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Barbara White Daille-Chocolate Fudge Cookie Recipe

Mmmm. Chocolate! Please welcome my guest Barbara White Daille who stopped by to share one of her favorite Christmas cookie recipes. I love chocolate and can’t wait to try this. Maybe Barbara’s chocolate fudge cookies will become your faves too.



Thanks to Adele for inviting me to chat!

Today, I’m sharing an oh-so-easy cookie recipe with you.

The holidays are my favorite time of the year and probably the only time I do much baking. I have a few recipes for cakes I make only at Christmastime, and I especially love baking cookies. These are a few of the holiday cookie cutters I use the most.

BWDcookie cutters

But because the holidays are so busy, there are times my plans and schedules fall apart, crumbling like an overbaked cookie. At those times, I pull out an old standby recipe like this one, which is ridiculously easy to make and so perfectly yummy when you need a taste of something chocolate.

Chocolate Fudge Cookies

1 package of Devil’s Food cake mix
½ cup cooking oil
¼ cup water
1 egg
1 cup (6 oz.) chocolate chips

In a large mixing bowl, stir together all ingredients until well-mixed.

Drop from a teaspoon onto an ungreased cookie sheet.

Bake at 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes or until cookie tests done with toothpick.

Cool on cookie sheet for one minute, then remove to rack to finish cooling.

BWDcookie rack

And there you have it! Pour a cup of milk or your favorite hot beverage, and you’ll be good to go. If you make the cookies, I’d love to know how you like them. And feel free to share a holiday recipe of your own below.

Meanwhile, here’s a clip from my brand-new release that happens to mention Christmas cookies. : )

BWDThe Lawman's Christmas Proposal

The Lawman’s Christmas Proposal


“Jed is out by the honeymoon cabins, I think,” Paz told them. “Tina wanted to show him something the workmen had done.”

Sagging in relief, Andi rested one hip against the kitchen table. With her son’s short legs, the walk back to the hotel had seemed to last forever, especially with Mitch by her side. Now, thanks to Paz, she could send Mitch off on his own.

“Looks like you’re busy in here,” he said.

Paz nodded. Cooling racks filled with cakes and cookies had taken over almost every flat surface. The kitchen smelled of cinnamon and cloves. “It’s never too early to start my Christmas baking.”

“Cookie, Paz,” Trey demanded.

“What do you say?” Andi prompted him.


Smiling, Paz took a cookie from one of the racks.

“Let’s go track down Jed,” Mitch said.

Andi frowned. “You can do that on your own. I’ll stay here with Trey.”

“I think I’ve forgotten how to get to the cabins.”

She glanced at him, then away again. After what he had said about cops, she didn’t know which was worse from his perspective, locking gazes with him or refusing to look his way at all. She knew what was better for her. Looking. Staring. Getting her fill.

Better for her, but much too risky.

“That’s fine, Andi,” Paz said. “You leave Trey with me and go right along with Mitch.”

“Great,” he said, halfway across the room without waiting for her answer.

Grimly, she followed him out to the porch and down the steps. He took his time, favoring his bad leg. Despite her irritation with him, she had to bite her lip to keep from asking how much he hurt.

She was so wrapped up in concern for him, she hadn’t realized he’d reached the bottom step. He turned back, catching her off guard. Instinctively, she bit down harder, then winced from her own pain.

“It is that bad?” he asked. “Seeing how I hobble down steps like a two-year-old who’s just learned to walk?”

“You handled those steps quite a bit better than my two-year-old does,” she said matter-of-factly. Still, knowing how he must feel made her eyes mist.

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Happy holidays to everyone!

About the Author:

BWDBarbara White Daille

Barbara White Daille lives with her husband in the sunny Southwest. Though they love the warm winters and the lizards in their front yard, they haven’t gotten used to the scorpions in the bathroom.

Barbara’s new series, The Hitching Post Hotel, features a matchmaking grandpa determined to see his three granddaughters wed. The series began with The Cowboy’s Little Surprise and A Rancher of Her Own, and The Lawman’s Christmas Proposal has just debuted. Additional books in the series will be coming up next year.

