Happy Almost Valentine’s Day! 

Cover Your Eye‘s Detective Deke Morgan and legal eagle Rachel Wainwright are about to celebrate their first Valentine’s Day together and naturally I can’t help but share a new Killer Recipe to mark the event!  And, of course, I’ve got chocolate on my mind and in my pantry and so am honoring the occasion with these Double Chocolate Heart Cookies. I may have pulled this one together for Deke and Rachel but I hope you and your loved ones enjoy it as well!  Please let me know how it turns out and–if you like it as much as I do–I hope you’ll share it.

Meanwhile, suspense is heating up again in my upcoming Nashville-set novel, Be Afraid.  Morgan family brother Rick has joined the Homicide Division and is faced with a horrific killing and the discovery of a body that can only be identified through facial reconstruction.  Enter Baltimore cop and forensic artist Jenna Thompson, who has her own compelling reasons to discover the truth behind the death of Be Afraid’s “lost girl.”   I’ll be back soon to share more  about Rick, Jenna and the deadly path they follow to find a killer.

Ready. Set. Bake!

Double Chocolate Cookie image
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter
1 cup brown sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
2/3 cup condensed milk
Dash salt
1/2 cup cocoa
1-1/2 cups flour
1 tablespoon baking powder

Chocolate Icing
1/4 cup butter (1/2 of a stick)
1 cup confectioner’s sugar
1 cup cocoa
1/4 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons condensed milk

For the cookie:  Cream together the butter and brown sugar.  Beat in egg and vanilla.  Sift together flour, cocoa, salt and baking powder.  Into creamed butter alternate adding the flour mixture and the milk.  Scoop onto a parchment lined baking sheet and bake at 400 degrees for 10 minutes.  Cool.  Ice and garnish.

For the icing:  Whip butter until soft.  Beat in sugar, cocoa and salt.  Slowly mix in condensed milk until mixture comes together.