Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Deadline Recipe with Barbara White Daille

Today The Pink Heart Society is thrilled to have Harlequin author Barbara White Daille here with us to share a quick and delicious recipe. 

Cowboys and Chocolate

Thanks to the Pink Heart Society for inviting me back to talk about some of my favorite topics:  cowboy heroes, food, and of course, chocolate.

Quick and easy recipes are very welcome at our house. 

When I'm on deadline, fancy fixin's go by the wayside, trumped by convenience and speed of preparation and cleanup.  Especially when the deadline's closing in, I'll rely on a dish that involves throwing ingredients together into one pot.  The slow-cooker is my friend. 

And, as always when I'm writing, there has to be something chocolate at hand.  Chocolate gets me started when I'm facing a blank page and keeps me going when the words are a struggle.  It coaxes my muse out to play. 

A plain candy bar will do.  A few Hershey's Kisses satisfy me.  But sometimes I need something with a little more substance. 

That's when I break out my secret weapon:  the easiest cookie recipe you'll ever find.  If you often need a chocolate fix and you like your cookies on the chewy kind, this is the recipe for you.

Chocolate Fudge Cookies

1 package of Devil's Food Cake Mix
2 large eggs
1/2 cup oil
1/2 cup chocolate chips  (semi-sweet or dark, your choice)
1/2 cup chopped walnuts (optional)

Preheat oven to 350° F and grease your baking sheets.

Combine the cake mix, eggs, and oil in a large bowl.

Stir until everything is thoroughly blended.

Stir in chocolate chips and walnuts, if using.

Shape the dough into 1-1/4-inch balls.

Place 2-inches apart on prepared baking sheets.

Bake at 350 °F for 10 to 11 minutes. (Cookies will look moist.)

Cool 2 minutes on baking sheets.

Transfer to cooling racks and allow to cool.

Store in airtight container.


The dough will be stiff.

Cookies will look moist at the end of baking time. 

DO NOT OVERBAKE, or the cookies will be dry and tough.

I don't worry too much about shaping the dough into balls, just scoop it from the mixing bowl with a measuring tablespoon, then use a second spoon to nudge the dough, rounded side up, onto the cookie sheet.

I also don't worry too much about the airtight container.  The cookies don't last that long around me!  J


In Court Me, Cowboy, my heroine, Marissa, is a cordon bleu chef.  And if Gabe has his way, the new wife who ran off after their honeymoon but has just returned is going to make mealtimes on his ranch a heck of a lot more interesting for him and his cowboys!

To learn more about Barbara and her books, please visit her website.


  1. Hello, Pink Heart and readers! I'm happy to back here to visit again and hope you enjoy the recipe.

    Would love to chat and to hear if you've got any good recipes to share.


  2. If you're a big fan of your e-reader, I have good news. Court Me, Cowboy has just been reissued for the first time as a stand-alone e-book, with a brand-new cover and cover copy! Here's a peek:

    The End…or Just the Beginning?

    Gabe Miller's marriage ended so fast it had hardly begun. Which is why he couldn't quite believe his luck—or his "ex"—when she returned a few months later with the news that legally they were still husband and wife. And that the child she was carrying was his son.

    Gabe feared Marissa would bolt again, making a custody battle his only option—unless he could turn back the clock and woo her the way he should have during their whirlwind romance. But even with his boy's future at stake, mending fences with a woman—especially the one he loved—wasn't something the strong, silent type found easy to do….