Wednesday, December 3, 2014

A Writer’s Sweet Tooth: Christmas Cookies

Who likes Christmas cookies? Do you have a favorite kind, or do you pretty much like them all, like someone I know, ahem?

We asked our authors to share some of their favorite cookies (or their character's) with us and we're delighted to share them with you. Share yours with us in the comments! We even located some recipes for you - just click on the cookie name.

Jerusha Agen says, "For snow lover Nye Sanders (in This Dance), her favorite Christmas cookie is a big snowflake-shaped, frosted sugar cookie."

(This Dance is FREE on Kindle 12/3-12/5!)

Betty Thomason Owens says Nancy Sanderson's favorite is Thumbprint cookies with currant jelly.

Fay Lamb tells us that Libby’s favorite cookie is an M&M Cookie, no matter the season.

(Meet Libby for the first time in Charisse - FREE on Kindle 12/2-12/4!)

Sheryl Holmes - Chocolate dipped Almond Biscotti

Elizabeth Noyes provides a recipe for her hunky rancher/ranger cowboy Garrett Cameron's favorite Christmas treat, Snickerdoodles. You can read about Garrett in Imperfect Wings.



½ c. salted butter, softened
½ c. vegetable shortening
1½ c. plus 2 T. sugar
2 medium eggs
2¾ c. all-purpose flour
2 t. cream of tartar
1 t. baking soda
¼ t. salt
2 t. ground cinnamon


Preheat oven to 400°.

Combine the butter, shortening, 1½ cups sugar with the eggs. Beat with an electric mixer on medium until creamy and well mixed (about 2 minutes).

Sift together the flour, cream of tartar, baking soda, and salt. Stir into the shortening mixture in small amounts, until well blended.

In a separate bowl, stir together the remaining 2 tablespoons sugar with the cinnamon.

Shape the dough into 1½-inch balls. Roll each ball in the cinnamon-sugar until coated. Arrange the dough balls 2-inches apart on ungreased cookie sheet.

Bake until edges are set, but center is still soft (8-10) minutes. Cool on wire rack.

What's YOUR favorite Christmas cookie?

Today's the last day to get Peggy Cunningham's Really Rare Rabbits: Giant Green Ghosts and the Secret at Peppermint Pass for free, so grab it now!

Fay Lamb's Charisse is free today and tomorrow, so be sure to tell your romance-loving friends to get their copy. And don't forget about the next book in this series, Libby. She's quite the character, and there's a hunky hero involved in her story, in case you're interested. 

And be sure to mark your calendar! We're having a Facebook Party on Friday, December 5, and you're invited! We're giving away books, jewelry, Christmas ornaments, a Nativity, gift cards, and more! 

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