12 Days of Christmas: Jennifer Haymore




Jennifer’s Top 5 Holiday Foods

Okay, I admit to having a sweet tooth! It is no surprise to me that all of these foods are sweet—even the ham, thanks to the raisin sauce!

(1)   Frosted sugar cookies (a must every year—recipe below!)

(2)   Chocolate-covered cherries (my grandma always bought a box or two for Christmas)

(3)   Candy canes (we used to hang them on the tree & I couldn’t actually eat one until Christmas)

(4)   Eggnog (we buy a carton every Christmas…I love the nutmeg flavor but it’s so rich I’m glad it’s only in the stores this time of year!)

(5)   The Christmas Ham with raisin sauce (as a kid, it was the only time of year I got to eat ham…and something about that raisin sauce made it especially delicious)

One Christmas tradition that I’ve done every year since before I can remember is make frosted sugar cookies from scratch. The great thing is that this recipe is made with butter—unlike most sugar cookie recipes, which use shortening. These taste SO much better!

Here’s the recipe…my mom copied it out of Joy of Cooking by Irma S. Rombauer and Marion Rombauer Becker probably forty years ago! Over the years we’ve made a few modifications but the ingredients are the same:

Sugar Cookies

1 cup butter, softened

2/3 cup sugar

1 large egg

1/4 teaspoon baking powder

1/8 teaspoon salt (eliminate if you used salted butter)

1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla

2 1/3 cups all-purpose flour

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(1)           Cut butter and sugar together until completely combined, then add vanilla and egg

(2)           Mix baking powder, salt, and flour, then slowly add to the butter mixture

(3)           When combined, place in refrigerator and chill for one hour, or overnight

(4)           Roll out the dough in wax paper (using a little flour if it decides to stick, which it usually does!) to ¼-inch thick.

(5)           Cut out cookies using festive shapes (we always use stars, bells, trees, and hearts, and if we’re feeling ambitious with decorating, Santa and angel shapes)

(6)           Place on ungreased cookie sheet about 1” apart. Bake at 350 degrees 8-10 minutes or until edges are golden brown. Let cool on cookie sheet (cookies will be soft and might break), then remove.


This icing is buttery and thick, not thin and hard!

1 1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar

3 tablespoons butter, softened

1 tablespoon vanilla extract

1 tablespoon milk

3 drops food coloring

red and green decorator sugar

Combine sugar, butter and vanilla until creamy. Add drops of milk until the icing is the right consistency. Divide into 3 bowls. Keep one bowl white, add 1-2 drops red food coloring to the second, and add 1-2 drops green food coloring to the third.

Spread the frosting over the cookies in desired colors and garnish with decorator sugar.

These cookies aren’t the “perfect” artistic creations you’ll get from a bakery or store, but they are delicious!


Sweet, shy Lady Esme has a little-known pastime-penning scandalous stories! But society must never find out or she’ll be ruined! Fortunately, her dear friend, USA Today bestselling author Jennifer Haymore, is happy to share Esme’s sensual tale of lost love and second chances . . .


Lady Amelia Witherspoon simply must get home to her beloved family on Christmas Eve. So when a terrible storm threatens to leave her snowbound, she refuses to admit defeat-even if that means sharing a carriage with Evan Cameron, the last man she ever hoped to see . . .

Evan can’t fathom why his oldest friend is as icy to him as the winter wind. All he does know is that Amelia is still the loveliest, most tempting woman he’s ever laid eyes on. Their only option is to take refuge together at a nearby inn, sharing the one remaining room. Evan promises to be a gentleman . . . but it’s a promise neither of them wants him to keep.

Rogue's Proposal, The

Lord Lukas Hawkins, the rakish second son of the House of Trent, has never found a wager he couldn’t win or a woman he couldn’t seduce—until his search for his missing mother leads him to a mysterious encounter with a beautiful stranger.

Luke’s mother has been missing for months, and while his honorable older brother Simon, Duke of Trent, leads the official investigation from London, Luke sets out on a somewhat seedier path. Sources have told him his mother was last seen with a scoundrel named Roger Morton, but their association isn’t clear. Was she kidnapped or did she go willingly?

While searching for Morton, Luke meets Emma Anderson, a secretive beauty with her own reasons for hunting Morton. At first Luke laughs at the idea of allowing a woman to join him in his search, but soon Emma’s insights into Morton—like the woman herself—prove impossible to resist.


About Jennifer Haymore

Jennifer Haymore grew up in California and on the Big Island of Hawaii. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from UC Berkeley and a master’s degree in Education from UCLA. Before she became a full-time writer she held various jobs from bookselling to teaching inner-city children to playing bit roles in soap operas.

You can find Jennifer in Southern California trying to talk her husband into yet another trip to England, helping her three children with homework while brainstorming a new five-minute dinner menu, or crouched in a corner of the local bookstore writing her next novel.


Forever Romance has a copy of HIS FOR CHRISTMAS (digital) and
THE ROGUE’S PROPOSAL (print) both for one lucky winner!

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Denise Smith

thanks so much for the giveaway the book looks really good cant wait to read


Love the sound of both books!


Interesting recipe

Marisa Joy

Hi! Thanks for this awesome giveaway! Can’t wait to read 🙂
Egg Nog & Sugar cookies Yummy!

Barbara Elness

At the top of my list is pumpkin pie, I can’t miss having it during the holidays. But those sugar cookies are good too, thanks for the recipe, especially that thick, soft icing.

Lori Meehan

The books look great. I love the cover of His for Christmas.


Love Jennifer’s books! Can’t wait to read the entire House of Trent series!


This year, I bought a pie at Whole Foods: blackberry lime. It was mostly blackberry.

Is there anyone who does *not* have a copy of “Joy of Cooking”? I know I have two. 🙂

Anita H.

I really enjoy reading Jennifer’s books! So looking forward to reading His For Christmas!


I love reading about the House of Trent! Thanks for the chance to win!


I have a sweet tooth,just like you Jennifer 😀
Thanks for the recipes 🙂


Sounds like a great read!!
Thanks for the chance to win!


I LOVE sugar cookies and I’m definitely trying that recipe!

Thanks for the amazing giveaway!
elizabeth @ bookattict . com


yummy recipes

Jeannie L

Those sound like some yummy cookies. Will give them a try. I’ve not read any of Jennifer’s books but I enjoyed the excerpt of His For Christmas. Will be checking her books out. Thanks for the giveaway.

I just love this author. I love the spiced egg nog, its one the things I look forward all year to having around that special season. Going to save that recipe, you can never get enough of sugar cookies right?? Especially with lots of delicious icing on top. Thanks for sharing. 🙂 Happy New Year!!