Cookie Day & Recipe By Amanda Flower

For the last twenty-one years on the weekend before Christmas, my friend Delia and I have held Cookie Day, where we bake Christmas cookies for our friends, our families, and ourselves. Delia is an excellent cook and baker. I’m a terrible cook and a fair baker, but this is one day of the year that I look forward to working in the kitchen because I’m with one of my very best friends. We were just teenagers when we started Cookie Day, and it’s such a blessing to have a tradition continue without fail for so long. Even when we lived far away from each other, we made sure Cookie Day happened. We have baked thousands of cookies over these last twenty-one years. It’s a wonderful tradition that celebrates a lifelong friendship.

Traditionally, we each pick three cookie recipes. The last couple of years, I have picked cookies that related to my books. Amish cookies are always popular to match with my Amish mysteries, but this year, I chose lemon madeleines as one of my recipes because I will be launching the Magical Bookshop Mysteries in April 2016 with Crime and Poetry. One of the central settings in the series in a French café, and the head chef there bakes wonderful cookies. Lemon madeleines are a favorite at the café.

Crime and Poetry

Here’s the recipe…

Lemon Madeleines

  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp. almond extract
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 stick unsalted butter
  • 1 tsp. grated lemon zest

Preheat an oven to 375°F. Butter and flour the madeleine pan evenly. In a large bowl, combine eggs, granulated sugar and salt. Add the vanilla and almond extracts. Add flour to the mixture. Fold in lemon zest and melted butter. Divide the batter into molds and bake the madeleines 8-12 minutes. After removing pan from the oven, flip it over on a wire rack to release the cookies. Let cool.



Amanda Flower, a three time Agatha-nominated mystery author, started her writing career in elementary school when she read a story she wrote to her sixth grade class and had the class in stitches with her description of being stuck on the top of a Ferris wheel. She knew at that moment she’d found her calling of making people laugh with her words. Amanda is a librarian in Northeast Ohio. She also writes as USA Today Bestselling Author Isabella Alan.

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