Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Cookies! We’ve got Christmas Cookies! #bookgiveaway by @LeslieBudewitz

by Erin Murphy, from the Food Lovers’ Village Mysteries by Leslie Budewitz

The Seasons' Readings giveaway continues! Leave a comment below for a chance to win your choice of a book by Leslie Budewitz. 

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.

Each shop has its signature treat. Across the street at Kitchenalia, Heidi serves up Scandinavian Almond Bars. Kathy Jensen at Dragonfly Dry Goods makes the best jam-filled thumbprints. I swing by Food for Thought, the bookstore, for classic Spritz, and if I’m feeling brave, I’ll duck into Puddle Jumpers, the children’s clothing and toy store Sally Grimes runs, for a candy cane cookie.
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.

Me, I’ve always served Russian Teacakes, aka Snowballs or Mexican Wedding Cakes. But after what happened to my new friend Merrily last year after she whipped up a batch, I’m thinking I need a new plan.

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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101 comments:

  1. I'd go with the sugar cookies with royal icing. But people like all sorts of cookies and some times just going with a simple chocolate chip cookie or a gingersnap cookie or snickerdoodle cookie is just as welcome as the fancy ones. dbahn(at)iw(dot)net

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    1. I'm with you -- every cookie is a good cookie! Although my girl Erin has some strong opinions on what makes a Christmas cookie!

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  2. Peanut butter blossoms which are my favorite. Thanks for the chance.
    Jess
    Maceoindo(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  3. We love old fashioned sugar cookies which can be dusted with colored sugar or decorated with icing. This kind cookie that's been passed down for generation in my family and always a family must. This year I found this recipe for Pumpkin No Bake Cookies and they are a big hit with my family. It's a variation of a similar recipe that I grew up with using chocolate instead of pumpkin I believe.
    Pumpkin No Bake Cookies
    Ingredients
    ¾ cup (1½ sticks) unsalted butter
    2 cups granulated sugar
    2/3 cup milk
    1 tsp vanilla extract
    ¼ cup powdered vanilla coffee creamer
    1 3.4-ounce package dry instant pumpkin spice pudding mix
    1/8 tsp salt
    1/4 tsp pumpkin pie spice
    4 cups minute oats
    Instructions
    Add butter, sugar, milk, and vanilla to a large pot and bring to a boil. Keep on a rolling boil for 2 minutes.
    Remove from heat and stir in remaining ingredients, once fully combined, plop large spoonfuls onto wax paper and let set for about an hour.
    Thank you for the opportunity to win a copy of one of your fabulous books!
    2clowns at arkansas dot net

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    1. Kay, thanks for sharing this. I think a lot of readers will love the idea of an easy no-bake with pumpkin!

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  4. You can't go wrong with any type of cookie, but I would choose chocolate chip. mbradeen [at] yahoo [dot] com

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    1. The classic, for sure! But are they a "Christmas cookie"? My girl Erin has her doubts!

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    2. Chocolate chip is an any-time-of-year cookie!

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  5. I love sugar cookies and also candy cane cookies.
    debby236 at gmail dot com

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    1. My late mother made the best candy cane cookies. Mine look the cane got run over by a reindeer.

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  6. My favorite Christmas cookies are Peanut Butter Blossoms or Pecan Tassies. I like my cookies as nutty as me!

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    1. Nuts! One of my girl Erin's choices for a Christmas cookie!

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  7. Decorated gingerbread people. I love gingerbread, and it is great for the holidays.
    browninggloria(at)hotmail(dot)com

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    1. Oh, I wish I had thought to post a picture of the wooden gingerbread people my late parents made!

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  8. I think decorated and frosted sugar cookies are the way to go. Those are my favorite holiday cookies. Thanks for the giveaway! acate9(at)utk(dot)edu

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  9. I am partial to pferneuse at this time of year. So that would be my choice. Thank you for the giveaway and Happy Holidays! aut1063(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Pfefferneuse! One year, my mother was visiting and got an urge for them. We bought several kinds, made a couple of varieties, and had a taste off. Thanks for prompting a sweet memory!

