QTA Christmas Blog Hop!


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Is Christmas my favorite time of the year? Easy answer. YES! I love this season. For the most part, everyone’s in better moods. Children are excited. Parents are hiding those special presents. For my family, we spend Christmas Eve exchanging gifts and enjoying the time together. Christmas day is for me and my husband and children. Hope your Christmas is as special.


TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 10 min./batch + cooling MAKES: 42 servings


1 cup butter, softened

1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar

1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract

1-1/4 cups all-purpose flour

1/2 cup cornstarch


2 tablespoons butter, softened

1-1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar

2 tablespoons 2% milk

1/4 teaspoon peppermint extract

2 to 3 drops red food coloring, optional

1/2 cup crushed peppermint candies

Nutritional Facts

1 cookie equals 90 calories, 5 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 13 mg cholesterol, 36 mg sodium, 11 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, trace protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1 fat, 1/2 starch.


In a small bowl, cream butter and confectioners’ sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in extract.

Combine flour and cornstarch; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well.

Shape into 1-in. balls. Place 2 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets. Bake at 350° for 10-12 minutes or until bottoms are lightly browned. Remove to wire racks to cool.

In a small bowl, beat butter until fluffy. Add the confectioners’ sugar, milk, extract and, if desired, food coloring; beat until smooth. Spread over cooled cookies; sprinkle with crushed candies. Store in an airtight container. Yield: 3-1/2 dozen.

Originally published as Peppermint Meltaways in Simple & Delicious November/December 2008

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merrychristmasshelton200x300Merry Christmas Shelton

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Can Shelton and Nevil overcome the obstacles of a blizzard, a baby, and one hot redhead and find their way to a merry Christmas?


Shelton snuggled into the soft quilts, safe and warm while the wind howled against the thick walls of the cabin. A stray gust blew down the chimney, causing the flames to dance and crackle behind the screen. Firelight flickered on the ceiling and Shelton watched it mingle with the blue and green reflections from the Christmas tree in the corner.

The clock on the mantle chimed midnight and he smiled. Christmas Eve. Nevil snorted and moved restlessly and Shelton rolled to his side, spooning up against the sleek body that even after two and a half years together could still drive him crazy with need. His darling sighed and settled back into sleep, and Shelton nuzzled his neck, pleasantly sore and sated from their earlier love-making.

His face heated as he recalled the things his lover had done with him. Shelton pressed his eyes into his darling’s shoulder blade, slightly embarrassed even though Nevil slept and didn’t see him. They’d spent the day cross-country skiing, then returned to the cabin and warmed up in the shower. Afterward, they sipped a bottle of wine in front of the fireplace. 

Nevil had stolen a candy cane from the tree. “Desert,” he explained, settling into the quilts with an arm across Shelton’s bare shoulders. Shelton watched the red and white stripes disappear between his lover’s perfect lips and his dick thickened. Nevil caught his rapt gaze, leaned over, and gave him a peppermint kiss.

“Taste?” he asked and held the candy to Shelton’s lips. Shelton caught the cane between his teeth and his darling gasped slightly as he sucked with purpose on the sweet end. “Oh, lord,” Nevil said, sounding breathless, and pushed Shelton down and straddled him. His hard cock pushed against Shelton’s stomach when he stretched across him and licked at the cane still caught in his lips.

Removing the candy, Nevil gave him a deep, lingering kiss, then pulled back, a gleam of mischief in his eyes. “I know somewhere else I’d like to stick this,” he confessed and gave the candy a provocative lick.

Shelton blinked, though he shouldn’t have been surprised by anything Nevil’s wicked imagination suggested. “I’m not sure…”

His sweetheart chuckled, but his voice was a caress when he bent to Shelton’s ear and whispered, “Let me pleasure you, love.”

About diannehartsock

Author of paranormal/suspense, fantasy/adventure, m/m romance and anything else that comes to mind. Oh, and a floral designer.
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12 Responses to QTA Christmas Blog Hop!

  1. Jim Evans says:

    My favorite candy/confections is pralines. They make them so well here in New Orleans; they are addictive!

  2. Ooh, anything with “meltaway” in the name sounds good!
    Seriously, though, those little Hershey kisses with cherry centers are my new favorite. They’re like cherry cordials without the traumatic memory of The Cherry Cordial Incident of my childhood. *shudders*

    Happy Holidays, Dianne! 🙂

  3. Sarah_Madison says:

    Oooh, you have me looking at peppermint in a whole new light! 😉 These meltaways sound fabulous–I can’t wait to try them out!

  4. Trix says:

    Lately I’m loving that dark chocolate coconut caramel bar at Trader Joe’s…the caramel is really melty and good (kind of like coconut milk dulce de leche), and the dark chocolate means it’s not too sweet. Even though it’s dirt cheap, I force myself to buy only one per visit, since I know I will eat it until it’s gone…

  5. bn100 says:

    any chocolate

    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

  6. Nancy S says:

    Rocky road fudge, oooo chocolate, marshmallows and nuts yummy. After all that is 3 of the basic food groups isn’t it?

  7. Shirley Ann Speakman says:

    Those Meltaways sound yummy. At the moment I’m addicted to white chocolate any kind but Cadburys Dream is my favourite.

  8. chickie434 says:

    That sounds absolutely amazing. I like pretty much anything dark chocolate. Heck, any thing chocolate in general’s good with me.


  9. What an awesome recipe! Yum!! Ive had these before and there so delicious! Thank you for sharing! I love caramel and chocolate candies! They are so good! Oh! And reeses! lol Thank you for sharing! Happy holidays!

  10. Lee Todd says:

    chocolate coated peanuts yummmmmmmmmmm
    leetee2007 (at) hotmail (dot) com

  11. Hi Dianne,

    I want to send a personal thank you for your participation in the xmas blog hop 2013. Thanks to you the Christmas Blog Hop was a great success.

    I would like to take this opportunity to wish you, your family and friends a very happy holiday and joyful New Year 2014

    All the best,

    Founder/Administrations Manager
    Queer Town Abbey

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