Saturday, November 13, 2010

Fifteenth Post - Cookies

First Review - Christmas Reading Challenge 2010
The Christmas Cookie Club by Ann Pearlman
Atria Book @2009

Cookies and Christmas! Pause, breath, dream…..can you smell them? Do you have a favourite? Does it have a story? I recently stumbled across a delicious book called, "The Christmas Cookie Club" by Ann Pearlman. The novel is about a Christmas Cookie Club (I know, the title gave it away). It's about twelve women who meet yearly on the first Monday of December to exchange cookies, drink wine, and kvetch - albeit in a somewhat structured manner. Each cookie 'bitch' (not my word - a bit harsh, I think)  brings thirteen dozen cookies – wrapped festively in one dozen portions. One dozen for each member, with the thirteenth dozen going to the local hospice. There are rules for this club that are clearly laid out in the beginning of the book. My favourites are rule 1 – No chocolate chip cookies, and rule 3 – No plates covered in saran wrap and bows! There are 8 rules in total and I'm sure they could be tweaked to fit your own gathering. The novel includes: recipes; interesting information about ingredients [P. 127 Cinnamon - 'improves attention, virtual recognition memory, working memory and visual-motor speed while working on a computer-based program. So chew cinnamon-flavoured gum when taking tests`.  P.157 Vanilla - `our ancestors thought it was an aphrodisiac and that it cured impotence, making it our first Viagra`]; woven between threads of stories from each of the club members. I love how this author has stirred  a niggling in my heart  to host a Carol's Christmas Cookie Club. I realize this is not a unique concept, but the addition of rules, an annual date, and a prescribed format for the evening, has piquied my imagination. Who will I invite? What cookie recipe will I make? The dreams, smells and `visions of sugarplums` are dancing in my head.

What cookie would you bake and bring to Carol's Christmas Cookie Club?

Time to start baking

A fun Christmas read

The rest of my list......(I may need to check it twice!)
The Memory Quilt: A Christmas Story for Our Times by T.D. Jakes
Grace: A Novel by Richard Paul Evans
An Amish Christmas by Cynthia Keller
The Christmas Pearl by Dorthea Benton Frank


  1. I love cookies but when I look at recipes and see just how much oils and sugar etc.. are put in them, I cringe and then change my mind.
    I don;t think anyone will eat the cookies I make with nothing in them. They would be more like crackers lol
    It's the same with cakes. But whatever I do make, they have to include raisins, nuts, cinnamon,cloves, vanilla,and oats. :)

  2. There are some healthy, but tasty looking recipes I'd like to experiment with this Christmas.

  3. This definitely looks like a great book! I will have to hunt it down and read it.