It’s Beginning to Look A Lot Like Christmas (Reads) GIVEAWAY: Amish Christmas Cookie Tour

Posted December 14, 2023 by meezcarrie in Amish, Author Interview, Christian, Christmas, contemporary, giveaway, It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas (Reads) 2023, Jennifer Beckstrand, Mindy Steele, Rachel J. Good, romance / 38 Comments


It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas Reads 2023

today’s 3rd book: Amish Christmas Cookie Tour

We are continuing this year’s blog series spotlighting (over 70 this year) new and recently-released Christmas reads! This is the 7th year for the Christmas Reads Giveaway series, and I think I get more excited about it every year 🙂 Christmas is only 11 days away, according to Google! So… snuggle in, grab your fave hot beverage (wassail anyone?) and comfiest blanket, turn on some Christmas tunes and start your bookish Christmas list! And no doubt you know the drill by now – there are GIVEAWAYS with EACH POST in this series??!! (Because authors are awesome!)

Amish Christmas Cookie Tour by Jennifer Beckstrand, Rachel J. Good & Mindy Steele

AMISH CHRISTMAS COOKIE TOUR by Jennifer Beckstrand, Rachel J. Good & Mindy Steele
GENRE: Contemporary/Amish Romance (Christian)
PUBLISHER: Ally Press
RELEASE DATE: November 1, 2023
PAGES: 289

Three best-selling Amish fiction authors, Jennifer Beckstrand, Rachel Good and Mindy Steele, capture the magic of the Christmas season and the simplicity of the Amish way of life in this charming collection of stories featuring Christmas cookie tours within the rolling hills of Amish country.

Each story has romance, a few mishaps and misunderstandings, and a lot of cookies.

Fix your favorite warm beverage, grab your wooly socks or throw and prepare to be immersed in the sweetness that is Amish Christmas romance.

 

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a favorite family holiday tradition

by Jennifer Beckstrand, co-author of Amish Christmas Cookie Tour

I put one of my favorite family holiday traditions in my story in “The Amish Christmas Kitchen.”

Every Christmas Eve after supper, our family gathers around our kitchen table to sing carols and light candles. I put over a dozen Christmas candles in the center of the table, and the youngest person at the table gets to go first. The first person lights a Christmas candle and then picks a Christmas carol for the whole family to sing. Then we all sing the song. The next person lights a candle and picks another song until everyone has had a chance to choose a carol, the songs are sung, and all the candles are lit.

In “The Christmas Bakery on Huckleberry Hill,” Titus and Katie Rose throw an impromptu Christmas party in the barn. Katie Rose misses home, and one of her family’s traditions was lighting candles and singing carols. Determined to make Katie Rose feel at home, Titus finds all sorts of things he can use as makeshift candles, including pellets from his special Christmas goat.

Music is a huge part of Christmas in our family. When our children were young, my husband and I and our six children used to entertain at churches, care centers, and Christmas parties. We did a lot of singing around the piano in the living room and spent many hours in the car learning new songs and harmonizing to old ones. This is one tradition that we all look forward to. It brings the true Spirit of Christmas into our home.

After the singing is over, each person at the table tells us their favorite story about Jesus and then explains why it is their favorite story. This activity helps us focus on the true meaning of Christmas and hopefully makes getting presents seem a little less important.

Christmas Traditions

by Rachel J. Good, co-author of Amish Christmas Cookie Tour

When I was young, we’d spend every Christmas Eve at my grandparents’ house and open our presents from them. The presents were always the same—a new nightgown (sewn by Grandma), socks, and one toy. Here’s a picture from one of those Christmases (I’m on the left with my sister). I loved Christmas eve, not so much because of the presents, but because it meant going to church for the Nativity play.

As I got older, I started going to the candlelight service at midnight. To me, passing the light from one candle to the next in the darkened church was a time to slow down amid the hustle and bustle of the holidays and focus on the true meaning of Christ’s birth and the joy and peace He brings to our hearts.