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The Most Delicious Banana Bread You’ll Ever Bake

Amanda’s Homemade Banana Bread (Recipe borrowed from her neighbor, Adele Downs)

Amanda Greer is a master chef and the heroine of my award-winning novella NATURALLY YOURS. In the story, she serves banana bread to the hero (yes, there’s a private joke there), and my favorite recipe for banana bread is included in the back of the book. For those of you who haven’t read NATURALLY YOURS (And I hope you will), I thought you might enjoy trying this delicious recipe for your holiday guests. I guarantee everyone will love it.


Homemade Banana Bread:

This is the most delicious, moist banana bread I’ve ever tasted and I hope you love it too. The secret to its wonderful texture is the plain yogurt. The bread is easy to make, rich and satisfying. Organic ingredients without chemicals and preservatives are always best to use. Be sure to follow the mixing method exactly for best results. After the loaf has cooled, sprinkle with powdered sugar for a decorative touch.


1 ¼ cups organic sugar                   1 ½ cups flour

½ cup organic butter, softened       4 tablespoons plain whole yogurt

2 eggs                                             2 ripe organic bananas, mashed

1 teaspoon baking soda                  1 teaspoon organic vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

In a medium-sized bowl, cream sugar and softened butter using a hand mixer. Add baking soda to the center of the contents. Place the yogurt on top of the baking soda and hand-stir. Add the two eggs, slightly beaten. Next, add the mashed bananas, flour, and vanilla. Mix all ingredients together well.

Place batter in a standard size non-stick loaf pan and bake at 350 degrees for one hour. Relax and visit Adele Downs at while the bread bakes. Let cool and enjoy for breakfast or dessert.

Naturally Yours

Chocolate Peppermint Margarita Recipe. Mmm!


Chocolate Peppermint Margarita: Posted with permission from Sauza Tequila.

Here’s a simple recipe for a delicious adult holiday beverage. The candy canes add a festive touch.

Ingredients: Serves 4

2 parts Sauza® Blue Silver 100% Agave Tequila*

1 part Peppermint Schnapps

1 ½ cups milk

4 tbsp. hot chocolate powder

2 candy canes

*If Sauza® Blue Silver isn’t available, try Sauza® Silver

To Make:

In a shaker filled with ice, combine all ingredients and shake. Pour into your most festive glasses and garnish with a candy cane. Enjoy!

Happy holidays!


Win a Firefighter Bear Ornament!

The final stop on the SANTA TO THE RESCUE virtual book tour takes place this weekend. LAST CHANCE to win an adorable firefighter bear Christmas ornament! Leave a comment and be automatically entered to win. My host is Tina’s Book Reviews. Stop by and play. I hope to see you there!


Saturday, December 28:

Chocolate Vanilla Margarita Sips Recipe

Chocolate Vanilla Margarita Sips


(Posted with permission from Sauza® Tequila.)

Give this delicious recipe a try during the holidays!

Serves 12

12 parts of Sauza® Blue Tequila 9 parts of Chocolate Liquor 6 parts of Chocolate Sauce or Syrup 2 cups ice

For the Vanilla Whipped Cream: 1 cup of Heavy Whipping Cream 2 tbsp. Powdered Sugar 2 tsp. vanilla extract

If you want to get fancy: Chocolate block (for shaving on top)

To Make:

Beat together the whipping cream, powdered sugar and vanilla until stiff peaks form. Meanwhile, prepare your mini cordial or shot glasses by dipping the lip in 1 tbsp. of chocolate sauce. Combine tequila, chocolate liquor, chocolate sauce and ice in a shaker filled with ice. To serve these mini-sips, spoon 1 tablespoon whipped cream into each glass. Top with 2 parts of chilled chocolate-tequila. Serve immediately and toast to your good health! Salud!

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Chocolate Peppermint Margarita Holiday Recipe


Serve this yummy adult beverage recipe at your holiday party! Posted with permission from Sauza® tequila.

