Darlene Franklin – Recipe for Romance – Part 1 of 1

Shannon here: Historical Romance author, Darlene Franklin shares a recipe for Honey Sugar Cookies plus a copy of The Blue Ribbon Brides Collection, which includes nine novellas. Comment or answer the question at the end of the post to enter the drawing. Deadline: Oct 29th, 11:59 pm central time. Here’s Darlene:

Darlene FranklinThe Blue Ribbon Brides Collection

In my novella, A Taste of Honey, my heroine wants to sweep the baking competitions with entries made with wildflower honey. She plans to start a business with the winnings. Of course I had to share a recipe!

Edith substitutes honey for sugar when possible. It took several attempts to master the sugar cookies. I borrowed a contemporary recipe if you want to try.

Oh, the problem with the honey? The meadow belongs to her neighbor—and he wants to plow it under to generate badly needed income.


1 egg, beaten

½ c. oil

¼ c. honey

½ tsp. salt

2 tsp. baking soda

1 c. sugar

2 c. flour

Mix ingredients together. Refrigerate one hour. Roll into small balls; roll in sugar. Drop onto cookie sheet. Bake at 350 degrees for 7-8 minutes or until golden brown.

(Taken from http://www.cooks.com/recipe/ow1j41ic/honey-sugar-cookies.html)

About Darlene: Best-selling author Darlene Franklin’s greatest claim to fame is that she writes full-time from a nursing home. She lives in Oklahoma, near her son and his family. She is an active member of Oklahoma City Christian Fiction Writers, American Christian Fiction Writers, and the Christian Authors Network. She has written over forty books and more than 250 devotionals. Learn more and connect:

Darlene’s Website and Blog       Darlene’s Facebook      Darlene’s Amazon Author Page      Darlene’s Twitter

About the book – The Blue Ribbon Brides Collection: Meet nine men and women whose competitive goals take them to state and county fairs between 1889 and 1930. From baking pie to polishing pigs, from sculpting butter to stitching quilts, everyone has something to prove to themselves and their communities. But in going for the blue ribbon, will nine women miss the greatest prize of all—the devoted heart of a godly man?  Note: Blue Ribbon Brides is now available by pre-order only. Official release date is November 1st

Can’t wait for the drawing? Purchase now: Blue Ribbons Purchase Link

Question for Readers: What is your favorite cookie to bake? To eat?

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43 Responses to “Darlene Franklin – Recipe for Romance – Part 1 of 1”

  • Shelia Hall says:

    i love to bake any type cookies but love to eat anything chocolate!!

  • angela says:

    to bake sugar cookies to eat peanut butter

  • Janice Moore says:

    I love to bake and eat oatmeal and chocolate chip cookies! Just thinking about it makes me want some!

  • Janice Moore says:

    Sorry, I should have said oatmeal-chocolate chips cookies!

  • Darlene Franklin says:

    Me too! I have to remind myself that they hadn’t discovered chocolate chip cookies in the 19th century and concentrate on other good ones like oatmeal and sugar cookies.

  • Darlene Franklin says:

    Angela, Janice, mmm, I want some.

  • Susan Johnson says:

    I don’t remember the name of the cookies I like to bake but they have oatmeal and chocolate and butterscotch chips, my son’s favorite. I also like to bake pumpkin cookies, my daughter likes them. I like to eat all kinds of cookies, especially if they have chocolate in them.
    This book looks like a winner. (I know, but I couldn’t resist.)

  • Jennifer Hibdon says:

    Most cookies are enjoyable. Just leave the mint out of them!!!!! I love white chocolate chunk macadamian nut cookies. My friend and I made gingerbread and sugar cookies each holiday. Now the the “kids” are in college, working and/or married, (all out of state!) it makes scheduling the baking marathon a little tricky!!!! Thanx for the giveaway!!!!

  • Laura says:

    I haven’t baked cookies in a long time. I do love milk chocolate chunk cookies from Wal-mart, and I wonder what cookies with chocolate almonds baked in them as if they were chips would be like.

  • Darlene Franklin says:

    Susan, I’ve had pumpkin cake with chocolate chips that was delicious, I bet the cookies would be great too.

  • Darlene Franklin says:

    Jennifer, I used to love nuts in cookies–while I still had working teeth. All this talk makes me hungry for cookies!

  • Darlene Franklin says:

    Laura, there are several great store cookies.

  • Cathy says:

    Sounds like a very good and fun collection! Over the last several years I have ready many of the collection books and always find them very enjoyable reads. To bake and to eat – the “tried and true” chocolate chip cookie. Thanks!

  • Cathy says:

    Sounds like a very good and fun collection! Over the last several years I have read many of the collection books and always find them very enjoyable reads. To bake and to eat – the “tried and true” chocolate chip cookie. Thanks!

  • Wow. Y’all are making me hungry too. I love white chocolate macademia nut cookies. But I don’t like to bake, so I’d rather let someone who enjoys baking, bake them for me 🙂 But butterscotch chips and chocolate almonds sound good. Yum, I don’t guess I knew there were such things since I don’t hang out in the baking aisle.