As a young bride, I began two traditions that have been passed down to my children. The first is buying one Christmas ornament every year to mark an important event, so we have ornaments for our first Christmas together, ones for the birth of each child and grandchild, etc. Putting up the tree each year is a wonderful trip down memory lane.

The second tradition is Christmas brunch, a chance for everyone in the extended family to get together. The menu is almost always the same: scrambled-egg casserole, bacon, sausage, fresh fruit salad, and homemade cinnamon rolls (to me, that yeasty, cinnamon-y aroma mingling with the scent of the pine tree is my favorite Christmas smell). I can’t forget one last treat – everyone’s favorite: mini-donuts. The littlest ones love these because they’re fast and easy, and they can make the donuts themselves with a little supervision during the frying.

Here’s the simple recipe if you want to try it:

Mini-Donuts

Ingredients:
container of refrigerated biscuit dough (each one makes 8, so we usually need several)
powdered sugar
Crisco for frying

Use a small bottle cap to cut a small circle of dough from the center of each biscuit. Fry them in hot grease, flipping to brown each side. You can also fry the donut holes. Drain on paper towels, and roll in powdered sugar while still warm. Easy and delicious!

It warms my heart to see each new generation of children standing on chairs to make the donuts. They get to be a special part of our family celebration of the birth of Baby Jesus.

May your Christmas be special and reflect the true reason for the season. I’m so grateful for each and every one of our readers, who make the year and the holiday season special. Wishing you and yours many blessings now and in the coming year.

Our favorite family Christmas tradition:

by Mindy Steele, co-author of Amish Christmas Cookie Tour

As far back as memory allows me to wander, I remember my mother and our neighbor Iolene, baking for days leading up to Christmas. Cookies and candy lined the counters, tables, and any available surface. I was tickled pink the year I was big enough to fill the boxes, arranging all the goodies to look…pretty. Graduating to putting the kiss on top of the peanut butter cookies was even better. She’d gift cookie boxes to the entire neighborhood and our local nursing home, spreading her Christmas joy through baking. So baking has been a big part of my Christmases since.

Our Christmas traditions start on Thanksgiving Day. As soon as the turkey and ham are eaten, the lights go up, the tree gets dressed, and the stockings are hung. Then we flip the calendar page and Christmas cards consume us for days. We have birthday parties, Christmas events and sledding days, but we bake cookies through it all and we don’t stop until the New Year. Baking and gifting Christmas cookies is our oldest family tradition. May you all have a blessed Christmas and thank you so much for your love of Christmas stories.

Mindy Steele


Jennifer Beckstrand

Jennifer Beckstrand is the USA Today Bestselling author of The Matchmakers of Huckleberry Hill series, The Honeybee Sisters series, The Petersheim Brothers series, and The Amish Quiltmaker series for Kensington Books. Two of Jennifer’s books were nominated for the RWA RITA® Award, and she is a #1 Amazon bestselling author. Jennifer has written twenty-eight Amish romances and the nonfiction book, Big Ideas. She has also written two Western historical and two contemporary romances as Jen Spencer. She and her husband have been married for thirty-seven years, and she has six children and eight adorable grandchildren, whom she spoils rotten. Connect with Jennifer at her website.

Rachel J. Good

USA Today bestselling author Rachel J. Good grew up near Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, the setting for many of her Amish novels. Striving to be as authentic as possible, she spends time with her Amish friends, doing chores on their farm and attending family events.

Rachel loves to travel and visit many different Amish communities. In searching for the best Amish soft pretzels, she’s visited many Amish markets, auctions, and mud sales. Because of her love of Amish food, she tries to include recipes in her books as often as possible. When she’s not traveling, she spends time with family and writing.

