The Agatha Award–winning author of Pressing the Issue returns to the Cookbook Nook, where Jenna Hart is busy decking the halls and ducking a killer . . .
The holidays are Jenna Hart’s favorite time of year, but just as she’s decorating the Cookbook Nook for all the festive events, her imperious older sister makes a surprise visit, anxious that her husband’s been more naughty than nice. To make matters worse, her father’s good friend Jake shows up on her doorstep with a frantic report that his friend has been murdered—trussed with Christmas lights and impaled with a tree star.
Worried that Jake was the intended victim, Jenna makes a list of suspects and checks it twice. Swapping her Santa’s hat for a sleuthing cap, she gets busy investigating Jake’s long-lost sister, his Grinch of a neighbor, and a stamp collector who covets Jake’s most treasured piece. When Jake himself is poisoned and nearly dies, Jenna knows she’ll have to do whatever it takes to corner the culprit before it’s lights out for Jake . . .
Includes tantalizing holiday recipes!
Jake, a friend of Jenna’s father, shows up to tell her that his friend has been murdered, and then winds up poisoned himself. Worried that he may have been the intended victim, Jenna decides to investigate before the killer can remedy the mistake.
I love Daryl Wood Gerber’s books and the Cookbook Nook series has become one of my favorites, so I was thrilled to get the chance to read Wreath Between the Lines. The cover is beautiful, I really enjoy the cookbook shop setting, and Christmas themed cozies are always a hit with me. Jenna is a smart, capable sleuth and this puzzler of a story kept me guessing and in the holiday spirit all the way through.
I am so excited to have Daryl here to share a recipe from Wreath Between the Lines with us! Please help me welcome her to The Book’s the Thing.
WREATH BETWEEN THE LINES is out! It’s the 7th in the Cookbook Nook Mysteries, and as any fan knows, there are recipes in the book. I thought I’d share one on my blog tour. *You can read more about the book above.
Today, I’ll share a recipe for Brownie Christmas Trees. I saw pictures of these trees on Pinterest and knew I had to have Jenna, the owner of the Cookbook Nook and Nook Café, serve these to children who visit her establishments during the holidays. They are so darling. I’m sure your little darlings will want to help make them.
But first….the brownies. This is the best darned brownie recipe I’ve ever concocted, and it’s gluten-free!! So chocolate-y, so moist. By the way, “whey” powder helps keep gluten-free baked goods moister longer. *Note about using regular flour at end of post.
Brownie peppermint stick Christmas Trees
*Use the brownie recipe below, but bake it in two 9-inch cake pans for half the time so they are ultra thin.
Green gel icing or green frosting
White or silver ball-shaped sprinkles
Peppermint sticks cut to 2-inch length
HOW TO CONSTRUCT:
Cut brownies into wedge shapes (6-8 per cake pan). Set on decorative flat platter.
Carefully insert peppermint stick for tree trunk.
Ice with green swirls, on an angle. (If using frosting, you might want to use a piping tool and very small tip.)
Sprinkle with white or silver sprinkles.
Using gel or icing, “glue” one snowcap at top of tree for the star.
1/2 cup unsalted butter
1 1/2 cups sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon gluten-free vanilla extract
3/4 cup Dutch-process cocoa (I like Penzey’s but Hershey’s is quite good, too.)
3 large eggs
3/4 cup gluten-free flour (I like a combo of sweet rice flour and tapioca flour.)
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon whey powder
1 cup chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F, and line a round 9-inch pan with parchment paper and rubbed with butter.
In a medium saucepan, melt the butter over medium-high heat. Add sugar and salt and stir until the mixture lightens in color. Just a pale yellow is fine.
Transfer the mixture to a large mixing bowl. Blend in the vanilla and cocoa, and then add the eggs. Mix until shiny, about 1 minute.
Add in the flour, baking powder, and whey powder. Stir in the chocolate chips.
Pour the batter into the prepared pan. Make sure you spread it to the edges.
Bake for 32-36 minutes until the top of the brownie is set. Insert a toothpick in the center to make sure it’s cooked through. A tad of chocolate at the tip is fine.
Remove from oven and cool 15-20 minutes before cutting. For the prettiest brownies, wait until they are completely cool. No crumbs!
Once cool, cover any that you’re not eating tightly with plastic or store in sealed glass containers.
*If you’d like to make this using regular flour, just swap out the flour and you may use any vanilla extract. I’d still use the whey powder.
About the Author
DARYL WOOD GERBER writes the nationally bestselling Cookbook Nook Mystery series featuring a cookbook store owner who is an avid reader and admitted foodie, set on the coast of California. As AVERY AAMES, she pens the Agatha Award-winning, nationally bestselling Cheese Shop Mystery series featuring a cheese shop owner amateur sleuth, set in the fictional town of Providence, Ohio. Daryl’s short stories have been nominated for the Agatha, Anthony, and other awards. Fun tidbit: as an actress, Daryl has appeared in “Murder, She Wrote” and more.
Visit Daryl or Avery atwww.darylwoodgerber.com.
Daryl’s Blog – http://www.darylwoodgerber.com
Avery’s Blog – http://www.averyaames.com
Mystery Lover’s Kitchen – http://www.mysteryloverskitchen.com
Killer Characters – http://killercharacters.com
Daryl Wood Gerber https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4750535.Daryl_Wood_Gerber
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