Tuesday, December 14, 2021

 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.

Today's cookie recipe is being shared with us by author and blogger
Kim Davis
as seen in her book

Set against the holiday cheer of twinkling lights, costumed carolers, and a festive line of extravagantly decorated boats participating in the annual Christmas boat parade in Newport Beach, California, cupcake caterer Emory Martinez finds that the grinch has crashed the party. Together with her sister Carrie, Emory is catering a delectable feast of holiday cupcakes and cookies aboard a luxury yacht for the new Mrs. Blair Villman and her guests.

Sparks fly when Carrie comes face-to-face with the hostess, who just happens to be Carrie's high school frenemy, and old grievances are dredged up. Adding fuel to the fire, Blair's stepson brings his mother, the former Mrs. Villman, to the party. Instead of celebrating holiday cheer, someone seems intent on channeling the Burgermeister Meisterburger and shutting down Blair’s party permanently. When Emory finds a body aboard the yacht, she needs to discover who iced the victim before the Scrooge ruins not only her livelihood but her freedom as well.

Includes delicious holiday recipes.

December 17!

On to the recipe!


Makes approximately 3 dozen



2 1/2 cups (12 ounces) all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon salt

1 3/4 cups granulated sugar

1 tablespoon ground cinnamon

1 teaspoon ground cardamom

1 teaspoon ground ginger

1/2 teaspoon ground allspice

1/4 teaspoon nutmeg

1/4 teaspoon fresh ground white pepper

1/4 teaspoon ground cloves

1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature

1 large egg

1 teaspoon vanilla extract


In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.

In a medium bowl, whisk together the sugar, cinnamon, cardamom, ginger, allspice, nutmeg, pepper, and cloves. Remove 1/4 cup of the sugar mixture and set aside in a small bowl.

Using an electric mixer or stand mixer, cream the butter and remaining sugar-spice mixture together for two minutes.

Add the egg and vanilla and beat until mixed in. Slowly add in the flour mixture and stir until incorporated.

Refrigerate for a minimum of 30 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees (F). Line baking sheets with parchment paper.

Shape the dough into 1-inch balls and roll each in the remaining sugar-spice mixture. Place the cookies on the prepared baking sheets, at least 2 inches apart.

Bake 9 – 11 minutes. The edges of the cookies should be lightly golden, and the tops should begin to crack. Allow the cookies to cool on the baking sheet for 5 minutes then remove to a wire rack to cool completely.

Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 4 days.

A big thank you to Kim Davis for sharing this yummy cookie recipe with us!

What is your go to cookie for Christmas?

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  1. Thanks so much for hosting me today, Lisa! I love cookies and I'm delighted to share my recipe with your readers!

  2. Thank you for the recipe of CHAI-SPICED SUGAR COOKIES! Can't wait to try it. Bet it would taste great while reading "FROSTED YULETIDE MURDER" TOO. :)
    2clowns at arkansas dot net

  3. I love gingerbread for the holidays.

  4. I love Highland bars from a Joanne Fluke book. They are a shortbread with a rich brownie on top.Decadent.