Mimi Matthews | Valentine's Day Recipe Roundup: THE WINTER COMPANION + Giveaway!
February 12, 2020
The Fresh Fiction Valentine's Day Recipe Roundup continues with Mimi Matthews! We hope you'll enjoy this sweet treat. . .
Neville Cross is one of the four Victorian orphans of my Parish Orphans of Devon series. He suffered a traumatic brain injury in his youth that impacts his speech, his ability to recall words, and also causes him to occasionally lose time. He’s a gentle giant of a man who generally prefers the company of animals to people.
Enter Clara Hartwright, a lady’s companion and aspiring academic who has recently rescued an elderly dog. She’s come to stay for the winter, and at once enlists Neville’s help with her problematic pug. Soon, the two of them are bonding over their mutual love of animals. They’re also sharing several cups of tea.
During a cold winter, nothing goes better with hot tea than freshly baked molasses cookies. You can dip them and then let them dissolve on your tongue. As an added bonus, baking molasses cookies makes your entire house smell fantastic. The following recipe is one I’ve used often. Note: For a better dipping experience, I generally skip the part where you roll the cookies in sugar before baking them.
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 cup firmly packed dark brown sugar
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1/3 cup unsulphured molasses
1 large egg, at room temperature
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
In a large bowl sift or whisk together the flour, baking soda, salt, and spices.
In the bowl of your electric stand mixer, fitted with the paddle attachment (or with a hand mixer), beat the butter and sugar until light and fluffy (about 2-3 minutes). Add the oil, molasses, egg, and vanilla extract and beat until incorporated. Scrape down the sides and bottom of your bowl as needed. Add the flour mixture and beat until well combined. Cover and refrigerate the batter until firm (at least 2 hours or overnight).
Preheat your oven to 375°F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
Place about 1/2 cup of granulated white sugar in a medium sized bowl. When the batter is firm, roll into 1 inch balls. Roll the balls of dough into the sugar, coating them thoroughly. Place on the baking sheet, spacing about 2 inches apart. Then, with the bottom of a glass, flatten the cookies slightly. Bake for about 9-10 minutes, or until the tops of the cookies have crinkles yet are barely dry (the longer you bake the cookies the crispier they will be). Remove from oven and let cool about 5 minutes on the baking sheet. Then transfer to a wire rack to finish cooling. Store in an airtight container for up to a week, or they can be frozen.
Makes about 36 cookies.
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Piper J. Drake
Parish Orphans of Devon #4
A winter reunion for the orphans brings romance for Neville Cross in Book 4 of Mimi Matthews' USA Today bestselling Parish Orphans of Devon series.
She Needed to be Seen...
As a lady's companion, Clara Hartwright never receives much attention from anyone. And that's precisely how she likes it. With a stormy past, and an unconventional plan for her future, it's far safer to remain invisible. But when her new employer is invited to a month-long holiday at a remote coastal abbey, Clara discovers that she may not be as invisible as she'd hoped. At least, not as far as one gentleman is concerned.
He Wanted to be Heard...
Neville Cross has always been more comfortable with animals than people. An accident in his youth has left him with a brain injury that affects his speech. Forming the words to speak to his childhood friends is difficult enough. Finding the right things to say to a lovely young lady's companion seems downright impossible. But Miss Hartwright is no ordinary companion. In fact, there may not be anything ordinary about her at all.
During a bleak Devon winter, two sensitive souls forge an unexpected friendship. But when Clara needs him most, will Neville find the courage to face his fears? Or is saying goodbye to her the most heroic thing he can do?
Romance Historical | Historical [Perfectly Proper Press, On Sale: February 12, 2020, Paperback / e-Book, ISBN: 9781733056953 / eISBN: 9781733056953]
Mimi Matthews (A Victorian Lady’s Guide to Fashion and Beauty, The Lost Letter) writes both historical non-fiction and traditional historical romances set in Victorian England. Her articles on nineteenth century history have been published on various academic and history sites, including the Victorian Web and the Journal of Victorian Culture, and are also syndicated weekly at BUST Magazine. In her other life, Mimi is an attorney. She resides in California with her family, which includes an Andalusian dressage horse, two Shelties, and two Siamese cats.
