Rose McCauley – Recipes for Romance – Part 1 of 1

Shannon here: Contemporary romance author, Rose McCauley shares recipes for Dressing and Christmas Cookies, plus a chance to win a copy of 4 in 1 anthology, Christmas Belles of Georgia, including her novella, Nick’s Christmas Carol. Every time you comment on this post, your name goes in the drawing. Deadline: Dec 27, 11:59 pm central time. Here’s Rose:


1 ½ c. sugar

1 ½ c. softened butter

2 eggs

2 t. vanilla

4 cups all-purpose flour

1 t. salt

1 t. baking soda


1 ½ c. confectioner’s sugar

3 T. softened butter

1 t. vanilla

1T. milk

Food coloring if desired, and/or colored sugar

Cookie Directions: In mixing bowl, beat sugar and butter until creamy. Add eggs and vanilla and beat. Stir dry ingredients together and add gradually to creamed mixture. Chill for 30 minutes. Roll dough on lightly-floured surface to ¼ in. thick. Cut with holiday cutters. Using floured spatula, move to ungreased baking sheets and bake at 350 degrees for 8-12 minutes. (May need to adjust baking time depending on the size of the cutters.) Cool.

Frosting directions: combine sugar, butter, vanilla and milk. Beat until creamy. Can thin with small amounts of milk to spreading consistency. Add a few drops of food coloring if desired. Or can divide into several portions to make several colors. Spread frosting over cooled cookies and decorate with colored sugar or other sprinkles if desired.

Makes 6-7 dozen cookies depending on size of cutters.

My children (and now grandchildren) loved making their own designs with the dough. One daughter even created a whole nativity scene one year!

In Nick’s Christmas Carol, in Christmas Belles of Georgia, my hero and heroine give gifts to a mother with two young daughters for 12 days leading up to Christmas. On Christmas Day, the girls and mother bake and leave these cookies on their doorstep from some of the groceries the young couple have given them. They all have learned more about giving to others for Christmas (and throughout the year) to celebrate all Christ has given us. He truly is the Reason for the Season!


Start early in the morning (or can do the night before): cook 2 Jiffy cornbread mixes per package instructions in a 13×9 pan at 400 degrees until done. (15-20 min.) Let cool then crumble into bite-sized pieces. (I cut into 1 in. squares in pan and then crumble it up.) Toast 12 slices bread (I like whole wheat but have used white) cool, then pulse in the food processor until tiny crumbs. Pour breadcrumb mixture on top of crumbled corn bread.

Next (or next day after you get the turkey in the oven) prepare turkey broth by cooking the giblets in 4-6 cups of water or use 4 chicken bouillon cubes in water or prepared chicken stock. Use food processor to chop one medium onion, then 3 or 4 stalks of celery. Place skillet on top of stove on medium and melt one stick of margarine, then add 1 pound pork sausage and cook, chopping it into small pieces with spatula. To this mixture add the celery and onion and cook together.

To the 13×9 pan with cornbread and bread mixture add 1 t. pepper, 1 t. sage, 1 t. poultry seasoning and mix throughout. Then pour everything in the skillet on top and blend together in pan. Then pour 2 cups of the broth over this, adding more broth ½ cup at a time until it forms a stiff dough. It can now be cooked in a couple buttered baking dishes for 20-25  min. at 350 degrees if you prefer your dressing soft.

My husband’s mother always made dressing balls, so if you wish to do that you can roll the mixture into balls or I scoop it with a buttered ¼ cup measuring cup and place the humps into a buttered dish and cook at 350 for 25 minutes. This recipe will make 28- ¼ cup balls which should serve around 14 guests.

In Nick’s Christmas Carol, the hero’s aunt who raised him makes this recipe for Thanksgiving dinner each year. She lives in Atlanta, Georgia, so is a great southern cook. This is also the recipe I make for my Thanksgiving dinner each year. It is a several-steps process, but well-worth the effort—just ask my  kids who don’t like anyone else’s dressing as much as mine! I got the basic recipe from the cooks at the school where I taught for two years in South Carolina and have gradually tweaked it to make it my own.

