Tuesday, 12 November 2013

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Here's my favorite Christmas Cookie Recipe


Cinnamon Roll Cookies





Prep time30 minutes
Total time2 hours 30 minutes
Portion size60 cookies
Ingredients
3/4 cup (175 mL) butter, softened
1 cup (250 mL) packed brown sugar
1 egg
1 tsp (5 mL) vanilla
2-1/2 cups (625 mL) all-purpose flour
1 tsp (5 mL) cinnamon
1/2 tsp (2 mL) baking powder
1 pinch salt
Cinnamon Sugar:
2 tbsp (30 mL) packed brown sugar
2 tbsp (30 mL) butter, softened
1 tsp (5 mL) cinnamon
Cream Cheese Glaze:
1/4 pkg (250 g pkg) cream cheese, softened
1/3 cup (75 mL) icing sugar
2 tbsp (30 mL) milk, warmed

Preparation

In large bowl, beat butter with sugar until fluffy; beat in egg and vanilla. Whisk together flour, cinnamon, baking powder and salt; stir into butter mixture in 3 additions. 


Divide dough in half; shape into discs. Wrap each in plastic wrap; refrigerate for 1 hour. (Make-ahead: Refrigerate for up to 24 hours.) Let stand at room temperature until soft enough to roll out, about 15 minutes. 



Between waxed paper or on floured surface, roll out 1 disc of dough to 12- x 10-inch (30 x 25 cm) rectangle. 



Cinnamon Sugar: Combine sugar, butter and cinnamon; spread half evenly onto rectangle. Starting at long side, roll up dough. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate until firm, about 30 minutes. Repeat with remaining dough and filling.



Cut rolls into 1/4-inch (5 mm) thick slices; place, cut side down and1 inch (2.5 cm) apart, on parchment paper–lined or greased baking sheets.



Bake, 1 sheet at a time, in 375ºF (190ºC) oven until pale golden on bottoms and edges, about 10 minutes. Let cool for 1 minute on pans on racks; transfer to racks and let cool completely. (Make-ahead: Store in airtight container for up to 5 days or freeze for up to 2 weeks.)



Cream Cheese Glaze: Combine cream cheese, icing sugar and milk; drizzle over cooled cookies.





Relentless-Coming December 2013


Michaela Prentice and Jordan Marsh's friendship began in the worst of circumstances after she discovered his girlfriend in bed with her fiancé.   It had seemed only natural to spend time together as they got over their mutual breakups, but she soon realized Jordan wanted more than friendship.

Jordan Marsh knew the minute he met Michaela that he had to have her. Unfortunately she was already taken, but he wasn’t about to let her get away. When Jordan sets a goal he’s relentless until he gets what he wants, and what he wants is Michaela.

As they make the transition from friends to lovers, Jordan exposes a sensual side to his nature that Michaela didn't know existed and can't seem to resist.  However, Michaela quickly learns that Jordan isn’t the friend or lover she thought she knew. His world is filled with secrets and she soon finds herself caught up in his deceptions.  Is she facing another betrayal?

Excerpt
“Wow! You look good enough to eat!” Michaela declared as she opened her front door, eying the handsome tuxedoed man standing before her.  Jordan Marsh was hot with his thick, wavy, dark blond hair, and sculpted features.  And, God, let’s not forget that lean, fit body.  He was the kind of man that women fantasized about, unfortunately the two of them were just friends.
“Well, if you insist. Go right ahead. I’m certainly not going to stop you.” Jordan casually leaned his broad shoulder against the doorframe as he tilted his dark blonde head to the side in his usual cocky manner. “I might add you look pretty hot yourself tonight,” he said, his blue eyes sparkling as he appraised her figure with obvious appreciation.  “Nice… You look great in that red dress.  Now turn around so I can get the whole picture.” Michaela did as he asked and Jordan nodded in obvious appreciation.
 “Yep, very sexy. I definitely like the way it scoops low in the back and the front.  It looks like I am going to have to beat the men off with a stick tonight.”
Michaela laughed, her chestnut curls bouncing as she leaned forward, giving him a quick hug as she pulled him inside her town home.  She hadn’t been able to resist buying the full-length evening dress, with its spaghetti straps and plunging neckline; it showed off her figure to perfection.  She might be petite, but she was proud of her hourglass figure. “Feel free to shower me with as many compliments as you like,” she insisted good-naturedly.  She scrunched her pert nose, her chocolate brown eyes clouding with momentary self-doubt. “You don’t think it’s too much for an office Christmas party do you?”
“No,” Jordan insisted, his warm eyes sparkling with humor. “That dress looks awesome on you, and it disguises the fact that you’re vertically challenged.”
Michaela tried to look annoyed at his teasing, but failed miserably.  “Do you always have to make fun of my height?”
“Of course I do it’s too much fun not to.”  Flashing a pleased grin at what he obviously thought was a clever response.
“I think you need another hobby besides making fun of me,” Michaela informed him, enjoying the easy banter they always shared.
Jordan shook his head in denial, his face softening as he smiled at her. “Nope, I don’t think so.  I am perfectly content with this one. It satisfies all my needs.”
Michaela shot him a skeptical look and gave an unladylike snort before saying, “If that is satisfying all your needs, I suggest you start dating more.”
Jordan’s eyes filled with self-deprecation and something else she couldn’t quite identify. “You’re right about that one,” he said, pausing briefly before asking, “I hate to put an end to this stimulating conversation, but shouldn’t we get going to your party?”
Michaela looked at her watch quickly. “You’re right we should get going. Let me just grab my wrap.”  She opened the hall closet and  retrieved the garment along with her purse. “I just want to thank you again Jordan for taking me to this party.  I hate going to these things alone and since I’m not dating anyone I thought you were the ideal candidate.”
Jordan took the wrap from her hands and placed it on her shoulders, his hands lingering a little more than necessary.  He moved his hands up and down her arms lightly before he released her. Michaela felt a shiver go down her spine at his touch while she breathed in the scent of his spicy cologne.  What was that about she wondered?  Jordan is just a friend, nothing more she reminded herself.  Although it wasn’t the first time she had been forced to issue that particular reminder.
“You know me, free food, free drinks, I’m there,” he said easily as he escorted her out the door with a firm touch on her lower back.
Michaela was so distracted by her reaction to Jordan that she didn’t even notice the crisp, cool air of this December night in Boston.  She turned and locked the door. Angling her head toward Jordan she treated him to a satisfied smile.  “Well, in that case I guess I am doing you a favor.” 
Jordan gently grabbed her hand and guided her down the steps beside him. “No way, Michaela, I am not letting you get away with that. Let’s get this straight.   I am doing you the favor which means you owe me.” When they reached the sidewalk, he raised his free hand to hail a cab.
“Does everything have to be a competition with you?” she asked in exasperation while wondering when they had begun this hand holding thing.  It wasn’t that she was old fashioned, there were just some invisible lines that weren’t crossed when you were just friends.  Hand holding was definitely crossing one of those lines, she was sure of it.  She tried to ignore the way he was rubbing the inside of her palm with his thumb.  It felt so intimate that it made her body shiver.
“Michaela everything is a competition,” he told her as a taxi pulled up to the curb, and then he casually helped her into the cab.
Michaela shifted on the seat making room for his large frame. “Even between friends?” she asked.
“Especially between friends,” he assured her.




