Wednesday, December 12, 2018

#Holidayrecipe --Pineapple-Macadamia Nut Cookies from a #Tirgearr author-- #BookQW word is IMMEDIATE-- excerpt from Kathleen Rowland's work-in-progress, Bittersweet Alliance!

Book Quote Wednesday's word is immediate, and here is a short excerpt from my work-in-progress, Bittersweet Alliance, book 3 of the Donahue Cousin's series with Tirgearr Publishing. This new book takes place on the Big Island of Hawaii. Please stay for a recipe, Pineapple-Macadamia Nut Cookies, made by the heroine. And, yes, Jolene is a surfer.


Chapter One

 

Seven years since their breakup, Jolene Kualoha spotted Danker Donahue, ambling from the parking lot toward the store. She recognized him by his height and long gait. Nuts, here he was, ducking his head to miss the bell overhead. It tinkled, and a strange twisting sensation hit her in the stomach.

This happened at the Kalua-Kona Food Emporium on a Sunday morning in July. She stared from where she stood near the avocados. His dangerous edge drew her in, but she turned her back to him. Her body reverberated like when her cell phone was on vibrate in her pocket. Stunned with minor electric shock, she couldn’t move.  Maybe he wouldn’t see her.  Wouldn’t recognize the back of her head or the once familiar shape of her ass.

Was someone waiting for him in the parking lot? Someone like Louella, the baby momma who’d summoned him for an immediate DNA test? Envy? Of course. She and Danker were a couple when the test confirmed his fatherhood. For a split second she craned her head around but didn’t see her with him.

Jolene had pulled away, giving him space to work on his previous relationship for the sake of their child. The most shameful thing a woman can do is take parents away from a baby.



Still under the influence of my recent trip to Hawaii. The recipe is a long time favorite with a switch to macadamia nuts from walnuts. The crushed pineapple is easy but chopping chunks of pineapple may give more pineapple taste. A deliciously sweet pineapple cookie with sea salt macadamia nuts. Yum.


Recipe for Pineapple-Macadamia Nut Cookies, made by Jolene Kualoha in Bittersweet Alliance, a work-in-progress

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F
Use parchment paper to cover the cookie sheet or lightly grease the cookie sheet before use
Makes approximately 4 dozen 2-inch cookies
1 Cup sugar
1 Cup dark brown sugar
1 Cup shortening
3 Eggs
2 Teaspoons vanilla
3 1/2 Cups all purpose flour
1/2 Teaspoon salt
1 Cup chopped pineapple or crushed pineapple
1 Teaspoon baking soda
1 Cup roughly chopped sea salt macadamia nuts
Cream shortening and sugars until well blended. Add one egg at a time and beat well after each. Add the vanilla and mix.
Whisk the salt through the flour, set aside.
Stir the baking soda through the pineapple. It will foam a bit. Set aside.
Add the pineapple to the creamed mixture and gradually add the flour until just incorporated.
Fold in the nuts.
Spoon batter onto the prepared cookie sheets and bake until slightly golden. About 12 minutes.

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