Easy Kitchen Magic: Chocolate Shortbread

By Lynn Cahoon

Writing the Kitchen Witch series has me researching potions, teas, and spells from history but I’ve always thought that creating food and memories in the kitchen was the true magic that we can all bring to our lives. If we have the time.

Anytime you can get away with one bowl, one pan, I’m a happy baker. I don’t like having to run the dishwasher just to make a batch of cookies.

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  1. In a bowl, whisk together 2 1/4 cups flour, 1/4 cup granulated sugar, ¼ cup cocoa, and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Stir in a cup of melted butter. Press the dough into the pan, and bake 35 to 45 minutes.
  2. As soon as it comes out of the oven, shower the top with more sugar and be generous. Use a butter knife to cut the shortbread into bites in the pan while it’s still hot. Let cool, then break apart.

New York Times bestselling author Lynn Cahoon introduces a new heroine with her own special brand of culinary magic in this novella to introduce her Kitchen Witch series.
When Mia Malone’s grandmother asks her to take a week away from her restaurant job and come to Magic Springs, Idaho, she’s happy to oblige. Like Mia, Grans has witchcraft running through her veins, and life with her is never boring. Plus, the cause is a good one—helping Grans get the local food bank up and running again. But there’s an unappetizing surprise in store. While Mia is knee-deep in boxes of donated produce, she encounters the body of Dorian Alexander.
Dorian was a warlock, leader of the local coven. He was also her Grans’ new beau. There’s no potion that’ll make this trouble disappear. But if Mia wants to keep her Grans—now a prime suspect—from serving a spell in prison, she’ll have to unearth the real killer fast. . .