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  10. I like snickerdoodles
    sgiden at verizon(.)net

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    1. Must speak up for my Spice Girl, Pepper. Her Pumpkin Chai Spice Snickerdoodles are yummy -- recipe in Chai Another Day! (And on the blog Cinnamon & Sugar and A Little Bit of Murder.)

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  11. I have always been partial to what my mom just called "refrigerator cookies" and meant the specific cookie she made, not the process of shaping the dough into a roll, chilling it and then just slicing and baking. Always make me think of home. But pretty much any cookie will do!
    sallycootie(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. A pecan sandie? A vanilla ice box cookie? Classics!

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  12. Erin should serve my favorite — Oatmeal Chocolate Chip with pecans. cking78503(at)aol(dot)com

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    1. I suspect Erin would say those are absolutely delicious, but that they aren't Christmas cookies! Hey, I think any cookie is cause for celebration!

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  13. Shortbread cookies are delectable and special. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

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  14. A lemon biscuit would be delightful. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  15. Cornflake cookies are my favorite.
    turtle6422 at gmail dot com

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  16. They aren't fancy, but we always make Peanut Butter Blossoms for the Holidays. Even though I love them and they are super easy to make, they are only made in December!

    kimheniadis at gmail dot com

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  17. My favorite Christmas cookie is my Mom's walnut cookies. They are so easy to make, I don't know why we just make them at Christmas. Happy Holidays!
    diannekc8(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Erin would say Christmas cookies tend to include special ingredients or trigger favorite memories. Sounds like those fit the bill!

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  18. Shortbread cookies are always lovely.
    libbydodd at comcast dot net

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  19. Iced Ginger Bread cookies. Yum.

    xzjh04(at)gmail(dot)com

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  20. Classic Sugar Cookies

    cjreynolds52(at)comcast(dot)net

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  21. I'm partial to sugar cookie cut outs, but I also have a delicious molasses cookie cut out too. Thanks for a chance to win! ljbonkoski@yahoo.com

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    1. Oh, hand me a few of those, would you please? Thanks!

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  22. Brownies with white frosting and sprinkles

    jwisley(at)aol(dot)com

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  23. Sorry I'm late to my own party -- high winds dropped trees across the power lines, but the power's back on. Cookies for everyone!

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  24. Maria (Tina) Wallace
    Minty fudge cookies. For those who love something like thin mints.
    mitiboo474@gmail.com

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  25. It's Christmas, so decorated sugar cookies and peanut butter stars. Of course, a simple chocolate chip is always a favorite too.
    kozo8989(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  26. Sugar cookies are traditional in my family- complete with decorations. But I'm fond of butterscotch cookies.

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  27. You can't go wrong with oatmeal...my favorite and a lot of people's it's traditional.
    Marilyn ewatvess@yahoo.com

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    1. "But what tradition?" as an editor once said to me! A wonderful every-day cookie, esp with raisins!

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  28. I usually bake Mexican Wedding Cakes at Christmas time but I'm the only one in my family that likes them. This year I found a bakery that makes them--giant ones. So when I get the craving for them I will just go buy a couple for me.

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    1. Perfect! They're a big hit in my family, where we call them Russian Teacakes; they're also called Snowballs or Pecan Sandies. And -- they play a role in helping Erin solve the murder in As the Christmas Cookie Crumbles!

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  29. Chocolate chip cookies are my favorite - any time of the year! Specifically for Christmas, I love ginger cookies. Yum! Renee - rwilson@ws4r.com

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    1. Something about ginger says "holidays," doesn't it? Although I've been craving classic chocolate chip lately.

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  30. I like sugar cookies with frosting or peanut butter cookies with a hersey kiss

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    1. What others here have called "Peanut Butter Blossoms," I think. Totally yummy!

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  31. Any cookie with main ingredient of chocolate is my favorite. The darker the better.

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  32. Springerle. Traditional German Springerle cookies are the best in my opinion.

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    1. I am not sure I've ever had one, but the pictures look lovely!

