It's difficult to keep my mind on writing and blogging when there are preparations to do for Thanksgiving Day. To make it more difficult, I had a decision to make about a novel that had been accepted by a Small Press publisher, DMon Publishing. To help my mind work through the details, I made my favorite cookies instead of doing the cleaning. Baking is my why of letting my subconscious come to the necessary decision.
If you find yourself in such a bind, here is a treat to be enjoyed by all.
One 11.5 ounce package semi-sweet or milk chocolate morsels divided (I use semi-sweet chocolate), 1/2 cup brown sugar, 1/4 cup butter (use butter not fake stuff), 2 eggs, 1 tsp. vanilla extract (1/2 when using the real stuff), 3/4 cup flour, 1/4 tsp. baking powder, 6 ounces cherry flavored dried cranberries, 1/2 to 1 cup of pecans or walnuts (I use pecans). Lightly grease two cookie sheets, heat oven to 350 degrees. Pour 3/4 cup morsels into large bowl and set the rest to the side. Microwave morsels for 2 minutes on high. Stir until chocolate is smooth. Stir in butter, eggs, vanilla, and brown sugar, then add flour and baking powder. Mix until thoroughly combined and stir in the rest of the morsels and pecans. Drop by tablespoons (I use a metal measuring spoon) onto cookie sheets. Bake for 12 minutes or until cookies are puffed and set to the touch. For a firmer cookie, bake for 14. I prefer the 12 minute ones. Cool on cookie sheet for two minutes and transfer to racks. Makes about two dozen cookies (more or less depending on your idea of a tablespoon).
Yes, the ploy worked. I emailed the publisher after indulging in a cookie. I'm truly excited about this novel. It is titled Earthbound and tells the tale of MacDonald being stranded on Earth and his and Anna's courtship and early life together. Of course, it has Comanche raids, the rebels raiding a German settlement during the Civil War, a Kiowa raid on MacDonald and Rolfe, plus the struggle of people surviving in an alien, violent land.
Have a wonderful Thanksgiving Day and I'll see you next week.