Historical Romance Holiday Cookie Hop

November 24, 2020


The amazing Heather McCollum, along with 30 historical authors (including me!), have a Historical Romance Holiday Cookie Hop planned for December 4-12, 2020.

Each author will share their fav cookie recipe and provide a fun, interesting historical fact about holiday traditions. 

To participate, all you have to do is hop from site to site collecting cookie recipes. Make a list of authors with their cookies and e-mail it to Heather@HeatherMcCollum.com, with the subject line -“Historical Romance Authors are Sweet” - for a chance to win a $150 gift card!

The list of author sites are located: https://fb.me/e/btl0eqqmQ (full details below!)

Have fun--and good luck!


Cookie Recipe

This recipe has been in my husband's family for generations. We make Pa's Kuchan every Christmas. It's delicious and a big hit with the family. A few years ago, my Doberman decided that he wanted to sample the amazing scent emanating from the kitchen counter and he pulled the entire log off. He ate the WHOLE thing. All he left behind was tiny aluminum foil crumbs for us to find.

NOTE: Contains walnuts

4 cups all-purpose flour
½ lb butter
2 tablespoon sugar
2 egg yolks (keep egg whites for later)
2 ounces of yeast
1 scant cup of warm water (slightly less than one cup!)

- Add yeast to warm water and let it stand while cutting butter into the flour until the mixture is coarse.
- Add unbeaten yolks and yeast mixture. Mix together until dough leaves sides of bowl (~5 min).
- Divide into 4 balls.
- Let dough rest (resting softens the dough) while preparing nut filling.
- Preheat oven to 400℉.

1 lb walnuts
½ cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup sugar (to taste)

- Heat milk, then add walnuts. Stir until milk is absorbed.
- Remove from heat.
- Add sugar and vanilla.

- Roll one dough ball into a rectangle.
- Spread filling over the dough, evenly.
- Roll it up, jelly-roll style.
- Brush slightly beaten egg whites on top of the roll.
- Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper and then place the roll on the cookie sheet.
- Bake 10-15 minutes.
- Let stand for 20 minutes.
- Cut the roll into one-inch pieces and enjoy!


Fun Historical Tidbit

Would it surprise you to learn that the tradition of a Christmas tree didn't exist in the Regency era? Christmas trees were a German invention. However, in 1800, Queen Charlotte, wife of George III, brought one to Court, but the custom didn't stick until the mid-1800s.

What happened in 1848? The Illustrated London News published an engraving of Queen Victoria, Prince Albert (of Germany!), and their family around a decorated Christmas tree. 

Voila! A global custom was born! 


Next step. . . 

Ready to HOP to the next cookie stop? Click --> https://www.facebook.com/events/368460541094815 

  1. Hop to each link (posted on 12/4), which will take you to a historical author’s FB page, website, or blog. While you’re there please like, follow, or sign up for a newsletter if you wish to stay up to date on our new releases and author happenings.
  2. Learn a fun historical fact and discover a new cookie recipe on each site.
  3. Collect all the names of the cookies, paired with the names of the authors, and e-mail the total list to Heather@HeatherMcCollum.com. Make sure to put Historical Romance Authors Are Sweet in the subject line. The list must be turned in by 11:59 PM ET on December 12th.
  4. One grand prize winner, of a $150 gift card, will be selected randomly from those who collected and turned in the name of all the treats by the deadline. The winner must respond within 24 hours to claim the prize, and we will announce the winner hopefully by noon ET on December 13th. So authors will have their own giveaways and will post their own winners on their sites



Alanna Lucas


Amalie Howard


Amy Jarecki


Amy Rose Bennett


Christina Britton


Deb Marlowe


Diana Lloyd

 E. Elizabeth Watson


Elizabeth Langston


Elizabeth Keysian


Eliza Knight


Heather McCollum


Jacki Delecki


Jane Charles


Janna MacGregor


Jennifer Siddoway


Jerrica Knight-Catania


Jessica Clements


Kate Parker


Kathleen Bittner Roth


Liana De la Rosa


Lori Ann Bailey


Madeline Martin


Nadine Millard


Patricia Kiyono


Renee Ann Miller


Samantha Grace


Tara Kingston


Tina Gabrielle


Tracey Devlyn



REMEMBER: Email your completed list of author names, with their treat names, to Heather@HeatherMcCollum.com with the heading: “Historical Romance Authors are Sweet” to be entered into the $150 gift card grand prize random drawing.


**No purchase or sign up necessary to enter. Participation is completely voluntary. Your e-mail address will not be shared or added to any lists unless you specifically sign up for a newsletter list. Winner must be at least 18 years of age and have an e-mail address to accept the gift card.**