  • Donna Brookmyer says:

    This is a hard question for me to answer. I love to bake and for the holidays I make at least 35 different kinds of cookies to give to friends and family. The one I make most often to eat would be chocolate chip w/pecans. They are one of the easiest ones to make. Thanks for the giveaway!

  • Favorite to bake is a toss up between shortbread and peanut butter. Favorite to eat is really almost any cookie! LOL! I LOVE the raspberry cheesecake ones at subway, a REALLY good chocolate chip, and rosemary or pecan shortbread all top the list though 😉

    Many Blessings, Amada (a.m.a.th.a)

  • Darlene Franklin says:

    Cathy, from the reactions to this collection, Blue Ribbon Brides is one of the more diverse and well-written collections. I hope you can enjoy it.

  • Darlene Franklin says:

    Donna, that reminds me of an annual Christmas cookie party I used to attend. With one of my earliest writing buddies, She’s home with the Lord now. I wish I could try some of those.

  • Darlene Franklin says:

    Oh, Amada, I love to eat shortbread. I get it every time I go to Panera.

  • My favorite to bake and eat is chocolate chip! I especially like adding oatmeal to make it more hearty and extra chocolate chips 😉 Thanks for sharing your recipe! My dad used to keep beehives and his honey is so good.

  • Elly says:

    I don’t really enjoy baking, but I LOVE to eat chocolate chip cookies!
    Elly -Indiana-

  • Darlene Franklin says:

    Heidi, anyone who doesn’t like chocolate chip is their favorite is lying! Well, obviously not. But they are terrific cookies, and good either in a crispy version or cake version.

  • I love Macadamia nut cookies! But I recently found a recipe for pumpkin cookies with brown sugar frosting that has become a favorite as well.

    Thanks for the giveaway! Sounds like a wonderful collection.
    visionwriter2 at Gmail dot com.

  • Janette says:

    I’d probably say my favorite cookie is the monster cookie. Or peanut butter. Sounds like a fun collection!

  • Susieq says:

    Love to make and eat variations of the chocolate chip cookie using MacNuts or M&Ms or toffee bits or Nestle’s Crunch or rice cereal or something else to give it more crunch.
    Thanks for the giveaway and review!

  • Darlene Franklin says:

    Amber, pumpkin with brown sugar sounds wonderful. Give me the donut or cake, please.

  • Darlene Franklin says:

    Janette, it is a fun collection. What’s a monster cookie?

  • Darlene Franklin says:

    Susieq, I love butterscotch and peanut butter chips. White chocolate chips. They’re all yummy. If I can keep them in the bag until I bake them. . .

  • We have a recipe my husband likes to bake for get-togethers and the recipients like to take a few home too. They are large cookies with oatmeal base, spices, and nut varieties. Y*U*M
    Kathleen – Lane Hill House

  • Shaun Paulsen says:

    My favorite cookie to make and eat is oatmeal cookies.

  • Darlene Franklin says:

    Kathleen, Shaun, Oatmeal seems to be running a close second to chocolate chip. I like a good oatmeal cookie. I should. I eat oatmeal every morning.

  • Karen G. says:

    I love baking my Chocolate Chip Cherry cookies and for the CHRISTmas holiday, I always bake White Chocolate Dipped Cherry Shortbread cookies. I used to bake a different kind of cookie every year for the cookie swap and always came home with 13 dozen different kinds of cookies. I retired 7 years ago and no longer do the cookie swap – I really miss it.

  • Darlene Franklin says:

    Oh, Karen, white chocolate dipped cherry shortbread cookies definitely make my mouth water than anything I’ve heard so far. Oh, my. How absolutely delicious!

  • Patty says:

    I love to bake! I ran across a recipe for Pineapple Drop cookies a few years back that i love.

  • Debra Smith says:

    I love to bake chocolate chip cookies. Thanks for a chance to win.

  • Janet Estridge says:

    My favorite cookie to eat and bake would be Gingersnaps.
    You can’t beat the combination of gingersnap cookies, hot tea, and your book.
    Thanks for the recipe.

  • Darlene Franklin says:

    Patty, Pineapple Drop–interesting idea.

  • Darlene Franklin says:

    Debra, another chocolate chip lover. Yum.

  • Darlene Franklin says:

    Janet, Gingersnaps. An occasional treat for me, but hearing your description reminded me how good they can be.

  • Maryann says:

    My favorite cookies to bake are snickerdoodles because they are pretty simple and taste great! My favorite cookies to eat are chocolate chip with walnuts. So yummy!
    Your story sounds wonderful Darlene. My husbands aunt and his dad were both bee keepers. His aunt would always give us honey! I usually used it in tea, but cookies would have been a great idea too.
    Shannon, thank you for hosting Darlene.

  • Linda Moffitt says:

    Those cookies sound really good my go to cookie right now is chocolate peanut butter no bakes
    Thanks for the chance to win your book sounds really good

  • stvannatter says:

    I have a winner! Janette won the drawing. I appreciate Darlene for being my guest and everyone else for stopping by.

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