Sunday, November 22, 2015

Christmas in Christmas Town -- Guest Vicki Delany #bookgiveaway

Today we welcome Vicki Delany to the blog, with a very special treat---and a giveaway! Leave a comment for a chance to win a signed copy of REST YE MURDERED GENTLEMEN, the first in her new Year-Round Christmas Mysteries, out now!

It wouldn’t be Christmas without cookies.

The town of Rudolph New York is the setting for Vicki Delany’s new series, the Year Round Christmas mysteries. The first book, Rest Ye Murdered Gentlemen, was released this month. Rudolph wants to be known as America’s Christmas Town and to the delight of the townsfolk a reporter for a big European travel magazine is in town to write an article on them. Excitement is high at the semi-annual (yes, they have two a year) post-Santa Claus parade reception in the town hall. The party is being catered by Vicky Casey, owner and chief baker of Victoria’s Bake Shoppe.  Vicky’s gingerbread is rapidly becoming a Rudolph institution as is her ginger cake and hot chocolate with ginger tonic. Also prominent at the party are Vicky’s special Molasses Spice cookies. 
Too bad someone slipped poison into the special cookie Vicky made for the special guest ... 

Vicki Delany’s Molasses spice cookies (poison not included)


·         2 cups all-purpose flour
·         1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
·         1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
·         1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
·         1/2 teaspoon salt
·         1 1/2 cups sugar
·         3/4 cup (6 oz) unsalted butter, room temperature
·         1 large egg
·         1/4 cup molasses


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt. In a shallow bowl, place 1/2 cup sugar; set aside.


With an electric mixer, beat butter and remaining cup of sugar until combined. Beat in egg and then molasses until combined. Reduce speed to low; gradually mix in dry ingredients, just until a dough forms.




Pinch off and roll dough into balls, each equal to 1 tablespoon. Roll balls in reserved sugar to coat.



Arrange balls on baking sheets, about 3 inches apart. Bake, one sheet at a time, until edges of cookies are just firm, 10 to 15 minutes (cookies can be baked two sheets at a time, but they will not crackle uniformly). Cool 1 minute on baking sheets; transfer to racks to cool completely.



Vicki Delany is one of Canada’s most prolific and varied crime writers. Rest Ye Murdered Gentlemen is her twentieth book, and the first in the Year Round Christmas cozy series from Berkley Prime Crime. Under the pen name of Eva Gates, she is the national bestselling author of the Lighthouse Library series, the latest of which is Booked for Trouble.  Vicki lives in Prince Edward County Ontario, and she is the current president of the Crime Writers of Canada.

Find Vicki at www.vickidelany.com. Twitter @vickidelany or Facebook: evagatesauthor

Vicki is offering a copy of REST YE MURDERED GENTLEMEN to one lucky reader (US  or Canadian addresses only). Please leave a comment by midnight, Monday, November 23, to enter. Vicki would love to know what your favorite holiday baking is. 

119 comments:

  1. I love making and eating all kinds of Christmas goodies! Even fruitcake!!

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  2. My holiday baking is cookies or cinnamon sugar pecans. I am always available to taste test when my friends try new recipes! Thanks for the chance!
    angelhwk68@yahoo.com

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    1. Sugared nuts are always great. And so easy to make. And to eat!

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  4. I enjoy baking desserts: pies, cakes, and snicker doodles. Thank you for the cookie recipe and for the giveaway.
    myrifraf(at)gmail(dot)com

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  5. I love baking cookies for the holidays. Every year I try and collect new cookie recipes. Thanks for the giveaway. poohwine1217@gmail.com

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  6. Welcome, Vicki! Love the cookie recipe and the book sounds fabulous. My favorite baking recipe is for White Chocolate Blondies; but I make variations of blondies for every holiday (Pumpkin Blondies coming up for Thanksgiving). EMS591@aol.com

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  7. I just bought this book yesterday! Can't wait to read it!

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  8. I am the only one in my family who does not like fruitcake, and yet for some reason I am the only one who knows how to make it! My siblings insist that I bake each of them a fruitcake every year as they prefer mine to any other (I think it must be the Grand Marnier I use to soak the cakes), so this is my favorite holiday baking task because my family enjoys the results so much.

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    1. Cee, feel free to experiment on that recipe with me! I love fruitcake and Grand Marnier -- the combo sounds fabulous!

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  9. I would love to live in Rudolph as I am a year round Christmas lover.

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  10. Molasses Spice Cookies sound wonderful. I fear I am a cookieholic! Congrats on your delightful new series, Vicki!

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  12. A cookieholic. WHat a great word. Thanks, Krista.

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  13. I love cozies with bakeries in them. I really love this cookie rcipe, I have some molasses in my pantry and just might have to make them today since it is cold out and a good day to bake, looking forward to this new series. I love the Lighthouse Library series. dr(dot)oldsmobileaticloud(dot)com

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    1. These cookies also keep and store very well. I mail them to my daughter in BC and they survive the trip just fine.

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  14. I love molasses cookies!! (My waistline does not!) Rest Ye Murdered Gentlemen is the next in line on my bookshelf! Looking forward to it!

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  15. I bake my moms jelly cookie recipe every year. I also try a new recipe each year.

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  16. Would love to win a copy of Rest Ye Murdered Gentlemen. Thanks for the cookie recipe.

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  17. I make a ginger cookie that is different. I'll have to try yours. suefoster109@netzero.net

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    1. I hope you like them, Sue.

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