It's only mid-December, but my baking is done for the season. Tomorrow I begin a road trip to Southern California, hitting up Los Angeles and San Diego, eventually landing in Santa Cruz for Christmas. Since my oven will be cold for the next week or so, will you whip up some cookies for me? I've left you with a few of my favorites to choose from.
Thank you and happy holidays! xoxoxox
Shortbread, with variations
300 degrees may seem like a low oven temperature, but it prevents the cookie from browning too quickly and losing its delicate texture
8 oz unsalted butter, chilled and cubed
1/2 c sugar
1/4 tsp salt
2 c AP flour
optional ingredient from list below
Preheat oven to 300 degrees.
Beat sugar with the butter on medium speed for one minute. Add the rest of the ingredients and mix until the dough just comes together. Roll out to 1/4" thick and cut into desired shapes (Stars of Bethleham? "Gingerbread" men?). Chill for 30 minutes and bake for 20-25, or until the bottoms are a very light tan (the cookies will firm up as they cool).
Add 1/4 c ground espresso beans
Add 1/2 c chopped pistachios
Add 4 tsp fresh or 2 tsp dried lavender buds, with which you've ground with some of the sugar
Add 1/2 c chopped, toasted pinenuts