Friday, November 3, 2017

Cozy Food Friday

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

Today I'm joining Berkley Mystery in celebrating the November 7 release of 
Book 7 in the Magical Bakery Mysteries
by Bailey Cates

In this New York Times bestselling mystery series, witch Katie Lightfoot bakes enchanted treats—and faces more than her fair share of toil and trouble.... 
It’s been exactly two years since Katie and her aunt and uncle opened the Honeybee Bakery, where they serve delicious—and bespelled—treats to the good people of Savannah. After a dinner celebrating the bakery’s anniversary, they all take a stroll along the waterfront and meet Aunt Lucy’s friend Orla, a colorful character who has been telling the fortunes of locals and tourists alike for years.
The next day, Orla meets with what seems like a terrible accident, but Katie’s witchy intuition tells her it was something more sinister. Together with her trustworthy coven and her firefighter boyfriend, she’ll race to find out what happened to the unfortunate fortune-teller before the piping hot trail goes cold....


Bailey Cates believes magic is all around us if we only look for it. She studied philosophy, English and history and has held a variety of positions ranging from driver's license examiner to soap maker. She traveled the world as a localization program manager for Microsoft, but now sticks close to home where she writes two mystery series, tends to a dozen garden beds, bakes up a storm and plays the occasional round of golf.

Having apprenticed with a master herbalist for a year, she's prone to concocting teas and tinctures for family and friends from the stash of herbs stored in the corner cabinet in her office. She owns a working spinning wheel and is on a first name basis with several alpacas and two sheep with questionable dispositions.


On to the recipe!


All food photos are by  borrowed Lisa Ks Book Reviews  from Google Images and its contributors, with many thanks. 
Your finished dish will vary in appearance.


2 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
1 ½ cups (3 sticks) butter
¾ cup granulated sugar
¾ cup packed dark brown sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
2 large eggs
1 – 10 oz. package 70% cocao chocolate chips
1 cup slivered almonds


Place butter in a heavy saucepan, preferably with a light-colored bottom, so you can judge the color of the butter as it browns. Place over medium heat. Stir now and then to make sure the butter is cooking evenly. It will start to foam, then turn tan, then a darker brown. The foam will brown and crisp and fall to the bottom of the pan. When the butter has browned – about the color of light maple syrup – remove from heat and transfer all but 2 tablespoons into another container to cool. You should have a cup, as the butter decreases in volume as the liquid cooks out. If you have a bit more, set aside to add to pasta or steamed vegetables. It’s delicious and will keep in the refrigerator for months.

Add the slivered almonds to the butter left in the pan and cook over medium heat until crisp and lightly browned. Set aside.

Preheat oven to 375 F. Cover a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicon mat. Combine flour, baking soda, and salt. Set aside. Using a mixer, beat together 1 cup of the brown butter, sugars, and vanilla. Add the eggs, one at time. Beat in the flour mixture. Stir in the chocolate chips and almonds. Drop by rounded tablespoon onto the baking sheet about two inches apart. Bake for 9 to 11 minutes until golden brown. Move to wire racks to cool.

Makes about 4 dozen cookies.

Can't you smell these cooking?


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

Both the BB and 56 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

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 Book Beginnings

The bleat of a boat horn drifted from the river to mingle with the sounds of the Savannah waterfront.

MY 56

A woman died. A women we knew.

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  1. Thanks, Lisa. Those cookies look yummy! Happy Friday, to you.

  2. Thanks for sharing, Lisa. The cookies sound delicious.

  3. Both the book and the cookies sound delicious! This week I am featuring Unholy City by Carrie Smith. Happy reading!

  4. Both the book and the cookie recipe look awesome! Thanks for sharing! Happy weekend!

  5. I need to try those cookies some day soon. They look so yummy!!

    Pg 56 of Secrets In Death by J.D. Robb - "Language - which conversations are made of - doesn't make any sense half the time."