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AUTHOR SAMANTHA STORM IS IN THE KITCHEN !

We’re pleased to have  SAMANTHA STORM  with us today and in the spirit of Thanksgiving and new and old recipes, she’s in the mood to bake.    Ummmm, I smell peanut butter and hot coffee!  Without wasting another moment,  let’s join Cat in the Kitchen where she’s baking cookies and sharing secrets!    

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Thanks for having me! ;-)

I’ve been invited this year to a cookie party. Ever been to one? You invite a bunch of people to the party and each person brings 5 dozen cookies. You then go around and pick cookies of different varieties from everything brought to the party. Sounds like fun, at least I thought so when I agreed to go, but now I am wondering how long is it going to take to make 5 dozen cookies and what the hell kind of cookies should I bring? And to make my life more complicated I decided to make five different kinds of cookies. So far I have narrowed down the first three cookies. My husband is the Fire Chief, so I used the local fire dept guys and gals as my cookie testers. These were their favorites so far:

Peanut butter and jelly sandwich cookies- I use a basic peanut butter cookie recipe. I make the cookies small. I take one cookie and spread jelly on the bottom. I take another cookie and spread a thin layer of peanut butter on the top. And then I put them together and make a p and j cookie sandwich. Easy peasy ;-)

 Pumpkin Whoopie Pies Cookies- http://allrecipes.com/recipe/pumpkin-whoopie-pies/detail.aspx?event8=1&prop24=SR_Title&e11=whoopie%20pies&e8=Quick%20Search&event10=1&e7=Recipe%20Search%20Results

 Cooky Cookies – http://allrecipes.com/recipe/cooky-cookies/detail.aspx?event8=1&prop24=SR_Title&e11=cookies&e8=Quick%20Search&event10=1&e7=Recipe%20Search%20Results

But I’m stumped on the last two kinds of cookies I should make. I figured since I was supposed to come and blog today I would get you guys to help me out with some suggestions. What is your favorite kind of cookie? And if you have a great Christmas cookie recipe feel free to share the recipe or paste in the link.

Let me throw in a giveaway.   How about I pick one winner from everyone who joins in with a suggestion and that winner will get a copy of my e-book– Murder, Mayhem and Mistletoe, some hot chocolate, a pkg of my favorite cookies and some chocolate (A good kind of chocolate.  I’m a bit of a chocolate snob.)

    Now, for a peek at my book,   Murder, Mayhem and Mistletoe:  

Rating 3/5 “You need to suspend reality when reading this story because reality has no place here. What you get in this story is funny lines and quirky characters, like Theodora (Teddy) and her best friend Paula who imagine themselves as junior sleuths. Throw in a couple of hunks and some hot sex with strangers and you’ve got a fast paced read.”Bookologist, Good Reads

 

MURDER, MAYHEM AND MISTLETOE   by Samantha Storm

20,000 word Contemporary novella

Teddy Madison thought the office Christmas party would be a total drag when she was made the designated driver. All hope of another ill advised tangle with the hot guy from the mail room was out the window. She could only watch and laugh at the indiscretions of others as the office staff succumbed to another year of sexual tension.
But the party took an unexpected turn. Dark and mysterious strangers, murder and intrigue lead her and her zany friends down a wild and wacky path that could make this the most epic office party yet. Can the Champagne-guzzling gang figure out the mystery, or will Teddy celebrate New Year’s Eve in jail?

Available at Amazon -  http://tinyurl.com/cu2y7eb

Available at Smashwords – http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/48644

About Samantha Storm:    Samantha lives in a small mining town in Arizona.   A once big-town girl,  she was forced to move into small-town life because of a husband she adores.  A town so small there is no Starbucks,  movie theater or take out Chinese food.  Man,  she must really love her husband. ;-)  They share their living space with two dogs, two cats and a cocktail.

