Cookies + Coffee = 44 Days of Holiday Cookies Day 32: Those ‘Urban Legend’ Cookies

The-Man-Who-Shot-Liberty-ValanceWhat’s a photo of John Wayne doing in a Cookie recipe?  Hang on. Is that Jimmy Stewart there too? And Lee Marvin?

Yes. Yes that’s who’s in that photo. And trust me on this, it ALL relates to cookies, me, and the books I write. I mention John Wayne in A Basic RenovationBigCover- A Basic Renovation_FinalJohn Tilbook in For Your Eyes Only holds a special place in his heart for Jimmy Stewart.  I use the word ‘dude’ a lot in real life, and Lee Marvin calls everyone ‘dude’ in The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, which is known for the line “This is the West, sir. When the legend becomes fact, print the legend.  You see where I’m going with this yet?

0913 Eyes Only_Final[1]There’s a legend about cookies, Kids! You’ve probably heard it. It’s about a cookie recipe someone bought ‘for two-fifty’ from Nieman Marcus (they have the story on their website), a department store that supposedly sold the cookies in their store cafe.

The tale gooes something like this: Upmarket Department store patron, Mrs Ima Kuucky thought the cookie she had as a dessert after her lunch was so fab she asked for the recipe. The waitress told her it would cost ‘two-fifty’. Ima put the two-fifty cookie recipe on her credit card, along with the lunch she had, only to discover a month later that the ‘two-fifty wasn’t two dollars and fifty cents, it was two hundred and fifty dollars. So the Ima was so shocked she’d misunderstood the difference between ‘two-decimal point-fifty’ and ‘two fifty’ and complained to the store, which told her to pay up because that was the way the two-hundred-and-fifty-dollar cookie crumbled. This turned her shock to a need to seek vengeance. Ima decided to ‘share’ the store’s cookie recipe with the universe. The Legend is born. When the legend becomes fact, print the legend. I’d serve this legend with coffee.

Urban Legend Cookies

Oven to 376F/190C

  •  1 cup butter                                                    1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup packed light brown sugar                      1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs                                                              2 ½ cups oatmeal,
  • 2 cups flour                                                     1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. baking soda                                           ½ tsp. salt
  • 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips                  1 ½ cups chopped walnuts (optional)

Cream butter and sugars until fluffy. Add vanilla and eggs; beat until combined. Add oatmeal, flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt; mix until combined. Stir in chocolate chips, walnuts, and chocolate.

Roll dough into 1 inch balls and place 2 inches apart on large lightly greased baking sheet.

Bake 10 – 12 minutes or until light golden and still soft in the middle. Transfer cookies to a wire rack and cool.

Serve with a giant-assed pot of coffee.

Nominomness: I would so pay $2.50 for this cookie.Coffee cup&mug clipart


Cookies + Coffee = 44 Days of Holiday Cookies Day 28: Smartass Baddass Clove and Lemon Cookies

clovesI write romance novels from grown ups and smartasses, so trust me when I say today’s cookie is a grown up smart assed cookie. This is all because of the cloves.

Cloves are a very grown up taste. Cloces make this cookie smartass and also BADASS. These are badass cookies. Badass because they are grown up, smartassed and cloves are like the most basassed spice EVER. Why are are cloves badass? Cloves are a natural analgesic.

Did you ever see the movie or read William Goldman’s (Goldman also wrote The Princess Bride, Kids, which is a totally smartass, badass story.) tale The Marathon Man? In the movie, Dustin Hoffman relies on oil of clove after he has some, uh, pain after some, uh, dental work. He’s trying to track down the man who murdered his brother and stole diamonds. Dustin gets tortured for it, dentally, but thanks to that oil of clove, he  keeps on running. Totally badass.

On top of that, cloves are a natural mould killer (or mold killer if you prefer). AND cloves taste good. Like really good. If your breath stinks, suck on a clove. Voila, No more stinky breath!  Also, cloves smell like…. Christmas! cloveball

Clove lemon cookiesLadies Home Journal Cook Book.

Oven to 350F/170C

  •  ¾ cup butter, softened                                    2 cups flour
  • 1 cup granulated sugar                                    ¼ tsp ground cloves
  • 1 egg                                                             1/8 tsp salt
  • ½ tsp lemon extract                                       1/4 tsp grated lemon peel
  •  Glaze: 1 ½ cups confectioner’s (icing) sugar             2 Tbsp) water
  • ¼ tsp lemon extract.

Mix flour, cloves and salt in medium bowl. Set aside. Cream butter and granulated sugar in large bowl until light and fluffy.

Add egg and lemon extract; beat until well blended.

