Friday, November 6, 2015

Cozy Food Friday!

That means it's time to share a recipe from 
another great cozy mystery!

Today I'm featuring a recipe from
Book 6 in the Whale and Tails
 Mystery series
Kathi Dailey!

It's Christmas on Madrona Island and Cait and friends have plans to embrace the magic of the season. The only dark spot on their celebration is the fact that a miserly old landlord is set on evicting an apartment building full of tenants just days before Christmas. Cait makes it her mission to save the old building and is aided by a cat named Ebenezer as they try to convince the old man to change his mind. Things look hopeless when she realizes that an unsolved mystery may be behind the man's gruff exterior. Cait vows to solve the mystery as a means of softening the man's heart and saving the apartments. An impossible task? Maybe. But Cait knows that miracles are real and anything can happen at Christmas. 

Note for mystery purists: This story involves a cold case mystery which is linked to a modern day problem but does not contain a present day murder.


Kathi is giving away a copy of 

Giveaway is open to both US and CANADA
US winner - choice of print or Kindle copy
Canadian winner - Kindle copy only
Use the Rafflecopter form at the end of this post to enter 

Let's get to the recipe


Submitted to Kathi Daley by
Robin Coxon 

This is a Hungarian cook my mother used to make. I remember helping her fill the squares and sealing them. I remember many years my mother made these and took orders in order to buy us Christmas presents. She also took orders and used the money to buy my wedding dress. These are fond memories of my special time with her. ~ Robin Coxon 


1 cup butter, salted
6 oz. cream cheese, softened 
2 cups all-purpose flour 
2 tbs. granulated sugar 
1/8 tsp. salt 
2 tsp. baking powder

Filling: You can buy fillings in a can or you can use jam. 


Cut butter into cream cheese with mixer set on medium speed. 
In a small bow, sift dry ingredients together.
Slowly add dry ingredients into butter/cream cheese mixture until a mealy texture forms. 

On a lightly floured surface, dump out mixture and knead to form a stiff dough. Refrigerate overnight. 

Cutting dough into for segments, roll dough out on surface dusted with a flour/granulated sugar mixture to approximately ¼ inch thickness. 
Cut into 2½ inch squares. 
Place ½ tsp. of filling into center of each square. 
Pinch opposite corners together.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. 
Lightly grease cookies sheet. 
Place each Kolachy on cookie sheet approximately ½ inch apart. 
Bake 10-12 minutes. 
Remove to cooling rack. 
When ready to serve, dust with powdered sugar. 

I don't know about the rest of you, but I'm making up a couple batches of these for Christmas. 
(If I can wait that long)

Please keep reading and check out my 
installments of 
Book Beginnings on Fridays
The Friday 56


My Book Beginnings and Friday 56
 for this week are also from

Book Beginnings on Fridays is a meme hosted by Rose City Reader
Share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading

My Book Beginnings...

Holiday music blared through overhead speakers as I, Caitlin Hart, worked with a group of kids from St. Patrick's Catholic Church to decorate the choir room with red and green accents for the upcoming holiday. The children had all agreed to show up early for the regularly scheduled rehearsal for Away In The Manger, the Christmas play I had written with my totally wonderful boyfriend, Cody West, for the annual church pageant.

The Friday 56 is a meme hosted by Freda's Voice
Rules: *Grab a book, any book. *Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader (If you have to improvise, that's okay.) *Find any sentence, (or few, just don't spoil it) that grab you. *Post it.

My Friday 56...
From 56% of Kindle book

I felt like there was a clue there, but for the life of me I didn't know what it was. The timeline seemed to be airtight; everyone seemed in agreement as to who was where at what time.

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  1. What a fabulous giveaway! Thank you. :)

  2. Thank you Lisa for including my recipe from Kathi's book on your blog. They are a delicious cookie/pastry and hold fond memories.

  3. Thanks, Lisa! The cookies sound delicious and I'd love to read The Cat of Christmas Past.

  4. This one sounds great! The island setting, the holiday season, and a cat named Ebenezer. Fun!

    Thanks for sharing...and for tempting me with those goodies. And thanks for visiting my blog.

  5. Another delightful cozy and perfect for the upcoming holiday season. I love the tie-in to A Christmas Carol. The recipe sounds yummy too.
    My Friday post features HOOT.

  6. Hi,
    Sounds like a good mystery, I'll have to check this series out.
    Have a great day!

  7. That recipe looks yummy. I am worried if I made them I would eat them all. I love the title and cover! I will watch the library for this one. Happy Friday!

  8. The recipe looks fantastic! Thanks for sharing. :-)

  9. The cookies sound good and so does the book. I have Soundless by Richelle Mead this week. Happy reading!

  10. We love kolaches. I've never made them. Thank you, Robin for the recipe. Part of my ancestry is Hungarian. :) My grandmother emigrated from Hungary in the early 1900s.

  11. This books sounds great. Thank you for this opportunity.

  12. Nice to see Christmas books out. :-)
    Thanks for sharing your story about your mom, and your recipe. A lovely tradition. I will definitely try your cookie recipe soon.
    Happy weekend!

  13. The kolaches look great! I love Christmas themed books. Adding this one to my long list. I think I am going to be able to get to a bookstore next week. Fingers crossed!

  14. I read the first book in this series and need to continue. Anything with a cat sounds good to me :)

  15. The cookies look amazing and I love the sound of this book - and I can see why they have such fond memories for Robin! Thanks for the great giveaway too!
    Here's My Friday Post

  16. I got to enter. Yeah for me. Hope all is well Lisa. XOXO

  17. It's seems to early to reading Christmas books... :)

    That recipe sounds great - might have to make some!

    Check out my Friday 56 (With Book Beginnings), my new weekly blog meme called Music Monday, and my Top Ten Tuesday.