Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Sweets of the Season by Shanna Hatfield
Confession is good for the soul, right?
So here goes... I not only love to bake, but I also indulge in a little "quality assurance" of said baked goods during the holiday season.
Most of the goodies I bake get packed into tins and given away as gifts or taken to parties and celebrations.
To me, holiday baking is a way of connecting with my past (while admittedly creating some yummy treats). My grandmother always made the best pies in the world, or at least my world, and her fudge... oh, my goodness, was it good. When I married Captain Cavedweller, she gave me a hand-written recipe card with the fudge recipe along with the antique dish she always served fudge on during the holidays.
Mom was also a great baker and maker of candies. Peanut brittle was one of her specialties along with the divinity my dad begged for every year.
Baking and holidays just always went hand-in-hand in my family. The gift of an easy-bake oven when I was six stirred my interest in baking and created a life-long love for making sweet treats to share.
Here are a few of my holiday favorites:
I started working on the perfect, soft sugar cookie recipe when I was in high school. I don't know that I ever found perfection, but this one comes close if you like a soft cookie that isn't too sweet, yet has an old-fashioned flavor to it.
 I used to go to all the work of making gingerbread cut-out cookies, then some fabulous person brought gingerbread bars to a cookie exchange party and my life changed for the better. These are so good and so easy to make!
My beloved auntie shared her recipe for this delicious pumpkin roll with me right after I first got married. The recipe card bears the stains and splatters of twenty-years of abuse, but it just wouldn't be the holiday season if I didn't make at least one Pumpkin Roll.
Two of my nieces and I love these bars so much. That's one of the reasons I eat one and quickly give the rest away.
We won't even talk about calorie count with these rich balls of cake and frosting, but they are so good. Especially fun for kids since they are on a stick.

May whatever you cook up for the holiday season be full of sweet romance!

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A hopeless romantic with a bit of sarcasm thrown in for good measure, Shanna Hatfield is a bestselling author of sweet romantic fiction written with a healthy dose of humor. In addition to blogging and eating too much chocolate, she is completely smitten with her husband, lovingly known as Captain Cavedweller.
Shanna creates character-driven romances with realistic heroes and heroines. Her historical westerns have been described as “reminiscent of the era captured by Bonanza and The Virginian” while her contemporary works have been called “laugh-out-loud funny, and a little heart-pumping sexy without being explicit in any way.”
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  1. Yum, is all I can say!!! Cake on a stick - I have never seen such a thing before.

    1. You must try it at least once Joanne! Cake on a stick is sooo yummy!

  2. I love coconut cake. Wish I could reach right into the photo and take some.

    1. I'm a huge coconut fan, Merrillee! This cake is served chilled and such a refreshing taste after all the heavy desserts of the season.

  3. That settles is, Shanna. I'm coming to your house for Christmas!

  4. Hi Shanna - I'm a new member - just joined the Goodreads group and then found my way over here.

    Wow - those look delicious. I'm a huge coconut fan too. And as someone who is hopeless at baking, I'm just in awe of anyone who can make cookies & cakes at home. :-) I'm Chinese and there is not much baking in Chinese cuisine - in fact, all traditional Chinese breads and cakes are steamed! ;-)

    (H.Y. Hanna)
    ps. I was wondering if it would be possible to join in the Facebook party as an author? Would I need to be accepted as a Sweet Romance Reads author first? How could I join the team? Thank you! :-)