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Star Wars Day Cookies (and Skywalker Memories) from author Cleo Coyle

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A special post for Star Wars Day (aka) 
May the Fourth Be with You Day!

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A long time ago (in a galaxy not so far away), I served as editorial director for a line of Lucasfilm children's books. As a lifelong Star Wars fan, this was a dream come true. Although I was based in New York, I visited Skywalker Ranch enough times to point out the particulars of Mr. Lucas's stunning, sprawling Victorian Main House, pictured above. (Over the fireplace you'll find the Norman Rockwell, and in that glass case Indiana Jones's leather whip.)

To say I enjoyed my work would be a galactic understatement. I was reading top secret scripts; seeing raw footage in George Lucas's own screening room; and brainstorming tie-in book ideas right there at Skywalker. Even eating in the gorgeous Ranch dining room was a trip (OMG, there's George!). I learned so much in that realm of storytelling magic. I'll never forget it.


Crispy on the outside, CHEWY on the inside.
Out of this world cookies for Star Wars Day
Now that I'm a culinary mystery writer, murder is my business and so is food, which is why I'm sharing an out of this world cookie recipe for Star Wars Day, one that's crispy on the outside and delightfully Chewy on the inside. (Yes, puns are my business, too.) 









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May the Force Be with You (Always!)

Cleo Coyle
New York Times bestselling author of
The Coffeehouse Mysteries







Caramel and Sea Salt Mini Chocolate Chip Cookies for #ChocolateChipCookieDay from author Cleo Coyle

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With rich flavor notes of buttery caramel and sea salt, these Silver Dollar Chocolate Chip Cookies are truly little treasures.
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My readers may remember them from my recent bestselling Coffeehouse Mystery Once Upon a Grind.

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May you eat with chocolate chip joy!

Cleo Coyle
New York Times bestselling author of
The Coffeehouse Mysteries




Lime Meltaway Coolers: A Beautiful Cookie for Summer Parties from Cleo Coyle

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Lime Meltaway Coolers are a delectable cookie, beautiful for party trays and they freeze wonderfully, too. 

You can use any lime to make this cookie, but Key limes will give you the very best flavor. So what's the difference between Key limes and the larger limes that I see in my grocery store? Keep reading and you'll find out! 

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~ Cleo Coyle, author of
The Coffeehouse Mysteries


An earlier version of this recipe post was chosen as a "Top 9" of over 4,000 foodie posts from around the world by the editors of Foodbuzz (6/2011).

Best Ever Pecan Pie Bars by Cleo Coyle

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Pecan pie bars are an impressive treat to display on holiday cookie trays, and this is the very best recipe for them. I know what you're thinking. Given the many recipes that exist out there, how could I possibly have the best one?
Cleo Coyle has a partner in 
crime-writing—her husband.
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To learn exactly why I believe my recipe makes the best ever version of this classic treat, scroll down or click here or on the "read more" link below.  


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And may you... 
Eat with holiday joy! 
~ Cleo






Chocolate Chip Millennium Falcon and Silver Dollar Chocolate Chip Cookies by Cleo Coyle

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A long time ago (in a galaxy not so far away), I served as editorial director for a line of Lucasfilm children's books. As a lifelong Star Wars fan, this was a dream come true. Although I was based in New York, I visited Skywalker Ranch enough times to point out the particulars of Mr. Lucas's stunning Victorian Main House (the Norman Rockwell over the fireplace, the original Indiana Jones whip in the glass case). 



To say I enjoyed my work would be the understatement of the century. I was reading top secret scripts; seeing raw footage in George Lucas's own screening room; and brainstorming ideas right there at Skywalker. Even eating in the gorgeous Ranch dining room was a died-and-gone-to-heaven trip (OMG, there's George!). I learned so much in that realm of storytelling magic. I'll never forget it.



Now that I'm a culinary mystery writer, murder is my business and so is food; thus, I give you the Millennium Falcon Chocolate Chip Cookie along with the recipe to bake your own. Crispy on the outside, these cookies are also delightfully Chewy on the inside (yes, puns are my business, too!). And they truly are out of this world. :)






Click here for the
free recipe PDF.


To download my recipe now
as a free PDF, click here

To see the recipe in blog post form, scroll down or click here, and...

May the Force Be with You (Always!)

