My Favorite Christmas Recipe by Kate Hewitt...

I love Christmas. I love the decorations, the presents, the family time, the sense of wonder, the sheer happiness and hope of the season. And of course I love the food. Everyone has their favourite Christmas recipes, and in celebration of my Christmas novella, A Cotswold Christmas, I thought I’d share one of mine here. My mother made these when I was growing up, and they are a firm favourite in my household now. And super easy to make too! I’m not sure why these have to be Christmas cookies, but they most certainly are. I would never make them any other time of year, and if I did, my children would draw back, horrified, proclaiming they are only to be eaten at Christmas!

Seven Layer Bars


¼ cup butter
½ cup crumbled digestives
1 can sweetened condensed milk
1 cup chocolate chips
1 cup white chocolate or butterscotch chips
½ cup walnuts
½ cup sweetened coconut


This is the simple part! Simply layer the ingredients in a 9” by 13” pan. I usually mix the butter and digestive and press to make a base, and I also fiddle with the measurements depending on preference—usually more chocolate chips and less nuts J

Bake in 180° oven for 30-45 minutes. Top should be golden-brown but bars will still be soft; they harden as they cool. Cut into bars after they are cooled and enjoy!

What about you? Do you have a favourite Christmas cookie recipe?

 Blurb: Welcome to Wychwood-on-Lea… a not-too-quaint village where frosty evenings, welcoming fires, and second chances will make this a Christmas you’ll never forget.

Anna Vere has escaped to the Cotswolds for Christmas to try to heal from her broken engagement and, far worse, her broken dreams. When her reserved room at a bed & breakfast is flooded, she takes up the offer of camping out in Willoughby Close, the converted stables of the nearby manor house… and is taken under the wing of sexy local carpenter Colin Heath.

What starts out as merely helping a neighbor in need turns into far more as Colin and Anna share a surprisingly intense and emotional connection, weaving their own Christmas magic as they spend the holiday together. But Anna has a secret she’s scared to reveal, something that could destroy the fragile bond they’ve just created, and Colin knows she’s only in England for a short time. Can these two sudden soul mates risk their hearts for a love that has yet to be tried and tested?

Get swept away by this poignant and heartwarming story, set in beautiful Wychwood-on-Lea, in the English Cotswolds. And look forward to four more books set in Willoughby Close, where everyday miracles and happily-ever-afters are guaranteed.


About Kate Hewitt: Kate is the USA Today-bestselling author of over 40 books of women's fiction and romance. She is the author of the Hartley-by-the-Sea series, set in England's Lake District and published by Penguin. She is also, under the name Katharine Swartz, the author of the Tales from Goswell books, a series of time-slip novels set in the village of Goswell. Other series include the Emigrants Trilogy, the Amherst Island Trilogy, and the Falling For The Freemans series.

She likes to read romance, mystery, the occasional straight historical and angsty women's fiction; she particularly enjoys reading about well-drawn characters and avoids high-concept plots.

Having lived in both New York City and a tiny village on the windswept northwest coast of England, she now resides in the English Cotswolds with her husband, five children, and an overly affectionate Golden Retriever.

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