Sunday, September 22, 2019

Kim Redford's Cowboy Cookies + Tote and #Bookgiveaway of Christmas Kiss

Please join me in welcoming author Kim Redford to the Kitchen! Kim is an award-winning author of Western fiction, and her upcoming new release, Christmas Kiss (romance with a dash of cozy mystery), will take you on a beautiful journey of the heart. 

Kim is sharing a "spirited" cookie recipe with us today, along with a chance to win an advanced reading copy of Christmas Kiss and a book bag to carry it. 

Now take it away, Kim! 

~ Cleo

Author Kim Redford
A Note from Kim Redford

Welcome to Twin Oaks, where ranch living is fun, cowboys and cowgirls are hungry, the food is tasty, and I tell tales in my Smokin’ Hot Cowboys series.

In Cowboy Firefighter Christmas Kiss (Book 5), Ivy Bryant, reluctant honky-tonk manager, joins forces with Slade Steele, cowboy firefighter and award-winning pie baker, to catch cattle rustlers and solve the mystery of the missing Fernando—eight-year-old Storm Steele’s beloved Angus bull. Storm insists Fernando will somehow make his way home for Christmas. 

To the surprise of everyone, Fernando sightings spread across North Texas, and he becomes famous on television, radio, and social media. While folks in Wildcat Bluff County prepare for Christmas festivities and search for Fernando, Slade bakes delicious cowboy cookies to lift their spirits.

Kim's inspiration for "Fernado" the missing bull!

I couldn’t resist the opportunity to share some of my favorite Texas goodies, so I included several recipes in the back of Cowboy Firefighter Christmas Kiss—and my cowboy cookie recipe right here. These are fun cookies for Christmas, or any time of the year.

What makes these cookies special? Whiskey, of course. For authentic flavor, I use whiskey made in Texas, and there are several great available brands. I also like Texas pecan coffee with my cowboy cookies for a complete ranch experience. Enjoy…while imagining you’re on a trail ride, at a campfire, or even catching up with folks at Twin Oaks.  



1 cup butter (or shortening), softened
1 cup white, granulated sugar
2 ¼ cups flour
1 large egg, lightly beaten with fork
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon cream of tartar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Whiskey to taste


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a large bowl, combine all ingredients using a wooden spoon or handheld mixer. Chill dough thoroughly. Mold into walnut-size balls. Place on ungreased cookie sheet. Press with the bottom of a glass dipped in sugar. Bake about ten minutes. Makes approximately thirty cookies.

About the Author

Kim Redford is the bestselling author of Western romances with a dash of mystery. She grew up in Texas with cowboys, cowgirls, horses, cattle, and rodeos. She makes her home at Twin Oaks, where she’s a rescue cat wrangler and horseback rider—when she takes a break from her keyboard. Visit her at

To learn more or buy, click here.
Cowboy Firefighter
Christmas Kiss 

The firefighting cowboys of Wildcat Bluff County take Christmas very seriously…

When Ivy Bryant arrives at Wildcat Hall, she goes from website designer by day to honky-tonk manager by night. How to handle it all? Enter Slade Steele—rancher, firefighter, and proprietor of the Chuckwagon Café—who offers his services. Add his award-winning pies and a fiery chili recipe with chocolate to the menu, and folks will stream in the front door. It’s an offer Ivy can’t refuse, even though the passion between them is already at the boiling point.

Ivy and Slade’s love story quickly becomes legendary. Throw in Fernando the bull, cattle rustlers, and a wild trail drive, and the scene is set for Wildcat Bluff to celebrate a rollicking cowboy Christmas.

Praise for Kim Redford's Christmas Kiss

Publishers Weekly:

“With a little help from Fernando the bull, an overabundance of sweetness, and a healthy dose of mischief, this Christmas story is certainly memorable.”

Booklist (Jenna Friebel):

“Redford (Hot for a Cowboy, 2019) delivers a country Christmas romance as sweet as pie and spicy as chili.”

Kim’s Giveaway to Readers!

* “Treat Yo’ Shelves”
book bag from Sourcebooks!


* Advanced Readers Copy (print) of
Cowboy Firefighter Christmas Kiss
(on sale October 29) 

Pre-Order Now At:


To enter Kim Redford's
Christmas Kiss book
and tote giveaway,
a comment
email address. 