In addition to her Amish novels, she’s written more than 60 books, including children’s educational books, adult nonfiction, and fiction for children and teens under several pen names. To find out more about Rachel and her books, you can sign up for her newsletter

Mindy Steele

Raised in Kentucky timber country, Mindy Steele writes Amish Romance peppered in humor, using her rural surroundings as her muse. She is a best selling author and the winner of the 2022 FHLCW Reader’s Choice award for sweet romance. Steele creates realistic characters for her readers and believes in engaging all the senses to make you laugh, cry, hold your breath, and root for the happy ever after ending. Readers can find themselves, somewhere within her pages. Connect with Mindy at her website.


Amish Christmas Cookie Tour giveaway

Jennifer Beckstrand is offering a print (or ebook) copy of Amish Christmas Cookie Tour to one of my readers! (US only for print copy. Void where prohibited by law or logistics.) This giveaway is subject to Reading Is My SuperPower’s giveaway policies which can be found here. Enter via the Rafflecopter form below.

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What about you? What makes you want to read Amish Christmas Cookie Tour by Jennifer Beckstrand, Rachel J. Good, and Mindy Steele?

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38 responses to “It’s Beginning to Look A Lot Like Christmas (Reads) GIVEAWAY: Amish Christmas Cookie Tour

  1. Debbie Earls

    I love to read books by Mindy Steele. I am currently reading a book by Jennifer. Rachel is a new author to me. I love to read books about The Amish.

  2. Roxanne C.

    I have greatly enjoyed reading stories by all these authors, so I naturally want to read Amish Christmas Cookie.

    • Robin Whitaker

      I love all 3 of these authors and it reminds me of the Amish cookie tour that I went on with Cathy Carruthers and Karen Santiago a few years ago

  3. Anne RIghtler

    I’ve enjoyed each of the author’s other stories and I love Christmas stories so what could be better than to read this one!! Christmas tradition: making cookies and fudge with the grandkids and our church Christmas Eve service.

  4. Kay Garrett

    Making goodie boxes! As a child, my mom taught me the love of baking. We would bake/make all sorts of goodies from candies to cakes. Then we would put some of each goodie in little boxes and deliver them to friends, family, those that had been helpful to us, elderly and shut-ins. She also told me that some times the gift of our time to sit and visit was as much appreciated as the boxes. It was a gift that can’t be bought and once your time is gone that you can never live it again. Now when I make the boxes, it’s almost like I can feel mom still with me and I still love the joy it brings me and seems to the recipient when I deliver the boxes.

  5. Claia

    I have loved Amish stories for as long as I can remember. I love all three of you as authors and people so much! Have a wonderful Christmas.

  6. Stephanie

    All three authors are excellent writers and I love reading charming Amish stories such as these, especially during the holiday season!

  7. Linda Tucker

    Thank you for the chance. I would love to read this book. It sounds wonderful. I read read books by Mindy Steele and love all I have.

  8. Linda May

    Love reading Amish stories. I can relate to them because I lived near Shipshewanna, Indiana which is a big Amish town. Thanks for your great generosity.

  9. Kasi Walas

    I’m drawn to ‘Amish Christmas Cookie Tour’ by Jennifer Beckstrand, Rachel J. Good, and Mindy Steele for its charming blend of Amish culture, holiday cheer, and of course, the delightful theme of cookies! The collaboration of these three authors promises a variety of storytelling styles and perspectives, making the collection rich and diverse. The idea of exploring Amish traditions and values through the cozy lens of a Christmas setting sounds both heartwarming and intriguing. I’m excited to see how each story intertwines the themes of community, faith, and holiday spirit.

    As for a favorite holiday tradition in my family, we love gathering to bake and decorate cookies together. It’s a fun and delicious way to spend time as a family, and everyone gets to show off their creativity with different shapes and decorations. It’s not just about the baking; it’s about the laughter, stories, and memories we create together each year. This tradition makes the holiday season extra special for us.

  10. Connie Porter Saunders

    Three great authors writing about Christmas…what more could we ask for? Maybe winning a copy to keep! Thanks for sharing.

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