Hungry Hearts Holiday Hop

Welcome to the HUNGRY HEARTS HOLIDAY HOP! We are so excited to CELEBRATE the holiday season with mouthwatering cookie recipes and delicious EXCERPTS from today’s hottest food-loving ROMANCE writers! Hop around and fill out the Rafflecopter form on each author’s site to enter our GIVEAWAYS: a spectacular mix of Harry & David Truffles, books, gifts cards, and Hungry Hearts author swag! Lots of awesome prizes to win!
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In addition to the HUNGRY HEARTS HOLIDAY HOP prizes, Amanda Usen will be featuring Hungry Hearts authors on her site and giving their books away to lucky winners. Visit Writer.Chef.Romantic to get in on the fun!
When the holiday season arrives, our hearts fill with CHEER. Life is a gift, isn’t it? Hop with us for the chance to win, and share your holiday JOY while we share our favorite COOKIE recipes with you!
While you’re here, please check out my books, especially my newest release CRAVINGS, and have a look around my blog. Here’s Chapter 1 of CRAVINGS.
Cravings (eBook)And here’s a little snippet more for you to chew on:

A knock came at the bathroom door.

“Yes,” she said, after a moment.

“Are you okay in there?”

“Yes,” she replied. How long had she been in the bubble bath? “I’ll be out in a moment.”

She lifted her body out of the water.

“I have a robe for you,” he said. “Shall I—”

She slipped a towel around her dripping body. “Thanks,” she said, opening the door. “I’ll take it.”

She had meant to open the door wide enough to reach the robe, but she stumbled and the door flung open. There he stood in a white robe, his brown skin gleaming against it. Delicious.

She bit her lip and held back. He’d said he was tired, hadn’t he? Besides, he seemed a proper gentlemen. Mind your manners, Sasha.

“Thank you,” she said, taking the robe and shutting the door gently but not before seeing a hunger sweep over his face as he took in the sight of her.

The door shut. One door stood between them. One door. What pleasure lay on the other side? Was it worth the risk?

Suddenly Sanj was not so exhausted.

He stood anchored, his sudden erection poking at the thick white robe. He needed to walk away, take his hand to himself downstairs in the other shower. He didn’t know this woman. His brain said walk, you idiot. But his feet remained planted solid as oak trees and when she came out of the bathroom, wearing that robe, the only thing he wanted was to see her naked.

“Sanj,” she said as she walked toward him and touched his just-shaven face. “It’s okay. You can touch me.”

Here’s my cookie recipe. But don’t forget to check out the other culinary romance authors and all of their cookies!

Enter in the Rafflecopter giveaway here!

Liz Everly’s Nut Cups

Everly Nut Cups

The dough for these nut cups includes cream cheese, which half the women I know claim is their own “special ingredient.” Making these little treats is time-consuming, but very much worth it.
Cup dough
2 three-ounce packages of cream cheese
½ pound butter
2 cups, plus 2 tablespoons flour
Let cheese and butter get soft at room temperature. Cream with a fork. Roll into small balls and refrigerate at least 30 minutes, until dough is firm. Shape the dough into ungreased mini-muffin pans with your thumbs.
2 eggs, well beaten
add little over ¼ stick of butter
2 cups brown sugar
2 cups chopped nuts (pecans or walnuts)
Vanilla to taste

Fill unbaked dough cups with the nut mixture. Bake about 20 minutes. Yields 4 dozen.


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