Samantha is the Owner/Operator of Romance Junkies   http://www.romancejunkies.com/rjblog/   Visit her at  www.samanthastorm.com

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Thank you so much for joining us today!  This post has gotten me in the mood to start my baking early.  But more importantly, in order to be in Cat’s fabulous drawing, all you have to do is leave a comment…and a cookie recipe (or link to a cookie recipe) Good luck and Happy Baking! 

 

Carol Burnside - November 21, 2012 - 4:05 am

Ohmigosh, you have to make some PEPPERMINT MELTAWAY COOKIES. They’ve been a hit with everyone I’ve gifted them to. Here’s the link: http://www.food.com/recipe/peppermint-meltaways-meltaway-cookies-100927#

They’re super easy, one perfect bite each and literally melt in your mouth! Plus, they taste Christmas-y (is that a real word?)and they’re pretty. One caution: They tend to disappear fast around kids.

The only thing I do differently from the recipe is crush SOFT peppermint candies rather than the hard canes. There’s just enough crunch, they’re easier to sprinkle and they freshen your breath too.

Now I’m off to check out your novella…

Mary Preston - November 21, 2012 - 4:09 am

Good luck with all your cookie baking.

I’m going to include an Australian favourite – ANZAC biscuits (you call them cookies). ANZAC stands for Australia New Zealand Army Corps. This was the umbrella under which the troops fought in WWI.

The biscuits were sent to the soldiers in the trenches by wives & sweethearts. The biscuits kept very well & survived the travel.

Very easy to make & delicious. We make them especially for ANZAC Day. A day to remember.

http://www.bestrecipes.com.au/recipe/anzac-biscuits-L79.html

Carol Burnside - November 21, 2012 - 4:44 am

Mary, those ANZAC biscuits sound great. Only one problem. We don’t have golden syrup readily available in all areas, which sounds amazingly good! I found a great link here with substitutes: http://www.restaurantwidow.com/2006/10/just_what_is_go.html and it gives sources where we can order it. Yay!

Marilyn Baron - November 21, 2012 - 6:50 am

Great post. My favorite cookies are chocolate chip. The best chocolate chip cookie recipe is in my Oct. 3, 2012, blog when I was talking about my contribution to the free Passionate Cooks cookbook. My recipe was spaghetti carbonara, so you’ll see a picture of a platter of carbonara, but scroll down to find the recipe for sinfully sweet chocolate chip cookies. I’m already out of town so I can’t access my computer to call it up to paste it in, but either go back in the blog archives for October posts on Petit Fours for Oct. 3 or click on my picture on the right on the blog home page and go to the bottom of the screen for my past posts and click on the Passionate Cooks post. This sounds like a treasure hunt and sorry it’s so convoluted, but actually it will be worth it for these cookies. And the peppermint meltsaways sound wonderful.
Marilyn Baron

C.E. Hart - November 21, 2012 - 7:39 am

Recently, my friends and I had a bonfire get-together for a girlfriend’s birthday. The baker of the group brought Cornflake Chocolate Chip Marshmallow cookies. I never would’ve thought of using cornflakes in a cookie recipe, but they were a huge hit.
Below is the link to the recipe:

http://www.marthastewart.com/865379/cornflake-chocolate-chip-marshmallow-cookies

Pam Asberry - November 21, 2012 - 8:55 am

I am the designated cookie baker in my family. And my mom always requests these. http://goossenkitchen.blogspot.com/2009/12/fruitcake-cookies.html The recipe makes 120 cookies – plenty for the cookie swap and for your own family besides. Your book sounds like a great Christmas read! Thanks for blogging with us today!

Sandy Elzie - November 21, 2012 - 9:39 am

Good morning Samantha,
Well, my cookie suggestion isn’t on a website…it’s in the front of my recipe box under COOKIES. It’s easy, freezes well, and tastes YUMMY!

