Sunday, August 9, 2015

Bake, Love, Write...Week 2

For the month of August I'm featuring several of the recipes from the book Bake, Love, Write: 105 Authors Share Dessert Recipes and Advice on Love and Writing. 


Brenda Novak: Caramel Apples

The best caramel I’ve ever tasted! I make these every Halloween. My family LOVES them! Serves 6.

1 cup sugar
3/4 cup white corn syrup
1 can sweetened condensed milk
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup butter
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
6 medium-sized apples

Cook sugar, white corn syrup, sweetened condensed milk, and salt over medium heat to soft-ball stage. Remove from heat and let cool slightly. Stir in butter and vanilla extract. Quickly dip 6 med-sized apples and place on waxed paper.

New York Times & USA Today Bestselling Author Brenda Novak is the author of fifty books. A four-time Rita nominee, she has won many awards, including the National Reader’s Choice, the Bookseller’s Best, the Book Buyer’s Best, the Daphne, and the Holt Medallion. She also runs Brenda Novak for the Cure, a charity to raise money for diabetes research (her youngest son has this disease). To date, she’s raised $2.5 million. For more about Brenda, please visit

Debra Holland: Strawberry Pretzel Dessert

1-1/2 cups salted pretzels, crushed
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup butter, melted
9 ounces Cool Whip, thawed
8 ounces cream cheese
2 packages (3 ounces each) strawberry Jell-O
2 packages (10 ounces each) frozen strawberries, partially thawed
2 cups boiling water

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Mix pretzels with butter and 1/2 cup sugar. Pat into a 9”x13” pan. Bake for 10 minutes.

Blend cream cheese and 1/2 cup sugar. Fold in Cool Whip. Spread over pretzel crust. Place in refrigerator to cool.

Dissolve Jell-O with the 2 cups boiling water. Add partially thawed strawberries. Place in refrigerator to thicken slightly.  Once slightly thickened, spread over cream cheese mixture.
Let set overnight. Cut into squares to serve.

Psychotherapist Debra Holland, Ph.D is the New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author of the Montana Sky Series, sweet, historical Western romance. She’s a three-time Romance Writers of America Golden Heart finalist and one-time winner. In 2013, Amazon selected Starry Montana Sky as one of the Top 50 Greatest Love Stories.
Debra is also the author of The Gods’ Dream Trilogy (fantasy romance) and the nonfiction book, The Essential Guide to Grief and Grieving. She’s a contributing author to The Naked Truth About Self-Publishing. Sign up for her newsletter at

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Includes contributions by NY Times and USA Today Bestselling Authors
What do most authors have in common, no matter what genre they write? They love desserts. Sweets sustain them through pending deadlines and take the sting out of crushing rejection letters and nasty reviews. They also often celebrate their successes--selling a book, winning a writing award, making a bestseller list, or receiving a fabulous review--with decadent indulgences. And when authors chat with each other, they often talk about their writing and their lives. Recipes. Writing. Relationships. In this cookbook 105 authors not only share their favorite recipes for fabulous cakes, pies, cookies, candy, and more, they also share the best advice they've ever received on love and writing.    


Have a great week, Everyone!


  1. This sounds good, and the older I get the more I crave salty & sweet desserts.

    1. The best thing about these recipes is how easy they seem to make! Thanks for visiting today.

  2. This is a brilliant idea for so many writers to get together with these recipes! Thanks for sharing it Angela. I love it. I was fortunate to interview Brenda Novak who is awesome, so it's cool to see one of her recipes. A romance author who's also a therapist is amazingly cool! I'll bet she has some great stories to share. Hope your day is totally soothing and stress-free. Hugs...Ro.

    1. Brenda's recipe reminds me of my childhood Halloweens. My next door neighbor would always hand out caramel apples as treats! Thanks for stopping by, RO!!

  3. mmmm lovethis Angela
    By hanks for sharing

    1. The great thing about these two recipes are how easy they are to make. Thanks, Vicki, for visiting!

  4. I love jello recipes and this one sounds great!

    1. Yes, it does sound great. If you try it, Red, please let me know how it turns out. Thanks for stopping by today!

  5. who knew Brenda Novak specialized in caramel apples.

    1. The caramel apple recipe sounds easy and delicious! Thanks for visiting, Morgan!

  6. The last time I had a caramel apple, I broke a tooth! It was a good 30 years ago at a country fair and I haven't had one since. Your post is an excellent idea for sharing recipes. Marion

    1. I'm honored to have these fabulous authors share their recipes with us. There are still more to come over the next several weeks. I'm grateful to my RWA chapter mate, Lois Winston, for helping me coordinate the month of recipes. Thanks, Marion, for visiting today!