“Cookies Make Everything Better”
Of all the intense and dangerous and steamy things that happen to Kris and Jericho in Spring Tide, this scene in the kitchen is one of readers’ favorites. (Edited to remove spoilers!)
It was too much to take in….the life I’d always known blown to bits.
“This isn’t happening.” I stood. “I’m baking.”
“Baking won’t change who you are.”
“Cookies make everything better.”
I beat the living crud out of butter, sugar, eggs, and vanilla, added the dry ingredients, and dosed the batter onto sheets. As I closed the oven door he turned me around, putting me firmly against him. As his tongue crossed my lips, my heart didn’t slow; it fluttered and began to pound furiously—the Great Chicago Fire. There was no dive, no submersion, no drowning, but white-hot burning that far surpassed what I’d felt previously. My arms moved up his neck, pulling hard to bring him closer as I was practically crawling up his body to get deeper into him. He brought my legs around his waist, his breathing short. We were charged, the heaviest attraction increasing with every second.
“Feel the difference?” he said, voice thick.
“We’re in balance now.”
He lowered his face to mine, and he was the world.
Once the cookies had cooled, I picked up one and gave him another. While getting the milk out of the fridge, I dropped the carton and spilled a quarter-gallon all over the floor. After cleaning it up, I turned to get another cookie.
Crumbs! “You ate them all? You didn’t save one for me?”
“I’m sorry, really liked them. Again, really sorry, didn’t mean to. So good.”
What are these amazing treats that Jericho can’t get enough of? They’re called lace cookies. When K was a sophomore in high school (long time ago), a friend’s mom would bake them as an after-school snack, and the friend’s brother could cram them down his throat as fast as they came out of the oven. (Yep, this is how fiction is written, one quirky memory buried in the subconscious that comes out later.)
If you partake in the cookie-baking arts, or if you need a break from the surprises in your own life, give the recipe a try. Kris wrote out the card, so if you can’t read it, don’t blame us.
- Preheat the oven to 350.
- Melt in a small saucepan over medium heat, stirring constantly:
¼ cup corn syrup
¼ cup butter
½ cup brown sugar
- Remove from heat. Mix in:
1/3 cup flour
½ cup finely chopped almonds
- Drop 1 tbsp of batter onto well-greased baking sheet or silicon mat. The cookies will spread big time, so limit to 4 cookies per 9 x 11 sheet.
- Bake 6 – 8 minutes.
- Remove from oven and let cool before you move to cooling racks.
If the cookies are too brittle to move, re-warm them for a couple of minutes, then move to racks.