Monday, December 21, 2015

Heating Up the Kitchen: Chocolate Pixies Recipe by Lorraine Paton, Romance Author

Today I'm welcoming Lorraine Paton. She has  has graciously provided a cookie recipe for this holiday season. It sounds yummy!

Lorraine works in a hectic office by day and writes romance novels by night. 
Her contemporary romance series, Morning Lake, is set in Alberta, Canada, which is where she lives. She loves bestowing happily-ever-afters on as many people--er, characters--as she can.This is a fun and tasty cookie that looks pretty on a holiday cookie plate. You can find out more about Lorraine and her books at 

Chocolate Pixies

Makes Approximately 4 dozen cookies.

¼ cup               margarine or butter
4 ounces          unsweetened chocolate
2 cups              flour
2 cups             sugar (yep, that is a lot of sugar)
½ cup               chopped walnuts
2 teaspoon      baking powder
½ teaspoon      salt
3                      eggs
Icing Sugar

In a big saucepan, heat the margarine / butter and chocolate until melted. Stir constantly while doing this, and keep it at low heat. You don't want it to burn.
After everything is melted together, remove the pan from the heat. Set aside to cool slightly.
Now blend the flour, sugar, walnuts, baking powder, salt and eggs (aka all remaining ingredients except the icing sugar) into the chocolate mixture. Mix well.
Place dough in refrigerator for 30 minutes.
Preheat the oven to 300 degrees Fahrenheit.
Now it is time to get messy. Use your hands to make the dough into 1 inch balls. Roll each dough ball in the icing sugar. Make sure the sugar coating is even and heavy.
Put the cookie balls on an ungreased cookie sheet, spaced approximately 2 inches apart.
Bake for 15 to 18 minutes or until edges are firm.
Remove the cookies immediately from the cookie sheet. The chocolate cookie will show through cracks in the icing sugar coating.

This is just the kind of cookie Annie Bingley would make in Annie's Christmas Plan, my contemporary romance novel. Although it is listed as book 3 in the Morning Lake series, it can be read as a standalone.

Her Glittering Plans may not be Golden 

Desperate to prove to her ex and her daughter that she can be more than just a craft-obsessed mom, Annie moves to a small town and emulates the lifestyle she sees splashed in magazines in an attempt to win her family back. Living from holiday to holiday, Annie creates a picture-perfect house full of glitter and hope—and it works. Before the year is out Annie's house is packed with relatives and their pets, but it is nothing like what she'd expected. 

And she certainly hadn't anticipated her sexy new neighbor, John Quinn, changing her carefully constructed plans. 
Available at Amazon: (Also available on Kindle Unlimited)


Free Book this week! To Save a Lady, a historical romance set in New Orleans during the winter of 1814, is free on Amazon December 21-25th! 


patonlorraine said...

Thank you for sharing my recipe, Patricia! I hope you and your readers enjoy it!

Merry Christmas!


Patricia Preston said...

You are welcome! I hope you have a great Christmas!