Thursday, October 12, 2017


I just have to say how much I'm enjoying this feature. I've always loved cookbooks, so this is so much fun for me! I hope it is for you too.

I'm embracing my love of cozies with today's cookbook pick, by the author of one of my favorite cozy mystery series. 

Hannah Swensen's Recipes From
The Cookie Jar
by Joanne Fluke

First Cover

Joanne Fluke Invites You To Celebrate The Holidays With Hannah Swensen And All The Wonderful Folks Of Lake Eden, At The Annual Cookie Exchange. . .All-New Recipes Included!

It's a picture postcard December in Minnesota, and Main Street is brimming with festive holiday decorations. Best of all, it's time for the annual Holiday Cookie Exchange at the Community Center--catered by none other than The Cookie Jar! Gathered together for the delicious event, the Swensen clan and their friends share their favorite juicy tales of Lake Eden--and their favorite scrumptious cookie and luncheon recipes, including: 

Candy Cane Cookies 

Heavenly Eggnog Cookies 

Little Snowballs 

Merry Berry Cookies 

Old-Fashioned Sugar Cookies 

Regency Ginger Snaps 

Norwegian Pizza 

Razzle Dazzle Champagne Cocktails

. . .plus all the recipes from Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder to Carrot Cake Murder. Now you can bring the irresistible flavors of The Cookie Jar into your very own kitchen! 

Second Cover


Being a fan of the Hannah Swensen Mysteries, and having a love of cookbooks, the JOANNE FLUKE’S LAKE EDEN COOKBOOK was a must have for me. Every time I read a Hannah Swensen book, I practically drool over the recipes. Having them all in one book is a dream come true. (The amount of cookie recipes alone . . . amazing!) Plus there are new recipes that at the time this book was published had never been in any of the mysteries.

If you’re looking for a cookbook with big, beautiful, glossy photos, you won’t find them with this book. What you will find is a delightful book with the feel of a personal recipe book. Think along the lines of the old timey church cookbooks. Even the pages themselves (paper) reminds me of those treasured books.

You do not have to be a fan of the Hannah Swensen mysteries to love, and enjoy this cookbook. That being said, along with the recipes, and helpful tips, Joanne Fluke has written within the book, a short Hannah Swenson story (murder and mystery free), that is a good way to learn a little bit about the characters. It takes place during a cookie exchange with the ladies of Lake Eden. Everyone wants Hannah’s wonderful recipes, so she gives each lady a book of their own. They exchange fun stories based around the recipes, and each story leads to the next chapter of this wonderful cookbook.

Between the covers of this book, you’ll find chapters such as . . . Bar Cookies, Breads & Muffins, Cakes & Cupcakes, Candy, Quick and/or Easy Meals, just to name a few, filled with recipes like . . . Chocolate Overload Cookie Bars, Mango Bread, Rhubarb Custard Cake, Jamaican Rum Balls, Cashew Crisps, Desperation Cookies, Neverfail Fudge Frosting, Apricot Bread Pudding, Salmon Cakes with Dill Sauce, Shrimp Bisque, and so many, many more. You’ll even learn how to make your own Brown Sugar, and Powdered Sugar!

Joanne Fluke’s Lake Eden Cookbook: Hannah Swensen’s Recipes from The Cookie Jar is a wonderful addition to any cookbook collection, and a must have for culinary cozy mystery fans!


Joanne Fluke is the New York Times bestselling author of more than 20 novels. Like Hannah Swensen, she was born and raised in a small town in rural Minnesota, but now lives in sunny Southern California. Readers are welcome to contact her at the following e-mail address,, or by visiting her website at

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  1. I loved Joanne Fluke's Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder movie. An author cookbook is a cool idea. :)

  2. I received this as a gift when it first released. I love it!

  3. I checked this out of the library once and enjoyed looking through it. I think I need to buy it now...