Soft and Chewy Sugar Cookies

sugar cookieIt took me a long time to find my sugar cookie groove. The whole chilling/rolling/cutting factor was too intimidating. I’m generally one giant Pinterest fail when it comes to anything complicated in the kitchen (Or anything crafty. I’m terrible at crafts.) so avoiding sugar cookies made sense. But this recipe? I can handle it. Mostly because, these cookies don’t require all the fancy rolling and cutting. Instead, you simply shape the dough into balls, then squash them with the end of a glass to make them nice and round. No cookie cutters required.

 

Soft and Chewy Sugar Cookies

1 1/2 cups butter, softened
3 cups sugar
3 tsp. vanilla
4 eggs
4 Tbsp. milk
5 cups flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. salt

Cream together butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs and vanilla, and milk. Mix well. Mix together dry ingredients, then add to the butter/sugar mix slowly. Chill dough for one hour. 

To make round cookies: Roll dough into 1 inch balls and place on cookie sheet. Use the end of a glass and gently press on each ball, until flat. (If you don’t plan to frost your cookies, you can roll the balls in sugar to add a little more sweetness… If I’m not frosting, I  like to use sugar crystal sprinkles, added to the flattened cookies just before baking.)

Bake at 400 degrees for 6 to 8 minutes. (I never bake longer than 6 minutes. I like my cookies soft… the full 8 minutes tends to make them crispier.)

Frosting? I wish I had a concrete recipe I could give you… I generally start with a stick of butter, then add powdered sugar (around 3 cups) until I get a consistency I’m happy with. I’ll add vanilla (2-3 tsp.) and a little milk or cream (2-3 Tbsp. or more, if needed) to keeps things moist. Food coloring to make things pretty and I generally call it good.

*A note: These are not like Pinterest Perfect sugar cookies with fancy pants designs iced on. They’re more like Lofthouse cookies… super soft and sometimes crumbly. (And just as good.)

The Whitney Awards (and Storymakers!)

(This is an update better late than never, guys. After a BIG family move from North Carolina to Charleston, SC I’m finally making it through my endlessly long to-do list.)

Back in May, I attended the Storymakers Conference (my favorite writing conference OF ALL TIME) in Provo, Utah. The past two years I’ve been in charge of the conference so my experience mostly involved problem solving, fire dousing, and drinking large quantities of Cherry Pepsi. But this year? I wasn’t in charge of anything, and oh how lovely it was. I went to classes! I learned! I spent time with my writer friends! I have some really amazing writer friends, so this was absolutely the very best part. How about some photo evidence?

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(This is a teeny tiny sampling. I’m terrible at taking pictures.)

I’ve said this oh, so many times, but if you’ve ever had any interest in writing and publishing and you could make it to Provo in the Spring? COME TO STORYMAKERS. It’s a great conference for writers across all different genres, skill levels, and career paths. Start planning now though, because registration (Which I’m in charge of for 2018, so trust me on this one!) WILL sell out, and probably within just a couple of weeks. Check out the website, sign up for updates, follow the conference on Facebook, whatever you need to do to stay in the loop.

After the conference, I attended the 2016 Whitney Awards Gala, where Love at First Note was a finalist in the Contemporary Romance category. And guess what? I won!

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It was an honor to be nominated and a joy to win. My acceptance speech was all about my sister, Emily, who, in general, is both my biggest cheerleader and toughest critic (in the best possible way). But for this book? She went above and beyond as my musical consultant and inside source. As a professional musician, she knew just how to teach me the ways of the symphony and pick the best music to reflect Emma and Elliott’s journey. This book was for her, and I’m so glad she was there with me the night it was honored in such a lovely way.

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Wrong For You: May 1, 2017

I’m so excited to show you the fun new cover for my next release, Wrong For You, hitting bookstore shelves in just a few weeks! In fact, it’s already up for preorder on Amazon, if that’s the kind of thing you do.

Wrong For You on Amazon

It will also be available at Deseret Book, Seagull Book, and at Barnes and Noble. (If you don’t see it in your local B&N, please request it! They can order it for you!)

Here’s a quick summary of the book.

Lane Bishop is a hardworking, intelligent, beautiful young woman. And with her recent move to Chapel Hill, she is determined to leave behind the drama and effort of keeping up with the dating scene. Even so, Lane somehow manages to get dragged out by a gaggle of girls to go watch boys play soccer. Just watching is not Lane’s forte, so she joins in the fun and leads her team to victory.
Rather than feeling intimidated by the vivacious beauty on the opposing team, Jamie Hamilton is intrigued. Risking his “untouchable” dating status, he decides to pursue Lane—with a little help from his older brother Simon. With Simon’s behind-thescenes assistance, Jamie proves irresistible, even to a disillusioned dater like Lane. But as she gets to know both brothers, Lane can’t help but wonder—beneath the grand gestures and romantic words, is she falling for the wrong guy?

As always, thank you for reading, commenting, and reviewing! (Reviews are bread and butter for authors. They help boost ratings, give our books more visibility and make it easier for websites to pull our titles into their lists and recommendations. It only takes a few minutes, but for us, it makes a big difference!) Happy reading!