couldn’t get enough of these when Joan brought them to a Louisville Romance Writers meeting! Thankfully, she’d already typed up the recipe to go out in her next news letter, which was just in time for me to bake them for Thanksgiving. They were are a huge hit.

  1. 1 cup butter, melted (she really means melted, not just softened)
  2. 1 cup brown sugar
  3. 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  4. 2 eggs
  5. 1 Tbsp vanilla
  6. 2 tsp cream of tartar
  7. 1 tsp baking soda 1/2 tsp salt
  8. 2 2/3 cup all-purpose flour
  9. 1 bag mini chocolate chips
  • Blend butter and sugars together. Add eggs. “Moosh” a little. Throw in everything else (chips last). Drop by scoopfuls onto ungreased cookie sheet.
  • Bake at 400 degrees 9-11 minutes or until edges lightly brown.
  • Allow to cool a few minutes before transferring to rack.
  • SECRET: Use only a spatula and do not over-moosh.

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I made these cookies with my Pampered Chef large scoop the first time and my small scoop the second time. I can’t really decide which is my favorite. You’ll have to try both ways and let me know what you think. And here are some good books to read while you’re baking and eating Joan’s cookies, because she created these as well! They are fabulous historical romances set in Roman times, and are the perfect escape for a cold winter night :)


Gourmet S’Mores

caprese smore

It’s finally starting to get cool enough to light a fire in the fire pit in our backyard and burn up some of the brush that’s fallen over the summer.  I grew up in the country, and was dismayed to find that starting a big fire in your backyard is frowned upon in many suburban areas (OOPS!)

That means s’mores.  And while I do love the traditional Hershey bar, toasted marshmallow, graham cracker variety I was looking for a little extra pizzazz.  Maybe I’ve been watching too much Food Network.  Anyway, here are are few of the combos we tried and enjoyed:

The picture above is my Caprese S’More.  I toasted a small ball of fresh mozzarella until it was melty, and then popped it on a Triscuit with a chuck of fresh tomato and a leaf from my nearby basil plant.  YUM!

Here’s another crowd favorite:

dark choc raspberry smore

Dark chocolate, cinnamon graham cracker smeared liberally with raspberry preserves, and a toasted marshmallow (yes, I like mine charred).

We also tried Nutella in place of chocolate, which was exceptionally good on the cinnamon graham crackers.

There are a million different directions you could go with this, both sweet and savory.  I’d love to experiment more with fire-roasted vegetables, perhaps with cream cheese on mini-bagels.  The guys are thinking chocolate graham crackers, peanut butter, and jumbo marshmallows.

Let me know what your family comes up with!

I’m linking up with Whatever Goes Wednesdays and The Mommy Club Resources and Solutions.

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