About Rose: Rose Allen McCauley is happy to live in the beautiful bluegrass region of Kentucky on a farm surrounded by God’s creation. She has been writing for over ten years and has been published in several non-fiction anthologies and devotionals. She is thrilled for this to be her first published fiction because Christmas books are her favorites. She has a growing collection of Christmas books, and this one will takes its rightful place among them.

A retired schoolteacher who has been happily married to her college sweetheart for over 43 years, she is also mother to three grown children and their spouses and Mimi to three lovely, lively grandkids! You can reach her through her website or blogsite at

About the bookChristmas Belles of Georgia, Barbour Publishing, 2011. Novella title: Nick’s Christmas Carol.

Nick Powers worked hard to earn his college degree and his dream job. He doesn’t know what to expect when he finds out new owners will be taking over Bellingham Plantation soon. When Carol Peterson comes to town, she and Nick get off to a rocky start, but soon combine forces to make Christmas a happier time for others. Can they find their own Christmas happiness?

Sample an excerpt from Nick’s Christmas Carol:

Come back Dec 23 for a recipe from Linda Rondeau.

14 Responses to “Rose McCauley – Recipes for Romance – Part 1 of 1”

  • angela chesnut says:


  • Wendy Bennage says:

    Great recipes! Any suggestions for diabetics?

  • Thanks for commenting, Angela and Wendy. It is hard to make holiday recipes for diabetics and those on diets, but one thing a nutritionist told me is to substitute applesauce or a jar of babyfood prunes for part of the butter and sweetener. I have used them is other recipes but not this cookie one. And the dressing recipe is a lot of carbs which also can turn to sugar in our bodies, so perhaps you could use less cornbread and bread and more veggies (celery, onions, even zuchinni. Hope these ideas help.

  • Cindy Goolsby Martin says:

    What women doesn’t love to get lost in a Southern ROMANCE especially at Christmas!!! I would love to be able to win!!! Good luck yall~

  • Wendy Bennage says:

    I am so grateful for inspirational romance. As a single Christian mother, I need to be careful what I read and allow into my thoughts as I strive to be an example to my grown son and almost adult daughter. God Bless You for sharing Christ in your writing!

  • Cindy, yes, Christmas books are my favorites, too!

    And Wendy, I am so glad there are many publishers like Barbour who do publish books we can read without any shame or causing bad thoughts. Sounds like you are being a great mom and great example to your almost grown children!

    Merry Christmas to all!

  • Wendy Bennage says:

    I just wish real life was more like the stories in your books. I have been single for over 11 years and still waiting for God to bring me the right man! It is hard to see all the happy families during this time of year. I do have to praise God, because it has gotten easier over the years! Thank you for your inspiring stories!

  • Thank you, Wendy, and wishing you a very Merry Christ-filled Christmas!

  • Wendy Bennage says:

    Thank you! Hope you had a wonderful Christmas and best wishes for the new year!

  • Wendy Bennage says:

    Where do you get your story ideas?

  • Hi Wendy, thanks for all your interest. We did have a wonderful family-filled Christmas!

    I have more ideas than I have time to write them! The idea for the Christmas Belles of Georgia came from Jeanie Smith Cash who wrote the first story and asked the other two authors to join us. Then we each came up with our own storyline. But I come up with ideas from a chance comment, a trip to historical sites, a newspaper article or a TV show or something that happens in my own life. Do you write?

  • Wendy Bennage says:

    No, I do not write, but I love to read. It is a blessing that God gives talent to such as you! It is just a shame that more do not write for Him. I love historical romance. It is a fun way to learn about history. Thank you for sharing your talent!

  • Wendy,
    I love your comment about Christian romance. Women like you are what keep us writers writing. So glad to know that what we do is appreciated. Thanks for making my day.

  • stvannatter says:

    Wendy Bannage won the drawing for Rose’s novella collection. The odds were in Wendy’s favor.

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