Historical Romance Holiday Hop

Welcome to the yummy Historical Romance Holiday Hop! Today I’ve got a yummy recipe for you which I’ve named Santa’s Kitchen Sink Cookies! Cookie baking season is one of my favorites! I love to put on fun holiday movies while I bake! My favorite part of baking is watching other people eat the results. Of course, I like to taste too, but seeing someone’s face light up when the deliciousness touches their tongue really makes the whole effort worth it for me!

Santa’s Kitchen Sink Cookies


  • 2 sticks unsalted butter (16 tbsp)
  • 1.5 tsp of vanilla extract
  • 1.5 cups of packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup of granulated sugard
  • 2 eggs
  • 2.5 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2.5 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp of pink Himalayan salt
  • 3/4 c. broken pretzel pieces or potato chips
  • 1.5 cups caramel bits
  • 1 cup of festive colored M&Ms (you can use chocolate chips too)


  • Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. If you don’t have a non-stick cookie pan, then line your pan with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat (I have one of these and it’s awesome: https://amzn.to/2Ytw9UD)
  • Brown your butter to light brown in a saucepan. You’ll want to do this over medium heat, whisking as it melts. Bubbles and foam will form, and little bits will turn brown. (Here’s a good link for how to brown butter.) Scrape all the butter and bits into a bowl (preferably a metal or ceramic bowl, be careful because of the heat, some glass bowls aren’t tempered.)
  • Using a stand mixer (or a hand-mixer if you don’t have one) beat the brown sugar, granulated sugar and vanilla into the butter for 2 minutes until it lightens. Add the eggs and beat for an additional 30 seconds.
  • Mix in the baking powder, salt and 1 cup of flour at a time until combined.
  • Stir in the pretzels (or chips), caramel bits and M&Ms, leaving some aside to top the cookies with.
  • Scoop out dough, in about 1/4 cup servings and place onto cookie sheet making sure that enough space is left between cookies for baking, as they will spread.
  • Add more of the M&Ms, pretzels (or chips), and caramel bits to the top if you want!
  • Sprinkle with the sea salt.
  • Bake for about 12 minutes. (This will vary depending on your oven, and the size of cookies.) You want the edges to be golden brown. I like my centers a little gooey, so test out your first batch according to your own gooey preference!
  • Remove from the oven, allowing to cool a few minutes before you transfer to a wire cooling rack.
  • ENJOY THESE BAD BOYS! They are addicting!

In addition to the awesome grand prize below, I’m giving away an ebook copy with an exclusive extended epilogue not available in stores of my book The Highlander’s Gift to one lucky commenter! Tell me what your favorite holiday cookie is and why! Better yet, tell me what your favorite holiday movie is!

Ready to hop in order to win a $150 gift card??? Click on each author below to collect their treats!

Alanna Lucas https://www.facebook.com/AuthorAlannaLucas/
Amalie Howard https://amaliehoward.com/
Amanda Mariel https://www.facebook.com/AuthorAmandaMarie1/
Ava Stone https://www.avastoneauthor.com/ava-stone-s-sugar-cookie-martini
Christina Britton https://www.facebook.com/ChristinaBrittonAuthor/
Collette Cameron http://collettecameron.com/historical-author-cookie-hop
Deb Marlowe https://www.facebook.com/pg/DebMarloweAuthorPage/
Diana Lloyd https://www.dianalloydbooks.com/featured/
E. Elizabeth Watson https://eelizabethwatson.com/contact/
Elizabeth Essex https://www.facebook.com/elizabeth.essex.37/
Elizabeth Langston https://www.facebook.com/AuthorElizabethLangston/
Eliza Knight https://eknightauthor.com/news/
Emma Prince http://www.emmaprincebooks.com/
Heather McCollum https://www.heathermccollum.com/kitchen/
Jane Charles https://www.janecharlesauthor.com/christmas-fun
Jennifer Trethewey https://www.facebook.com/jennifertretheweyromance/
Jerrica Knight-Catania http://www.jerricasplace.com/2019-historical-holiday-cookie-hop.html
Katherine Bone https://www.facebook.com/AuthorKatherineBone/
Liana De la Rosa https://www.facebook.com/LianainBloom/
Lori Ann Bailey https://loriannbailey.com/christmas-fudge/
Madeline Martin http://www.madelinemartin.com/blog/
Michelle McLean https://michellemcleanbooks.com/historical-holiday-cookie-hop/
Pam Mingle https://www.pammingle.com/
Renee Ann Miller https://www.facebook.com/Reneeannmillerauthor/
Samantha Grace https://www.samanthagraceauthor.com/holiday-cookie-hop
Susanna Craig https://www.facebook.com/susannacraigauthor/
Tara Kingston https://www.facebook.com/TaraKingstonAuthor/
Tina Gabrielle https://www.facebook.com/TinaGabrielle
Vanessa Riley https://vanessariley.com/blog/2019/12/06/4-ingredient-christmas-cookies/?fbclid=IwAR1-PQVsJdMFanV6nCIhFAlw22mplNEqK05ZtmQK8lP6GadFnBforNYdXlo
Victoria Vane https:// www.victoriavane.com