Good luck!

Congrats to the winner of
Kim's book and tote:


Enjoy your
prizes, Michelle!


  1. Cookies look delicious. Would love to win. Book looks like a great read.

  2. Can't wait for the opportunity to read "Christmas Kiss" by Kim Redford.
    Ivy and Slade's story sounds wonderful and one that I would really enjoy reading.

    OH my, the recipe for KIM REDFORD’S COWBOY COOKIES sounds not only easy to make but delicious too. I'll definitely have to try that recipe out. It may even be part of my holiday baking this year.

    Thank you for the chance to win a copy of "Christmas Kiss" and a tote! Sharing and hoping.
    2clowns at arkansas dot net

    1. I had as much fun writing "Christmas Kiss" as I had making cowboy cookies! Here's wishing you fun with both and good luck in the contest!

  3. Sounds like a great book - I’d love an opportunity to check it out. The cookies sound yummy also. I’m currently living in TX myself, so I may have to try them for our next friend gathering.

    Michelle_english_major (at)

    1. Oh my, you're in the perfect place to find some good ole Texas enjoy CHRISTMAS KISS and the cookies! And good luck in the contest!

    2. CONGRATS, MICHELLE! - By now, you know you've won Kim Redford's upcoming holiday release CHRISTMAS KISS and the tote bag to carry it in. May you read with holiday joy! And thanks again to Kim for joining us! ~ Cleo

  4. This all sounds good.

    kvmatlock (at) gmail (dot) come

    1. Yes...good, tasty and fun! Good luck in the contest!

  5. A good cookie recipe is always a treat to have on hand and this one sounds tasty with that little extra ingredient. Congratulations and wishing you much success with your new release.


    1. Thanks you so much. I'm excited about my upcoming CHRISTMAS KISS release...I'll enjoy it with my favorite cookies and coffee--and you know what they are! Good luck in the contest!

  6. This sound like the perfect Holiday read... now to make those cookies 😉
    Kelly Braun

    1. Cheers...exactly! Do enjoy the cowboy cookies and CHRISTMAS KISS! And good luck with the contest!

  7. Whiskey in the cookies sounds like a good addition.
    turtle6422 at gmail dot com

    1. You're right--it's a fun and tasty addition. Enjoy...and good luck in the contest!

  8. What a delightful recipe perfect for fall which the kids would love. Your book sounds captivating and special. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

    1. Thanks so much for your kind words about CHRISTMAS KISS...and do enjoy the cookies this fall! And lots of luck in the contest!

  9. Welcome to the Kitchen, Kim! Your Cowboy Cookies look almost as good as the cowboy himself!

    1. I do appreciate your warm welcome to the Kitchen. As you know, it's my first time here and I'm loving it...almost as much as cowboy cookies! And that cowboy is yummy, isn't he? Good luck with the contest!

  10. Cowboys are my heroes. The cookies would be enjoyed by all. Thanks for your lovely feature and giveaway. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

    1. As you can imagine, cowboys are my heroes too--and one of the reasons is their big hearts! Do enjoy the cookies...and good luck with the contest!

  11. These sound so good! Thanks for the chance! JL_Minter(at)hotmail(dot)com

    1. You're right--cowboy cookies are good! Good luck with the contest!

  12. Just dropping in to say thank you to Kim Redford for joining us in the Kitchen today! Those Cowboy Cookies sound deliciously festive, Kim, especially with that beautiful splash of Texas-made whiskey. And happy congratulations on the upcoming publication of CHRISTMAS KISS, a wonderfully heartwarming story for the holiday season. Good luck to everyone on the giveaway!

    Read (and eat) with joy!
    ~ Cleo

    1. Cleo, thank you so much for inviting me to join such a terrific group of writers and readers. I'm having great fun...and thinking it might be about time to make a new batch of cowboy cookies!

  13. I love cozy mysteries! I have to check this one out for sure!!!

    1. I love cozy mysteries too...particularly with cowboy cookies! Good luck with the contest!

  14. Tasty recipe and a yummy cowboy firefighter ? what's not to love - thanks for the contest - trwilliams69(at)msn(dot)com

    1. So true...what's not to love? It's yummy all around. Good luck with the contest!

  15. Love to bake. This recipe looks yummy