Gradually beat in flour mixture until well mixed.

Divide dough in half. Form each half into a log about 1 ½ inches in diameter by 9 inches long. Wrap in wax paper. Refrigerate 1 hour.

Cut dough into quarter inch thick slices. Place on ungreased baking sheets.

Bake 12 – 15 minutes or until lightly browned.

Cool on baking sheets 1 minute. Remove to wire racks; cool completely.

Lemon Glaze, mix confectioners’ sugar, water and lemon extract in small bowl until well blended. Drizzle over cooled cookies. Let stand until glaze is set.

Serve this grown up smartass badass babies with a Medium roasted coffee.

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Cookies + Coffee = 44 Days of Holiday Cookies Day 27: Free Cookies. Gluten Free That Is

As a vegetarian, I am aware there are other out there who have different dietary requirements, be it for religious purposes, a choice of conscience, or allergies. I want to be inclusive, I want to share in the Holiday cookie joy and let the coffee flow. This here recipe is for my dear friend Swell. gluten_free Gluten Free Molasses Cookies Oven 350F/175C.

  •  1 cup packed brown sugar                  2 2/3 Gluten Free Rice Flour Blend
  • 3/4 cup shortening                              1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 cup molasses                                 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 egg                                                    1 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/2 tsp ground cloves                          1/2 tsp xanthan gum
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 3 Tbsp granulated sugar

Mix brown sugar, shortening, molasses and egg. Stir in remaining ingredients except the 3 Tbsp sugar. Shape dough by rounded teaspoonful into 1-inch balls. Roll in sugar. Bake 8 – 10 minutes.

Serve with dark roasted coffee, freshly ground and brewed. Nominomness: I can’t rate these as I have not tried them I am hoping Swell will test the recipe and let me know how the cookies turn out.

Cookies + Coffee = 44 Days of Holiday Cookies Day 23: Bring On The Cheese

hohohoHoliday movies! Holiday Cheer! Nothing says Holiday Cheer like a Holiday movie! I have a list of Eight Holiday movies I watch every year.

      1. A Christmas Story
      2. Bad Santa
      3. Christmas Vacation
      4. Die Hard (hence the tee over there)
      5. It’s a Wonderful Life
      6. Kiss Kiss Bang Bang
      7. Lethal Weapon
      8. Miracle on 34th Street

I know and recite lines from all these movies — even when it’s not the Holiday season (Roger, that’s a special forces tattoo, Hot Dog! Welcome to the party, pal!). Let’s talk about your favourite holiday movie? Are you a massive fan of the Muppets Christmas? Do you like Elf? Is Scrooged more your speed or do you really dig Christmas in Connecticut? What’s your favourite CHEESY Holiday Movie? Y34th-streetou let me know and we’ll compared notes.

If we’re talking cheesy, as in gooey stretchy cheesy, I really love It’s a Wonderful Life and the 1947 version of Miracle on 34th Street because, you know, Edmund Gwenn is Santa; he’s the Santa-i-est Santa EVER. You believe he’s Santa, just like little Susan (Natalie Wood) does. Honest!

Nothing goes better with a Cheesy Holiday movie than a cheesy cookie that has chocolate in it. Like this one below. These cookies are like holiday popcorn, only not made of corn and not popped, but still, if you’re like me, you chain-feed these cookies into your mouth like you would chain feed popcorn into your mouth.

cookybookChocolate Orange Drops p, 116 Betty Crocker Cooky Book (1963)

Oven to 350F/175C

  • 1 cup butter                                       1 package (3 oz) Cream cheese
  • ½ confectioner’s (icing) sugar             1 egg
  • 1 Tbsp grated orange peel                 1 cup sifted flour
  • 1 tsp vanilla                                       ½ tsp salt
  • 1 6oz package chocolate chips

Beat butter and cream cheese together until fluffy. Add in sugar and egg; beat until creamy.

Blend in orange peel and vanilla. Stir in sifted flour and salt.

Drop by teaspoon onto greased cookie sheet

Bake 8 – 10 minutes. Cool on wire racks.

Serve with a cedary-sweet Sumatran coffee.

NominomnessCoffee cup&mug clipart

Coffee + Cookies = 44 Days of Holiday Cookies Day 16: Foxy Brown Sugar Cardamom Cookies

lomoYesterday, The Shallow Reader (Vassiliki) had a post on the lack of heroes with moustaches in modern romance fiction. She and I are in favour of the mo’ on men, but if you look at the covers of romance novels you sort of have to go back to the 70s and early 80s to find men with mos. And you know those 70s ‘staches are heavy and pretty, well, droopy or pointed south. Kind of like that one you see over there on the left. The 70s man moustache was something like the 70’s shag hairstyle for women. Men’s mos thinned out in the 80s, while women’s hair got bigger–or asymmetrical and spiky.

