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Happy Fall Y’all! Guest Post From Christine Watson



Question for you: Do you have any fond memories with cookies in the fall that gives you all the feels?

Hi there! I’m Christina Watson and I own the Cookie Crumble Bakery in Normal, Kentucky.

I have to tell you how much I love baking in the fall. I love the warm smells of the chocolate chips melting that brings me back to my fond childhood memories of my mom and I baking during a crisp fall night.She’d make herself a cup of coffee and me a big glass of ice cold milk.

As soon as the cookies came out of the hot oven, she’d plate us a few and put them on the table where we’d take turns dipping our cookies in my milk and then in her coffee.She never let me have my own cup of coffee, just let me dunk my cookie in hers.
That’s when I realized I had my very own love affair with baking and coffee.

Red Velvet Crunchies
DO NOT preheat oven because the dough has to be chilled for ONE HOUR.
1 and 1/2 cups + 1 Tablespoon all-purpose flour
1/4 cup unsweetened natural cocoa powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
3/4 cup packed light or dark brown sugar
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 large egg, at room temperature1
1 Tablespoon whole milk
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 Tablespoon red food coloring, liquid or gel. You might need more depending on how red you want your cookies to look. I like a LOT.
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips + ½ cup for after baking to stick on top for decorations.
Whisk the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt together in a large bowl. Set aside.
Using a mixer to beat the butter on high speed until creamy. Beat in the brown sugar and granulated sugar until combined and creamy. Beat in the egg, milk, and vanilla extract. Once mixed, add the food coloring and beat until combined. Turn the mixer off to add in the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients. Mixer on low and slowly beat until a very soft dough is formed. Add more food coloring if you’d like the dough to be brighter red, which I do. I will eyeball this. On low speed, beat in the chocolate chips. The dough will be sticky.
Cover the dough tightly with plastic wrap and chill for at least 1 hour. It has to be chilled.
Preheat oven to 350°F (177°C).
Put parchment paper on two baking sheets and set aside so they are ready for you to place the dough once you’ve rolled them in balls.
6) Scoop 2 Tablespoons of dough and roll into a ball. If you need a photo, please check out where you will find a photo under Maymee Bell recipes.
Place 9 balls onto each baking sheet. Bake each batch for 10-11 minutes. The cookies may have only spread slightly because the center will be nice and moist. If you want to press down the warm cookie, you can and it will make the crinkles on top. I stick a few chocolate chips on top and in the crinkles for decoration only.
Keep the cookies on the baking sheet for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.
About the book:Deep in the heart of the Daniel Boone National Forest, Mae West has spent the last few years bringing the rundown Happy Trails Campground and the small southern and cozy town of Normal, Kentucky back to a thriving economic community. Mae’s efforts haven’t gone unnoticed. Not only is Happy Trails Campground in the running to be named Campground Hospitality of the Daniel Boone National Park, but she landed the coveted Paddle Fest kayak competition that secures the winner a spot on the Olympic team. When champion and Olympian kayaker Bryce Anderson turns over in his kayak dead…there’s more than paddling going on and his death has been ruled a homicide. News of Bryce’s death spreads fast and Happy Trails becomes the center of bad publicity. Come camping with Mae West and the Laundry Club Ladies as they put their sleuthing, well nosy, caps on and put their skills to the test so they can figure out who killed the Olympian and save Happy Trails from financial ruin.
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