Historical Romance Holiday Cookie Hop
Happy Holidays! Even though this year looks quite different from a typical holiday season, some things remain the same. Carols on the radio, sparkly lights around the neighborhood, holiday cards, a craving for cookies, and our annual Historical Romance Cookie Exchange Hop!
Thirty historical romance authors are sharing a favorite cookie/dessert recipe with you and a fun fact or tid bit about the holiday season. So hop from site to site to see what we’ve found while researching our historical books and choose some new cookie recipes to try.
Hop to all the sites for a chance to win a $150 gift card to the online store of your choice! Imagine how many books you could buy! Dukes, Highlanders, Pirates, and Warriors, OH MY!
That is another thing that has not changed – Books! When life is uncertain and full of stress, take a break and dive into a past world with thrilling adventures and golden-hearted heroes. With romance, you are guaranteed a happily-ever-after!
Speaking of Happily Ever Afters–my book Truly Madly Plaid is going to release on December 29th! Truly Madly Plaid is the 2nd book in my Prince Charlie’s Angles series (book one is The Rebel Wears Plaid).
When I first imagined the concept behind this series, I knew I wanted to create a cast of incredibly brave heroines who would have to risk nearly everything for the good of their country and their future king. The Jacobite era of Great Britain’s history is the last civil war fought on the united soils of Scotland and England, ultimately coming to rest in a rather tragic ending for many. Throughout the tumultuous years were born many heroes—dozens of which were women.
I wanted to incorporate their bravery, tenacity, and enthusiasm for their cause and their loyalty to a prince they wanted to be king, so I used many of their stories when creating those within this series. In Truly Madly Plaid, you will find Annie’s story to have a flavor of the lives of Anne MacKay, Anne Leith, and Lady Winifred Maxwell, mixed in with a generous helping of my imagination.
There is also a fun rumor (aka my little historical tidbit!) that the Christmas carol “O Come, All Ye Faithful” was in fact a Jacobite call to arms, and that the line “come and behold Him, born the king of angels” was code for “come and behold him, born the king of the English”—who just so happened to be Bonnie Prince Charlie. Allegedly the Latin verse was actually a celebration of the prince’s birth rather than of Jesus’s, all connotation of which was lost when it was translated in the nineteenth century. Learning that his people were nicknamed angels, it seemed a fun theme to incorporate into the series: Prince Charlie’s Angels.
I do hope you enjoy reading this book and the rest of the series as much as I have enjoyed writing it!
Now, onto the cookies!!!
Today I’ve got a yummy recipe for you which my daughters and I created a couple of years ago, and which we 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–Hallmark movies anyone?! But let’s be honest, besides taste-testing, my favorite part of baking is watching other people eat the results. 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 of my new holiday novella — The Highlander Who Stole Christmas — to one lucky commenter! Tell me what your favorite holiday read is and why! And if you like, tell me what your favorite holiday movie is, too!
Here are the simple directions for the hop:
- Hop to each link (posted below), which will take you to a historical author’s FB page, web site, or blog. While you’re there please like, follow, or sign up for a newsletter if you wish to stay up to date on our new releases and author happenings.
- Learn a fun historical fact and discover a new cookie recipe on each site.
- Collect all the names of the cookies, paired with the names of the authors, and e-mail the total list to Heather@HeatherMcCollum.com. Make sure to put Historical Romance Authors Are Sweet in the subject line. The list must be turned in by 11:59 PM ET on December 12th.
- One grand prize winner, of a $150 gift card, will be selected randomly from those who collected and turned in the name of all the treats by the deadline. The winner must respond within 24 hours to claim the prize, and we will announce the winner hopefully by noon ET on December 13th. So authors will have their own giveaways and will post their own winners on their sites.
Easy, delicious, and fun! Thanks so much for hopping along!
Readers start your ovens. Three … two … one … Let the cookie collecting begin! And have a fantastic holiday season!
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