Chocolate Peppermint Margarita:

Ingredients: Serves 4

2 parts Sauza® Blue Silver 100% Agave Tequila*
1 part Peppermint Schnapps
1 ½ cups milk
4 tbsp. hot chocolate powder
2 candy canes
*If Sauza® Blue Silver isn’t available, try Sauza® Silver

To Make:

In a shaker filled with ice, combine all ingredients and shake. Pour into your most festive glasses and garnish with a candy cane.


The Plotting Princesses host SANTA TO THE RESCUE

Visiting with The Plotting Princesses to celebrate SANTA TO THE RESCUE and margarita cupcakes! I’m offering a tasty recipe for holiday cupcakes made with tequila. Stop by, leave a comment, and be automatically entered to win a prize! I hope to see you there.


Margarita Cupcakes Recipe and An Interview!

Thanks so much for your support while I shout from the rooftops about my new release SANTA TO THE RESCUE.

Today I’m visiting with author Tonya Burrows. She found me interesting enough to interview. Imagine that! Please stop by and pay us a visit.

Here’s a little something I think you’ll also like–a recipe for Margarita Cupcakes, made with tequila. Ole!


Margarita Cupcakes: Posted with permission


2 sticks butter, softened

2 cups granulated sugar

4 large eggs, plus 1 large egg white as room temperature

2 tbsp. vegetable oil

2 ¾ cups all purpose flour

2 ½ tsp. baking powder

½ tsp. baking soda

1 tsp. salt

¾ cup plus 2 tbsp. whole milk

2 tbsp. fresh lime juice

½ tsp. vanilla

Zest of 3 limes

Ingredients for the frosting:

1 stick butter, softened

1 tsp. vanilla extract

2 ½ cups confectioners’ sugar

2 tbsp. Sauza® Blue Reposado 100% Agave Tequila*

1 tsp. salt

2 tbsp. fresh lime juice AND zest of 2 limes

To Make:

Preheat your oven to 350° degrees. Line 2 cupcake pans with baking liners. Using an electric mixer, beat 2 sticks butter and the granulated sugar until creamy. Gradually beat in the eggs, egg white and oil.

In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. In a glass measuring cup, stir together the milk, 2 tbsp. lime juice and ½ teaspoon vanilla extract. Mix in one-third of the wet mixture to the butter mixture, then one-third of the dry mixture. Repeat until it is all combined, but do not over mix. Mix in the lime zest.

Fill each cupcake liner about three-quarters full with batter. (I like to use an ice cream scoop to fill the cups). Bake 25 minutes or until the cupcakes spring back when gently poked. Let cool completely before icing.

While the cupcakes cool, make the icing. With an electric mixer, beat the remaining 1 stick butter until creamy. Beat in 1 cup confectioners’ sugar, 2 tbsp. Sauza® Blue Reposado, 2 tbsp. lime juice, ½ teaspoon vanilla, and lime peel and 1 teaspoon salt until smooth and creamy. Beat in the remaining 1 ½ cups confectioners’ sugar one-third at a time until just soft enough to spread.

Spread the frosting on the cooled cupcakes. Be creative: top each cupcake with a piece of lime zest or sprinkle with sanding sugar, or put a wedge or round of lime or a lime wedge candy on top. If you want you can add a drop of green food coloring to the frosting, too.

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Christmas Mexican Cinnamon Cookie Recipe

Jamey Tucker and Heather Longhurst, the hero and heroine of SANTA TO THE RESCUE,  baked Mexican Cinnamon Cookies for a Christmas party hosted by one of Heather’s co-workers; another pediatric nurse at County Hospital. Heather wanted to prove to Jamey that chocolate chip cookies weren’t the only cookies worth serving at Christmastime. She hopes you agree these cinnamon cookies are a delicious addition to your holiday table.

Enjoy! Here’s the recipe, courtesy of Sauza® Tequila. Posted with permission.