~ Cleo Coyle
New York Times bestselling author of
The Coffeehouse Mysteries








How to Make ANGINETTI - Italian Lemon Cookies by author Cleo Coyle

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In my big Italian family, these light lemony cookies with a sweet glaze often made their appearance during the holidays. With colorful sprinkles added, anginetti make wonderful cookies for celebrations, and the bright lemon flavor is a nice way to welcome spring. 
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Because the dough can be formed into many traditional shapes, the cookies are fun to make with children. Even the littlest ones will be able to add the colored sprinkles. 

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How to make ANGEL WINGS also known as ITALIAN BOW TIE COOKIES by Cleo Coyle

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These festive, crunchy-sweet cookies are known by many names. Angel Wings is the most popular name, but I grew up calling them Italian Bow Tie Cookies.
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Whatever you call them, they are a heavenly treat to make and eat, and I hope you enjoy my recipe. To download the recipe now in a free PDF document, click here. Or read my full recipe post by scrolling down or clicking here or on the read more link below...

May your holidays be delicious!

~ Cleo Coyle,

Chocolate Fudge Pumpkin Cookies with Pumpkin Spice Glaze by Cleo Coyle

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Healthified! These delicious chocolate cookies may have the flavor and texture of fudge brownies, but they are lower in fat. An entire can of pureed pumpkin takes the place of shortening in the recipe, bringing iron, dietary fiber, and vitamins A, C, and E to this Halloween party.


To download the recipe, click here for the free PDF. Or read the entire post now by scrolling down or clicking here or on the read more link below, and may you eat with pumpkin spice joy! 

~ Cleo Coyle, author of
The Coffeehouse Mysteries




4-Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies: No Gluten, No Dairy, No Mixer, No Kidding from Cleo Coyle

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This tasty peanut butter cookie is one you can make at midnight in your bathrobe and flip-flops with one fork, one bowl, and four simple ingredients.
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It's my version of a classic recipe that's been around for decades. It's also gluten-free and dairy-free, but there are a few keys to getting good results. I share them in the recipe.

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To read my full recipe post, scroll down, click here, or on the read more link below...

And eat with peanut butter joy!


~ Cleo

How to Bake the $250 Chocolate Chip Cookie by Cleo Coyle

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In this post, I share some of my favorite urban legends with you, including one that involves food: the legendary $250 Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe. I also share some tips with you on getting the most out of any chocolate chip cookie recipe. Yes, even a notorious one. 

If you'd like to download the recipe in a free PFD, click here. To read my entire post, scroll down, or click here and...bake with joy! 

~ Cleo Coyle, author of
The Coffeehouse Mysteries




Key Lime Coolers: A Top 9 Foodbuzz Recipe from Cleo Coyle

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Key Lime Coolers are a delectable meltaway cookie, beautiful for party trays and they freeze very well, too. 


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recipe PDF.
To download the recipe right now in a PDF that you can print, save, or share, click here. To see the full post and learn the taste difference between Key Limes and Persian Limes, scroll down or hit this "read more" link. (You can use any lime to make these delicious cookies.)

~ Cleo Coyle, author of The Coffeehouse Mysteries

This recipe post was chosen as a "Top 9" of over 4,000 foodie posts from around the world by the editors of Foodbuzz (6/2011).

Make Your Own Refrigerator Log Peanut Butter Cookies by Cleo Coyle

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When busy families have a hankering for home-baked cookies, they often reach for store-bought logs wrapped in plastic. While those pre-made logs are convenient, you can't beat the taste of fresh ingredients in homemade.

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So click here (to quickly download a free recipe PDF) or scroll down for my easy, homemade version of Pillsbury's refrigerator log cookies...

Baking up Biscochitos by Cleo Coyle

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Biscochitos (aka bizcochitos) are tender shortbread cookies irresistibly flavored with anise and cinnamon. They were originally developed by Spanish settlers in the New Mexico Territory and finally adopted as the official state cookie of New Mexico in 1989. The cookies are traditionally served at weddings, birthdays, and religious holidays, including Christmas, but they're also enjoyed with coffee or milk in the morning and after dinner with wine or again (you guessed it) coffee....



A Kinder, Gentler Pfeffernusse (Gingerbread Snowball Cookies) by Cleo Coyle

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Like any recipe that's been around for several hundred years, there are countless variations of the German cookie pfeffernüsse (aka "pepper nuts"), and I've made several. Some bakers, for example, put finely chopped nuts into their "pepper nuts." Some don't. 

