It’s a Holiday Cookie Blog Hop!

Today is National Cookie Day. Who knew? The person who organized this terrific blog hop, that’s who.

So you get a double treat, one of my favorite Christmas cookie recipes and a different sort of promo blurb for my Christmas vampire story, A VAMPIRE’S CHRISTMAS CAROL.

First the cookie recipe:

Cinnamon Cookies

3 cups sifted all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon cinnamon
1 cup soft butter
1/2 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
3/4 cup sugar
1 egg

1. Sift flour with salt and cinnamon.
2. In large bowl, beat butter, sugars and egg until light and fluffy
3. Gradually add flour mixture, stirring until smooth and well combined
4. Form dough into a ball. Wrap in waxed paper. Refrigerate one hour (no more).
5. Divide dough into 4 parts. Refrigerate until ready to roll out
6. Preheat oven to 375F. Make topping.
7. On lightly floured surface, roll dough, one part at a time, into a 9×7-inch rectangle. With floured knife or pastry wheel, cut into 16 rectangles.
8. Using greased spatula, place 1 ½ inches apart on ungreased cookie sheets. Brush top of cookies with egg mixture; then sprinkle with sugar mixture.
9. Bake 10 to 12 minutes or until set and golden brown. Remove to wire rack. Cool.

2 tablespoons milk
1 egg
1/2 cup sugar
1 tablespoon cinnamon

1. In small bowl, combine milk and egg.
2. In another small bowl combine sugar and cinnamon

Scroll down below to the links to other participating authors for more scrumptious recipes.

And now for the Story Promo – I wrote this for Tina Donahue’s blog, but I like it so much I’m reposting it here:

A Meeting with the Vampire on Christmas Eve

Twas the night before Christmas and all through hall
The vampire was ready for his last night of all.
A hundred years gone and the urge to drink blood
He’d struggled against and so far withstood.
When out on the porch there arose such a clatter
He trudged to the door to see what was the matter
When what to his wondering eyes should appear
But a young woman shivering with cold and fear.
Her face it was lovely and her blood warm and sweet
To him, she was temptation, from her head to her feet.
Ignoring the warning that his presence meant danger
She opted for shelter and passed time with the stranger.
Memories of Christmases long gone they traded
Gifts and feasts and treasures now faded,
The terrible night, a century ago,
When a vampire stole his life and his hope.
As he suffered the death throes of blood-hunger pollution,
She struggled to help him and find a solution.
When an enemy terrible showed up to gloat
He tries to make Carol a sacrificial goat.
She’s no willing victim and fights for her life
And to help Michael get through a night of strife.

Here’s the official blurb:

Can Christmas Eve get any more fun? On her way to her family’s home, Carol Prescott’s car slides into a ditch in a deserted area with no cell phone signal. The only available shelter is already occupied…by a vampire. To Michael Carpenter, Carol is the bait of a trap.

In an effort to hold onto his soul, Michael has resisted the urge to drink human blood for almost a century. Now he hovers between human and vampire. If he doesn’t drink from a human before the night ends, he’ll die. He’s desperately thirsty, but Michael has seen the soulless monsters vampires are and he prefers death. Carol is pure temptation to him, the Christmas present from hell…or is it from heaven?

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For more cookie recipes, visit these sites of other participating authors:

Autumn Jordon
Heather Hiestand
Jane Wakely
Jessa Slade
Laurie London
Lily Rede
Mona Karel
Paty Jager
Shelley Munro
Tawny Weber
Vanessa Kelly

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22 Responses to It’s a Holiday Cookie Blog Hop!

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  6. cat says:

    These cookies sound great! And you know, they say cinnamon is good for a person so all the more reason to make and eat!!! Love when it all comes together like that!

    • Karen McCullough says:

      Thanks, Cat. I’ve heard cinnamon is good for us, and this recipe uses lots of it. You might even call them “health food”!

  7. Paty Jager says:

    Yum! Cinnamon. This is a new recipe for me. I’ll have to add it to my cookbook. Happy National Cookie Day!

  8. Jane Wakely says:

    I’ve never had these cookies before, but they sound fantastic! I have to give them a try! I loved your “promo poem”–very creative! 🙂

  9. Karen McCullough says:

    Thanks. My family LOVES these cookies. I can’t keep them around. Thanks on the promo poem too. I had a lot of fun with it.

  10. These look delicious!

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  12. Lori H. says:

    Our family would love this recipe. Thanks so much.

  13. I’ll bet these smell awesome as they’re baking! I’ve never had cinnamon cookies like this before. I’ll have to try them. They sound awesome!

  14. Jessa Slade says:

    Love the poem! What a great teaser for the story. I love cinnamon cookies too, especially ones with so few ingredients. That’s my kind of baking 🙂

  15. Karen McCullough says:

    Thanks, everyone. These do smell great while they’re baking, too. Definitely smells like Christmas!

  16. Raonaid Luckwell says:

    Not a big fan of cinnamon. Tried bananna cinnamon muffins. My oldest two sons LOVED them I was meh about it.

  17. Tawny Weber says:

    Oh these look fabulous! And I’ve heard cinnamon is an aphrodisiac, too 🙂 Now that’d add a little spice to the holiday fun.

  18. You know I’ve never had a cinnamon cookie. No lie. I’ll have to try these.

    Visiting all these blogs and reading the holiday stories is so much fun. I’ll be baking and reading through the holiday season.

  19. bn100 says:

    Thanks for the recipe.

  20. I’m a real fan of anything cinnamon. These sounds delicious. Fun vampire story!