Joanne Fluke Presents a Page Turner with Christmas Dessert Murder

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Joanne Fluke Presents a Page Turner with Christmas Dessert Murder

Joanne Fluke’s Christmas Dessert Murder is the perfect stocking stuffer for fans of culinary capers! This holiday omnibus from New York Times best-selling author Joanne Fluke features two classic mysteries set in Hannah Swensen’s Cookie Jar bakery in Lake Eden, Minnesota—“Christmas Caramel Murder” and “Christmas Cake Murder”—with a plateful of goodies from The Cookie Jar bakery.

Hannah and her good pal Lisa have agreed to provide all the goodies for the town’s annual production of A Christmas Carol. But before anyone can say “Bah, humbug!” the actress playing Mrs. Claus exits stage left for good. As murder suspects pile up faster than snowdrifts in a blizzard, it might take a visit from ghosts of Christmas past to wrap up this mystery in time for the holidays…
Hannah’s life matches the hectic December hustle and bustle of Lake Eden when she agrees to help recreate a spectacular Christmas Ball in honor of Essie Granger, an elderly local in hospice care. But instead of poring over decadent dessert recipes, Hannah’s surprised by Essie’s secret talent for penning crime fiction. She’s even more surprised when the story turns real. It’ll be a true miracle if she can prevent another Yuletide disaster by solving a mystery as dense as a Christmas fruitcake…
The book features over a dozen cookie and dessert recipes from The Cookie Jar! Enjoy the new Cozy Corner selection with your favorite holiday tea and Chocolate Hazelnut Bon-bons! Get the exclusive recipe below.

Chocolate Hazelnut Bon-bons from Christmas Dessert Murder by Joanne Fluke
Recipe type: This is a no-bake recipe.
Makes approximately 3 dozen, depending on the size of the candy balls
  • ½ cup chocolate-hazelnut spread*
  • ¼ cup plus 1 rounded tablespoon salted butter, softened, divided
  • ¼ cup finely chopped hazelnuts**
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups confectioners’ sugar (do not sift)
  • 1 small box food picks or long toothpicks
  • 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips***
  1. Line a rimmed baking sheet with wax paper.
  2. Using a wooden spoon or fork, mix together the chocolate-hazelnut spread with the ¼ cup butter in a medium-size bowl. Sprinkle the hazelnuts on top and mix them in thoroughly. Add the vanilla extract and mix that in. Add the confectioners’ sugar in ½-cup increments, mixing well after each addition.
  3. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and place it in the refrigerator until mixture is firm, at least 1 hour.
  4. Roll small balls of the chocolate-hazelnut mixture. Stick a food pick into each ball and place the completed balls on the prepared baking sheet. Place the baking sheet with the chocolate-hazelnut balls in the freezer until frozen, at least 1 hour.
  5. When the chocolate-hazelnut balls are frozen, prepare to melt the chocolate coating. Leave chocolate-hazelnut balls in the freezer until the chocolate coating has melted and you are ready to dip them.
  6. Place chocolate chips in a microwave-safe bowl. Top with remaining 1 rounded tablespoon butter. Heat in a microwave oven on HIGH for 1 minute. Let sit in the microwave oven for 1 minute more and then stir to see if the chocolate chips are melted. If they’re not, continue to heat in 30-second increments followed by 30 seconds of standing time until you can stir them smooth.
  7. Using the food picks as handles and working quickly, dip the balls, one at a time, in the melted chocolate and then return them to the baking sheet. Place the baking sheet with the Chocolate Hazelnut Bon-Bons in the refrigerator until chocolate is set, at least 2 hours.
  8. Just before serving, remove the balls from the refrigerator, arrange them on a pretty plate, and leave the food picks in place so that guests can use them as a handle when they eat them.
*We used Nutella.

**If hazelnuts are not available, you can use pecans or another favorite nut.

***We used Nestlé.


Joanne Fluke Presents a Page Turner with Christmas Dessert Murder

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Joanne Fluke is the New York Times bestselling author of the Hannah Swensen mysteries, which include Triple Chocolate Cheesecake Murder, Coconut Layer Cake Murder, Chocolate Cream Pie Murder, Raspberry Danish Murder, Wedding Cake Murder, and the book that started it all, Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder. That first installment premiered as Murder, She Baked: A Chocolate Chip Cookie Mystery on the Hallmark Movies & Mysteries Channel, and has since been followed by five more TV movie adaptations based on the series and starring Alison Sweeney. Like Hannah Swensen, Joanne Fluke was born and raised in a small town in rural Minnesota, but now lives in Southern California. Visit her at


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