One of the best things about working in Jewel Bay, Montana’s Christmas Village, during the holiday season is the cookies. Friends and customers bring us plates piled high with their favorites. Every shop serves up its signature cookie for browsers and buyers.
Here at the Merc, the local food and gift shop I run in my family’s hundred-plus year-old grocery, we put cookies out for our customers, too, right beside the pots of Cowboy Roast, our custom coffee blend. I can’t prove to a reasonable degree of scientific certainty that shoppers buy more when you give them a Christmas cookie, but it sure seems that way.
Then, of course, there’s LePanier, the bakery next door, where Wendy Taylor Fontaine’s French husband makes palmiers, the puff pastry sugar cookie (recipe in Death al Dente)
and her award-winning baker turns out sugar cookies with fabulous royal icing by the hundreds of dozens.
Help a girl out, readers. What Christmas cookie Erin should serve at the Merc this season?
One lucky reader will win a signed copy of a book by Leslie Budewitz, winner’s choice. Erin's cats, Pumpkin and Mr. Sandburg, will choose the winner on Friday, November 29. (US and Canadian addresses only.)
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Leslie Budewitz is the author of the Food Lovers’ Village Mysteries and the Spice Shop Mysteries, and the winner of Agatha Awards in three categories. Death al Dente, the first Food Lovers' Village Mystery, won Best First Novel in 2013, following her 2011 win in Best Nonfiction. Her first historical short story, "All God's Sparrows," won the 2018 Agatha Award for Best Short Story; read it on her website. A past president of Sisters in Crime and a current board member of Mystery Writers of America, she lives in northwest Montana with her husband, a musician and doctor of natural medicine, and their cat, an avid bird-watcher.
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