Showing posts with label peppermint shortbread. Show all posts
Showing posts with label peppermint shortbread. Show all posts

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...

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Something Sweet


Ever since Easter ended, I’ve been on a sweet kick.

You’d think that having a house full of chocolate would satisfy that. But somehow it only seemed to make it worse!

I decided a little shortbread was in order. Who knows where these cravings come from? It was Po’Boys not long ago. :)

This is peppermint candy shortbread, and although they served an excellent purpose of satisfying my current craving, they would be wonderful at Christmastime, too.

I have a special place in my heart for peppermints. My grandmother, who I based my Myrtle Clover character on in my Midnight Ink series, used to put peppermints under my sister’s and my pillows at night as a special treat. And she always had a bowl of peppermint candy out for us to enjoy.

So between the shortbread and the peppermints in this recipe, how could you go wrong?

food pics 006Peppermint Candy Shortbread

1 cup butter, softened

1/3 cup sugar

2 ½ cups all-purpose flour

8 ounces Nestle Premier White baking bar

2/3 cup Andes Candies peppermint squares, chopped

· Beat butter at medium speed until creamy, gradually add sugar, beating well. Add flour, beating just until blended.

· Divide dough into 3 equal portions. Place 1 portion of dough on ungreased cookie sheet; roll into a 6” circle. Score dough into 8 triangles. Repeat with remaining portions.

· Bake at 325 for 25 minutes or until barely golden brown. Cook on cookie sheet for 5 minutes, move to cookie sheet and let them cool completely. Separate disks into wedges. (shortbread is very fragile so be careful moving to cooling rack.

· Melt Nestle premier white baking bars and remove from heat. Dip wide edges of shortbread in melted coating,; place shortbread on wax paper andfood pics 005 sprinkle with crusted candy.

Makes 2 dozen

Delicious and Suspicious (July 6 2010) Riley Adams
Pretty is as Pretty Dies –Elizabeth Spann Craig


New April Contest!!!!


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