All month long, we’re featuring some of our favorite authors, along with a quick Q&A and some of their favorite recipes. We’ve got daily giveaways with chances to win some amazing (and steamy!) reads plus a month-long Recipes for Romance Grand Prize Giveaway for a box filled with books and more!
Today Alexis Morgan stopped by with a recipe for Holly Wreath Cookies!
**Q&A with Alexis Morgan**
We each have our own unique Christmas stocking and always ‘open’ those first. It’s fun passing them out to see what surprises have been tucked into them before we get down to the serious business of passing out the rest of the presents.
About ten years ago we had new carpet install throughout the entire house. It wasn’t supposed to be a big deal, but things turned out to be more complicated than we expected. For days before Christmas, we didn’t even have a floor at all in some rooms. The last of the work was finished early in the morning on Christmas Eve, so we had no chance to really decorate anything. However, we do have a set of boxes with verses if The Night Before Christmas on them, which stack up to about six feet in height. That ended up being our tree that year. We gathered around the boxes and had a great time anyway.
Kissing my husband on our first Christmas together.
I’ve always loved We’re No Angels with Humphrey Bogart, Peter Ustinov, and Aldo Ray. They play three criminals who escape from Devil’s Island and end up spending Christmas helping a family solve their money woes. It’s definitely a bit different than most Christmas movies, but I love it!
The body butter that my hubby gives me every year. It smells like fresh mangoes!
Definitely apple cider
HodgePodge, but I love snowman ornaments.
Old School Bulbs
Definitely to Give, I think. Not only for my family and friends, but reaching out to make someone else’s holiday season a bit better.
**About Alexis Morgan**
Alexis has always loved reading and now spends her days imagining worlds filled with strong alpha heroes and gutsy heroines. She is the author of over thirty books, novellas, and short stories that span a variety of genres: American West historicals; paranormal and fantasy romances; and most recently, contemporary romance. Alexis has been nominated for numerous industry awards, including the RITA© from the Romance Writers of America, the top award in the romance genre.
We can’t wait to try out Alexis’s delicious recipe for:
**Holly Wreath Cookies**
Message from Alexis:
The only kind of cookies my mother ever made were cookie press cookies. She and I made these together every Christmas from the time I was about seven years old. I always think about her when I make them, and my whole family loves them.
- ½ cup shortening (butter makes them fall apart)
- 2 oz. cream cheese
- 1 cup flour
- ¼ cup sugar
- ½ teaspoon vanilla
- Cream shortening and cream cheese together. Add sugar and vanilla and mix well. Add flour until well mixed.
- Use the star plate on the cookie press, making circles of the dough on an ungreased cookie sheet. Sprinkle green sugar around the cookie, and then use red in one spot (to represent a bow on a wreath.) The dough is too soft to use any of the other plates in the cookie press.
- Bake 12-15 minutes in a 350 degree oven.
- You want the edges and the bottom to be slightly brown. It’s better to have them underdone than too brown. Cool slightly before removing from the cookie sheet.
One recipe doesn’t make very many. I usually use an entire 8 oz. pkg of the cream cheese and multiple the recipe by 4.
**About The Christmas Gift**
Business is booming at Bridey Roke’s pastry shop. Everyone in town stops in to sample her holiday treats. But in her spare moments, she’s perfecting a special recipe to charm the handsome new neighbor—who has his own surprise gift for her come Christmas Eve!
Other Books by Alexis Morgan:
- Dec 19 — LuAnn McLane, author of Mistletoe on Main Street
Don’t forget to enter our month-long Recipes for Romance Grand Prize Giveaway for a box filled with books and more!
The Steam Team