Thursday, November 8, 2012

Cookies and Tres Leches Cupcake Giveaway

Part I: The Giveaway

So, I'm a little behind on promoting Josi Kilpack's Tres Leches Cupcakes, the latest in the Sadie Hoffmiller culinary mystery series. But that's because I was busy reading it and trying to figure out a cool way to give away a signed-by-the-author copy.

Yes, I said giveaway and signed-by-the-author.

Well, I'm not much of a cupcake girl, (which would be more appropriate for the book) but I love to bake cookies and I'm not to particular on which kind. (Although, I get more excited if there's chocolate involved and less if there's fruit.) Cookies are fast and take less effort than cupcakes. Plus it's holiday season and I want to bake cookies like mad!

So, how do you get in on such a sweet deal?

Send me your favorite cookie recipe by November 15th (that's next Thursday) and I will announce my favorite recipe and winner on December 13th. (I've got to have time to bake them!) This gives me time to mail it to you just in time for the holidays.

You may submit the cookie entries in the comment section here, the e-mail address above, AI if you're a member or message me on FB. There! You have four ways to send it and no excuses!

Go ahead and hit send and hopefully soon I'll be sending you Tres Leches.

Part II: Review

Sadie's on the run from her stalker and doing undercover work for the archaeology police in Santa Fe, NM. She's making new friends, new enemies, and gathering new recipes.

I'm so impressed with Josi's ability to keep coming up with twists and turns and quagmires for Sadie to fall into. At the same time she creates a total believeable reality and keeps the research so accurate. And she does it in such a short amount of time! Plus then there's all the recipes. Oy. Respect.

The only thing I can say about this is: Could you please send Sadie home in the next book? The romantic in me wants her home with Pete.

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  1. Fun! So many recipes to choose from. I love a double chocolate cookie with a thin mint pressed into the center right after it comes out of the oven. I also love sugar cookies loaded with buttercream frosting.... Then there's the raspberry bar with white cookie crust...oh and anything lemon. Now I'm in the baking mood. My favorite might be brownies with marshmallows, nuts, and chocolate chips thrown on top right after they come out of the oven and then you put them back in for 2 minutes. Man. Then there's Russian Teacakes. Guess I'm gonna have to get back to you, Lisa! : )
    Great idea!!

  2. Fun contest! It's never too early to start Christmas baking, right?

  3. Fun idea. I'll look up a recipe and get back to you. But I need a snack first; Kathleen just made me hungry. :D

  4. I love these cookies and they are prefect for Christmas giving:
    Rolo Cookies:
    2 1/2 to 2 3/4 C flour(enough so dough is not sticky)
    1 tsp. baking soda
    ! C. brown sugar
    2 tsp. vanilla
    48 Rolo Chewy caramels
    3/4 C. cocoa
    1 C. white sugar
    1 C. butter or margarine
    2 eggs

    Beat sugars and butter until fluffy;add eggs and vanilla and beat well. Add flour mixture and blend well. Cover and cool dough in fridge for about 1/2 hour. Shape into 1 inch ball round caramel, covering it completely. Bake 8 minutes at 350o. Do not overbake. They will look quite soft. Cool in pan slightly, then move to a piece of waxed paper. Cool completely. You can melt white chocolate and drizzle over top or eat as is.

    Everyone loves these!! Enjoy!~~Sheila

  5. I love cookies too! I have a recipe for classic chocolate chip cookies that is to die for. I posted it on my blog. I hope it's ok if I just provide the link to the recipe! Have fun making all these yummy cookies!

  6. Here's mine, Lisa:



    1-1/2 cups flour
    1-1/2 cups sugar
    1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
    3/4 teaspoon salt
    6 Tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and cooled to room temperature
    3/4 cup cocoa powder, Ghiradelli preferred
    3 large eggs, at room temperature
    1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    1 cup semisweet chocolate chips (may use miniature chips)
    3/4 cup powdered confectioners' sugar, for coating cookies
    2 boxes Necco Thin Mints (WalMart 99 cents last year)

    In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt until evenly mixed. Set aside.

    Scrape the melted butter into a smaller bowl with a spatula and add the cocoa powder. Stir until combined and no lumps remain. Mix vanilla extract with eggs, then whisk into cocoa butter mixture.

    Add wet mixture to dry flour mixture and mix thoroughly by hand with a rubber spatula. It may seem as if you need more liquid, but do not add any. Just keep folding and pressing until the mixture comes together. It will eventually reach the consistency of stiff brownie batter. Fold in chocolate chips. Refrigerate dough for 30 minutes to firm up.

    Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line two baking sheets with silpat baking liners or parchment paper. (If you do not line the baking sheets, be sure to lightly grease them.)

    Pour confectioners' powdered sugar into a small bowl. Scoop dough by teaspoons or tablespoons (your preference), roll into balls, and drop into powdered sugar, rolling around to cover completely. Place on prepared baking sheets 1-1/2 inches apart.

    Bake cookies for 12 to 15 minutes (longer for larger balls). The cookies will spread, puff a bit, and form cracks. The longer you cook them, the more crispy they will become. As soon as they come out of the oven, press a Thin Mint on top of each cookie. Let cool 10 minutes on the cookie sheets before using a spatula to remove to racks and cool completely. Store in a covered container.

    My favorite!!! YUM!! Loved by all!!

  7. I haven't even tried making these yet, and I don't even know if this will count for the contest because this obviously isn't MY recipe in any way, but when I heard "cookies," this was my first thought. Nutella is my fave, and I've been dying to make these ever since I saw the recipe go up.

    Happy baking!