Darlene Panzera is the winner of the “Make Your Dreams Come True” contest sponsored by Avon Books. The win led her novella, The Bet, to be published with Debbie Macomber’s Family Affair. The award-winning novella (chosen in a blind-read by Debbie Macomber) was then published as a full length novel retitled, Bet You’ll Marry Me. Born and raised in New Jersey, Darlene is now a resident of the Pacific Northwest where she lives with her husband and three children. When not writing she enjoys spending time with her family, two horses, and loves: camping, hiking, photography, and lazy days at the lake.
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Peppermint Hot Chocolate Cupcakes
Recipe by Malorie Gibson of Jackson, New Jersey (author's niece)
2 cups flour, 2 cups sugar, 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder, 1-1/2 teaspoons baking soda,
1-1/2 cups milk, 1/2 cup butter, 1 teaspoon vanilla, 1 teaspoon peppermint extract, 2 eggs
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Measure out everything except the eggs directly into your mixer bowl.
Then mix on low speed until incorporated. Continue to beat on high speed for 2 minutes. Add eggs, beat on high speed for another 2 minutes. Cook 15-20 minutes till toothpick comes out clean.
For the ganache:
1/2 cup heavy cream, 8 ounces good semisweet chocolate chips, ¼ tsp vanilla
Bring heavy cream and vanilla to a boil, then stir in chocolate chips until melted and remove from heat. Let sit for about an hour … Until ready to be put in the middle of the cupcake.
2 sticks butter, 1/2 cup cocoa, 4 cups confectioner’s sugar, 1 tsp vanilla, 1 tsp peppermint extract
Beat butter on high for about 30 seconds until soft. Add cocoa and 1 cup of sugar and beat until incorporated . Add vanilla, peppermint and the remainder of sugar and beat until incorporated.
After cupcakes are cooked and cooled take a knife and cut a hole in the middle of the cupcake (reserve the top) pour or spoon the ganache in the middle of the cupcake and replace the top. Frost the top of the cupcake and garnish with some chopped peppermint candies if desired .. Enjoy!
Series: The Cupcake Diaries #4
Length: 176 pages
Publisher: Avon Impulse (November 26, 2013)
In this special Christmas novella from Darlene Panzera, THE CUPCAKE DIARIES: Spoonful of Christmas continues the adventures of three cupcake-loving women who work to keep their dream cupcake shop open while balancing love, family, and friendship.
When businessman Preston Pennyworth offers to buy Creative Cupcakes for a million dollars, the women are startled by his offer. Friends Andi, Kim, and Rachel have put everything into the shop and don’t want to give it up. Despite refusing the expensive offer, their worries are starting to pile up—just in time for the Christmas season. Between Andi’s concerns about a potential cross-country move, Rachel’s wedding-day stress, and Kim’s love life woes, the spirit of the season seems to be lacking! With the added stress of the holiday season, the women can’t help but imaging the possibilities of the offer.
Things change when Andi decides to organize a Christmas party for the foster kids in the area and the whole town gets involved. The women of Creative Cupcakes are reminded of what truly matters, as they realize the best things in life are close to home! But, when the shop is vandalized, the foster kids’ gifts are stolen, and Rachel’s wedding is sabotaged by a real life Grinch, the women can’t help but feel hopeless on Christmas. Will their Christmases be saved?
In this warm and heartfelt add-on to THE CUPCAKE DIARIES trilogy, Darlene Panzera’s Christmas novella will captivate reader’s hearts and capture the true meaning of Christmas.
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