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Scones for the Holidays

fullsizeoutput_41e.jpegThese vanilla scones feature chocolate chips, which melt slightly into the dough around them as they bake, making for an especially enticing presentation. Top with sparkling course sugar or my family’s favorite–salted caramel chocolate truffle spread.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 6 tablespoons butter, cut into pieces
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • 1/4 cup vanilla yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon Key Lime juice
  • A few tablespoons of milk.
  • Optional: 2 tablespoons course sparkling sugar for sprinkling on top
  • Optional: salted caramel chocolate truffle spread

Materials

  • Bowl
  • Electric Mixer or Spoon
  • Knife
  • Scone Pan (lightly greased)
  • Measuring Spoon
  • Measuring Cup
  • Toothpick

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 375°F. Lightly grease the scone pan.
  2. Add the dry ingredients to a bowl. Add the butter and work it into the dry ingredients until the mixture is crumbly using an electric mixer or spoon. Gently mix the chocolate chips with the dry ingredients.
  3. Stir together the eggs, yogurt, vanilla extract, and Key Lime Juice. Add to the dry ingredients and stir very gently, just until combined. The dough will be resemble cookie dough.
  4. Scoop the dough into the scone pan. Sprinkle the top of each scone with milk and (optional) sprinkle with coarse sparkling sugar.
  5. Bake the scones for 20 to 24 minutes, or until lightly browned and a toothpick inserted into a scone comes out dry. Remove from the oven, and serve warm.

Optional: Top with salted caramel chocolate truffle spread and let it melt slightly before eating.

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Scones can be stored at room temperature for several days. Freeze for longer storage.

(You are not going to need to freeze them. Just serve them with coffee and they will magically disappear. Make sure you grab one for yourself!)


While you enjoy a scone and coffee, why not listen to a good book? Starter Zone, the first book of my new YA/LitRPG series, The Revelation Chronicles, is now available on Audible!

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When hydrologists inscribe the consciousness of a human mind onto a single drop of water, a Revelation sweeps the land. The wealthy race to upload their minds into self-contained virtual realities nicknamed Aquariums. In these containers people achieve every hope, dream, and desire. But governments wage war for control of the technology. Terrorist attacks cause massive destruction. The Aquariums fail. Inscribed human minds leech into the water cycle, wreaking havoc.

Street gangs rule the cities in the three years since the fall of civilization. Sixteen-year-old Cami and her younger sister Alby struggle to survive. Every drop of untreated water puts their lives in peril. Caught and imprisoned by soldiers who plan to sell them into slavery, Cami will do anything to escape and rescue her sister. Even if it means leaving the real word for a life in the realms, a new game-like reality created by the hydrologists for the chosen few.

But life in the realms isn’t as simple as it seems. Magic, combat, gear scores, quests, and dungeons are all puzzles to be solved as the sisters navigate their new surroundings. And they encounter more dangerous enemies than any they faced in the real world.

Time to play the game.

Available Now At:

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