Email your completed list of author names, with their treat names, to Heather@HeatherMcCollum.com with the heading: “Historical Romance Authors are Sweet” to be entered into the $150 gift card grand prize random drawing.

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chocolate chip because tasty

candy briggs

My favorite movie id with James Stewart. I can’t remember the name. But every time an angel gets his wings a bell rings’ Thank you.

Pat Hawk

Chocolate chip cookies It’s A Wonderful Life

Carole Burant

Hi Eliza:) Thank you so much for sharing your recipe, these cookies do sound and look delicious!! I love the idea of the pretzels for that added crunch. My favourite Christmas cookies are ginger snaps, I’ve always loved the taste of ginger. As for my favourite holiday movie, it’s “Christmas Vacation”! Have seen it so many times and yet still laugh every time:) Merry Christmas!

Charlotte Litton

Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer is my favorite movie. Thanks for the fabulous giveaway


Good evening, my favorite cookie is cranberry/orange scone, I do not watch tv, but when I was kid it was a treat to watch Frosty the Snow man and Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer

Carol Schmoker

Favorite cookie is molasses sugar cookies because my mom made them. Favorite Christmas movie A Christmas Story.

Mary McCoy

My favorite holiday cookie is pfeffernusse because of the spices. My favorite holiday movie is While You Were Sleeping. Thanks for the fun!

Courtney Kinder

My favorite holiday cookie is peanut butter blossom cookie, because I love peanut butter and chocolate. They are easy to make too.
My favorite Christmas movie is Elf.
Thanks for the chance!

Brenda Dickson

My favorite holiday cookies are Chocolate Crinkles because I just love the taste and it was the first recipe that my grandma gave me way back when! LOL My favorite holiday movie is Holiday Affair starring Robert Mitchum and Janet Leigh! Thank you for the recipe – can’t wait to try them!


My favorite holiday cookie is Peanut Butter Blossoms because I like the combination of chocolate and peanut butter.

Angela Sanford

My favorite holiday cookie is the Thumbprint Cookies that I always made with my grandmother. My favorite holiday movie is Its A Wonderful Life


My favorite holiday cookie is actually cut out cookies!! I love all the possibilities! Lol My favorite Christmas movie is White Christmas! Big fan of Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye!! ?


I love homemade fudge and fav movie is A Christmas story


Okay, first of all “YUM” and second, I’m very fond of all things either chocolate pepperminty, or right now, flavourful, yet natural macarons. I got the 36 pack from Costco, and definitely have to watch myself with the Chocolate & Salted Caramel ones! p.s. Right now, I am totally enjoying Rose McIver’s Christmas Prince/Royal Wedding/Baby trilogy on Netflix.

Tracy Fritts

Looks very good. Thank you for sharing.

Billie L Marshall

Homemade Chocolate Chip w Nuts cookies–they are yummy.
I like to watch Miracle on 34th Street for my Christmas movie.

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