Cleo Coyle has a partner in
crime-writing—her husband.
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Some bakers like to add a potent amount of black or white pepper into the cookie, giving them very peppery bite. Some add ground cloves. 

The version I'm sharing with you today is my favorite way to make it: soft on the inside but with a light crispness on the outside shell. No nuts to take away from the contrast of spicy, delicious gingerbread flavor with the sweet dusting of powdered sugar.

My version also takes a kinder, gentler approach to the spice aspect, using only a pinch of pepper and leaning more heavily on the ginger, nutmeg, cinnamon, and allspice. (Allspice, I find, delivers that ground clove flavor at a much lower price.)

BTW: Allspice is not a spice mix (like pumpkin pie spice). Allspice is actually a pea-sized berry that mimics the flavors of cloves, nutmeg, and cinnamon. The berry comes from the evergreen pimiento tree, grown in South America and the West Indies, including Jamaica.








Eggnog Shortbread by Cleo Coyle

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This blog post was chosen among thousands
of food blogs to be a "Top 9" post at Foodbuzz


Eggnog is a holiday taste that my husband and I look forward to enjoying every year. While Marc drinks it straight from the fridge, I prefer mine in a comfortingly warm latte. So, I thought, why not put the flavor in a cookie?

Cleo Coyle’s Oatmeal Cookie Brittle (No Flour, No Butter, No Kidding!)

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This recipe was featured 
by New Jersey Family Magazine 
for their 12 Days of Cookies.


The holidays in my big, Italian family were always gastronomically glorious. Several of my relatives were (and still are!) in the food or restaurant business and my aunts, great aunts, and cousins were all excellent cooks, most of whom took pride in giving trays of homemade Italian cookies as holiday gifts.

Cleo Coyle has a partner in 
crime-writing—her husband.
Learn about their books
by clicking here or here.

I learned much growing up at the knees of these folks, and (no surprise) I was a chunky monkey through much of my girlhood. Over the years, the bathroom scale has gone up and down, but I’ve never let it kill my joy of cooking and eating. The older I become, the more I channel my foodie passion into experimenting with recipes, challenging myself to make them lighter and healthier—without giving up the pleasure of flavor...

Little Chocolate Clouds from Cleo Coyle

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Foobuzz.com named an earlier version of this
post a Number One "Top 9" Pick among
thousands of food blogs.



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"I had some dreams, they were
clouds in my coffee…”

One of songwriter Carly Simon’s many inspired lines was my inspiration for today’s recipe post.

"When coffee dreams,
it dreams of chocolate..."
(And so do I)
With warmer weather finally making its appearance here in New York City, and the threat of sleeveless tops and shorts coming at me like a Sisyphus boulder, I knew my craving for something chocolate needed to be tempered into something light.

Then spring cleaning started me thinking about using up my foods before they hit their dreaded expiration dates. And what was on the cusp of being ejected from my fridge? Eggs!

The result was this recipe for Little Chocolate Clouds. These simple chocolate meringues are easy to whip up and bake. They are bursting with chocolate flavor yet still light and with the added bonus of protein....

Cleo Coyle's Cuppa Joe Mocha Drops

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My recipe for you today is a decadent chocolate frosted brownie-like cookie kissed with the sultry note of coffee. 

While I was growing up, bountiful trays of cookies, baked by the women of my family, were a beloved and expected addition to our Italian-American wedding feasts. 
Of course, in Italian culture, cookies aren’t just eaten at special occasions. Pizzelles, sesame cookies (see my recipe in Decaffeinated Corpse), pignolis, amaretti, biscotti (see my recipe in Latte Trouble), and many other kinds are enjoyed at all hours of the day: at breakfast with cappuccinos, in the afternoon with an espresso pick-me-up, or after dinner on an elegant dessert dish...


Mocha-Dipped Rum Macaroons from Cleo Coyle

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This recipe was inspired by one of my favorite Halloween candies.

Do you have a favorite trick or treat candy? After hours trekking our chilly, dark, “haunted” neighborhood in Southwestern Pennsylvania, my sister and I loved upending our pillow cases and dumping our sweet loot out on the living room floor. Sorting and ranking would follow...