Aunt Dimity's Death: Beth's Cookies

Last week, I finished reading this book. It's on the list of 100 Favorite Mysteries of the 20th Century.

As the Publishers Weekly review on Amazon says, "Despite its buoyant tone, this blend of fairy tale, ghost story, romance and mystery proves a disappointment."

I agree. It's cute, but not my cup of tea. In fact, there were too many cups of tea. Too English. There's a mystery but no suspense. It's just the kind of book that my wife likes though. Me? I prefer mysteries with tough guys and dangerous dames.

Anyhoo, the book contained a recipe at the back for Beth's Cookies. Beth is the mother of Lori Shepherd, the main protagonist. From the way the author wrote and the reaction of the characters in the book as they eat these cookies, you'd have thought they induced an instant orgasm. So we decided to make them.

They are good but not great. The secret is cooking the raisins in the boiling water. You end up with plump raisins. Note that this recipes makes 72 cookies, so if you don't want to be eating them for a long time, adjust accordingly.

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