Holiday Gifts of Love Blog Hop–Pound Cake Thumbprint Cookies

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It’s a Happy Holiday from your favorite Authors and Bloggers. While we know everyone celebrates a different way, we wanted to make sure that you guys knew how much we treasure you all. So from Dec 14th to Dec 17th, all 200 or so of us will be blogging about the holidays and what they mean to us. We may talk about our favorite holiday traditions, recipes, gifts, reads, heroes, and so much more. We want to hear about what you do for the holidays, what you read, and who you’ll spend it with. We hope to see you here and happy hopping!

And while we do that, we are EACH doing a giveaway. Yep. There will be over 200 giveaways on each blog hosted by that Author or Blogger.

But that’s not all….

We have THREE grand prizes. You as a reader can go to EACH blog and comment with your email address and be entered to win. Yep, you can enter over 200 times!

Now what are those prizes?

*1st Grand Prize: A Kindle Fire or Nook Tablet

*2nd Grand Prize: A $200 Amazon or B&N Gift Card

*3rd Grand Prize: A Swag Pack that contains paperbacks, ebooks, 50+ bookmarks, cover flats, magnets, pens, coffee cozies, and more!

*Also I’m giving away a copy of January release Gambling On A Secret to one lucky poster so please leave your email address!

Link to the list of Bloggers participating in the Hop:



I love holiday food… Then again who doesn’t? One of the fun things I do with my daughter is bake cookies. I’m going to share one of my all time favorite cookies…

Pound Cake Thumbprint Cookies

3 Sticks of butter at room temperature (do not substitute margarine)

1 cup sugar

2 egg yolks

3 cups plain flour, sifted

1 teaspoon vanilla

Jam, jelly or preserves of your choice. (Or pecan halves)

Cream butter and sugar. Add egg yolks. Blend flour into butter mixture. Add vanilla. Refrigerate dough until thoroughly chilled. Form small balls about the size of a quarter and press onto ungreased cookie sheet. Using thumb, press indentation in top of each cookie ball and fill with a small amount of jam/jelly/preserves. If you prefer not to use jam, press a pecan half on top of the cookies. Bake 12 minutes at 300 degrees F, or until lightly browned. (I up the temp to 325 degrees and bake 10-12 minutes. I never have had luck baking the cookies at 300 degrees). Cool several minutes, then slide cookies off pan, using a spatula.

Makes about 6 to 7 dozen cookies. Keep stored in an airtight container for a crisp pound cake flavored treat.  (I’ve also freeze these cookies up to 2 months without a problem.

**One of my personal touches to this recipe is to use cherry preserves and apricot preserves. I tint the cherry with a bit of red food die to make it redder. Then I tint the apricot preserves green. They make for a festive addition to my cookie tray.

Do you have a favorite cookie or holiday food?


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When Charli bets everything on a secret, will she find the deck stacked against her?

Former runaway-turned heiress Charli Monroe is hiding her sordid past and planning a future in Colton, Texas. Attending the local college for a degree in social work, she intends to raise cattle on her newly purchased ranch, which she plans to open as a home for troubled teens. Only a few glitches—the Victorian mansion is crumbling, the barn needs a roof, and her oilman neighbor wants more than friendship. When she meets Dylan Quinn, Charli is willing to take a chance on the town drunk to help her rebuild the rundown ranch.

Dylan has his demons, too. The former Special Forces commander can’t get past his ex-wife’s betrayal and the botched mission that left him with much more than a bad limp. Certain the greedy oilman next door to Charli wants much more than just her heart, Dylan’s even willing to stop drinking in order to protect her.

When things get dangerous and secrets of the past are revealed, is he only looking out for his new employer, or is she the new start he so desperately needs?

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Carolyn Brown, New York Times bestselling author of Just a Cowboy and His Baby.


“Ferguson, what are you doing here?” Dylan barked.

Leon ambled toward them on the stone path. “I’m saving a young maiden from torment. What are you doing here, playing the part of the devil?”

“I’m Miss Monroe’s new manager.” The deadly edge of his voice matched the flintiness of his eyes. “If there’s anyone to save the young maiden from, it’s you.”

“Mr. Quinn, please.” She turned to Leon. “Leon, is there something I can do for you?”

He smiled, showing off perfect white teeth in a face handsome enough to belong to an actor. “I was just passing by on my way home and decided to stop. How are the boys working out?”

Dylan’s stance widened and his hands flexed at his slides. “What boys?”

“Charli and I have entered into a business arrangement.”

She lost the battle with the urge to wrap her arms around herself. As much as she appreciated Leon’s kindness, respected him, and was even a little attracted to him, something about him didn’t sit right with her. He represented her peers in the community. According to Mrs. Pratt, besides the Cartwrights, she and Leon were undoubtedly the wealthiest residents in the county. No one in Colton could learn about her past. It would ruin her, and Leon, no doubt, had the means to dig up the dirt.

“Really?” Dylan stepped closer to her in a protective manner. Whiskey tainted his breath as the warmth of the exhalations tickled her cheek. “What kind of business arrangement?”

She could protect herself. Dylan Quinn wasn’t any safer than Leon Ferguson. Stepping away from him, she forced her arms to her sides. “Mr. Quinn, I can handle this.”

She faced Leon. “I’m amazed by how much the men got done since starting on Monday. The foreman told me last evening they’d be reseeding another fifty acres for hay this morning. And they have the corrals fixed and started on the fencing in the north pasture.”

