What Kind of Cookie Do You Write?

“The digital audience doesn’t want different things; they want good story well told. There is no genre dominance, only well-crafted, well-told story dominance.” To compare books to a popular consumer product, Golden Oreos are profitable not because they are golden but because they are Oreos. As with all the other genres and flavors of Oreos.” Bruce White, a Fortune 500 management and process expert.

This statement came up in a discussion of marketing recently here at Book View Café.  What followed became a discussion of which cookie describes our writing. A family favorite came immediately to mind, substantial enough to satisfy a Cub Scout den, different enough to take to a party.

This treat has familiar flavors that blend in fun ways and surprise you with special nuggets. So I present to you my writing cookie:


MARCH 2014 012

Cream together

½ C crunchy peanut butter

1/3 C softened butter, margarine, or shortening

¾ C brown sugar

¾ C white sugar.


2 eggs

2 tsp Vanilla

Mix into the creamed ingredients

1 C flour

1 tsp baking powder

Spread cookie dough evenly in a 13X9 pan. Sprinkle top with 6-12 oz semi-sweet chocolate chips.

Bake at 350 10 minutes, just until chocolate chips are gooey. With a knife swirl the chocolate into the dough. Put back into the oven an additional 20 minutes or until a toothpick dipped into the center of the pan comes out clean.

Let completely cool on a wire rack before cutting.


About Phyllis Irene Radford

Irene Radford has been writing stories ever since she figured out what a pencil was for. A member of an endangered species—a native Oregonian who lives in Oregon—she and her husband make their home in Welches, Oregon where deer, bears, coyotes, hawks, owls, and woodpeckers feed regularly on their back deck. A museum trained historian, Irene has spent many hours prowling pioneer cemeteries deepening her connections to the past. Raised in a military family she grew up all over the US and learned early on that books are friends that don’t get left behind with a move. Her interests and reading range from ancient history, to spiritual meditations, to space stations, and a whole lot in between. Mostly Irene writes fantasy and historical fantasy including the best-selling Dragon Nimbus Series and the masterwork Merlin’s Descendants series. In other lifetimes she writes urban fantasy as P.R. Frost or Phyllis Ames, and space opera as C.F. Bentley. Later this year she ventures into Steampunk as someone else. If you wish information on the latest releases from Ms Radford, under any of her pen names, you can subscribe to her newsletter: www.ireneradford.net Promises of no spam, merely occasional updates and news of personal appearances.


What Kind of Cookie Do You Write? — 5 Comments

  1. The title of this post made me jump! I wrote about the same topic in my blog a while back. But I did not include seductive recipe details 🙂
    Here’s my post, if you want to compare — it turns out I’m just a simple sugar-cookie kind of girl.
    Cookies and smut

    • Looks like cookies as writing metaphors abound. Phyl, you now need to write decadently rich…smut? Pat Bowne’s blog nearly describes sinful rich cookie decadence with chocolate chips. Makes my oatmeal raisin look boring!