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  33. Sugar cookies! My Sister In Law makes a super yummy cookie out of orange slice candy! Thanks for the chance! almaj80(at)suddenlink(dot)net

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  34. Oatmeal raisin doward1952(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  35. Snickerdoodles would be good, and then there is a cookie my grandma used to make, hard and crunchy, flavored with almond, and has half a candied cherry baked on top - just don't know what they are called - my mom called them greek cookies - trwilliams 69 (at) msn (dot) com

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  36. I love oatmeal raisin cranberry cookies, gingerbread and butter cookies..yum, yum! Blessed Thanksgiving to all!!! nani_geplcs(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  37. How about molasses sugar cookies? Otherwise I'd stick with the Russian tea cakes.

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  38. ginger cookies'

    jtcgc at yahoo dot com

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  39. I love chocolate crinkle cookies!

    Legallyblonde1961@yahoo.com

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  40. Peanut butter because it’s my favorite and no one else will serve them.

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    1. Erin loves them, too -- so much that she'd say they aren't a Christmas cookie because why limit them to a few weeks a year? :)

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  41. Cowboy cookies. Seems like there is a variety of goodies in them, including chocolate chips, oatmeal, and nuts. jeaniedannheim (at) ymail (dot) com

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  42. My favorites are chocolate chip or peanut butter blossom. Thanks for the chance.
    ematov (at) comcast (dot) net

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  43. I’d say thumbprints, with raspberry jelly and mint jelly, beautiful and festive!

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  44. using Montana honey, Erin could bake honey nut rugelach to showcase the locally made honey.

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  46. Our family's Christmas cookie is Candy Lasses. Mom got the recipe from a Pillsbury bakeoff cookbook in the 60's. It is a molasses cookie with crushed candy cane mixed in. Growing up we ate them by the dozens! seboggs[at]comcast[dot]net

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    1. Oh, my -- a new treat to me! They sound like fun!

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  47. Frosted sugar cookies!! lindaherold999(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. I wish you'd been able to enjoy the cookies pictured, made by Buckaroo Bakery for the launch of As the Christmas Cookie Crumbles at the Bigfork Art Center. SO good!

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  48. Oh but Sugar Cookies are such big favorites of so many. And they can come in all kinds of shapes with so many different kinds of toppings. I especially love those with frosted toppings. Or made like gingerbread men with icing. Or made like snowmen with sprinkles
    Another favorite for me are an older recipe. They are cinnamon cookies. Small and dropped onto the sheet.
    quilting lady 2 at comcast dot net

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  49. Christmas to me was sugar cookies with icing or sprinkles. I love pecan tassies, peanut butter kisses, snowballs and my
    mother's balish and kalaski. robeader53(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. Balish and Kalaski? Looking them up... Ah, also called Kolache, which I know -- Hungarian, a buttery dough folded around a fruit filling, usually apricot. Balish appear to have a walnut stuffing. Yum!

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  50. I like sugar and gingerbread cookies.

    Kit3247(at)aol(dot)com

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  51. Christmas and cookies just go hand in hand, don't they. Authentic Scots shortbread cookies would have to be my iconic Christmas choice. I got a Scottish lady to give me her recipe almost 40 years ago, and I doubt I've missed a year making them since then. However....I did make a lemon poppyseed drop cookie this fall that is just so light, very lemony and refreshing, that it could be a good antidote to all the rich, buttery and sweet cookies that are abundant at Christmas.
    Thanks for a chance to win one of your great stories. I've read quite a number in bothnseries.
    gnluciow(at)gmail(dot)com

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  52. I love chocolate chip cookies with pecans. There just timeless.
    jcozart@paintrocksupplies.com

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  53. Scottish Shortbread cookies have been a tradition in ourfamily for years.

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  54. Butter and jam thumbprint cookies lkish77123 at gmail dot com

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  55. CONGRATULATIONS to our winner, Kim Heniadis! Thanks to all for joining in the fun. And remember the immortal words of that great 20th century philosopher, the Cookie Monster: Live in the moment. Unless it's unpleasant. Then, eat a cookie.

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