I have a special treat – and its surprising that I’m actually letting this happen on my blog, but I love Reece’s Peanut Butter Cups, so I’ll forgive Kaira this time 🙂
 In HERE, HOME, HOPE, my protagonist, Kelly, loves Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups. In fact, she craves them. It may be surprising then that I don’t like chocolate. I know, I’m here, as a guest on a Chocolate and Writing blog and (shhhh) I never have liked chocolate. Trick or Treat was a complete bummer. Everyone gave out chocolate candy. The only choices left to me? Candy corn, and there’s only so much candy corn a girl can take.
     So why in the world does Kelly crave chocolate? I’m not sure, but I imagine it’s due to the influence of all my chocolate-loving friends. And that’s the writing life, really. It’s not about your story – it can’t be. It’s your take on the world, sure, but with a twist.
     Kelly has many of my characteristics – many more we don’t share. I love her like a friend, but I don’t have a friend exactly like her. That’s what I love about fiction, that’s what I love about creating stories. My life is enriched through my characters, and I hope, in turn, my characters enrich readers’ lives.
     Naturally, my recipe includes Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups! Enjoy!

Kaira Rouda, Author,
HERE, HOME, HOPE – debut novel

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1 egg
1/2 c. butter
1/2 c. peanut butter
1/2 c. white sugar
1/2 c. brown sugar
1/2 tsp. vanilla
1/2 tsp. salt
3/4 tsp. baking soda
1 1/4 c. flour
1 (14 oz.) bag Reese’s mini peanut butter cups
Mix together all ingredients except Reese’s cups. Roll dough into small balls. Place balls in small paper candy cups and place on cookie sheet. Bake 8 to 10 minutes in 350 degrees or until light brown. Place 1 Reese’s peanut butter cup in center of each cookie. Let cool completely on cookie sheet. Makes 4 dozen.