Book Review: The Easy Christmas Cookie Cookbook by Carroll Pellegrinelli

Celebrate the holiday season with festive, deliciously easy Christmas cookies

‘Tis the season to pull out those cookie cutters and get ready to whip up an array of magical, mouthwatering Christmas cookies! From Gingerbread People to Candy Cane Cookies, this standout among Christmas cookbooks is packed with foolproof baking guidance, tons of festive decorating tips, and dozens of super easy recipes for tasty treats―perfect for gifting and simple enough to sweeten any occasion.

This guide is everything Christmas cookbooks should be, starting with the best practices of holiday baking. Find hands-on guidance for decorating techniques like piping icing and adding flair with sprinkles and sugar. Then, bake up some Christmas cheer with simple step-by-step recipes for more than 60 delightful cookies, brownies, bars, and even special treats not found in other Christmas cookbooks.

This top choice in Christmas cookbooks includes:

Christmas cookie kitchen―Go beyond other Christmas cookbooks―this one will show you some essential ingredients you can find in your supermarket, plus guidance on hosting your own cookie swap!
Christmas around the world―Discover cookies and traditions across the globe you won’t find in other Christmas cookbooks, like St. Nicholas Cookies (Speculaas), and Polish-Style Christmas Cookies (Kolaczki).
Yummy Yuletide treats―Enjoy 60+ classic and creative cookies ranging from Christmas Sugar Cookies to sweet and salty Bacon and Eggnog Cookies to giftable Polar Bear Chow and beyond!
Deck the halls with a wonderland of Christmas cookies in The Easy Christmas Cookie Cookbook.

Amazon (to be released on 11/3/20)

My Review

I chose to read this book after receiving a free e-copy from the publisher. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

The Easy Christmas Cookie Cookbook starts with instructions on some basics and how to perform many of the decorations on cookies. Then, of course, are the Christmas cookie recipes. There are also some recipes for not-quite-cookies, such as truffles (yum). After the recipes is a conversion chart which is always helpful, a list of ingredients that should be bought early if possible, and equipment you may need.

I don’t do a lot of baking except for during the Christmas season. There are certain cookies I have to make every year, and then I usually try one or two new recipes.

Some of these recipes are classics. There are several that I already bake that are just a little different from the ones I usually make. For example, the Spritz is one that has been handed down for a few generations and are a little different than the ones in this book, but close enough! I always make a recipe similar to the Snowballs, but mine doesn’t have almond extract (guess what I’m going to try this year).

I found one that I’m going to try this year. The Hot Chocolate Cookie Cups are adorable, and they sound delicious.

The one thing that would make this cookbook even better would be more pictures of the recipes like the one above.

This book has me ready for the Christmas season now! The author explains how you can whip up cookie dough to use later. I think I may do that in the next week or two.

About the Author

Carroll Pellegrinelli is a Wall Street Journal bestselling author. Her first book “Travel with the Lee Girls as They Shop and Eat Their Way Through the South – New Orleans” combines her three loves. The book is part personal travel travelogue, part guidebook and part cookbook featuring some of the area’s iconic recipes.

“Starter Sourdough – The Step by Step Guide to Sourdough Starters”, Carroll’s first full cookbook, was on The Wall Street Journal’s bestseller list. It was written to help people understand that Sourdough bread isn’t hard to make; it just takes advance planning.

Carroll’s second cookbook “The Easy Christmas Cookie Cookbook” will be released on November 3rd. It has over 60 recipes just perfect for holiday baking.

Besides God and her family, Carroll has three big loves: baking, travel and writing. As soon as she could reach the counter, her mother taught her how to cream her butters and sugars. In later years, her father took up baking bread as a way to deal with work-related frustrations. He shared what he learned with Carroll. This passion for baking lead her to a 20-year job as the Desserts and Baking Editor for, which was owned by The New York Times. She created over a thousand pieces of content such as recipes, articles and how-to baking features online. Even though no longer exists, some of her content can be found via The Spruce Eats website.

While her parents were imparting their zeal for baking, her grandmother introduced her to another passion – the exciting world of travel. Carroll’s grandmother took her on her first cruise at age 9. Since then she’s been on at least another 25 more. She’s traveled the world on the sea and via land on her own, and for two decades as a travel agent and tour guide.

Carroll discovered her love for writing by accident. She went back to college to finish her bachelor’s degree. There was a special program that afforded working adults the ability to complete two years of college in just one year. The third year was completed by writing life experience essays and the final year was accomplished by attending weekly classes and writing term papers. Carroll discovered her knack for writing when she had to write a 10-page paper once a week for nearly a year.

Book Review & Giveaway: The Christmas Eve Promise by Elyse Douglas

Christmas Eve Promise: Time Travel Novel (Christmas Eve Series, Book 4) by Elyse Douglas

Publisher:  Broadback (September, 2020)
Category: Time Travel, Historical Fiction, Romance, Christmas

Available in Print and ebook,  405 pages

Eve and baby Colleen are traveling to Ohio for the Christmas holidays to spend time with Eve’s parents.

After a few days in Ohio, they all plan to fly to Florida in Eve’s father’s private airplane.  Patrick will meet them there after he completes exams for his forensic psychology degree.