Mexican Cinnamon Cookies: (Photo via Flickr: Missy Corley)


1 cup sugar 1/2 cup butter  1 large egg  1 tsp. vanilla  1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour  1 1/2 tsps. Mexican Cinnamon  1 tsp. baking powder  1/4 tsp. salt  Cinnamon Sugar (1/2 cup sugar + 2 tsp. cinnamon)

To Make:

In a large mixing bowl, cream together sugar and butter; beat in egg and vanilla. In a separate bowl, combine dry ingredients: flour, cinnamon, baking powder and salt. Add the dry ingredients to the butter mixture and blend well. Cover the dough and refrigerate about an hour, or until firm enough to roll into balls. When you are ready to bake the cookies, preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Shape the dough into small balls just less than an inch in size. Roll in cinnamon and sugar mix to coat. Set cookies 1 inch apart on a lightly greased cookie sheet. Bake until edges are lightly browned, about 10-12 minutes. Cool slightly on the pan and then remove to rack to cool completely.

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BRUNCH with SANTA (Cocktail Recipe)

The Bloody Maria is the perfect Brunch companion, according to Jamey Tucker and Heather Longhurst, the hero and heroine of SANTA TO THE RESCUE. Jamey mixes pitchers of this lightly spicy cocktail for friends during the holidays. Here’s the recipe if you’d like to give it a try. Cheers!

Courtesy of Sauza® Tequila. Posted with permission.


The Bloody Maria:

You’ll Need:

Serves 6

1 ½ parts Sauza® Blue Silver 100% Agave Tequila*
7 parts tomato juice
1 squeeze of Siracha Chili Sauce
3 grinds fresh black pepper
the juice of 1 Lemon
1 dash of celery salt
1 dash of paprika
1 dash of cumin
several dashes of Worcestershire sauce

*If Sauza® Blue Silver isn’t available, try Sauza® Silver

To Make:

In a shaker filled with ice, combine all ingredients. Shake well and pour into a tall glass over ice, with or without salt. Garnish with a lime, an olive, a pickled jalapeño and a sprig of cilantro.

For more Sauza® Tequila recipes, visit

New Release from Entangled Publishing!

New Release from Entangled Publishing!


A sweet firefighter contemporary romance novella
New Release! An Entangled Publishing Flirt


Firefighter Jamey Tucker knows three things in life to be true: An honorable man doesn’t go back on his word, never hurts a woman, and lasting love isn’t a myth. But with his recent move to a new job at the Appleton Fire station, the long hours don’t offer hope of finding the love he’s looking for.

When Jamey meets beautiful pediatric nurse Heather Longhurst after hearing her sing Santa Baby in a supermarket aisle, he offers her a promise he discovers he can’t keep. Heather has been betrayed by men in the past, making it hard for Jamey to gain her trust. Determined to find a way to win her heart, Jamey uses firefighter engine-uity and Heather’s favorite song to prove he’s got Christmas spirit she can believe in all year.

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She laughed out loud this time, and the sound of her voice rang through the air, pure and clear. He could listen to that voice for hours. “These are for my kids at the hospital. I’m an R.N. at County. We’re decorating the pediatric ward. And spoiling the children too, a bit. I’m baking cookies for our holiday party on Saturday.”

She held out her hand for a handshake. “I’m Heather Longhurst.”

Jamey introduced himself and took her hand. He told her what he did and where he worked. Her skin felt soft against his palm, though her grasp conveyed confidence and strength.

He cocked his chin. “What kind of cookies?”

“Chocolate chip, of course. Is there any other kind?”

Jamey shook his head. He could almost taste melted dark chocolate and smell the aromas of fresh baked flour, eggs and sugar filling her kitchen. His mouth watered. He hoped she couldn’t hear his stomach rumble. He hadn’t eaten in over fourteen hours. “No ma’am.”

Heather returned a lopsided grin. “You’re not from around here, are you?”

“Southern Indiana, born and raised.”

She moved out of the way of an elderly couple trying to pass with their half-filled shopping cart. Jamey moved too and they strolled together toward the exit. “I’ll make a plate of cookies for you, if you stop by the hospital to pick it up.” She said.

Jamey smiled at her, his heart lifting at the turnaround in his day. “That’s the best offer I’ve had since I moved to Appleton.”

“You’re new in town?”

“Been here almost three months.”

