A Recipe for You

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Dear Readers, my friend Linda Baker sent me a recipe this week that I just have to share. I tried it and love it. Quick, delicious, and fabulous with coffee. I used the Costco brownie mix with chocolate chips in it and frosted the biscotti with Dollop all natural frosting, as seen on Shark Tank :) Then I drizzled them with some melted mini chocolate chips. After serious quality control, John gave them an enthusiastic thumbs-up!

BiscottiLinda often brings me homemade biscotti when she comes for a visit. (This is a simpler version). I shamelessly refuse to share them and savor them with a cup of coffee. So . . . enjoy!


Also, I still have 2017 FriendChips calendars I would love to give away. Perhaps writing a whole story about your Storm Sister is too daunting. I would be happy with just a sentence or two. :) Then on Monday, August 8, the day after Friendship Day, I will make a collage of all the sentences and post them on my blog and Facebook and Twitter to celebrate the gift of connection.

You can leave your sentences as comments to this blog, and then I will contact you to get your address and your Storm Sister’s address.



                                                                      Brownie Mix Biscotti
Makes about 2 dozen
1 box (18-20 oz.) brownie mix—any brand. I like Pillsbury and Duncan Hines.
¾ cup flour
¼ cup baking cocoa
2 eggs
1/3 cup of oil (or up to half cup) I do what the box recommends.
Optional: Instant coffee or espresso powder, about 2 teaspoons, or orange zest, or anything else you like to use to flavor chocolate.
Water—optional, if needed

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine all except water. You should have fairly stiff dough. You can add a little water if you need it to get a homogenous black and shiny, not crumbly dough.

On a large, greased cookie sheet, divide and pat the dough into two logs, about 2½ to 3 inches wide, running length of sheet, with space between the two logs. Try to make the logs about the same width as each other, and relatively even in length.
Bake the logs at 350 degrees for about 20-25 minutes, until they are cooked through. (They start to crack a little.) Put pan on the counter. Slice the logs carefully with a knife into about ½” slices.

You should try to push the slices apart so there is room for the sides to get heated and crunched. Depending on the size of your sheet, you may need to put some slices on another cookie sheet.I usually remove the ends of the logs, as they are already crunchy.

Bake again for about 5 minutes more. You can bake less if you want a chewier cookie, or not at all if you want. Keep this in mind, if you bake them much more than 8 minutes, they will harden as they cool and be good dunkers but otherwise difficult to eat. In my oven, 8 minutes is about right for crunchy but not hard. I’d start with 5 minutes and by trial and error, you can see what you like.

Let cool and store in airtight container.

Note: You can add chocolate chips, nuts etc., or you can glaze one side with melted chips and a small amount of oil. Really, you can do whatever sounds good to you, I think including just baking them up as cookies. They taste like brownies, but are not nearly so messy and crumbly.

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4 thoughts on “A Recipe for You

  1. When my mother Sally was in the ICU for 16 days after a ruptured aneurysm, my childhood friend Tina, and her mother, Bonnie (my kindergarten teacher) stopped by to see us at Medical Center of the Rockies every couple of days, bringing food, magazines, and giving my sister and I a break from all of the scary tubes, machines and medical procedures, and staying with Mom while we took a lunch or bathroom break. Mom died on September 14, and just six days later, Tina lost her youngest son Benjamin to suicide as a result of PTSD. When we held Mom’s funeral, Tina, husband Larry, and Bonnie were there, despite their own deep grieving, to give us comfort. I am blessed by their enduring friendship. Tina and Bonnie continue to visit our parent’s grave sites at Fort Logan National Cemetery in Denver regularly to pay tribute to Sally and Ray, as my sister and I live out of state. Tina offered this uplifting scripture:

    Psalm 51:12 Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.
    Thank you, Storm Sisters!

    • What an amazing Storm Sister story. :) I know this will touch many hearts as it did mine. Thank you, thank you! Email me Tina’s address, would you?

  2. What a great recipe!!! Sounds delicious!

    Psalm 68:6 (God sets the lonely in families) is very true in my life. I’m single. My parents live in a different state. But God has given me a number of Storm Sisters. One of them, Ginger, is one I met at my former church. Though we no longer attend the same church, we still see each other. Whenever I’m sick or down, she comes bearing a chicken pot pie, orange juice, and cookies. I don’t have to ask. All it takes is a text from me, letting her know what’s going on. Pretty soon, she’s pulling up and walking to the side door of my apartment building. Her home is like a second home for me. What a blessing her whole family is to me. Her husband is a Storm Brother!

    • Thanks for sharing that beautiful story, Linda. :) Let’s have tea and I’ll deliver your two calendars. I could do something this Saturday. Email me if that works for you. Morning?

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