Showing posts with label holiday cookies. Show all posts
Showing posts with label holiday cookies. Show all posts

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Holiday Buzz Release Party Giveaway and a Cookie-palooza from Cleo Coyle

Behold my Chocolate Candy Cane Cookies, among the many cookies featured in Holiday Buzz, my new culinary mystery, just released today. To celebrate, I'm blogging at Fresh, where I'll tell you more about this 12th entry in my Coffeehouse Mystery series. I hope you'll drop by and say hello!

To jump there, click here

Leave a comment on my Fresh Fiction post this week and you'll be entered to win a personally inscribed copy of Holiday Buzz and a stainless steel NYPD travel mug (guaranteed to keep your coffee safe as well as warm). 

I'll have a new recipe for you next week. In the meantime, I'm happy to share some of the foodie photography from my Holiday Buzz Recipe Guide. You can download the complete, illustrated guide at my Fresh Fiction post, too, so be sure to look for the link to the Guide.

Now let's start that cookie party! First up...

Clare Cosi's New York Cheesecake Cookies
with Candied Strawberry Dizzle

(Both recipes and the ones below
can be found in Holiday Buzz.)

Janelle's Gingerbread
Crackle Cookies

Lemon Sugar Cookies (Madame's favorite)

Clare Cosi's Eggnog
Crumb Muffins 
(small batch version)

Okay, not a cookie. But the recipe is wonderful.
These are a favorite of  NYPD Detective
Mike Quinn's (and mine, too).
ender and sweet, they carry a hint of  nutmeg
and a lovely eggnoggy fragrance and flavor. 

(Yes, I invented the word eggnoggy. :))


And finally congrats to the winner of my Kona Coffee Drawing! The winning comment from my "Twinkie Cupcake" post (by random number generator) is...

Congrats, Wendy! I'll contact you
and get you the tasty prize!

And speaking of tasty...If you're wondering how that 
Thanksgiving Poll turned out, the results are below.

You were asked:
Along with your turkey, 
what single dish
makes your 
Thanksgiving complete?

44% of you said Stuffing
17% of you said Pumpkin Pie
15% of you said Mashed Potatoes and Gravy
14% of you said Cranberry Sauce 
6% said a Sweet Potato dish
4% said something else, including Sue F.,
who cited her sister's Pumpkin Soup
0% of you said Pepperoni Pizza. :)

To see some wonderful comments on the poll,
 jump to PollDaddy's site here.

Eat (and read) with joy!

~ Cleo Coyle, author of 

A Mystery Guild Featured
Alternate Selection

A Barnes & Noble
Holiday Mystery Pick 

Publisher's Weekly
“Sprightly…and engaging.”

Kirkus Reviews
“Jingle bells, beautiful displays, scrumptious treats:
Holiday season in New York City has it all,
including murder…Coyle’s coffeehouse series captures
the New York experience, from high-society parties
to gritty back-street deals. The fine mystery is
followed by some holiday recipes that will
even pack the pounds on readers who
are only browsing them.”

RT Book Reviews
"A fun mixture of family, romance, cooking and...
a perfect Christmas mystery. A treat..."

The Coffeehouse Mysteries are national bestselling
works of amateur sleuth fiction set in a landmark
Greenwich Village 
coffeehouse, and each of the
12 titles includes the added bonus of recipes. 


Happy Holidays
and Happy Reading! 

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Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Crime Writers' Cookie Swap and Congrats to Krista Davis!

Release day is a huge one for any author and today  is that day for my fellow crime-writing cook Krista Davis! Congratulations, Krista!!!

THE DIVA COOKS A GOOSE is the 4th mystery in her award-nominated Domestic Diva culinary mystery series and this one has a very special holiday theme. If you haven't seen her book trailer yet, you're in for a treat.

Click the arrow in the window below to view the fun video. (Krista beautifully narrates it herself.)

You can find The Diva Cooks a Goose at all the major bookstores, your favorite Indie store, and online, too. Pick up two! One for your own stocking and one for a friend, who is sure to thank you for the introduction to this wonderful culinary mystery series...

Join me in congratulating Krista
on her Release Day for

Crime Writers'

Cleo Coyle, baker of
non-poisonous cookies
and author of
The Coffeehouse Mysteries
Because we have so many new blog followers and so many people getting ready for their own cookie swaps, I'm using today's post to share some favorite cookie recipes previously posted by my fellow crime-writing cooks.