“Glad to meet you, Jamey Tucker. See you about one o’clock?”

“I’ll be there. Count on it.”

“I will.” She smiled back and their gazes locked. His mood soared with the realization she was flirting with him. The day had definitely taken a turn for the better.

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Tips For Writing A Holiday Story

Looking for tips on how to write a holiday themed story? Stop by the blog Writing Novels That Sell for my article. I’m also giving away prizes like fun firefighter Christmas ornaments and Fire and Rescue magnets to commenters. Winners listed weekly!

Manga Maniac Cafe is hosting me for an interview and has posted a review of SANTA TO THE RESCUE. Literal Hotties Naughty Book Reviews has posted a spotlight on my new release. I hope to see you there!

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Would you like to win this adorable Firefighter Teddy Bear ornament? Follow Adele Downs’ Blog Tour!

Monday, November 25:

Heart Shaped Glasses and A Little Romance


Join me this weekend at the blogs listed below and  be automatically entered to win fun firefighter Christmas ornaments and read fun recipes made with tequila!  Help me celebrate new release SANTA TO THE RESCUE! Winners listed weekly on this blog.

Stops this weekend:

Saturday, November 23
Sunday, November 24

Free Gifts! Contest Prizes!


SANTA TO THE RESCUE Christmas ornaments and Fire and Rescue magnets offered as FREE gifts on my virtual book tour. Leave a comment here and/or on my tour and be automatically entered to win prizes. List of winners posted every Saturday until mid-December. Items will be mailed USPS inside the USA and Canada.

 Stops for Friday, November 22:

Santa, a Firefighter, and a Pediatric Nurse…


What do Santa Claus, a firefighter, and a pediatric nurse have in common? Find out in SANTA TO THE RESCUE. Follow Adele Downs on her virtual book tour, leave comments here and/or on the tour, and be automatically entered to win fun firefighter Christmas ornaments.

Stop for Thursday, November 21:


•RAMBLINGS FROM THIS CHICK –Holiday Adult Beverage Recipe and Spotlight

All I Want For Christmas Is A Real Good Tan (Jamey’s Favorite Song)

SANTA TO THE RESCUE hero Jamey Tucker has a favorite Christmas song that’s as non-traditional as it gets. Santa Baby might be Heather Longhurst’s favorite Christmas tune and the story’s theme song, but Jamey likes All I Want For Christmas is a Real Good Tan by Kenny Chesney.

Win prizes and free gifts during Adele Downs’ SANTA TO THE RESCUE virtual book tour by leaving comments on this blog and the host sites. Winners announced here every Saturday!

Stops for Tuesday, November 19:

Hot Pumpkin Spice Tequila Recipe!

Join me for my interview with Book Blather. Check out reviews of the book and SANTA TO THE RESCUE Spotlights at Booklover Sue and Musings From An Addicted Reader. Remember to leave comments to be automatically entered to win prizes!

Stops for Tuesday, November 12:

Hot Pumpkin Spice Tequila:

Jamey Tucker and Heather Longhurst, the hero and heroine of SANTA TO THE RESCUE, snuggle by a romantic fire with hot mugs of Pumpkin Spice Tequila. They love this Sauza® Tequila recipe so much they thought they’d share it with you. For revelers over age 21. Enjoy!

Photo and Recipe courtesy of Sauza® Tequila. Posted with permission.


Ingredients: Serves 2

¼ cup Sauza® Blue Silver 100% Agave Tequila*
¾ cup cream
2 tbsp. Torani® Pumpkin Spice Syrup
¼ cup sugar
1 tsp. vanilla extract
½ tsp. cinnamon
½ tsp. pumpkin pie spice
1 ½ cups freshly brewed hot coffee

Whipped Cream and Cinnamon Sticks

*If Sauza® Blue Silver isn’t available, try Sauza® Silver

To Make:

In a saucepan, combine cream with pumpkin syrup, sugar, vanilla, spices and coffee until hot. Divide it between two mugs. Add half of the Sauza® Blue Silver and stir. Top with whipped cream and cinnamon. Enjoy!

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