The Barns & Noble Cookie Bake-Off (Cookie Butter Cookies)


The Top 75 Recipes From Around The Country is out and I’m so tickled to have my recipe for Holiday Cookie Butter Cookies appear in the book.  Page 29. What an honor to have my creation selected from over 4,000 entries. I will be at the Topeka Barns & Noble store promoting the book and offering some tasty samples this Sunday, Oct. 18th at 2pm. Stop by and  get your copy!

I haven’t entered many contests over the past couple of years, but when I saw the billboard at the Barns & Noble Cafe that day,  I had to enter. Often I take the girls there and we enjoy a cookie together. So when I created this recipe, I wanted something holiday-ish but kid-friendly too.



Even though I said the cookie “doesn’t have much of a history,” it actually has a little bit more to it.

Inspiration. Many years ago I saw a musical called The Church Basement Ladies 2 (A Second Helping.) This song has been playing in my head for years, and now that song has finally made it’s way to a Barns & Noble Cookbook. 🙂 I love musicals, I loved the memory this woman had of being with her mother in the kitchen, and I love this book now as a momento for me and my own daughters.

She’d teach me this song as she stood by the stove, it goes cardomom, cinnamon, ginger and clove.”

You can hear the song here:

The book calls it “Gingerbread Cookie Butter” but it has many names. I use this one I find at Hy-Vee.


I hope to see you there!


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