Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Christmas is coming!

So many things come to mind when thinking of Christmas, and they all bring a smile to my face. 
One of the things that brings the biggest smile?


Dessert, parties, cookie exchanges . . . 
Cookies play a big part in the holidays.

Luckily for cozy fans, there are tons of tasty cookie recipes in many of our favorite cozy mysteries! 

Every Tuesday, now until Christmas, I'll be sharing some amazing cookie recipes from some of your favorite authors and books! 

Today's cookies are

Photo courtesy Daryl Wood Gerber

 a recipe from author
Daryl Wood Gerber / Avery Aames
You can't find these in Daryl's books, 
but she did feature them on the
Mystery Lover's Kitchen blog
and she assures me they are . . . "a recipe that Charlotte from the Cheese Shop Mysteries would like because it involves cheese." . . . and that . . . "Jenna in the Cookbook Nook mysteries would like them, too, because they don't require a lot of ingredients."

Photo courtesy Google Images


1 cup white sugar
1 cup butter, softened
1 3-oz. pkg. cream cheese, softened (or about 5 tablespoons)
½ tsp. salt
½ tsp. vanilla extract
1/2 tsp. peppermint extract
1 egg yolk
2 ¼ cups flour
1 egg white (for brushing on top of cookies)
½ cup crushed candy canes
red colored sugar (optional)

Photo courtesy Daryl Wood Gerber


In large bowl, combine sugar, butter, cheese, salt, extracts and yolk. Beat until smooth. Stir in flour. [This dough can be prepared ahead and chilled. You can also use half a recipe and freeze the other half in "rolls."]

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Drop walnut-sized spoonfuls 1 inch apart on a cookie sheet. Press with spoon.

Bake for 7-10 minutes until golden brown.

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More ways to enjoy:

Option #1:

If you want, before you bake, you can brush the cookie with slightly beaten egg white and sprinkle with crushed candy canes and red colored sugar. 

Option #2:

Bake, let cool. Frost with cream cheese frosting and then sprinkle with crushed candies. 

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Option #3:

These can be made gluten-free by switching out the regular flour with gluten-free sweet rice flour and 1 tsp. Xanthan gum.

Cream Cheese Frosting Recipe:


1 cup confectioner's sugar
1 8 oz. cream cheese, room temperature (soft)
1/4 cup butter, room temperature
1 tsp. vanilla extract.


Put all ingredients in a bowl and blend with blender. Spread on cookies as you please. What you don't eat, you can store in a sealed container in the refrigerator. Let stand at room temperature to re-use.

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I can taste the peppermint on my tongue, can't you?

Perfect for so many holiday events!

Check back next Tuesday for another yummy cookie recipe! 


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  1. Thanks, Lisa! These cookies look so yummy and perfect for this time of year. Happy Tuesday, to you.

  2. These candy cane cookies look delicious. We are making cutout cookies today. :)