Friday, September 11, 2015

Cozy Food Friday!

That means it's time to share a recipe from 
another great cozy mystery!

Today I'm featuring a recipe from the cozy mystery 
Book 2 in the Bakeshop Mystery series
Ellie Alexander

Welcome to Torte-a small-town family bakeshop where the coffee is hot, the muffins are fresh, and the cakes are definitely to die for...

It's autumn in Ashland, Oregon-'tis the season for a spiced hot apple cider with a serving (or two) of Torte's famous peach cobbler. It's also the perfect time for Jules Capshaw to promote her family's beloved bake shop by competing in The Pastry Channel's reality show, Take the Cake. The prize is $25,000. But as Jules quickly learns, some people would kill for that kind of dough. Literally.

Then, just as Jules dusts off her Bavarian Chocolate Cake recipe and cinches up her apron, the corpse of a fellow contestant is discovered-death by buttercream. What began as a fun, tasteful televised adventure has morphed into something of a true-crime detective show for Jules and everybody else on set. Who could have killed Chef Marco, and why? Can Jules sift out the killer before someone else gets burned?

Recipes included!

Available now!

September is here. 
That means all sorts of holiday parties are coming up. Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas will be here before we know it. 
You know what this means don't you? 

Here's a cookie that can be made so may ways. Just as the recipe below will show, or by adding and/or subtracting certain ingredients depending on your needs. You can also use food coloring to turn them into your holiday color themes!


1 cup butter
¾ cup granulated sugar 
¾ cup brown sugar
2 eggs 
1 tablespoon amaretto liqueur 
1 teaspoon Mexican vanilla
1 teaspoon almond extract                     

½ teaspoon anise extract        

1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
 2¼ cups flour 
½ cup sweetened coconut flakes 
2 cups dark chocolate chunks 
1 cup sliced almonds 


Beat butters and sugars together until creamy. 

Add in eggs, amaretto, vanilla, almond, and anise (extracts). Mix together until blended. 

Sift dry ingredients in a separate bowl: add to butter mixture and mix on low. 

Stir in chocolate, coconuts, and almonds by hand. 

Scoop 1-inch balls onto cookie sheets. 

Bake at 375 degrees for 10 minutes.

Photos are from Google Images. Your cookies may vary in appearance. 

Wouldn't your love to have your house filling with the smell of these yummy cookies? 

About the author
Ellie Alexander, author of the Bakeshop Mystery Series (St. Martin's Press), is a Pacific Northwest native who spends ample time testing pastry recipes in her home kitchen or at one of the many famed coffeehouses nearby. When she's not coated in flour, you'll find her outside exploring hiking trails and trying to burn off calories consumed in the name of research. 

Find out more about Ellie and her books by visiting her here:

Please keep reading and check out my 
installments of 
Book Beginnings on Fridays
The Friday 56


My Book Beginnings and Friday 56
 for this week are also from

Book Beginnings on Fridays is a meme hosted by Rose City Reader
Share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading

My Book Beginnings...

They say that time heals a broken heart. I've noticed that no one mentions exactly how much time it takes, though. A week? A month? A year? Having a solid number might have made me feel better, since my heart was mending slowly. 

While I waited for the heartache to subside, I busied myself with building a new life in my sweet hometown of Ashland, Oregon. Never would I have imagined that I'd be saying that, when I left the ship and my husband last summer. Returning to Ashland was supposed to be a temporary stop until I figured out what I was going to do next. 

Mom had advised me to take things slow. "One day at a time, Jules. You don't need to figure everything out this minute." 

She was right. Her words stuck, and so did I. 

The summer breezed by in a whilwind of activity. Ashland is home to the world-famous Oregon Shakespeare Festival and a playground for outdoor enthusiasts, with sunny mountains and rivers. During summer months, our little town bursts at the seams with tourists, actors, playwrights, backpackers, and whitewater guides. Torte, our family bakeshop, sits right in the middle of downtown. 

The Friday 56 is a meme hosted by Freda's Voice
Rules: *Grab a book, any book. *Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader (If you have to improvise, that's okay.) *Find any sentence, (or few, just don't spoil it) that grab you. *Post it.

My Friday 56...

"Juliet, stop stalling. What's going on?"

"There's been another murder Mom."