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37 comments:

  1. With all these delicious recipes I am bound to put on some weight during the holidays. :)
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  2. Those cinnamon roll cookies sound delicious! I will have to make some my husband would love them. AFischer48@mail.com

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  3. Oh I can't wait to try out this cookie recipe and the book Relentless. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  4. what a great recipt for the holidays! Can't wait to make them!!!

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  5. Cookies are my weakness, especially around the holidays! These look great!

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  6. What a different recipe! Thanks Carpediem5366@yahoo.com

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  7. What a great sounding recipe, very different, from what I usually make.
    Looks really good.
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  8. The holiday sweets are notorious in our house. We used to host and so we always have too much. :) marie.mattingly88@gmail.com

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  9. Thank you so much for sharing your recipe and for joining the giveaway!
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  10. All these wonderful recipes! When will I find time to read if I'm in the kitchen all day and night? I love the premise of two wronged lovers getting together. It suits the season perfectly.

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  11. thanks so much bbyg612@yahoo.com

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  12. Awesome giveaway!!! Thanks so much!!

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  13. ow those cookies look good thanks for the givy

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  14. Oh a cookie and cinnabun omg yes i want those lol... Thanks for being part of the hop.

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  15. I have never heard of these cookies O.O def going on my list to make, that is truly growing on this wonderful hop :D Big Hugs I followed by email, twitter & fb.

    Missie Jones
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  16. Thanks for participating in the blog hop!
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  17. Thanks for sharing the recipe-it sounds sweet and delicious.
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  18. Thanks for the yummy recipe, so many tho choose from first! Caraolson24@yahoo.com

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  19. Looks yummy. Thanks for a great post and awesome giveaway!!!!!
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  20. I can not make these. I would eat each and every last one of them.delphinareadstoomuch at yahoo.com

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  21. I really am gaining weight just reading these recipes!! Thanks for sharing and being part of the hop - steelestories@gmail.com

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  22. I have never heard of a cinnamon roll cookie they sound delicious. I know my son would love these! Thanks for sharing the recipe! I read the excerpt to Relentless and lets just say I know what i'm getting myself for Christmas. I love the playfulness between Jordan and Michaela. Thanks again and have a happy thanksgiving! amybowens34@yahoo.com

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  23. Thanks for the awesome hop.
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  24. These just might be my new favorite cookies. I love cinnamon. I light cinnamon candles all winter long...

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  25. I'm going to try these cookies!
    Robin
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  26. I printed out this recipe and it is going to be added to my Christmas cookie baking.

    Thanks for the amazing giveaway!
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  27. I saved the recipe. I'm always looking for different dessert recipes and with those you can put them in a container and they should last a little while, I hope.
    I was already signed up to your newsletter and everything so I didn't have to repeat the process.
    Thank you for the recipe and for your involvement with the giveaway. The world needs more people like all of you in it. It's a kind and thoughtful gesture of what you're all doing.
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  28. Sounds like great cookies. Great excpert! Thanks for sharing them. Thanks for sharing the hop and your giveaway. Wishing you a wonderful and magical holiday season. evamillien at gmail dot com

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  29. Those sound delicious.

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  30. Cinnamon roll cookies, two of my favorite things in one! I'll have to give these a try. Thanks for the recipe and excerpt!

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  31. Hi! Im loving all these recipes! Those cinnamon roll cookies look amazing! Theyll definitely be a big hit with my family! Thank you for sharing and for the giveaway!! Happy Thanksgiving!
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  32. Thanks for the recipe and the chance to win!
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  33. Sorry I missed the your giveaway, you must be on a different time zone. Thanks for the recipe and hop. koala571 (at) msn (dot) com

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  34. Oh my gosh, those cookies sound great!

    Thank you for being part of this hop,
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