A charming wallflower's search for love...

Armed with a gypsy necklace and a belief in magic, Miss Valera Bell pursues the heart of a duke only to have her hopes shattered.

Will her best friend's older brother help her pick up the pieces?

@ 2016 Samantha Grace

Welcome to the Historical Romance Holiday Cookie Hop!

Looking for a way to bribe Santa this year? Thirty of your favorite historical romance authors have your back! We've gathered some of our favorite holiday cookie recipes that are yummy enough to win over Santa and possibly persuade him to erase your name from the Naughty List. But just in case these sweet treats don't do the trick, you needn't  settle for a lump of coal in your stocking this year. Visit each author's website or Facebook page to collect all 30 recipes for a chance to win books and a grand prize - a $150 gift card! 

(See below for the author list and links to their recipes.) 

During the bustle of the holidays, don't forget to treat yourself with a free read. Secrets to a Gentleman's Heart is the first book in Samantha's Gentlemen of Intrigue series, and it's available for download at your favorite bookstores for free. If you're looking for something a little different from the usual Regency romance, witty banter, and a touch of mystery and suspense, this series is for you. It's a steamy read, but if you prefer sweet stories, be sure to check out Samantha's Duke of Danby: Halliday Sisters series.

 

Directions: Email your completed list of author names, with their treat names, to Heather@HeatherMcCollum.com with the heading: “Historical Romance Authors are Sweet” to be entered into the $150 gift card grand prize random drawing.

Filling:

  • 1/4 cup butter, melted

  • 1/3 cup brown sugar

  • 1 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Dough:

  • 3/4 cup butter, softened

  • 3/4 cup sugar

  • 1 large egg

  • 2 teaspoons vanilla

  • 3 Tablespoons heavy whipping cream

  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

  • 2 1/4 cup flour

Icing:

  • 1 cup powdered sugar

  • 2 Tablespoons butter, melted

  • 1-2 Tablespoons milk

ingredients

directions

  • Heat oven to 350ºF.

  • Mix filling ingredients and set aside.

  • In a separate bowl, add softened butter and granulated sugar. Combine with a mixer on medium for 2 minutes.

  • Add egg, vanilla, heavy cream, baking powder, and salt. Mix for another minute.

  • Slowly add flour while mixing on low until combined. Don't over mix.

  • Roll dough out on a floured surface and form a rectangle.

  • Spread filling over dough, stopping an inch from the edges. Tightly roll dough to create a log and chill for hours.

  • Slice into 1/2 inch pieces and place 2 inches apart on a baking sheet lined with parchment. Bake for 10-12 minutes. Cool for 5 minutes.

  • Prepare icing while cookies bake. Drizzle with icing.

If you would like to print the recipe click here
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