Blackberry Cookies and a Book: The Tuscan Child by Rhys Bowen

With the summer coming to an end, my blackberries are in overdrive. I have way too many and don't know what to do with them. Pinterest is my friend. I did a search for blackberry everything and came across this delicious cookie recipe. I think I ate way to many in one sitting. Ugh!

These cookies would pair wonderfully with a good book, maybe this book by Rhys Bowen. I really enjoyed this historical fiction full of mystery and deceit during world war 2. 

Goodreads Summary: A novel about a woman who braves her father’s hidden past to discover his secrets…

In 1944, British bomber pilot Hugo Langley parachuted from his stricken plane into the verdant fields of German-occupied Tuscany. Badly wounded, he found refuge in a ruined monastery and in the arms of Sofia Bartoli. But the love that kindled between them was shaken by an irreversible betrayal.

Nearly thirty years later, Hugo’s estranged daughter, Joanna, has returned home to the English countryside to arrange her father’s funeral. Among his personal effects is an unopened letter addressed to Sofia. In it is a startling revelation.

Still dealing with the emotional wounds of her own personal trauma, Joanna embarks on a healing journey to Tuscany to understand her father’s history—and maybe come to understand herself as well. Joanna soon discovers that some would prefer the past be left undisturbed, but she has come too far to let go of her father’s secrets now…

Check out the full recipe at Butter with a side of Bread


  • 1 cup butter, softened to room temperature
  • 1 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 1/4 cups flour + 2 TBSP flour, divided
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 3 cups quick oats
  • 1 cup white chocolate chips
  • 1 cup blackberries, quartered (if your blackberries are huge, you might cut them into sixths or even eighths!)

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