Sunday, October 27, 2013

TSS: Cookies, Outback Dreams and a Giveaway :)

Earlier in October I read OUTBACK DREAMS by Rachael Johns ... loved this rural romance set in Australia and drooled over Faith's baked goodies. 

I made a promise to share, if I got my hands on the recipe for Faith's famous Custard and White Chocolate Cookies so here it is  ... the recipe that is, not the biscuits. 

"Anyway, right now my stomach is crying neglect. Do you have any of your famous custard and white choc-chip cookies in that esky?"
"I can't believe you're hungry already. We've barely been on the road half an hour." But she was already unclicking her seatbelt. "Pull over."
While faith retrieved the snacks, Monty drummed his fingers on the steering wheel and brainstormed safe topics of conversation. He'd never had to think about such things with Faith before; come to think of it, he'd never had to with any woman.
She returned moments later with a large Tupperware container and as she peeled back the lid, the familiar aroma filled the cab.

Faith's Custard & White Chocolate Cookies Biscuits ;)

140g butter, softened
175g caster sugar
1 egg
½ tsp vanilla extract
225g self-raising flour
85g custard powder
85g white chocolate chips (I doubled that)

Heat oven to 180C/160C fan forced (that's 356/320 for US peeps)
  • Line two baking trays with baking paper
  • Cream the butter and sugar in mixer until light and fluffy
  • Add lightly whisked egg and vanilla and mix well.
  • Sift in the flour and custard powder and mix until a dough is formed
  • Throw in the choc chips and work together by hand
  • Form the dough into small balls, place them on the baking tray and press down lightly. Be sure to leave a gap because they spread.
  • Bake for 10-15 mins until golden. Remove and cool on a wire rack (mine took 10mins)
  • Try not to scoff the whole batch in one go! (Rachael Johns you are so right lol) 

Ok go bake your own ... they're YUM I promise :)

and now I have another sweet treat for you ... 

2 copies of OUTBACK DREAMS thanks to Harlequin Aust - print copy Aus/NZ & eBook copy International. Just tell me your favourite cookie/biscuit and I'll put you in the draw. 

Extra Entries: (completely optional)
+2 leave a comment on my review of OUTBACK DREAMS
+2 tweet giveaway and leave a link

Giveaway ends 7th November, winners will be drawn via and announced on my blog. Good luck everyone!

Faith and Monty are both looking for love...but they’re looking in the wrong direction.

Faith Forrester is at a crossroads. Single, thirty and living on a farm in a small Western Australian town, she’s sick of being treated like a kitchen slave by her brother and father. Ten years ago, her mother died of breast cancer, and Faith has been treading water ever since. She wants to get her hands dirty on the family farm. She wants to prove to herself that she’s done something worthwhile with her life. And she wants to find a man...

For as long as he can remember, Daniel ‘Monty’ Montgomery has been Faith’s best friend. When he was ten, his parents sold the family property and moved to Perth, and ever since, Monty’s dreamed of having his own farm. So for the last ten years, he’s been back on the land, working odd jobs and saving every dollar to put toward his dream. Now he finally has the deposit. But there’s still something missing...

So when Faith embarks on a mission to raise money for a charity close to her heart, and Monty’s dream property comes on the market, things seem like they are falling into place for them both. Until a drunken night out ends with them sleeping together. Suddenly, the best friends are faced with a new load of challenges...

Monty and Faith are both ready to find a life partner and settle down, but have they both been looking in all the wrong places?

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  1. Not entering, me and ebooks are so eh.

    But the cookies! mmmmm

  2. Those sound delish!!! And my fave is my mom's Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe!! Talk about YUMMMMMMMMMMMMMM!!!!!

  3. Awesome giveaway! But the cookies??? Yes, please. So delicious. I'm in the US and love black & white cookies.

  4. My favorite cookies are my mom's chocolate chip cookies but this actually look really fab-I've been very in to white chocolate lately for some reason.

  5. I am not entering...too many books! LOL But the cookies look so delicious...enjoy your week!


  6. I am entering! My favourite is afghans, yummy and chocolate with walnut in top. But I am going to try these.

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  8. My fave peanut butter cookies. Thanks for the giveaway. I'm in Australia.

  9. For me it's a toss-up between shortbread and gingersnaps.
    Thanks for the chance to win a copy (eBook)!

  10. Oh, the cookies look delightful! I wish they would just appear in my cookie jar!

  11. Yum on the biscuits & the book.

    I love ANZAC biscuits best. (Can you tell I'm Australian?)

    +2 left a comment on your review of OUTBACK DREAMS

  12. Look good to me! My favorite cookies are pretty much anything with chocolate! I'd love to be entered :)

  13. I like any kind of biscuit, but one I loved from my childhood and have also made for my kids are Cornflakes biscuits. And like you I always double the amount of choc chips a recipe specifies.

    Outback Dreams sounds like a fabulous read and something I would really enjoy. I love a friends to lovers storyline.

  14. My favourite cookies are white chocolate and raspberry :)

  15. ANZAC biscuits for me also!! Just that wonderful taste:)

    +2 for comment on your review....and thanks for the opportunity:) Can't wait to read this one.

  16. I would have to go with white chocolate and macadamia nuts dunked in coffee, yummo! Although Lorna's white chocolate and raspberry sound good too.

  17. Thanks so much for the giveaway :) These biscuits look delicious, my favourite are shortbread. I'm Australian and would love to win the physical copy. I left a comment on your review and I also tweeted for extra entries.

  18. As an equal opportunity American cookie/biscuit lover I'd be hard pressed to tell you my favorite kind of cookie. However there is one that whose aroma and taste can take me back to my childhood and some of my greatest memories.

    These Irresistible Graham Cracker Cookies as they are known contain most if not all of the ingredients that make up the original treat. I and many other children and adults from summer camp know them as magic bars. I've included a link to the recipe just in case you're interested. I've got to warn you these are magic and hard to resist!

    1. Here's the link for my tweet.
      I look forward to trying to make Faith's cookies. I have family members with egg allergies so it'll be interesting to see how I get around that without making any sacrifices in taste!


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