Nothing goes as planned.  The day Patrick is to leave for Florida, he receives a shocking telephone call from one of Eve’s cousins.  Sobbing, she tells him a terrible tragedy has occurred.  It stuns him and shakes him to his heart’s core.

His life shattered, Patrick knows he has but one chance:  he must use the time travel lantern to return to the past in order to prevent the current tragedy.

But once again, the time travel lantern has a mind of its own, and Patrick is hurled back to a time where he must confront a strange, unfamiliar world and learn why the lantern transported him there.

When Patrick comes face-to-face with a mysterious, beautiful woman who looks and acts like Eve, and whose name is Eve, Patrick is haunted.

He recalls the promise he and Eve had made to each other on Christmas Eve the previous year—no matter what happens; no matter if they’re separated; no matter what time or place they find themselves in; no matter what obstacles they must face, they will always find each other, help each other, and love each other for all time.

The Christmas Eve Promise is a journey about the enduring promise of hope and the infinite, unbreakable bonds of love.


Guest Review by Sal

She raised her glass to his. “I want both of us to promise that no matter what happens to us; no matter if we’re separated; no matter what time or place we find ourselves in; no matter what obstacles we face, we will always find each other, help each other and love each other, for all time.”

‘The Christmas Eve Promise’ is the fourth book in the ‘Christmas Eve’ series by the husband and wife writing team known as Elyse Douglas and, in my opinion, the best one yet.
This series, about a married couple who meet via a lantern that allows the user to time travel, has everything I love in a book. Between the romance, the time travel aspect and the mystery, I always end up loving every page of the books in this series, and this one was no different.

This book begins with a promise. On Christmas Eve 2019, Eve asks Patrick to promise that they will always find each other and always love each other, no matter what time period their lantern brings them to. The following Christmas, Eve and their new baby daughter, Colleen go on a trip to visit Eve’s parents in Ohio and then on a flight on her father’s plane. Unfortunately, during the trip they are both killed in a plane crash, along with Eve’s parents. Devastated, Patrick decides to use the lantern to go back in time to rescue them, but, of course, the lantern seems to have a mind of it’s own and it sends him back to 1925 instead.

 In trying to decide what to do next, Patrick accidentally stumbles across a woman who looks and acts exactly like Eve and even has a similar name—Evelyn. Are Eve and Evelyn the same person? Will Patrick be able to save his wife and child? These are questions you’ll have to read the book to find out. And believe me, you won’t regret it. This one captivated me and left me unable to put it down. I hope there are lots more to come in this wonderful series!

Praise Christmas Eve Series by Elyse Douglas

“The Christmas Eve Letter is a beautiful, poignant story. It is well written and will have you turning the pages eagerly.
All of the characters are well thought out, and believably written, together with the well-constructed scenery, that has you feeling as if you yourself have just stepped into the past.
The story is unique and moving. It will hold you long after you turn the last page. A perfect Christmas tale of love and hope.”-Whispering Stories

“This book is the perfect vehicle for a movie, and I can only hope that there will be more in the series. This novel is truly as close to perfection as the reader could imagine! 5 Stars!”–My Devotional Thoughts Blog and Reviews

“I enjoyed the new characters, an update on characters from the first book, and the possibility for more books.  If you enjoy time travel-themed novels you will love these books!”–StoreyBook Reviews

“I am most impressed that this book did so well as a stand-alone novel. Kudos to the author! If you are looking for a good Christmas book with time travel, give this a go!”–Carole’s Bookshelves

“I love this whole story, and I especially love Patrick and Eve’s romance and all of the adventures that they go on together. Eve is exactly my kind of character.  I still can’t stop thinking about the feeling that it gave me and the arc that the characters went on. Everyone really developed a lot in this story and it was so rewarding as a long-time reader to watch that happen. It feels like every new book in this series just keeps getting better and better and I love these characters more and more. Every time a new one comes out I feel like a kid on Christmas morning.
The Christmas Eve Secret is my favorite in the series so far, but if you have not read the first two books I would recommend doing that as soon as possible! If you enjoy romance, time travel, mystery and great writing, I promise that you won’t regret dipping a toe into this series.”–Cuzinlogic

About the Authors

Elyse Douglas is the pen name for the married writing team Elyse Parmentier and Douglas Pennington. Elyse grew up near the sea, roaming the beaches, reading and writing stories and poetry, receiving a master’s degree in English Literature.  She has enjoyed careers as an English teacher, an actress and a speech-language pathologist.

Douglas has worked as a graphic designer, a corporate manager and an equities trader.  He attended the Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music and played the piano professionally for many years.



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Happy National Comic Book Day!

Fun Facts on National Comic Book Day

…some of the known facts below

  • People who collect comic books are known as Pannapictagraphists
  • The Incredible Hulk was originally meant to be gray
  • There was a real superhero of the comic book called the Green Lama. He was a Buddhist with reincarnation powers
  • Stan Lee got his start by writing obituaries for celebrities in New York
  • Obadiah Oldbuck was considered to be the first comic. But, in 1933, the publication known as Famous Funnies is considered to be the first actual comic book
  • In 1938, Superman was invented
  • In the 1960s, Marvel created some of its major superheroes included Fantastic Four and Spiderman