“Good, good.” He glanced at Dylan. “I’ll be going, unless you need a more reliable exterminator. I couldn’t help but overhear about your snake infestation. I can give you the name of the company that has gotten rid of the snakes in our lakes over on Oak Springs for years.”

Although he presented the perfect solution, she didn’t the like way Leon had looked at Dylan as he said the word exterminator. “No, Mr. Quinn is quite capable of getting rid of the snake.”

“Oh, I’m sure he is.” Leon tipped his hat. “Let me know if there’s anything else I can do for you, Charli.” Dylan’s jaw tightened as his uncle glanced at him. “It’s good to see you up among the living again.”

Leon headed back to his Porsche. With no pretense of lowering his voice, Dylan said, “Now, there’s a snake no one wants in their garden.”

Upon hearing the jibe, Leon’s shoulders jerked in mid-stride.

Rattled by Leon’s attention and the snake fiasco, she turned on Dylan. “You aren’t off the hook. I want those snakes gone.”

“We’ll see.”

“I hate snakes.” She shuddered and put her hands on her hips. “Maybe I should have asked him who the exterminator is.”

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38 thoughts on “Holiday Gifts of Love Blog Hop–Pound Cake Thumbprint Cookies

  1. Sheri Fredricks

    I’m a real sucker for peanut butter chocolate chip cookie bars.Best wishes on Gambling!
    sherifredricks @charter .net

  2. 최다해 gongjumonica

    Yay! I’m happy to join this tour. Thank you for sharing.

  3. Oh, I have three favorites. lol My favorite cookie is peanut butter chocholate chip cookies. But in Christmas in Brazil we eat a lot of “sort of a french toast” that is delicious and “panettone” an italian type of cake.
    Hmmmm, you made me hungry. 🙂
    Thanks for the giveaway,

  4. The christmas food we like is mince pies with ice cream. Your recipe looks tasty. Happy holidays to everyone.

  5. Gail Goodenough

    I love the recipes that are being shared.
    I look forward to reading some of your books. I am a fan of Alexa Grace, so I’m sure I will like what you have.
    Thank you for participating in the blog hop with the giveaways.

  6. laurie g

    thanks for the great blog and wonderful giveaway

  7. I absolutely love westerns

  8. Thanks for the wonderful giveaway 🙂

    Rachel Ramos

  9. Cassandra Hicks

    I love the seasonal sugar cookies 🙂
    Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

  10. I don’t really have a favorite, but I love sweets so Christmas time is wonderful for me with all of the yummy sweet goodies. Thanks for participating in the hop!


  11. Dawna Newman

    My favorite cookie is Peanut Butter Blossoms.


  12. Crystal Young

    I love Chocolate No Bakes Thanks for the chance to win The book sounds great
    Merry Christmas
    crystaley73 at yahoo dot com

  13. JanD

    I like pumpkin cheesecake and macadamia nut chocolate chip cookies.
    bituin76 at hotmail dot com

  14. Veronika

    Merry Christmas to you! Thank you for the giveaway!
    verusbognar (at) gmail (dot) com

  15. Will have to try this receipe too! Its making me want cookies! Which reminds me I need to buy some cookies for Christmas if I can keep hubby and the sons out of it by then.

    Raonaid at gmail dot com

  16. Happy Happy Holidays! Thanks for the great giveaway!
    My fav holiday food is candied yams!!

  17. Beckey

    Do you have a favorite cookie or holiday food?
    Yes, I make Baklava and Braciole during the holidays

    Happy Holidays

  18. Jennifer L

    Thanks for the recipe, excerpt, and giveaway! Happy Holidays!!!

  19. I make Monster cookies at the holidays. It’s like eating a candy bar.

  20. micheleann oboyle

    thanks for sharing the recipe merry christmas and congrats on your new book

  21. Joy F

    Thanks for the great hop.
    magic5905 at embarqmail dot com

  22. Happy Holidays! Great giveaway!


  23. Holly

    Hello, thanks for the giveaway! I love everything about the Christmas holiday!

  24. Lisa Walker

    Thanks for the great recipe and giveaway!
    Happy Holidays!

  25. Toni

    I have several but a few of them are Mississippi MUd, magic cookie bars and grandmas fudge. not the holidays without them

  26. kimberly holgate

    its the time of year for some nice moiste pumpkin cookies i love them
    kaholgate at ymail dot com

  27. Tonda Hargett

    I’ve always loved snickerdoodles in the winter, but I’m definitely going to try your thumbprint cookies!

  28. Natasha

    Sugar cookies are my favorite. Thanks for the chance to win!
    natasha_donohoo_8 at hotmail dot com

  29. Nice blog!
    Thanks for sharing this.

  30. Daniel M

    my fav cookie is snickerdoodles! – regnod(at)yahoo(d0t)com

  31. Rita Wray

    Love the recipe thank you.


  32. my fav is sugar cookie:)
    Happy Holidays!

  33. kym amaral

    buckeyes are my favorite !

    Merry Christmas !

  34. Shadow

    What an awesome hop!! And a fantastic giveaway! Thank you!! Happy holidays to you all! Best wishes and many blessings!

  35. Krysta B.

    I bake with my nephew for Christmas.

  36. Carla

    My favorite thing about this season is cookies; I love making and eating them. Everyone is so willing to share.
    planterofhope at aol dot com

  37. I’m spending this holiday season with my family and hoping to win so I can read more romances. I don’t have an ereader. Happy Holidays! lisarayns at gmail dot com

  38. Thank you all so much for stopping by!

    Congratulations Cindy Woolf! You are the winner of my copy of Gambling On A Secret!

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