My latest novel, Christmas Wishes and Mistletoe Kisses, is a romantic Christmas story, but at the heart, it’s about family. I enjoy doing many Christmas traditions with my own family. One of which is making Santa cookies! Now, Santa is fussy about his cookies and he has a certain one that he waits all year to have. So, for anyone who’d like to try it, here’s the recipe straight from the Hale’s kitchen!
The Hale’s Chocolate Chip Cookies for Santa
¾ cup rolled oats
1 cup whole wheat flour
½ teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
½ a stick of butter (softened)
¼ cup coconut oil (heated to liquid)
1/3 cup sugar
1/3 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup 60% Cacao Ghirardelli dark chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Coat 2 cookie sheets with coconut oil or butter.
In bowl 1: Grind oats in a food processor, put in bowl. Add flour, baking soda & salt.
In bowl 2 (large bowl): Beat butter until fluffy. Add melted coconut oil, both sugars, egg, and vanilla. Beat until smooth and creamy. With the mixer running, add the dry ingredients from bowl 1. Beat on low until just combined. Stir in chocolate chips.
Drop dough one inch apart on cookie sheet. Bake one sheet at a time about 15 minutes.
Single mother Abbey Fuller loves her family more than anything, and doesn’t regret for a moment having had to put her dreams of being an interior designer on hold. But with her son, Max, growing up, when a friend recommends her for a small design job she jumps at the chance. How hard can it be?
Nick Sinclair needs his house decorated in time for his family’s festive visit – and money is no object. What he doesn’t need is to be distracted from his multi-million dollar business – even if it is Christmas.
When Abbey pulls up to the huge Sinclair mansion, she has a feeling she might be out of her depth. And when she meets the gorgeous, brooding Nicholas Sinclair, she knows that she’s in real trouble…
With the snow falling all around, can Abbey take the chance to make her dreams of being a designer come true?
And can she help Nick to finally enjoy the magic of Christmas?
When I graduated college, one of my friends said, “Look out for this one; she’s going to be an author one day.” Despite being an avid reader and a natural storyteller, it wasn’t until that very moment that the idea of writing novels occurred to me.
Sometimes our friends can see the things that we can’t.
While I didn’t start straight away, that comment sowed a seed and several years, two children, and hundreds of thousands of words later, I completed a novel that I felt was worthy of publication. The result was Coming Home for Christmas – a story about friends, family, and the magic of love at Christmas.
Many novels later, I find myself still writing. I am currently at work on my next novel.