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Valentine Sweets!

By Cheryl Brooks

My eldest son texted me yesterday to ask for "the recipe for those crazy amazing chocolate cookies you used to make--the ones that usually didn't make it past the dough stage." I can't remember the last time I made them, but I must've posted that recipe on a blog at some point because I had saved it in my computer and even had a picture, so I was ready for him. 

I've done quite a lot of blogging since my first book was published in 2008. My personal blog ran for four years and I blogged every single day. I gave that up a few years back, and now, after 134 posts,  I'm giving up this blog. We've had a lot of fun here over the years, but blogs aren't as popular as they once were, and the interaction with readers, which was the best part of blogging, has waned considerably. Plus, unless I finally finish the manuscript I've been working on for nearly a year, Mystic is my last book with Sourcebooks.

My son moved from Indiana to San Mateo, California about a year ago, and he says it's cold there today. When asked what the temperature was, his response was "50." I'm sitting here in Indiana with temps in the twenties and howling winds, so I don't have much sympathy for him. He was told that the move to California would turn him into a weather wimp, and that prediction appears to have been true. 

But tomorrow is Valentine's Day, so wherever you are, make some cookies, curl up with a good book, and try to enjoy whatever weather you're having. 

 Chocolate Cookies


¼ cup shortening
¾ cup cocoa
½ cup butter
2 tsp vanilla
2 cups sugar
4 eggs
2 cups flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/8 tsp salt
Powdered sugar

Melt shortening and butter. Add sugar, vanilla, and cocoa. Mix well. Add eggs one at a time, beating after each one. Add dry ingredients. Mix well and chill. Roll into balls, then roll in powdered sugar. Bake at 350 F for 12 – 15 minutes.


  1. I think you're a writer, baby, and no matter what else comes along, that will always be true. You are the most amazing world-builder I know--it would be terrible to deny us that pleasure. But, that said, take care of you, okay? Hugs!

  2. I have enjoyed your books and often chuckled through your posts over the years. As I recall, in your blog, you had a particular action figure which never failed to make me laugh. And I thank you for the humor you have shared and the view into your world both in books and out.

    1. After I saw this post, I went looking for Willie and found him in a drawer of my desk. I put him up on a display shelf in my office, discreetly placed behind a small wooden plaque. Had lots of fun with him didn't we?

  3. Those cookies look amazing! I’m going to have to try to make them with Stevia!
    I’m going to miss you around the Sourcebooks haunts. Hoping we run into each other sometime! Best of luck with whatever you decide to do or not to do next.

  4. This looks like a much easier to make recipe than the one my step mother gave me. I rarely make them because of how difficult they were. Thank you! (Well, my hips don't thank you. Lol)

  5. My hips don't thank me either, which is why I don't make them very often!

  6. These look delicious 😋
    Thanks for sharing this recipe with us.

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