Friday, December 11, 2020

Cozy Food Friday!

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

This week's recipe is from
Kim Davis
author of the Cupcake Catering Mysteries

One glass of cheap California chardonnay cost Emory Gosser Martinez her husband, her job, and her best friend. Unfortunately, that was only the beginning of her troubles.

Distraught after discovering the betrayal by her husband and best friend, Tori, cupcake caterer Emory Martinez allows her temper to flare. Several people witness her very public altercation with her ex-friend. To make matters worse, Tori exacts her revenge by posting a fake photo of Emory in a compromising situation, which goes viral on social media. When Tori is found murdered, all signs point to Emory being the prime suspect.

With the police investigation focused on gathering evidence to convict her, Emory must prove her innocence while whipping up batches of cupcakes and buttercream. Delving into the past of her murdered ex-friend, she finds other people had reasons to want Tori dead, including Emory’s own husband. Can she find the killer, or will the clues sprinkled around the investigation point the police back to her?

Includes recipes!


Cupcake caterer Emory Martinez is hosting a Halloween bash alongside her octogenarian employer, Tillie. With guests dressed in elaborate costumes, the band is rocking, the cocktails are flowing, and tempers are flaring when the hired Bavarian Barmaid tries to hook a rich, hapless husband. Except one of her targets happens to be Emory’s brother-in-law, which bodes ill for his pregnant wife. When Emory tracks down the distraught barmaid, instead of finding the young woman in tears, she finds her dead. Can she explain to the new detective on the scene why the Bavarian Barmaid was murdered in Emory’s bathtub with Emory’s Poison Apple Cake Pops stuffed into her mouth?

With an angry pregnant sister to contend with, she promises to clear her brother-in-law’s name. As Emory starts asking questions and tracking down the identity of the costumed guests, she finds reasons to suspect her brother-in-law has been hiding a guilty secret. Her search leads her to a web of blackmail and betrayal amongst the posh setting of the local country club crowd. Can Emory sift through the lies she’s being told and find the killer? She’ll need to step up her investigation before another victim is sent to the great pumpkin patch in the sky.

Includes spooky Halloween recipes!


Just in time for Christmas, author Kim Davis is sharing with us her recipe for


Fall food photos are property of Kim Davis

Makes approximately 50 cookies


1/2 cup (4 ounces) unsalted butter, room temperature
1/4 cup (2 ounces) cream cheese, room temperature
3/4 cup (5.4 ounces) light brown sugar, packed
1/4 cup (1.7 ounces) granulated sugar
1 large egg, room temperature
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract (or 5 drops pure food-grade peppermint oil)
2-1/4 cups (9.6 ounces) all-purpose flour (use the lightly sprinkle and level method to measure)
2 teaspoons cornstarch
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup (6 ounces) semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 cup (5 ounces) Andes Peppermint Crunch baking chips (or substitute crushed candy canes)


In the bowl of a standing mixer, cream the butter, cream cheese, granulated and brown sugar until light and fluffy.

Add in the egg, vanilla and peppermint extract (or peppermint oil) and beat until thoroughly incorporated, scraping down the bowl as needed.

Add the salt, baking soda and cornstarch to the butter mixture and beat until mixed in.

With the mixer running on low speed, slowly add the flour to the mixture and mix until fully incorporated.

Add the chocolate chips and peppermint chips and continue to mix on low just until they are blended into the dough.

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees (F).

Form the dough into 1-1/2″ balls and place on a parchment lined baking sheet, 12 cookies per sheet. If the dough is too soft, place in the refrigerator for 30 minutes or so to firm up.

Bake for 10 – 12 minutes, rotating the baking sheet half way through baking time. The cookies should seem slightly under-cooked when you remove from the oven but will firm up as they cool.

Allow the cookies to cool on the cookie sheet for 5 minutes then remove and cool completely on a wire rack.

Can't you just imagine what 
these must smell like baking?


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  1. Yum!
    Thanks, Lisa.
    Happy Friday!
    Pat T.

    1. Thanks for stopping by and good luck in the contest!

  2. Fabulous author! Her book would make excellent Christmas presents - both for others and oneself.

    The recipe for PEPPERMINT BARK COOKIES sounds way too good not to try. Thanks!
    2clowns at arkansas dot net

    1. Thank you so much, Kay! And I hope you enjoy the cookies as much as we do - these are an annual tradition and as my granddaughter said "it's not Christmas until these get get baked!"

  3. Thanks so much for hosting me today, Lisa. I sure wish I could share these cookies with you and your readers! Wishing everyone a happy (and safe) holiday season!

  4. I can almost smell them! Merry Christmas!

    1. Thanks for stopping by, Laura, and Merry Christmas to you too!

  5. those cookies look great but I bet the books are even better than the cookies