How to Make Beignets (Step-by-Step) by Cleo Coyle with Book & Tote #Giveaway

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Once in your life, you have got to give yourself the treat of making beignets from scratch. Our recipe will take you through the process, step-by-step, with illustrations, mini videos, and tips to help you make and fry these classic New Orleans French Market doughnuts like a pro. 

In the spirit of this month's Mardi Gras celebration (aka "Fat Tuesday") we're also offering a Prize Package Giveaway of our latest Coffeehouse Mystery, Brewed Awakening, plus a tote bag, recipe cards, and a pound of the premium freshly roasted Hampton coffee that we featured in our new book. 


Learn how to enter our giveaway
at the end of this post.

To download our Beignets recipe now as a free PDF, click here. 

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Eat with joy! 


~ Cleo

New York Times bestselling author of...
The Coffeehouse Mysteries &
Haunted Bookshop Mysteries

5 Minute Nutella Fudge from Cleo Coyle for Valentine's Day and #WorldNutellaDay

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Because the light note of hazelnut in this chocolate-hazelnut fudge comes from Nutella instead of chopped nuts, the texture stays smooth, creamy, and dreamy. You can make this quick and easy recipe for nearly any occasion. 

In my photos, you'll see I used mini cupcake paper liners to serve the squares, choosing colors appropriate for February 14th. But you can choose any design that reflects whatever holiday you're celebrating, including birthday parties, graduation days (school colors), baby showers... 

Whatever liners you choose, you'll be ready for any gathering that comes along, including Chocolate Lovers' Day. (Oops, I mean Valentine's Day! :))

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To download my 5 Minute Nutella Fudge recipe now as a free PDF, click here. 

To read my full blog post, scroll down or click here or on the "Read more" link below, and...

Eat with joy! 


~ Cleo

New York Times bestselling author of...
The Coffeehouse Mysteries &
Haunted Bookshop Mysteries




Chocolate-Bottom Banana Bars + Book and Tote #Giveaway from Cleo Coyle

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Two layers of flavor and texture make these bars an outstanding treat. A soft banana cake layer floats over a rich, brownie-like base laced with chocolate chips.

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The bars make an impressive home-baked gift for friends and family, yet they're very easy to create, no special culinary skills required. And they're a perfect cozy snack for winter afternoon coffee breaks or late-night noshing.

To download my Chocolate-Bottom Banana Bars recipe now as a free PDF, click here. 

To read my full blog post, scroll down or click here or on the "Read more" link below, and...

Eat with joy! 


~ Cleo

New York Times bestselling author of...
The Coffeehouse Mysteries &
Haunted Bookshop Mysteries

Easy 7 UP SLAB BISCUITS for Winter Soups and Stews by Cleo Coyle

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Golden and crusty on the outside, light and fluffy on the inside, these Easy 7 Up Slab Biscuits pair wonderfully with winter soups and stews. Just make sure you've got plenty of fresh butter on hand to melt on these light and fluffy beauties. Enjoy my easy "slab" version of the classic recipe... 
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To download my easy 7 Up Slab Biscuits recipe now as a free PDF,
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Eat with joy!
~ Cleo

New York Times bestselling author of...
The Coffeehouse Mysteries &
Haunted Bookshop Mysteries



German Potato Salad with Hot Bacon Dressing from Cleo Coyle's Coffeehouse Mystery SHOT IN THE DARK

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This recipe was inspired by my husband's late grandmother, Ethel, who prepared this warm, tangy potato salad often for Marc and his family. It makes a wonderful side dish for fall and winter.


To download our recipe now for German Potato Salad with Hot Bacon Dressing as a free PDF, click here.

To read my full blog post, scroll down. Or click here or on the "Read more" link below, and...

Eat with joy!


~ Cleo



How to Make Perfect Breaded Pork Chops: Comfort Food from Cleo Coyle

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Breading and pan frying pork chops may look like a retro comfort food, but it's actually one of the best, quick methods for sealing in juices in today's leaner cuts of pork.




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To download our Perfect Breaded Pork Chops recipe now as a free PDF, click here.

To read my full blog post and see our fun, mini videos, scroll down, or click here or on the "Read more" link below, and...

Eat with joy!


~ Cleo

Foolproof Stuffed Mushrooms with Ricotta and Spinach from Cleo Coyle #LowCarb #Keto #Vegetarian

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Today I'm sharing a recipe for Foolproof Stuffed Mushrooms. Why are they foolproof? Because you won't have to worry about under- or over-cooking them. Ever

To download my recipe for Foolproof Stuffed Mushrooms as a free PDF, click here.


