Hungry Hearts Holiday Hop (part 2)

01 Dec

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We are so excited to CELEBRATE the holiday season with mouthwatering cookie recipes and delicious EXCERPTS from today’s hottest food-loving ROMANCE writers! Hop around and fill out the Rafflecopter form on each author’s site to enter our GIVEAWAYS: a spectacular mix of Harry & David Truffles, books, gifts cards, and Hungry Hearts author swag! Lots of awesome prizes to win!
In addition to the HUNGRY HEARTS HOLIDAY HOP prizes, Amanda Usen will be featuring Hungry Hearts authors on her site and giving their books away to lucky winners. Visit Writer.Chef.Romantic to get in on the fun!
When the holiday season arrives, our hearts fill with CHEER. Life is a gift, isn’t it? Hop with us for the chance to win, and share your holiday JOY while we share our favorite COOKIE recipes with you!
~~There are a total of 13 authors participating with delectable recipes for the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday~~ (click links in collection below)

~~Click HERE for a link to the Rafflecopter and see the amazing gift basket you could win~~

Today I’m sharing an old time favorite cookie recipe. I know everyone has a favorite sugar cookie recipe that has become tradition…and this one is the tradition at our house.



First the boring stuff:  Calories 88…..%Calories/fat 47%…..Carbs 10.5 grams…..Cholest 13 mgrams…..Protein 1.2 grames…..Fat 4.7 grams…..Fiber 23 grams…..Sodium 42 grams

Now the good stuff:  Ingredients:

4 cups flour

1 tsp baking powder

1/4 tsp salt

1/4 tsp nutmeg

1/2 cup butter

1/2 cup shortening

1 (8oz) package cream cheese

1 1/2 cups sugar

1 egg

1/2 tsp vanilla


Combine flour, baking powder, salt and nutmet…set aside.  Cream together butter and shortening; add cream cheese and sugar, beating until fluffy.  Add egg and vanilla; beat well.  Gradually beat in flour mixture.  Divide dough in half.  Cover and chill 1 to 2 hours.  On lightly floured surface, roll dough 1/8 inch thick (my preference but I leave it a bit thicker because I like the cookies thicker and for some reason they are almost cake like…soft and yummy).  Cut with cookie cutters.  Place on ungreased baking sheet.  Bake at 375 for 7-9 minutes.  Cool on wire rack and frost…if you have any left.  LOL…they are delish unfrosted or decorated.

Hope you enjoy this recipe….they are awesome!



(Thank you to the amazing Amanda Usen for baking, decorating, and photographing the cream cheese sugar cookies…As you can see from the picture she is a professional and makes my attempts at decorating look like a four year old did the job…so I posted her pictures instead of mine…lol)

Please let me know in the comments what your favorite holiday cookie recipe is…and if you want to go the extra mile feel free to share the recipe!


Author bio:

Christine Warner is living her dream in Michigan along with her husband, three children, one laptop and a much loved assortment of furry friends.

Besides laughing and a good round of humor, she enjoys spending time with her family, cooking, reading, writing but no arithmetic.  A confessed people watcher, she finds inspiration for her stories in everyday activities.  She loves to read and write about strong heroes and determined, sometimes sassy, heroines.

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 Saute, simmer, and flambé…

Jill Adgate wants three things from life: a successful catering business, the devoted love of an exceptional man, and a family. What she has is no job, a mounting pile of bills, and her outspoken best friend—who sets her up on a blind date with the man who inadvertently ruined Jill’s life.

 Chet Castle is a prosperous businessman who has everything, except the ability to trust. Burned by a money-hungry fiancée, he refuses to get involved with any relationship that has a shelf life longer than a head of lettuce.

Intrigued by her ambition–and determined to get her in bed–Chet offers Jill the chance of a lifetime: Work for him for the next eight weeks as his live-in chef and he’ll help her get her catering business off the ground. When sparks fly in the kitchen, Jill realizes what’s cooking with her commitment-phobic employer is a recipe for disaster…but it’s just too tasty to not take a bite.


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