Being a resident of Louisiana, it’s a REALLY big deal when we get even the tiniest bit of snow. Last year we lucked up and got a good bit and I was so excited that my baby had snow for her first Christmas season. Guess what? It’s snowing right now, as I type this! I’m looking out the window and seeing flakes falling. Awesome. When I see weather like this, my mind goes to several things, so I prepared by going to the store yesterday. Hot cocoa – Check! Chili fixings – Check! Baking ingredients – check!
Last Christmas my mom got me this neat cookie press. I decided today was the perfect day to try it out, so I looked up Pampered Chef’s shortbread recipe to use it with. Since I was using this tool, I made a few adaptations to the recipe…
Simple Shortbread Cookies
1 stick butter, softened
2 tbsp. white granulated sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup powdered sugar (optional – I didn’t use)
Preheat oven to 350.
Using a hand mixer, blend the butter and sugar until smooth and fluffy. Add the vanilla and continue to mix well. Slowly add the flour then the salt and continue to mix until it is smooth. This does not seem likely but it really DOES happen, particularly after the salt has been added.
To make regular cookies, form into a log and cut off cookies. To use the press, form into two logs and follow the directions to your cookie press.
Bake until golden, about 20-ish minutes. (I didn’t time it, sorry!)
The Verdict: Soooo delicious! There is nothing like a good shortbread cookie and the little tree shapes make it even more fun! I’ll definitely be making this for holiday treats for friends!