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Once Upon a Christmas by Maggie Robinson, Tiffany Clare, JK Coi, and Elyssa Patrick
Christmas is a time for family – and the characters of the four novellas in this heartwarming anthology learn this as they each fall in love over the holiday season.
When I’m spending time with family over the holidays, I love to bake. I get everyone involved in helping out, and then we kick back and enjoy the fruits (or crumbs) of our labour in front of the fire with some steamy hot chocolate.
So today I’d love to share one of my favourite holiday cookie recipes.
Pfeffernussen (photo courtesy of Melanger)
· 1 1/4 cups confectioners' sugar
· 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
· 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
· 3/4 teaspoon cinnamon
· 1/2 teaspoon allspice
· 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg
· 1/4 teaspoon cloves
· 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
· 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
· 3/4 cup firmly packed light-brown sugar
· 1 large egg
· 1/4 cup molasses
· 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper. Place the confectioners' sugar in a brown paper bag.
2. In a medium bowl, combine flour, pepper, cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg, cloves, and baking soda. Set aside.
3. Place butter, brown sugar, and molasses in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with paddle attachment. Beat on medium speed until fluffy, about 3 minutes. Beat in egg and vanilla. With mixer on low speed, add flour mixture; beat until just combined. Pinch off dough in tablespoon amounts; roll into 1 1/4-inch balls. Arrange balls 1 1/2 inches apart on prepared baking sheets. (Dough can be frozen at this point, covered tightly with plastic wrap, up to 1 month.)
4. Bake until cookies are golden and firm to the touch with slight cracking, about 15 minutes, rotating sheets halfway through. Transfer sheets to a wire rack to cool slightly, about 10 minutes. Working in batches, place cookies in paper bag; shake until well coated with sugar. Let cool completely on wire rack. Store in an airtight container.
I hope you try out the recipe, and I’m always looking for new treats too, so share ‘em if you got ‘em!
Thanks! J.K. Coi
The holidays are a time for family, celebration—and the Dukes of Ravenglass to fall in love. Spend the Christmas season with the Wynter family, as the Dukes of Ravenglass find their happily-ever-afters in this delightful, heartfelt collection that spans from the Regency era to the present day.
In A Price Above Rubies by Maggie Robinson, set in the Regency era, paid companion Helen Lowe doesn’t know the man she shares her first-ever dance—and first-ever kiss—is Gabriel Wynter, a reclusive, notorious duke. When Helen flees after being exposed, she leaves behind something of far greater value than a glass slipper. Can Gabriel find her, return it, and finally open his heart?
In the Victorian-era set, Never Have I Ever Fallen in Love with a Duke by Tiffany Clare, Alexander Wynter has a problem—his best friend’s younger sister grew up. When he agreed to help Emily MacCallon make her debut, he didn’t expect the beautiful, alluring woman before him—or for her to lead him on such a merry chase. Alexander knows one thing: the only man she’ll be kissing forever and ever is him.
In the World War II-set, Loving Lord Spy by J.K. Coi, Winnie Jenkins, a combat nurse, and Lord David Wynter, an injured British spy, fall in love at the worst possible time. Each of them owes a duty to their country and must go their separate ways. They promise that when the war is finally over, they’ll meet in Hyde Park on Christmas morning . . . but agree that if one of them doesn't make it, the other won't seek out the reason why. Can they keep their appointment? Or will secrets, lies, and the perils of war keep them apart?
A missed connection gets a second chance in the present-day contemporary romance, Saved by the Belle by Elyssa Patrick. Seven years ago, Kit Wynter met the woman of his dreams. Even after all this time, he’s never been able to forget the American girl who captured his heart. When Belle Sweeney answers his ad—for she, too, never forgot him—it feels like there’s something still there. Spending the holiday at Ravenglass Abbey is the perfect opportunity to figure out if this is love.
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