Author Elizabeth Lowell, in my opinion, always did the Mo’ed Romance hero so well. She did heroes with beards too. Try as I might, I failed to find a hero with a beard on the cover of a romance, but I did find these lovely Lowell cover images from the mid 80s.


In my endeavour to find a cookie to go with this post, I visited The Stachist, home to mo merchandise. They are an awesome site dedicated to well, goods that are moustache

related, such stach greeting cards and 

mopostache-shaped earrings, as well as the Mustache Poet magnetic poetry kit, where anyone can be a MoPo. They have all sorts of mo-related stuff, only they don’t have…COOKIES!

I have a cookie. I know it’s from the 70s because it has 1972 written in the upper right corner, just beside the little flower pot, on the still-pristine recipe card. For that reason alone that makes these THE Ode to ‘Stache cookies. These are groovy cookies.  

Foxy Brown Sugar Cardamom Cookies (I have no idea where this recipe came from, it’s handwritten on a card stuck inside my Better Homes and Garden Cookies and Candies from 1966.

Oven to 350F/180C

¾ cup unsalted butter, softened                     1 ¼ cup brown sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla                                           1 egg

2 cups all-purpose flour                                 1 tsp baking soda

½ tsp salt                                                      1 ½ tsp cardamom

Mix all dry ingredients together

In a large bowl, beat butter and sugar with an electric mixture on medium for about 3-5 minutes until well incorporated. Stop and scrape down the sides of the bowl with a rubber spatula as necessary. Add egg, vanilla and ginger to butter mixture and beat again until it’s light and fluffy.

Add dry ingredients to butter mixture in thirds, beat with electric mixture until dough incorporates. Finish mixing the dough with a rubber spatula.

Cover the dough with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes

Roll tablespoons of dough into balls, place on cookie sheet lined with baking paper, keep about 2 inches apart.

Bake 8 to 10 minutes

Cool on sheet before transferring to wire rack.

Serve with medium roasted coffee brewed in glass a stovetop percolator that has the filter inside…

Nominomess: OUTTA SIGHT! Coffee cup&mug clipart

Coffee + Cookies = 44 Days of Holiday Cookies Day 14 Bitchin’ Banana Spice

lablesRGBThe other day I was invited to a coffee tasting. I was the ONLY one at the tasting. I was, as you can imagine, terribly excited because coffee and FREE COFFEE.  Yes, kids that was FREE COFFEE!  It was a JOYOUS DAY!

I like to think Trent the day manager invited because I’m such a valued customer. I’m in the coffee shop practically eery day.  I know the name of every staff member, I ask questions about their coffees, I thank the baristas for the cups of awesome they so often have ready for me before I even ask. I send them a Christmas card and give them a big-assed box of chocolate to go with the card because they fill me with caffeine. They have been with me on my PhD journey and my quest for publication. Yes, I’m talking about you, Daniella, Trent, Sebastian (my mom thinks of you fondly), Kay, Chelsea, Emmy, Sophie, Allison, William, Andrew, Matthew, Ryan and Lauren! You made my day by inviting me to taste the new Holiday Light Roast. You even gave me a cookie to go with the coffee that was mellow-sweet and cookie-worthy. I highly recommend it for drinking on a snowy day. I highly recommend it for drinking on a early summer morning. So this year, you’re going to get these babies as well as the bigassed box of chocolate. They have a slightly tropical flavour to go with the Tropical-tinged Christmas we have at this latitude.

Also, they are a bitchin’ spice cookie that may remind you of banana bread in cookie form. Banana Bread goes so well with coffee. Especially when you slather the bread in butter. These cookies are like that too.

Banana Spice Cookies p. 67 Betty Crocker Cooky Book (1963)cookybook

Oven 375F/190C

  • ½ cup shortening                          2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 cup brown sugar (packed)           ½ baking soda
  • 2 eggs                                          ¼ tsp salt
  • 1 cup mashed, ripe bananas           ½ tsp cinnamon
  • 2 cups flour                                   ¼ tsp cloves (ground)

½ cup chopped nuts (optional)

Mix shortening, sugar and eggs well. Stir in banana. Mix dry ingredients together and stir into to other mixture. Blend in nuts.

Chill 1 hour.

Drop rounded spoonfuls on 2 inches apart on lightly greased baking sheet.

Bake 8-10 minutes.

Serve with a Light to Medium roasted coffee.

NominomnessCoffee cup&mug clipart