"What? At Tort? Who" 

"One of the contestants on Take The Cake. Not here, up at the Black Swan."

"Oh thank goodness." She let out a sigh. "I mean, of course it's terrible that someone's been killed, but I'm so relieved you're not in the middle of it this time." 



"I kind of found the body."

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  1. Replies
    1. Thanks, Catherine! Just stopped by your blog a few minutes ago. Left a comment about your book.

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    1. Don't they, Marie? My Friday blogs always make me hungry to type up. Just left your blog a bit ago. Enjoy your book!

  3. This sounds like a fun mystery. I need to read "fiction for foodies" as one of my reading challenges this year, I might use this book for the challenge now. Thanks for sharing :)
    My Friday 56.

    1. Culinary cozy mysteries are a favorite of mine. But they sure can make me hungry! Thanks for stopping by!

  4. Oh the cookies look amazing! I am looking forward to checking out A BATTER OF LIFE AND DEATH. Thank you for the recipe and review. :-)

    1. Hi Jen. The first book in this series is MEET YOUR BAKER. I loved it from page one and couldn't wait to get my hands on A BATTER OF LIFE AND DEATH. Reading it now, but have to stop more often than I want to write other reviews. But I'm sneaking some time with it today!

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    1. Good morning, Joyce! I hope you and Jim have a beautiful day and weekend!

  6. A snack and a mystery, can't beat that. :-)
    sherry @ fundinmental My TT

    1. Hi Sherry! Thanks for stopping by. I just paid you a visit as well.
      I wish I could serve a snack to everyone who visits my blog. Wouldn't that be fun?

  7. Those cookies would be perfect without the coconut and almonds! :)

    I love the 56 by the way - it sounds great!

    1. Hi Lauren. Thanks for visiting. I was just over to your blog a bit ago.
      I think these cookies could really be switch up to go along with many tastes.

  8. Oh these cookies sound amazing! I love chocolate and almonds and the coconut makes these extra special! I read this book not too long ago and really enjoyed it. This is such a fun series but it does make me hungry!

    1. Hi Katherine! I know! If I lived anywhere near a bakery like Torte, I'd be in there every day!

  9. Thanks, Lisa! Cookies! (picture Cookie Monster) :)

    1. Hey Pat! Cookie Monster was always my favorite! I heard a rumor once they were going to try and make him healthier and call him the Veggie Monster. I got so mad! Create a friend for Cookie and they can teach and learn from each other. But I can tell you, this is one cookie monster that will never change! :-)

  10. Great cookies! And I love books set in the Pacific Northwest....when I was young and in my first marriage, we went to Ashland, Oregon, every summer....and loved the Shakespearean festival.

    Thanks for sharing...and for visiting my blog.

    1. Hi Laurel! I've never been myself, but it sounds wonderful! Thanks for stopping by!

  11. Those cookies look so good (so does the book - LOL)

    1. Hi Yvonne. The book is wonderful. Haven't tried the cookies yet.

  12. Hi Lisa!!!

    I am so happy to be able to finally reply on your posts!!! Use to be I could read and that was it!! You have a wonderful blog- and I get so many great reads from your suggestions...

    1. SueAnn, I so very happy you can reply! It's wonderful to see you!

  13. I read the first two books in this series and had such fun. Can I come by for tea and cookies, please! LOL

    My 56 -

    1. Laura, you are welcome anytime! Give me a heads up and I'll put out a spread!

  14. Does the Amaretto flavor come through or do you think it would be just as good to use almond flavoring in the cookies?

    I missed making comments yesterday because I was at the emergency veterinarian clinic all evening with my dog. My Friday Quote

    1. Hi Anne! Since I don't have Amaretto in the house, if I were to make them, I would go with almond flavoring or maybe for my own personal taste use extra vanilla.

      I hope everything is okay with your dog!

  15. Oh my goodness do those cookies look delicious....beautiful if you can call cookies beautiful. :)

    THANKS for the recipe.

    Love all of your cozies. A Batter of Life and Death sounds cute. Love the title.

    ENJOY your books and your weekend.

    Silver's Reviews
    My Book Beginnings

  16. Sounds like a fun cozy, but those 'drunk' cookies look delish! I love Amaretto!
    Happy weekend!