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...


  1. Congratulations to Krista! I can't wait to read "The Diva Cooks a Goose!"

    Cookies! What a great post! I've got a cookie swap coming up next week, so this comes at the perfect time. :)

  2. Congratulations Krista on your book release.

  3. Congratulations Krista! I am looking forward to reading your books. I have them on my TBR list that always seems to grow :).

  4. I was alternately excited and sad when I read the cookie swap headline because I thought I'd missed out on an actual swap, not just a recipe swap and then it got me thinking about a time I did a cookie swap through Cooking LIght message boards where we signed up in a group with people we didn't know and mailed out dozen or more cookies to six people and received the same from six people + recipes. Some of my fave cookies come from that swap.

    A thought for next year perhaps from your agent who can always find a way to give you more work.

    Congratulations!!! The book looks amazing.


  5. Congratulations, Krista! Wahoo! I've read this book and it's a delightful romp of a mystery. Hope everyone will buy one and put it in a stocking as well.

    Cleo, love all the cookie links. What fun. You and I are on the same page. I am going to link some desserts on Thursday. :) I've got to make those Egg Nog cookies! Yum.


  6. Congrats, Krista!! I can't wait to get my hands on GOOSE. Hmm... did that come out right? LOL Avery is right - what a perfect stocking stuffer!

    Cleo - great post. Love all the cookie recipes. I *love* cookies and my girls and I plan to bake up a storm as soon as they're all home again. Thanks for all the great links.

    PS - to anyone who hasn't yet tried making Cleo's Little Chocolate Clouds -don't hesitate any longer! They are not only easy, they are a huge, huge hit with guests. Got a taste for them right now.

  7. Congrats on the new release to Krista!

    Loved seeing this list of cookie recipes. Thanks so much.

  8. Krista, it is always so exciting for a new release... So happy for you. Will be shopping this weekend for my copy!

    AND RUM MACAROONS are in my future!

  9. Krista, according to Amazon, "the book is in the mail," so I should be reading Goose in the very near future.
    Cleo, thanks for the links to the various cookie recipes. there is no such thing as too many cookie recipes. The little chocolate clouds look wonderful! I'm thinking maybe this afternoon I'll have to try those out!
    Caryn in St.Louis

  10. Very appropriate that this is a Crime Writers' Cookie swap because by the time I've tried all of these confections, it'll be murder on the waistline!

  11. Congrats, Krista!!

    Ladies, thanks for the recipe list. I've tried a few and see a few more I need to make this year. :)

  12. Just dropping in to say thanks for these warm and wonderful comments and congrats again to Krista. She's going to be one busy lady this week!

  13. CONGRATS, Krista!!! I feel as if I have been waiting for GOOSE for forever! Your book is my reward to myself for all of the cookies and candies I've been making!

  14. Yippee, Krista! I cannot wait to read this book!

  15. Congratulations Krista! The trailer is adorable, I can't wait to read the book. Since it's a holiday read, this one flies to the top of my TBR list. A treat for the season.

    Love! the cookie recipes. The oatmeal/cranberry/white chocolate is a favorite and now a whole new batch of new treats to try when the baking begins next week. Yum! My favorite holiday cookie is Mexican Shortbread, smothered with powdered sugar. Now where is that recipe? ....

  16. What an incredibly fun site! This is my first time visiting and will definitely not be my last. I love the idea of the series and really love the cookies you've shown us. Thanks so much!

  17. Yay for Krista! These cookies look dee-voon! will definitely be trying some of these!

  18. Oh my gosh! I can't possible thank everyone by name for all the good wishes. Thank you, thank you, thank you! I hope you'll all enjoy The Diva Cooks A Goose.

    It did not escape my notice, though, that my agent popped in to suggest more work for me! LOL! It's a great idea, though. We ought to do some kind of cyber cookie swap. I'm really enjoying the Christmas cookie contest, though. My mom says she doesn't have to bake at all this year because I keep bringing her cookies to try!

    Thanks again for all your good wishes!

    ~ Krista

  19. Hey ladies... I sort of made Cleo's Macaroons today...


    Thanks for the inspiration. I even flashed back to Junior High School and wrote a poem about 'em!