Saturday, December 09, 2023


 By Caroline Clemmons

Creating my story, HOLIDAY HEARTS, was such fun work. I usually write historical romance but enjoy the occasional venture into contemporary. I’ve never enjoyed writing anything contemporary as much as this novella. I was actually sorry when the story ended and I had to leave my friends, the characters. I hope readers love them as much as I do—oh, except for mean girl Celia, of course.

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The story takes place in Dickens, a quaint New England town bustling with excitement and anticipation for the upcoming Christmas holiday. Events include the annual tree lighting in the town square, a snowman building competition, ice skating on Grosvenor’s Pond, and horse-drawn sleigh rides. You’re welcome to cut down your own Christmas tree at Gridley Meadows Tree Farm, or join in the caroling on the Common. You can find numerous other stories of Christmas time in Dickens by other authors at the Romance Gems Facebook group.

In my story, Laura “Birdie” Jordan serves Snickerdoodle cookies.
Growing up, our daughters loved helping make Snickerdoodles. They’re definitely a hands-on baking project. I’ve never met anyone who didn’t love this cookie—they’re family favorites at our house.





1 cup butter

1 ½ cups sugar

2 eggs

2 ¾ cups presifted flour

1 tsp. baking soda

2 tsp. cream of tartar

½ tsp. salt

Mixture of sugar and cinnamon



Preheat oven to 400ºF. Grease baking sheets.

Cream butter and 1 ½ cups sugar in a mixing bowl. Beat in eggs.

Add flour, baking soda, cream of tartar, and salt. Mix to make a firm dough.

Shape dough into balls about ¾ inch in diameter. Roll in sugar/cinnamon mixture.  Arrange on baking sheets. Flatten with bottom of glass dipped in sugar mixture.

Bake in preheated oven for 10 minutes.

Serves: 4 dozen cookies


You can also download IT’S A DICKENS OF A COOKIE recipe book FREE! (my favorite price) The book includes 20 cookie recipes with a little about each author and her book. All of the recipes sound delicious! In fact, I know my two are. I may have, um, tested them before submitting the recipe. Ahem, that was only fair, right?

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Stay safe and keep reading—and baking!

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