Posts Tagged ‘Christmas cookies’

Posted on December 23, 2013 - by

Merry Christmas from Key West

While Hayley, and Evinrude, and Miss Gloria and all the gang are finishing up their Christmas preparations, they asked me to wish all of you the merriest of holidays! We’re all getting adjusted to Christmas in paradise–though we miss the snow and the snappy cold air and our friends most of all, there’s something pretty magical about lights on a palm tree. 



Here’s a Christmas tree made of lobster pots on the old harbor.







A lighted house seen in Old Town.








One of our favorite holiday events, the lighted boat parade.







The house that took second place in the lights Key West contest–you can’t see it here, but there’s a fishing Santa, and a string of fish each overtaking the next in line…







And Hayley’s specialty this year–sugar cookies in the shape of palm trees, sunglasses, and roosters!


We send our love to everyone, wherever you may be spending the holidays. We are grateful for each reader and fan of the Key West mysteries! We can’t wait for the adventures to come in 2014; don’t forget, MURDER WITH GANACHE will be out on February 4. (Of course, you can preorder it now.)

Posted on November 27, 2011 - by

Favorite Christmas Sugar Cookies

We made it through a wonderful Thanksgiving, but now I have a sheer million things to do to get ready for Christmas and the big launch of AN APPETITE FOR MURDER. One thing I’d hate to give up is baking cookies. If I only get around to making one kind of Christmas cookies, this is the recipe I turn to. They always turn out well–don’t skimp on the butter or the chilling part of the process. And then have fun with decorating–my favorite are the little green Christmas trees. But as you can see below, one year I made them for a Hanukkah party and they got snapped up in spite of the bilious blue icing!


1 cup butter, softened

2/3 cup sugar

1 egg

1 tsp vanilla

2.5 cups sifted flour

1/2 tsp salt

cream butter and sugar. then beat in the egg and vanilla. in a separate bowl, combine the flour and salt, then mix with butter/egg/sugar mixture. chill dough for 3 hours. preheat over to 350. roll out dough to 1/8 inch thick on lightly floured surface, dip cutters into flour before each use. place on ungreased cookie sheet and bake for about 10 ” or until lightly browned. let cool and frost.

Creamy vanilla frosting: mix 3 cups powdered sugar with 1/3 c butter softened. stir in 1.5 tsp vanilla and about 2 tablespoons milk. beat until spreadable. add color and sprinkles as desired.