Hello Nerdie Foodies! How are we fairing after the 100th post celebrations? We survived here at NC and now onto post 101! I recently came across a Hallmark Channel movie called “Murder, She Baked: A Peach Cobbler Mystery”. It reminded me of a book that I read years ago as the main character’s name triggered my memory. Hannah Swensen. Turns out, Hallmark Channel is turning the Hannah Swensen book series by Joanne Fluke into a movie series and currently have 5 movies.
I loved the first couple books but now I don’t remember why I stopped reading the series in the first place. Each book has recipes inserted into the book and I for one would love to try all of them one day. I have tried the cream puff recipe and it turned out really well. Hannah Swensen is technically supposed to be the red-headed owner of The Cookie Jar bakery in Lake Eden. But in the Hallmark series, blonde-haired Alison Sweeney portrays Hannah Swenson very well. I’ll let that little minor detail of hair colour difference slide. Let’s check out a few of those recipes!
Plum Pudding Murder (Book #12)
In Plum Pudding Murder, Hannah makes cheesy biscuits. Maiu (Toronto Cooks, Her Mid-Soul Crisis) tested out Hannah’s recipe and swears that these cheesy biscuits are better than the ones from Red Lobster. Check out the recipe here!
Butterscotch Cashew Cookies
I’m not sure which book in the series Elizabeth Miche (Just A Pinch Recipes) read to find this recipe. But it sounds delicious and it looks like it was a huge success when she tested the recipe. Check out the recipe here!
Red Velvet Cupcake Murder (Book #16)
Who can resist a cookie recipe entitled “Tickled Pink Lemonade Cookies” from The Cookie Jar? Linda A. Thompson-Ditch (A Sunflower Life) couldn’t resist. And thanks to her, she tested out the recipe for us and shared with us her thoughts and results. Check out the recipe here!
Note, the following recipes are from the Hallmark Movies & Mysteries series Murder, She Baked and have not been tested by the Nerdie Foodie.
German Chocolate Cupcakes
These cupcakes are said to be rich but are great for picnics. They certainly look festive for any party. Check out this Cookie Jar recipe here!
Chocolate Covered Cherry Delights
Hannah believes these chocolate concoctions should be served in every psychiatrist’s office to help people through their depressions. I don’t know if it will cure depression, but chocolate does lift up one’s spirit. Check out the recipe here!
Red Velvet Cupcakes
A staple flavour for all cake/cupcake baker. How else can you devour delicious cream cheese frosting in large-ish quantities? Check out Hannah’s recipe here!
Ooey Gooey Chewy Cookie Bars
Cookies in the shape and size of brownies?? Yes please! The recipe sounds as decadent as the name. Check out the recipe here!
These meringue-based treats are classified as cookies in Hannah’s recipe book. They even have a surprise inside for those who pick up one of these treats. Check out the recipe here!
Lovely Lemon Bar Cookies
Let’s just call this one a lemon bar. Also in the size and shape of brownies, this lemony treat sounds refreshing to eat! Check out the recipe here.
Chocolate Chip Crunch Cookies
Do you like chocolate chip? What about corn flakes? How about the best of both worlds and combine both ingredients into a cookie recipe? Hannah has done just that. Check out the recipe here!
So, what do you think Nerdie Foodies? All these treats are just mouth-watering! Joanne Fluke’s latest Hannah Swensen cozy murder mystery novel, Raspberry Danish Murder (Book #22) comes out February 27, 2018 which you can pre-order here -> Raspberry Danish Murder (A Hannah Swensen Mystery)
And you can count that the book will have a new set of recipes making their debut at The Cookie Jar.