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CHRISTMAS COOKIES: A FESTIVAL TREAT

What’s a Christmas festival without gingerbread house contests or hot chocolate without whipped cream?

Winterberry Falls, VT is the place to be for the Christmas season in my debut novel, SNOWBOUND IN WINTERBERRY FALLS. My heroine crashes into town during the busiest time of the year – their Merry Month of Mistletoe. Readers can expect to be inundated with the scents, sights and sounds of Christmas (so grab a cup of hot chocolate and your favourite Christmas cookies while you settle down to read).

One of my favourite Christmas shortbread cookies to make are from my self-adopted Grandma (I really wanted her to be mine!). These are roll-out cookies, so have a bit of fun with your cutters. This recipe works well without coloured sugars, but they’re also yummy with a healthy sprinkle on top!

GRANDMA EDYTHE’S SHORTBREADS

1 cup of packed brown sugar

2 cups of butter, softened

4 cups of all-purpose flour

1 tsp baking soda

Warm the oven to 350F.

Blend together brown sugar, softened butter in a medium to large bowl. Mix flour and baking soda together. Add dry ingredients into the butter/sugar bowl, adding one cup at a time and mix.

Lightly flour hard rolling surface. Break off a handful of cookie dough and roll out to approximately ¼ inch thick. Press cookie cutters into dough and place cut-outs on baking sheet, leaving ½ inch between cut-outs. (optional: Decorate with coloured sugar)

Bake for 10-15 minutes. Cookies are done when edges start to brown slightly.

Let cookies cool and then enjoy!

Yield depends on size of cookie cutters used.

While you’re waiting for the cookies to bake, check out the magical town Ann has created in her book.

SNOWBOUND IN WINTERBERRY FALLS

Unwrapping their past – one secret at a time.

Owning her own PR firm is all reporter Stephanie Clark wants for Christmas, but the idea of running a prestigious election campaign in the country’s capital throws her stomach into knots. A last minute vacation road trip to focus and seek God’s direction for her life ends up in disaster when she gets caught in the worst snowstorm to hit Vermont in over a decade, crashing her into a small town and the one person she’d rather forget.

Former photojournalist Jason Miller hadn’t planned on being solely responsible for saving his family business from financial ruin. He’s barely keeping the newspaper in print, his News Editor has gone AWOL during the town’s most celebrated holiday festival, and reports of missing Christmas decorations have everyone on edge.

When a desperate knock at the newsroom door brings a ghost from Christmas past back into his life, can Jason make up for his prior behavior without breaking his promise to Stephanie’s father? Will Stephanie’s quest to solve the town’s Christmas caper—and uncover the truth about Jason’s disappearance—cost her everything she’s ever wanted?

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About the Author:

ANN BRODEUR is an award-winning novelist who writes inspirational and contemporary romances offering sweet hope and happy endings.

When she’s not reading, writing, chasing after her kids or enjoying long chats with her husband, Ann can be found drinking coffee, that’s been reheated several times throughout the day. She aspires to someday drink a hot beverage in one sitting.

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