Dear Reader,

This picture book is my personal twist on the classic Gingerbread Man folktale. It also features two original recipes for the entire family to make during holiday baking and craft time.

As a kid I was always a big fan of the holidays, and traditional activities like making gingerbread houses and decorating the tree were—and are—the best part of the season for me. Stringing popcorn garlands and melting candy for gingerbread cottage windows, especially when surrounded by family, friends, eggnog, and Christmas carols, is as good as it gets. My hope is that Tough Cookie will inspire families to share in creating Christmas cheer together.