Friday, October 2, 2020

Baking Up Holiday Yummies


Baking Up Holiday Yummies by Maddie Day

Thanks for having me back to the Stiletto Gang! I’m celebrating the release of Candy Slain Murder, my eighth Country Store Murder, and I’ll give away a signed copy to one commenter. I had a two-release month in September, and Linda kindly agreed to host me as a guest twice, once for each.

Can you tell this new book is a Christmas cozy mystery? Robbie Jordan has her country store all decorated for the holidays, and she and her assistants think up fun Christmas-colored specials to serve, like a spinach-red pepper egg bake.

Of course, quite a few Christmas cookies make it into the book, too. I grew up making cookies with my mom, using recipes from both my grandmothers, and continue to do a lot of baking in December every year. I still make Mexican Bridecakes, English Butter Cookies, Red Sugar Cookies, red-and-green spiral icebox cookies, Spritz cookies (otherwise known as Squeeze-Out cookies), and of course, gingerbread people. Both my sons grew up baking with me, and I love that the custom keeps getting passed down.

One year recently my older son and I attempted a Buche de Noel. It was a lot of work and a bit of a fail.That’s definitely one to buy from a bakery. A successful non-sweet thing I baked was a cheesy Christmas tree, with cheese-filled balls of biscuit dough arranged like a tree and sprinkled with red peppers, parsley, and parmesan cheese. It’s a great holiday party appetizer, or it was in the days when it was okay for multiple people to touch the same piece of food (sigh).

Candy Slain Murder includes several recipes, including for gingerbread people and for Holly Cookies, which are sugar cookies cut with a holly leaf shaped cutter and dusted with green sugars. I hope you love a taste of Christmas a couple of months early!

Readers: What’s your favorite holiday sweet? Do you bake family recipes or preferto get your cookies at the bakery or at a cookie swap?

In Candy Slain Murder, Country Store owner Robbie Jordan’s life seems merry and as bright as the Christmas lights glistening around South Lick, Indiana – until a man claims to be the long-lost half-brother of Robbie’s assistant. A fire destroys the home of a controversial anesthesiologist, exposing skeletal remains in his attic. The twin of the long-dead woman is murdered. Unavoidably intrigued, all Robbie wants for Christmas is to stop her winter wonderland from becoming a real nightmare.

Maddie Day
pens the Country Store Mysteries and the Cozy Capers Book Group Mysteries. Agatha Award winning Edith Maxwell writes the historical Quaker Midwife Mysteries and short crime fiction. With twenty-three mysteries in print and more underway, Day/Maxwell lives with her beau and their energizer kitten north of Boston, where she writes, gardens, cooks, and wastes time on Facebook. She hopes you’ll find her on social media under both names, on, and at her web site.


  1. Love to do holiday baking because I can bring out the family recipes and bake away. During the year, it's just hubby and I so my baking is limited. During the holidays, I can have at it and use the bounty of the kitchen for little gifts to friends and loved ones.

    Love making cut out, decorated sugar cookies for the memories of fun time with my brother. Also love making a Three Day Coconut Cake because it reminds me of my Mom's Fresh Grated Coconut Cake that was very labor intensive. This version of coconut cake is not only delicious, but it gets better the older it gets plus you HAVE to make it three days ahead of eating it which frees up your time closer to a holiday meal or gathering for other important details.

    This is the recipe for my Three Day Coconut Cake.
    Three Day Coconut Cake

    1 box of Duncan Hines Butter Cake mix
    3 pkgs of the fresh frozen coconut (freezer section at WalMart usually during holidays or Kroger year round) thawed
    8 ounces of sour cream
    2 cups sugar
    Prepare cake mix according to package directions.
    Recipe calls for 3 layers – this gal now used the 9 X 13” pan and then just split the cooled cake into two layers.
    Cool 10 minutes and then cool on racks.
    While cake is baking make the icing.
    Mix the sour cream and sugar stirring until sugar dissolves – DO NOT BEAT.
    Then stir in the thawed coconut and place in refrigerator until ready to ice cake.
    When cake has cooled spread icing onto cake already on cake plate that has a sealed cover like Tupperware. Top with layer(s) and finish icing. Cover with lid, seal and place in refrigerator for a minimum of three day before eating. I check once a day and if any liquid comes off cake I spoon back to top of cake. If you do the sheet cake with two layers, you can also put first layer back in pan, put half the icing mixture, top with top layer and then top with remaining icing. Doing it this way you don’t need to check it daily. Just put in refrigerator and forget it for 3 days.

    After three days, you will never know there is sour cream in the icing and it’s the best moistest cake you will eat. It will just continue to get better. It will never dry out. The longer it sits the better it gets IF you can have it last long enough to find that out. It also freezes very well.

    Love Maddie Day's books (aka Edith Maxwell) and can't wait for the opportunity to read "Candy Slain Murder" to read more of Robbie's adventures.
    2clowns at arkansas dot net

  2. Edith/Maddie, delighted to have you today and to learn about a new adventure for Robbie