Pumpkin Cookies

2/3 cp shortening 2 eggs
1 ¼ cp sugar (1/2 brown, ½ white) 2 tsp vanilla
1 cp canned pumpkin 2 1/2 cps fours
4 tsp baking powder 1 tsp salt
½ tsp each cinnamon, nutmeg & ginger
¾ cp raisins or nuts….optional

1) Mix everything together and bake 375 degrees for 15-18 minutes.
2)Frost or glaze with just conf sugar and milk (depending how sweet you like your cookies)

When cooled, they can be frozen in zip-lock bags. They thaw to taste like you just baked them. (I usually double the recipe…some for now & some to freeze)

Sandy Elzie - November 21, 2012 - 9:40 am

Sorry the recipe bunched together like that. (#$%^) But I’m betting all you great cooks (bakers) can figure it out. :-))

Sandy Elzie - November 21, 2012 - 9:50 am

Oh, and Carol, thanks for the site telling about Golden Syrup. I happen to have some that I bought in Vermont a while back, so I’m going to try the recipe on Friday when I do my baking. (pray for me…my kitchen is going to be a mess with a capital “M”) I always make Pumpkin Cookies & Snickerdoodles, but this year I’m adding the Fruitcake cookies & the ANZAC biscuits. So much for my recent weight loss. :-/

Sandy Elzie - November 21, 2012 - 9:52 am

Oh, and I’m going to also try the Melt away Peppermint cookies. I have to make 8-10 dozen cookies for a party I host in early December, so this post was written especially for me! (Thanks Samantha!)

Samantha Storm - November 21, 2012 - 12:32 pm

Carol – I’ve been seeing Mint Melt away cookie recipes around the net as I was searching for recipes to try. I’m a huge peppermint fan, so I’m going to give these a try next week. Thanks for the recipe!

Mary – These look good! I’ve a friend in Australia who sent me a box of Tim Tam cookies. She got my addicted. You can get them now at Target in the US. Tim tams are one of my favorite cookies and one of the cookies I am planning to include in the prize pkg ;-) And I’ve never heard of golden syrup but now I am going to see if I can track some down at world market, so I can give your cookie recipe a proper try.

Marilyn – My oldest niece requested I make chocolate chip cookies this year. I found the link – http://www.petitfoursandhottamales.com/2012/10/03/pasta-passionata-alla-carbonaraa-taste-of-italy-and-a-free-cookbook/ and I’m adding this to the list of cookies to try out.

C.E – I have to make these for my nieces. It’s all of their favorite things! ;-) Thxs for the recipe.

Pam – I’ve never seen fruit cookies before. It would be cool to make something no one has seen in town before. ;-)

Sandy- I tried a pumpkin cookie recipe last year, but it turned really soggy the second day. I love pumpkin so I’m eager to include a good pumpkin cookie recipe into my cookie repertoire. Thanks for the recipe. I’m definitely giving this one a try. ;-)

Marilyn Baron - November 21, 2012 - 4:33 pm

Thanks for finding the link for the chocolate chip cookies. I hope your niece likes them. I love chocolate chip cookies and these truly are the best I’ve ever tasted. Carol, the peppermint cookies sound wonderful. I want some now. Peppermint is one of my favorite flavors. And Mary, those biscuits sound great too. Thanks for blogging with us. I really enjoyed your post and best of luck with the book.
Marilyn

Maxine Davis - November 21, 2012 - 7:56 pm

Samantha, Murder, Mayhem and Mistletoe sounds fabulous, and I will get a copy. Will be my Christmas book this year! Cookies? I love my mother’s:

Tea Cakes, 1 stick butter, 1 egg, 1 3/4 c. self-ris flour, 1 c. sugar, 2 T milk, 1/2 t. vanilla
Cream butter, sugar, egge milk and vanilla.
Sift flour. Add to creamed mixture. Roll out on floured surface, cut (I use 2 wine glasses. 1 for my wine and 1 to cut out cookies. Bake 375 almost 8 minutes.

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