Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Quinn's Cookie Exchange: CHASTE by Angela Felsted

I'm happy to be celebrating the release of Angela Felsted's YA novel CHASTE by sharing a cookie recipe with YOU.

First things first, here's the cover and the blurb for Angela's debut novel.

When he steps into his physics class on the first day of senior year, Quinn Walker is too exhausted from staying up all night with his three-month-old nephew to deal with moral dilemmas. As a devout Mormon who has vowed to wait until marriage for sex, the last thing he needs is a very hot and very sexy Katarina Jackson as his physics partner. Regrettably, he has no choice.

Kat feels invisible in her mansion of a home six months after losing her older brother in a fatal car crash and will do anything to get her parents’ attention. Since her pastor father has no love for Quinn’s “fake” religion and her ex-boyfriend refuses to leave her alone, she makes an impulsive bet with her friends to seduce her holier-than-thou lab partner by Christmas.

Now, a recipe for my favorite holiday cookie OF ALL TIME.

It's from a cookbook written by my sister that's full of delicious recipes.  

Candy Cane Cookies

1/2 cup shortening
1/2 cup butter
1 cup powdered sugar
1 egg, beaten
1 teaspoon almond extract
1 teaspoon peppermint extract
2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 tablespoon red food coloring
1/2 cup crushed peppermint
1/2 cup sugar

Mix shortening, butter, sugar, egg, and extracts. Mix in flour and salt. 

Divide the dough and tint half red.  

Roll out thin ropes of white and red dough. Twist together in 4 inch long pieces and bend one end to form a candy cane shape. 

Bake on an ungreased cookie sheet at 375 degrees for nine minutes.

Upon removing from the oven sprinkle with peppermint and sugar. 

As you can see in the photo my candy cane got gummy and didn't crack well (but my friend Cathy and I had a great time anyway and the kids LOVED these cookies). 

TRUST me... these cookies are fantastic!

I'm reading Chaste now and will write a full review when I'm done, but so far I'm loving it.  So often  YA deals in fantastical scenarios, and while I LOVE those as much as anyone, it's great to be reading a YA book about real honest-to-goodness issues that don't involve any mythical creatures or paranormal activities. It's a book about kids trying to figure out their own path as they deal with loss, challenges, and faith.   

Find CHASTE here and Angela's blog (with many other delicious cookie recipes in December) here

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