Karen’s Killer Fixin’s **Author Special** with Judith Hudson (Home for Christmas, Fortune Bay Series #3) #recipe ~ Santa’s Dark Secret Cookies


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Welcome to my Friday bonus feature called Karen’s Killer Fixin’s **Author Special**!! Today, in lieu of one of my own recipes, I’m going to introduce you to a new author who will share one of her favorite recipes. Not only will you and I occasionally learn how to make something new and delicious, but we’ll get a chance to check out some wonderful authors. Introducing author, JUDITH HUDSON, and her favorite recipe: SANTA’S DARK SECRET COOKIES!


Fortune Bay Series #3


Sometimes falling in love means risking it all.

Just out of pastry school, Louise [Ingstrom] is back in Fortune Bay for Christmas before returning to her dream job in Seattle.

She’s staying in the Murphy’s cabin for the month, and her oldest friend Blue is there to warm it up. He is determined not to get caught up in her life again though, especially if her new boyfriend is coming to visit.

Blue has stood by Louise forever—ever since they were kids and she lost everyone she cared about. But it’s time to get on with his own life. With or without her.

As Christmas festivities swirl around them, fate steps in again and Louise’s plans for a new life begin to crumble.

But will Blue be there this time to pull her through?

Welcome to Christmas in Fortune Bay.

Fortune Bay Series #3


Louise was back.

After they unloaded the car, Blue stood in the cold, damp night, staring out at the black void that was the lake. He knew he shouldn’t have gone to the cabin tonight, but he didn’t want her coming back to a cold, dark house. What kind of welcome was that?

It had taken the whole time she’d been away to get her out of his system. Well, mostly out of his system. And he was determined not to let her mess with his head again.

He looked at the warm light falling from the cabin window. Who was he fooling? As soon as Sean had said she’d be staying at the cabin for December, his longing for her had uncoiled in his gut.

It was stupid, stupid and useless because she was already at it again. Had another guy on the hook. Hadn’t been back for two minutes before she dragged him out and flashed him like a trophy.

“Expecting company,” he mimicked, under his breath.

Some reunion.

Blue pulled his knit cap down over his forehead. He didn’t want to go back to the shop. There were problems there, too. Instead, he turned down the shoreline path toward his new house, glad there was one place he could go to get some peace. Free from the women who were messing with his head.

About Author Judith Hudson.. 読書

Judy grew up in Toronto Canada and St. Louis MO, then moved to the Pacific Northwest where she now lives on beautiful Vancouver Island.

Her romantic women’s fiction series, Fortune Bay Books, is set in the Pacific Northwest. In each book, someone at a crossroads of their life moves into a ramshackle cabin on Majestic Lake where they work through their problems with the help of friends and family, and the occasional nudge from the friendly spirit of Aunt Augusta. If a romance grows in the process, and it always does, well, so much the better.

As an landscape artist and photographer, the setting of the story is very important to Judy. “I’ve painted in the area for many years and I think it helps me make the setting real for the reader, helps draw them into the story. My characters are often artists, like Maddie, the darkroom photographer in Summer of Fortune who is at Fortune Bay for the summer to work on her first professional show, and Stephanie, the widowed matriarch of the clan who is finding a new life as a painter.”


Links to Judith’s Website, Books, & Social Media:

Amazon: http://amzn.to/2fVesdW

Barnes & Noble: 

Website: www.JudithHudsonAuthor.com


I hope you enjoy the recipe Judith is sharing today on Karen’s Killer Fixin’s. Happy eating!


P.S. We’re at 285 recipes and counting with this posting. Hope you find some recipes you like. If this is your first visit, please check out past blogs for more Killer Fixin’s. In the right hand column menu, you can even look up past recipes by type. i.e. Desserts, Breads, Beef, Chicken, Soups, Author Specials, etc.



[Makes 8 dozen]

NOTE FROM JUDITH: This recipe was invented specially for this book, Home for Christmas, by my amazing baker of a daughter-in-law, Vania Hudson. It’s the double chocolate plus cookie that Louise makes for Blue to thank him for welcoming her home.

1 ½ (generous) cups butter
¾ cups white sugar
1 1/3 cups brown sugar
2 eggs
2 tsp vanilla
2 ¼ cups flour
1 tsp cinnamon
½ cup cocoa
1 tsp baking soda
¾ tsp salt
¾ cup chocolate chips
¾ cup dried cherries

1.       Cream butter. Add sugars and mix well. Add eggs and mix.

2.       In a separate bowl mix 2 cups of flour with the other dry ingredients. Add in three batches to butter mixture mixing well between each addition.

3.       Stir in chocolate chips.

4.       Mix cherries with ¼ cup of flour, and add to batter and mix.

5.       Drop round balls of dough on cookie sheet.

6.       Bake 7 minutes in a 350° oven. Makes 8 dozen.

Santa will be begging for more!


Thanks, Judith, for sharing your book and recipe with us!

Don’t miss the chance to read this book!

14 thoughts on “Karen’s Killer Fixin’s **Author Special** with Judith Hudson (Home for Christmas, Fortune Bay Series #3) #recipe ~ Santa’s Dark Secret Cookies”

  1. I really think I need to read your books while enjoying some cookies from your recipe. Thank you for sharing with us. Judy.

  2. I am always on the lookout for a different cookie to make and these sound delicious. AND….always looking for new authors/books to read. So thank you for both – and thank you, Karen, for bringing both to me.

  3. Judy, these cookies look delicious!
    I have already read and reviewed all of your books. Fortune Bay is a great place to visit.

  4. Good morning, Judy, and welcome back to Karen’s Killer Book Bench. I agree with the others. Both your cookies and the book sound wonderful. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by today to share them with us!

  5. Thanks, Karen, for the introduction and excerpt of Judith’ s books to us . I love the idea of second chances and this sounds perfect. Plus, it’s a series!
    The cookies sound good, too!

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