To read my full blog post and see my step-by-step photos, scroll down or click here or on the "Read more" link below, and...

Eat with joy!


~ Cleo

Chocolate Souffle Cupcakes from SHOT IN THE DARK by Cleo Coyle

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These elegant, melt-in-your-mouth Chocolate SoufflĂ© Cupcakes are a chocoholic’s dream. Light in texture yet rich and bold in dark chocolate flavor, they pair beautifully with coffee and espresso (or a tall, cold glass of milk).



Our readers may recognize these babies from our bestselling Coffeehouse Mystery: Shot in the DarkTo see more recipes from our latest culinary mystery, click on the image below...

To download my Chocolate Souffle Cupcake recipe now as a free PDF, click here.

To read my full blog post and see my fun, mini videos, scroll down, or click here or on the "Read more" link below, and...

Eat with (chocolate) joy!


~ Cleo







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Christmas Morning Eggnog Streusel Muffins from Cleo Coyle

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Marc and I always look forward to the flavors of the holiday season, including (and especially) eggnog. Tender and rich, these little muffins magically capture that beautiful, delicate flavor. They are superb paired with coffee, which makes them a lovely breakfast treat, a satisfying afternoon or late-night snack, and even a delight on serving trays during the holidays. From our hearts, we wish you peace, love, joy, and a very...


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Merry Christmas!  
☕ ~ Cleo Coyle, author of 

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Iced Gingerbread Cookie Sticks: Elegant, Edible Coffee Stirrers for Holiday Trays from Cleo Coyle's Coffeehouse Mysteries

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Here is a sophisticated take on the classic gingerbread cookie. It's an elegant idea for dessert trays, holiday parties, or that cozy evening by your roaring fireplace DVD (and, yes, we have one). I have a quick, last-minute decorating tip for your holiday tables, too, but first the recipe... 
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To download my Gingerbread Cookie Sticks recipe now as a free PDF, click here.


To read my full blog post with step-by-step photos and an easy holiday decorating tip, scroll down, or click here or on the "Read more" link below, and...

Eat with holiday joy!

~ Cleo







Maple Pecan Fudge from Cleo Coyle's Haunted Bookshop Mysteries

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The flavors of this marvelous Maple Pecan Fudge are perfect for fall and winter. Readers of our Haunted Bookshop Mysteries may remember this fudge as a specialty of our amateur sleuth, bookshop owner Penelope Thornton-McClure. 


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Pen brought a pan of this homemade maple fudge to the housewarming of her good friend Seymour (the quirky mailman) whose odd inheritance was linked to a puzzling murder in our 5th Haunted Bookshop Mystery The Ghost and the Haunted Mansion

Marc and I are celebrating the publication of the 6th in our series (and the first new entry in nearly ten years)
The Ghost and the Bogus Bestseller, now a national bestseller! As for the fudge...


To download my Maple Pecan Fudge recipe now as a free PDF, click here.

To read my full blog post and see my fun, mini videos, scroll down, or click here or on the "Read more" link below, and...

Eat with joy!

~ Cleo

How to Make Candy Apples with Honey (No Corn Syrup!) and How to Spike Candy Apples for Adults

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Candy apples have been a favorite of mine since childhood, and they make a nice novelty dessert for adults, too. For this recipe,
Cleo Coyle has a partner in 
crime-writing—her husband.
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I experimented with a combination of ingredients until I was happy with the end product, which is why there is no corn syrup in this recipe. Instead, I used honey and cinnamon sticks, which brings a more sophisticated flavor to the candy coating. 

I’m also sharing a fun, spiked version of my recipe that’s even more grown-up. It swaps out cinnamon sticks for cinnamon schnapps! 

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recipe as a free PDF.




To download a free PDF of my recipe right now,
click here. To see the recipe as a blog post, click here or on the READ MORE link below.

Whether you eat your apples with spirits or without, I wish you a very...Happy Halloween Season! 


~ Cleo Coyle, author of
The Coffeehouse Mysteries







King's Hawaiian Hot Dog Sliders with Pineapple (or Bourbon) Glaze by Cleo Coyle

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Bring smiles to your party with our cute hot dog slider recipe. Pair these babies with hamburger sliders for a main course or serve them as whimsical appetizers. They’re the perfect size for children’s parties, too.




Any dinner roll can be used for this recipe, though we especially love the sweet, soft rolls that King’s Hawaiian makes. Simply slice the top of the roll to mimic a mini hot dog bun. Cut your hot dogs into thirds and sautĂ© in our own pineapple-based glaze. We've included a bourbon glaze version in our recipe, as well...



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Eat with joy, aloha!

~ Cleo