Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder and Chocolate Chip Crunch Cookies

This books was the inspiration for the page.  It wasn’t until I began buying ingredients for the amazing recipes inside this book that I realized that this was not the first time a book has lead me to the kitchen.  It was remembering those successes and failures that made me want to catalog them, and see if anyone else out there had had a similar experience.



Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder

Hannah Swensen Mystery #1

by Joanne Fluke


Published 2 . 1 . 2001

From Amazon:

Discover the delicious mystery that started it all!


No one cooks up a delectable, suspense-filled mystery quite like Hannah Swensen, Joanne Fluke’s dessert-baking, red-haired heroine whose gingersnaps are as tart as her comebacks, and whose penchant for solving crimes—one delicious clue at a time—has made her a bestselling favorite. And it all began on these pages, with a bakery, a murder, and some suddenly scandalous chocolate-chip crunchies. Featuring a bonus short story and brand new, mouthwatering recipes, this limited edition of the very first Hannah Swensen mystery is sure to have readers coming back for seconds…

Hannah Swenson already has her hands full trying to dodge her mother’s attempts to marry her off while running The Cookie Jar, Lake Eden, Minnesota’s most popular bakery. But once Ron LaSalle, the beloved delivery man from the Cozy Cow Dairy, is found murdered behind her bakery with Hannah’s famous Chocolate Chip Crunchies scattered around him, her life just can’t get any worse. Determined not to let her cookies get a bad reputation, she sets out to track down a killer.

Who would have the sheer audacity—and the motive—to kill the most punctual delivery man Hannah ever had? Topping the list is the high school football coach. What exactly was his wife doing, making the rounds with the milkman? Could Max Turner, owner of Cozy Cow Dairy, have had a secret he didn’t want to share with his top employee? The more Hannah snoops, the more suspects turn up. Why has Lake Eden’s most prominent prodigal son, Benton Woodley, just resurfaced? And what about the mysterious Mr. Harris who seemed interested in buying the property next to the dairy, but then disappeared? This is one murder that’s starting to leave a very bad taste in Hannah’s mouth. And if she doesn’t watch her back, Hannah’s sweet life may get burned to a crisp.

Filled with a healthy sprinkling of humor and a delightful assortment of nuts, CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIE MURDER serves up a great new mystery series and introduces a delicious, down-home sleuth that mystery readers will surely savor for years to come.



Chocolate Chip Crunch Cookies  

A Recipe from the Novel.



1 cup butter

1 cup white sugar

1 cup brown sugar

2 teaspoons baking soda

1 teaspoon salt

2 teaspoons vanilla

2 eggs beaten (you can beat them with a fork)

2.5 cups flour (do not sift)

2 cups crushed cornflakes ( just crush them with your hands)

1- 2 cup chocolate chips.



Preheat Oven to 375 degrees F

Melt butter and add in sugars.  Stir till combined. Add baking soda, salt, vanilla, and beaten eggs.  Mix well.

Add flour and stir. Follow with cornflakes and chocolate chips.  Mix thoroughly.

Form dough into walnut sized balls and place on cookie sheet.  Slightly flatten with a greased or floured spatula.

Bake for 8-1

0 mins.  Allow to cool for 2 minutes on the cookie sheet and then remove to wire rack to cool completely. (This is imperative for crunchy texture).



What I thought: 

These were surprisingly good.  I wish I had used dark brown sugar, and that I had used 2 cups crushed cornflakes rather than 2 cups cornflakes crushed  for more of the crispy texture.  Also,  I wasn’t sure how much to crush the flakes either, but just crushing them a little bit, not too fine worked out well for me.  While the cookies were warm, the cornflakes were not crispy.  The longer you let them cool, the better.  I took a bunch to work, and sent a bunch with my husband when he went to work so far, only positive reviews!  I would totally make them again!




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