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Baking Procrastination June 15, 2015

Filed under: Baking,Family,Recipes — itsrebekahlyn @ 7:00 AM
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I love baking, but not in the summer. The oven makes the whole house ridiculously hot and I can’t afford to run the air conditioning cool enough to make it comfortable. However, the past few weeks I’ve been obsessed with baking, despite the heat. It all started in May when I should have been finalizing my latest book, Spring Dawn. Instead, I pulled out a recipe I’ve been wanting to try for several months- chocolate biscotti crunch cookies. My parents were visiting and they enjoyed them so much, I made a second batch a few days later for them to take on their trip back to North Carolina. Of course, I kept a few for myself too. I made some adjustments to the second batch that made them even better than the first.


With mom and dad back in North Carolina, I thought the baking urge would subside, but it only got worse and I found every excuse I could. There were new neighbors moving in; it’s their first home out of college and I wanted them to feel welcome. (He’s a sheriff and it’s always good to be nice to the law.) I whipped up a couple of lemon pound cake loafs and chocolate chip cookies to take to the new neighbors instead of going through the final formatting of Spring Dawn.



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Now, I’m happy to say I did get around to finalizing the cover and formatting Spring Dawn. The e-book version will be available on June 18, but I’m still nailing down the finer points of the print version. Once I have that finished I plan to make some chocolate raspberry brownies to celebrate. In the meantime, let me share my chocolate biscotti crunch cookies.



Chocolate Biscotti Crunch Cookies

Chocolate Biscotti Crunch Cookies

Chocolate Biscotti Crunch Cookies

1/3 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

3/4 cup sugar

1 stick (1/2 cup) butter, softened

1 tsp vanilla

1 egg

1 cup all-purpose flour

2 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 tsp salt

rolled oats and chopped hazelnuts mixed together to total one cup

3/4 cup dried cranberries

  • Heat oven to 375 degrees
  • Melt 1/3 cup chocolate chips in microwave-safe bowl 30 seconds or until melted. Stir, set aside to cool.
  • Beat sugar, butter, and vanilla on medium speed until creamy. Beat in egg until light and fluffy. Mix in melted chocolate.
  • Mix in flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt on low speed until well blended. Stir in rolled oats, hazelnuts, 1/2 chocolate chips, and 3/4 cup dried cranberries. Shape dough into 1-1/4 inch balls. Place 2 inches apart on ungreased baking sheet. (I line mine with parchment paper to prevent sticking.)
  • Bake 8-10 minutes or until set and just beginning to crack on the surface. Cool on cookie sheet 2 minutes; remove to wire racks to cool.

12 Responses to “Baking Procrastination”

  1. Look, I know it’s hot, but open a window, break open a cold drink and bake away. When the urge is there, just like you make lemonade out of lemons, you’ll make cookies out of hot ovens… (that doesn’t even make sense, but you get the idea!) LOL – nice post and love the recipe. I’m a terrible baker but I might be able to do this.


  2. Oh my gosh, those cookies were good. Chewy AND crunchy in the same bite.


  3. I thought you were going to say you procrastinated the baking… WHEW! NEVER… NEVER procrastinate making the yumminess!!! That’s what I say! LOL But congrats on the new book… it’s coming out THIS WEEK! Woohoo!


  4. Scott Bury Says:

    Baking versus writing – two mutually exclusive creative outlets. Never try to do them simultaneously.


  5. I could feel my blood sugar rising as I read about your delicious baking! We all have our guilty pleasures and I’m so glad you took time to indulge. Now back to that print edition of the new book! The only thing I bake is Sherry Cake and my family gets so excited when they see the bottle of Golden Sherry come down from the cupboard.


  6. Those cookies look good! I bake all year round. And I live in the south. I can’t help myself! When I want something sweet-I just make it! Thanks for the recipe!


  7. kennamckinnon Says:

    I’ve been baking bread like my own boiled bagels, NY style, and NY pretzels with big chunks of salt (the bagels didn’t turn out so well). Also made my own sausages and borrowed a dehydrator to make beef jerky and banana chips. Something about this summer has turned on our baking genes! I don’t dare bake chocolate chip cookies. Urp. And a nice segue to your book, BTW, there is a series of mystery books with titles based on recipes, do you know them? Like “The Chocolate Chip Murders” and so on. Just a good idea.


  8. James Prescott Says:

    Oooh, yum!!!


  9. NikeChillemi Says:

    Luv this post. Yum. I always procrastinate baking. I’m a cook, not a baker. But in my imagination I bake. I had yeast packets it took me 6 months to use baking bread. The bread was good. I should bake more.


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