Welcome to second Friday recipes. On the second Friday of every month I've invited a fellow author to share a favorite recipe. And since authors love to talk about their books...under the recipe you'll find some info about their writing.  This month we have a cookie recipe from Cari Schaeffer. ENJOY!!

Salted Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

1 cup butter
½ cup sugar
½ cup brown sugar
1 tsp baking soda
½ tsp fine kosher salt
2 eggs
1 ½ tsp pure vanilla extract
1 cup all-natural peanut butter (ingredient list should say peanuts and salt only)
2 cups all purpose flour
2 cups dark chocolate chunks or semi-sweet chocolate chips
Approximately 2 Tbsp coarsely ground kosher salt

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper and set aside.

2. In a large mixing bowl, cream butter and sugars on high speed for about a minute. Add baking soda, fine kosher salt, eggs, vanilla, and peanut butter. Beat until well combined. Add flour and combine well. Stir in the chocolate chunks.

3. Scoop the cookies into generous Tablespoon mounds on the prepared cookie sheets. Wet your fingers and press the dough down to flatten it a bit. Sprinkle each mound lightly with the coarsely ground kosher salt.

4. Bake the cookies for about 10 minutes or until golden brown and cooked through. Cool on the cookie sheets for about 2 minutes, and then remove them to a cooling rack to cool completely. (If you can wait that long! I never do….) This recipe makes about 2 dozen cookies, depending on the size of the cookies.

Now, let's check out Cari's book:

Run, run, run...

Run away. That’s what Faith Strauss has done for twenty years. She was destroyed by one tragic event. An event so horrific, she didn’t share it with anyone, not even her husband. She buried it deep inside, where it can’t hurt anyone.

If God is good, then where was He? Why didn’t He stop it? How can she trust Him ever again?

Run, run, run…

She’s not good enough. Never has been. Never will be. She could lose it all again, if she’s not careful. She married, had children, and carved out a life for herself. But Fear is her ever-present companion, always reminding her never to reach too far, or too high.

Run, run, run…

God has another plan. A plan that she never saw, even though she has walked it her entire life. Will the unexpected exposure of her secret and the truth behind it restore her or destroy her all over again?

It’s time to stop running.

Cari has worn numerous hats in life. She proudly wore the uniform of the US Air Force. After serving, she worked as a critical care RN for almost a decade. She also owned her own Personal Chef and Catering company for six years. Finally, she chose to turn her attention back to her family.

Closing her business hasn’t made her a couch potato. She cooks at the weekly Wednesday night dinners for her church, and volunteers at the Cross Talk CafĂ© in support of the Celebrate Recovery church ministry on Friday nights. She has volunteered her time as a Mentor Mom for two MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) groups. When she’s not busy in the church doors, she’s happily entertaining people in her home.

She not only has a passion for writing, but also for serving. She views writing as a form of service for people from all walks of life. Jesus used story-telling to convey life principles, why can’t we do the same?

She lives in southern Illinois with her ridiculously patient husband of twenty four years, three children, and her two Chihuahua guard dogs, Snoopy and Stanley. Faith, Hope, Love, and Chocolate is her first novel.

Connect with Cari here

1 comment:

  1. I am intrigued by Cari's book. I think this is a must read for me. Thank you for the delicious recipe!

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