Baking Up a New Batch of Christmas Memories
By Alexis MorganI think for most of us, all it takes is one breath of the rich scent of cloves, cinnamon, and ginger to put us all in the spirit of the holidays. I know for certain that if I failed to bake my family's three favorite types of cookies, I'd never hear the end of it. Our celebration just wouldn't be the same without cream cheese spritz cookies, no-bake peanut butter and chocolate cookies, and Russian teacakes. As we eat them, they always evoke memories of Christmases past even while we build new memories together.
Of those cookies, it's the cream cheese spritz that means the most to me because my mom and I used to make them together, starting back when I was a little girl. Every time I get down my old-fashioned Mirro Cookie Press and start cranking out those cookies, I think of her.I think that's why when it came time to write a novella set during the Christmas season, I knew immediately that I wanted to center the story around Something's Brewing, the new coffee shop and bakery in my fictional town of SnowberryCreek.
For Bridey Roke, the owner of the shop, this will be her first Christmas back in her hometown. She's been experimenting with new recipes that she hopes to feature over the holidays. Her attempts to perfect her gingerbread cupcakes and pumpkin spice lattes perfume the air in her shop. It's no wonder that her customers tend to linger a little longer at this special time of year. And if she's especially happy to see a certain handsome man spending a lot of his free time in her shop, well, that's her secret.
|Coming January 2014|
I'd love to hear about what types of pastries and cookies are part of your family's traditions. You know the kind I mean—the ones where a single taste reminds you of all the people in your life that you love.Alexis