Bake with joy,
and not with poisons!

~ Cleo

P.S. Do you have a favorite holiday cookie recipe (sans poisons)? Send it to Krista Davis! She's having a contest. If she bakes and posts your recipe, you'll win a fun prize (along with bragging rights!). Click here to learn more. Or send your recipe to Krista (at) KristaDavis (dot) com.

Cranberry Oatmeal White Chocolate Cookie

from author
Krista Davis

Click here for
Krista's recipe.

Candy Shortbread

from author
Riley Adams/
Elizabeth Spann Craig

Click here for
Riley's recipe.

Candy Cane Cookies

from author
Avery Aames

Click here for
Avery's recipe.


from author
Julie Hyzy 

Click here for
Julie's recipe.

The Hooligans’ Sugar Cookie Recipe

from author
Jenn McKinlay

Click here for
Jenn's recipe.

Below are a few of my own recipes.
Just click the links below to download them
in a free, PDF format.

Little Chocolate

Click here for
author Cleo Coyle's
free recipe PDF


Click here for
Cleo's free
recipe PDF

Eggnog Cookies
(2 ways)

Click here for
Cleo's free recipe PDF.

Bake with joy!
~ Cleo Coyle, author of
The Coffeehouse Mysteries

Holiday Grind
Now a
Publishers Weekly

To get more of my
recipes, sign up to win free coffee, or find out
about the books in my Coffeehouse Mystery series, visit my virtual coffeehouse at...

Monday, November 29, 2010

Pumpkin Nut Cookies!

The winner of week three of the Christmas Cookie Contest is Joy Isley for her Pumpkin Nut Cookies!

First, a few updates about the contest. Please keep sending recipes! There's an ingredient that hasn't shown up yet. I'm quite surprised. Hints: writers eat this a lot; it's mentioned in today's recipe; and Lynn in Texas guessed it correctly last week.

I had company over Thanksgiving and they asked where the ?? cookies were. Another famous Christmas cookie that hasn't shown up among the recipes submitted.

So, please keep submitting. Send your recipes to Krista at KristaDavis dot com. And if you haven't won yet, don't despair. All previously submitted recipes are still in the running.

Dave's lacy pecan cookies didn't last long enough to tell you how well they keep. However, I popped the Raggedy Anne cookies into a freezer bag and froze them last week. Not only were they wonderful when served over Thanksgiving, one of my guests said they're just as good straight from the freezer!

And now to this week's winner. Here's Joy's recipe ~


For as long as I can remember, my family has always baked these cookies for the holidays.

1/4 C sugar
1/2 C shortening
1 egg beaten
1/2 C pumpkin (canned pumpkin)
1 C all-purpose flour, sifted
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
a pinch of ginger
1/2 C raisins
1/2 C nuts, chopped

Cream together shortening and sugar. Add egg and pumpkin and mix well.

In another bowl, sift together flour, spices, baking powder and salt. Stir dry ingredients into moist mixture. When blended, add raisins and nuts

Drop by teaspoonfuls onto greased cookie sheet. Bake in a 350 degree oven for about 15 minutes.

Makes 2 dozen cookies.

I have substituted the raisins for a few chocolate chips or candied fruits. I have also put a fine powdered sugar glaze on them and added lemon zest on top.

Krista's take ~

This is a nice easy drop cookie recipe. On our scale of one to three, I'd have to put it at a one. Another Nina Reid Norwood cookie that's easy to make. The dough beats nicely to a thick consistency.

The recipe says to drop by teaspoons. I tried patting them down a little to make them more uniform, but gave up. The dough is sticky and the nuts and raisins just give them unique shapes.

The afternoon sun peeked in to give the baked cookies a golden glow. They're actually sort of pumpkin colored.

Joy mentioned making a sugar glaze for them. I mixed 1/3 cup powdered sugar with 2 1/2 teaspoons lemon juice and drizzled it over them. While the glaze was still wet, I sprinkled them with a few sugar sprinkles (just sugar in bigger chunks).

These cookies are soft when you bite into them, a nice switch from crunchy textures. In addition, the cookies are not overly sweet. If you have a family member or friend whose first comment is always "oh, it's too sweet!" then this is the cookie for her!

Congratulations, Joy!