30 comments posted.
Re: Mimi Matthews | Valentine's Day Recipe Roundup: THE WINTER COMPANION + Giveaway!
Cowboy Cookies - nothing better than warm oatmeal chocolate chips right out of the oven
(Terry Kirgan 6:51am February 12)
chocolate chip macadamia . . .MMMMMmmmmm.......
(Martin Bodnar 8:35am February 12)
I have two favorites: the yummy melt in your mouth, buttery spritz cookies and Toll House chocolate chip cookies right out of the oven!.
(Laurie Gommermann 9:57am February 12)
I love a peanut butter cookie
(Vickie Couturier 10:14am February 12)
(Amrit Gaba 10:33am February 12)
I love a really good sugar cookie, especially if they have my momâ€™s frosting-
itâ€™s not too sweet.
(Lynette Dyer 2:00pm February 12)
I love linzer tart cookies!
(Nancy Reynolds 2:02pm February 12)
Molasses cookies are my favorite, along with chocolate chip cookies!
(Heidi Robbins 4:18pm February 12)
My favorite cookie is oatmeal raisin. If it were Christmas, my favorite would
be a mincemeat cookie. Delicious.
(Judy Westmoreland 4:41pm February 12)
I love a good chocolate chip or peanut butter cookie.
(Cynthia St. Germain 5:20pm February 12)
(Tracy Urschler 9:11pm February 12)
I love cookies. Molasses/ginger snaps cookies are favorites.
An all time favorite I haven't made in a long time are "The
Worlds Best Cookie." They were called such by a friend's
mom who made them for us when I was visiting during
college (over 5 decades ago) and they are quite good. They
are large cookies that are a combination of chocolate chip
and oatmeal cookies. With raisins, walnuts, chocolate
chips, and oatmeal addd to the dough, they are a filling and
I usually don't worry about how long cookies will keep,
because they are gone within a few days. I do keep them in
an airtight container and I would think they would freeze
(Patricia Barraclough 1:11am February 13)
My favorite cookie to make is a cut out sugar cookie. I
remember learning how to tint frosting and add doo-dads to
the rolled out cookies after baking with grandma.
(Alyson Widen 12:10pm February 14)
Best ones are Danish Butter Cookies!!!! With coffee
and a Mini Matthews novels!
(Tabita Ramos 9:34am February 14)
My great grandmothers Molasses Cookie and Nutmeg Cut-outs
recipe are a couple of my favs along with my Nan's spritz
(Tammy VanScoy 1:58pm February 14)
My favorite cookies are snickerdoodles!!
(Jamie Gillespie 2:15pm February 14)
love making butter cookies so toxic but good at the same time. toxic because they are so good and you can't stop eating them
(Margo Beredjiklian 2:16pm February 14)
Frosted Sugar Cookies
(Nancy Krueger 2:48pm February 14)
No bake peanut butter oatmeal cookies.
(Blanche Nixon 3:16pm February 14)
Cookies are my absolute favorite sweet! I love so many
different kinds, but will always favor any with nuts and
(Lisa Sabatini 7:34pm February 14)
Chocolate chip (gooey, not crunchy) would be my fave. But those
molasses cookies sound fabulous!
(Perrianne Askew 8:54pm February 14)
Fresh from the oven chocolate chip.
(Caryl Kane 9:18pm February 14)
(Melanie Rosen 10:43pm February 14)
Chocolate chip cookies!
(Martha Lawson 11:44pm February 14)
I like a good peanut butter cookie
(Joy Isley 12:59pm February 15)
Freshly baked Chocolate chip cookies.
(Anna Speed 1:12pm February 15)
I love love love a great molasses spice cookie - I bake mine
with coconut palm sugar so that those with sugar issues are
more likely to be able to eat them.
(Michelle Willms 3:55pm February 15)
Macadamia white chocolate!
(Teresa Warner 9:28pm February 15)
(Lori Byrd 7:42pm February 16)
Thank you all for commenting! Best of luck in the giveaway!
(Mimi Matthews 12:44pm February 17)
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