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Thursday, December 7, 2017

Berkley Bookmas: Julie James' Favorite Holiday Cookie Recipes + Giveaway!

 I am so excited to participate in Berkley Bookmas and I'm hosting Julie James today! Berkley Bookmas is chock full of exclusive content from authors like exclusive excerpts, deleted scenes, author recipes and more! If you're on Instagram make sure you check out Berkley's account and follow #BerkleyBookmas to see all the pretty pictures from readers like you and me during the 12 Days of Shipmas challenge. Make sure you take a look at the calendar below to make sure that you don't miss out on the other blogs participating!

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And now without further ado, Julie James' Holiday Cookie Recipes! These look so good, I may have to attempt them!

Need Cookies for the holidays? I’ve got your back.

When I was a kid, one of my favorite things about the holidays was my grandmother’s cookies. She used to spend days baking, and when we visited her house every Christmas Eve, there would be platters and tins of cookies seemingly everywhere.

Over the years, my cookie recipe book has expanded, but below are two classics that have been party of my family’s holiday traditions for years. Both are kid-friendly, adult-friendly, easy to make, and loaded with chocolate (generally a requirement for all my cookies, snickerdoodles excepted.) Enjoy!

Snowball Cookies
  • 1 cup butter (softened to room temperature)
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 package Hershey’s kisses
  • Confectioner’s sugar

Beat butter, granulated sugar, and vanilla until light and fluffy. Add flour and nuts. Shape dough around kisses and roll into balls. (Hint for first-timers: you don’t want too much dough; use just enough to cover the Hershey kiss.) Bake on cookies sheets lined with parchment paper at 375 degrees for about 8-10 minutes, or until the bottom of the cookies are a light golden brown. Let cookies cool, then roll them in confectioner’s sugar.

Variation: Mr. James is a little fussier than I am about cookies, and doesn’t like milk chocolate.
(Miraculously, we’ve managed to stay married for 15 years despite this character flaw.) So for some of the cookies, I roll the dough around a bunch of semi-sweet chocolate chips (instead of a Hershey’s Kiss), and everyone’s happy.

M&M Cookies
  • 1 cup butter (softened to room temperature)
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 ¼ cup flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 pound bag of M&Ms
Julie’s add-on: I also throw in 1 cup of semi-sweet chocolate chips because more chocolate = yummy goodness

Beat butter and sugars, then beat in vanilla and eggs. Add remaining dry ingredients, mix well, then stir in M&Ms (and chocolate chips). Bake at 375 degrees on cookie sheets lined with parchment paper for 9-11 minutes, or until light golden brown.

About Julie James:
After graduating from law school, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Julie James clerked for the United States Court of Appeals. She then practiced law with one of the nation’s largest firms for several years until she began writing screenplays. After Hollywood producers optioned two of her scripts, she decided to leave the practice of law to write full-time.

Julie’s books have been listed on Amazon’s Best Books of the Year, the American Library Association’s Reading List for Top Genre Novels, Booklist‘s Top 10 Romances of the Year, and have been featured as a Cosmopolitan magazine Red Hot Read. Her books have been translated into twenty-two languages and Julie’s ninth novel, The Thing About Love, is now available.

Julie James lives with her husband and two children in Chicago, where she is currently working on her next book.

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