It's Too Yummy Tuesday!
On select Tuesdays I share delicious recipes either inspired by my (or other authors') books or that are just plain delicious! Today I'm happy to have special guest Mary Lou George, author of Saving Destiny. She's here to share a recipe for the most delicious-sounding whipped shortbread with Toblerone cookies. Take it away, Mary Lou!
In my latest book, Saving Destiny, Sloan and Mac’s road to happily-ever-after is littered with so many potholes one could be forgiven for thinking it’s just not going to happen, but one of the things our lovers can agree on is food. When they’re manipulated into planning a baby shower together, Sloan spitefully tortures him with suggestions that they should serve eel. His response? “Hey, for entertainment, why not play Yoko Ono records? That oughtta make this the shortest party in state history.” Happily, in the end they agree on the menu and end up sharing Kentucky fried goodness at the local diner.
With this recipe, the only thing to fight about is who gets the last cookie:
Mary Lou George’s Love Bites – Shortbread cookies with Toblerone
1 lb (454g) butter at room temperature
1 cup icing sugar
½ cup cornstarch
1 tsp vanilla
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup chopped pecans (optional)
1 Toblerone chocolate bar (depending on how large you want the chocolate pieces to be on the cookies, you might want two bars…and I’ve known to eat one while the cookies are baking)
Preheat oven to 325 degrees
Cream butter and icing sugar until very fluffy
Beat in cornstarch, vanilla and then flour. Beat until batter is light and very fluffy. (a food processor works well for this)
Stir in nuts if using. (I don’t use them)
Drop batter by teaspoons onto parchment paper.
Chop Toblerone into small pieces
Bake 20-25 minutes or until golden.
While cookies are still hot place a small piece of chocolate on each one.
Sprinkle on icing sugar if desired
Makes 120 bite sized melt-in-your-mouth cookies. Seriously, they melt in your mouth.
by Sherri Somerville
Sloan Ridgeway and Mac Watson's fairy tale ended in tragically-ever-after. For years they've been separated by the grief and guilt surrounding his little sister's death. Devastated, Sloan traded small-town Kentucky for star studded big cities and tabloid fame, but life in the limelight was filled with emptiness and betrayal.
When one more highly publicized broken engagement sends Sloan home to lick her wounds she comes face-to-face with Mac. He obviously hasn't forgotten the past, but despite his antagonism, he's more compelling than ever. To save herself the heartbreak, Sloan vows to keep out of his way, but destiny won't let her. Desperate to rescue an abused horse in foal, Sloan is forced to enlist Mac's help.
Working together day after day begins to reignite the passion they once felt for each other. But is passion enough? Can Sloan and Mac breathe new life into their malnourished hearts and prove that true love trumps tragedy every time?
Canadian Mary Lou George worked in the design studio of a major Art Museum for over twenty years. The creative atmosphere there helped to keep her imagination fertile and her humor ever at the ready. These days she concentrates on the art of romance. Hailing from a long line of earth mothers and animal lovers, her home is filled with love and laughter. Mary believes there’s a little bit of magic in each of us and working hard for the happy ending is always worth the effort. She’s written four mainstream, paranormal romances and one mainstream mystery romance for Siren/Bookstrand. Her sixth book, Saving Destiny (published February 2014) is the first straight up mainstream romance story she’s crafted and it’s getting rave reviews. The print edition will be available late June 2014.