I’m so glad to be here today—just in time for the holidays! As I suspect is the case with many people, this time of year always makes me think back nostalgically on the holidays of my youth. Growing up in Chicago, which is known for its frigid winters (something I have the “joy” of experiencing as I type this), Christmas break for me involved a lot of indoor activities.
My favorite of those was baking Christmas cookies, and that is a tradition I’ve kept to this day.
Every year in December, I pull out my mixing bowls, cookie scoop, and baking sheets, and make a good six to eight batches. By popular request, one of the types I always bake is Christmas M&M Cookies. Even my son, The World’s Pickiest Eater, loves them. You’ll find the recipe below.
I’m also looking forward to the New Year, because with 2011 comes the release of my next novel, A Lot Like Love.
A Lot Like Love is about a wealthy wine store owner named Jordan Rhodes who agrees to pose as the girlfriend of an undercover FBI agent (as part of a sting operation) in exchange for her twin brother’s release from prison. This is my third book set in Chicago, and those of you who read my prior release, Something About You, might be happy to know that the hero and heroine of that book—Jack and Cameron—have supporting roles in A Lot Like Love.
And for those of you who haven’t read Something About You, here’s your chance! I’m giving away a copy of Something About You to one person who leaves a comment below. To enter, simply tell us one of your favorite things to do during the holidays. Or share a favorite holiday memory . . . or a book you like to read during the holidays. Or a favorite holiday recipe. Anything that celebrates the spirit of the season! (Be sure to include your email address in your comment to enter the drawing. The winner will be chosen on Thursday, December 23.)
With that, I’d like to wish all of you a happy holiday season—and, as always, happy reading!
1 cup butter
1 cup brown sugar
½ cup sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 ¼ cups flour
½ teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 pound bag red & green M&M’s
3/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
Blend butter and sugars. Beat in vanilla and eggs. Add remaining dry ingredients to sugar/egg mixture. Stir in half of M&M’s and all of the chocolate chips. Drop onto ungreased cookie sheets. Decorate tops of cookies with remaining M&M’s.
Bake at 375 degrees F. for 9 to 11 minutes or until golden brown.
To learn more about Julie and her books, visit her website at http://www.juliejamesbooks.com/.