Monday, September 19, 2011

Shortbread Cookies

Shortbread cookies are always great to have around.  Just sweet enough to have for dessert or a snack and not feel too guilty.  This shortbread recipe i have made several times and i use 1/2 of he sugar that was originally asked for and also to make it more interesting and give it more texture i add almond meal which gives it a great flavor and texture.  If these are not sweet enough, you can always dip them in chocolate.

Today I also have some exciting news to share —–  I am pregnant and having a GIRL!  It is my first so I am very excited.  The due date is in February 2012.  I have been feeling great, no nausea at all and now in the second trimester i have my energy back so things are just great. Will keep you up to date as things progress, just very excited to share this news with you.

Shortbread Cookies

Adapted from: Ina Garten

Yields: 20 cookies | Prep Time: 15 min | Cook Time: 30 minutes

¾ pound unsalted butter, at room temperature
½ cup sugar, plus extra for sprinkling
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups almond meal
2 cups all-purpose flour
¼ tsp salt

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, mix together the butter and 1/2 cup of sugar until they are just combined. Add the vanilla. In a medium bowl, sift together the flour; almond meal and salt, then add them to the butter-and-sugar mixture. Mix on low speed until the dough starts to come together. Dump onto a surface dusted with flour and shape into a flat disk. Wrap in plastic and chill for 30 minutes.

Roll the dough 1/2-inch thick and cut with a 3 by 1-inch finger-shaped cutter. Place the cookies on an ungreased baking sheet and sprinkle with sugar. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, until the edges begin to brown. Allow to cool to room temperature.

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34 Responses to “Shortbread Cookies”

  1. 1

    Kate — September 19, 2011 @ 7:56 pm

    Congratulations! How very exciting for you. Shortbread cookies are a great way to celebrate! There is nothing like having a daughter.

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    Lisa~~ — September 19, 2011 @ 8:08 pm

    Big congrats, very exciting and wonderful news! The cookies look wonderful too.

    Lisa~~
    Cook Lisa Cook

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    Splendid Willow — September 19, 2011 @ 9:45 pm

    YEAHHHHHHHH! So happy for you and Papa to be!!!! She is going to be the cutest little thing ever!!!

    Love to you,

    P.S Save some cookies for Wednesday….

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    Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen — September 20, 2011 @ 12:29 am

    Congratulations, how exciting! I wish you a second and third trimester as smooth as the first.

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    Julia — September 20, 2011 @ 3:46 am

    Oh my goodness, congratulations!!!!!!!!!!!! SOOOOOO exciting. I just had our first baby in January, a girl, and it is just amazing!!!!!! That’s great that you haven’t been sick, lucky!!!! Your cookies look great too ;)

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    Heather (Heather's Dish) — September 20, 2011 @ 4:00 am

    you know i am SO excited for you…and that’s so cool you know the gender too! these cookies are celebratory indeed :)

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    Chris @ TheKeenanCookBook — September 20, 2011 @ 4:42 am

    Congratulations! That is so exciting :) We just had our first, a boy, in March and we love him to bits. Parenthood is wonderful. Grats :)

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    Winnie — September 20, 2011 @ 4:44 am

    Beautiful shortbread and big congrats :)

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    Pam @ From Apples To Zucchini — September 20, 2011 @ 4:54 am

    Congratulations! I am so happy for you! Your cookies look amazing, too. Best wishes on a happy and healthy pregnancy!

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    Barbara @ Barbara Bakes — September 20, 2011 @ 4:56 am

    I’m so happy for you! You’ll love having a daughter. My first was a girl and she’s about to have her first any day now.

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    Katherine Martinelli — September 20, 2011 @ 5:06 am

    Congrats again Ewa!!! This is such exciting news and I am so happy for you!! Also, these cookies look super yummy :-)

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    Rachel @ Not Rachael Ray — September 20, 2011 @ 5:18 am

    CONGRATS! So exciting!

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    Deborah — September 20, 2011 @ 5:23 am

    Congratulations!! I had a little girl first, and it is SO much fun!! And even better that you haven’t been sick!

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    Kath — September 20, 2011 @ 5:25 am

    Wow! Congratulations! I just love hearing about new babies. And I have two fabulous, in their 20s, daughters, so I’m a bit partial to girls. ;)

    Oh, and your shortbread looks wonderful. I love the fact that shortbread does not need much sugar. Dipping it in chocolate? Mmmmm….

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    Becky at Vintage Mixer — September 20, 2011 @ 5:28 am

    Congratulations!! What a blessing.

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    Megan's Cookin' — September 20, 2011 @ 5:32 am

    I’m so excited for you. I only have one child and it’s a girl, the light of my world. Congrats and I’m glad your feeling good. Enjoy your pregnancy and your sleep! LOL

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    Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday — September 20, 2011 @ 5:58 am

    Congratulations!!!
    That’s amazing news :)

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    Faith — September 20, 2011 @ 10:08 am

    Congrats! What a greartr news :)

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    Heather Davis — September 21, 2011 @ 2:24 am

    The shortbread looks great. And many congrats on your pregnancy. My sister is also due her first child in Feb and it’s a girl too! Very exciting.

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    Jennifer (Delicieux) — September 22, 2011 @ 2:27 pm

    Congratulations!!!! How exciting and wonderful. I hope everything goes smoothly!

    Your cookies look fantastic. I love Ina’s recipes.

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    Sally - My Custard Pie — September 22, 2011 @ 9:26 pm

    Beautiful crumbly shortbread and great news. Congratulaions.

  22. 22

    Rosa — September 23, 2011 @ 2:43 am

    Lovely shortbreads! So addictive looking.

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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    Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. — September 23, 2011 @ 5:13 am

    These look perfect! Great for anytime as well as Xmas

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    kellypea — September 23, 2011 @ 8:00 am

    First off, congrats! My first was born in February, too, and it was such a wonderful time in my life. Hope yours is wonderful as well! The shortbread cookies are definitely a treat. I love them.

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    Nami | Just One Cookbook — September 23, 2011 @ 5:13 pm

    Congratulations Ewa!!! I can already see you and your daughter are baking together… =) It’s going to be lots of fun. I have a boy (5) and girl (3) and they are really active and handful but the joy is much much more. It sounds like you didn’t have any morning sickness and enjoy your pregnancy! Before you know it your life will be upside down (just kidding!). Lots and lots of joy to come. Now this lovely shortbread… I love shortbread MUCH MORE than cookies. It looks much easier than I thought it would be. I might give it a try… :-)

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    chinmayie @ love food eat — September 23, 2011 @ 5:36 pm

    Congrats!! First time here and so happy that this is the first post!! Wish you a happy and healthy 9 months! I have a 2 year old daughter and she is the best thing that has happened to me EVER!! Mommyhood made me a better person!

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    Krista {Budget Gourmet Mom} — September 23, 2011 @ 10:16 pm

    Yum! The shortbread looks fabulous and congratulations on your little bun in the oven!!! That is so exciting!

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    marla — September 24, 2011 @ 5:33 am

    Wish we had these cookies for breakfast this morning & what a great treat to toss in the lunch box :) Have you joined us at Project Lunch Box yet? This post would be a great link up
    http://su.pr/221xT1

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    Courtney — September 24, 2011 @ 7:13 am

    Woohoo, congratulations!! :-) It’s like a baby boom before 2012.. I know at least 15 people pregnant outside of online.

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    Jennifer Jones Flechas — September 26, 2011 @ 11:36 am

    Hey Ewa,
    It’s Jennifer Jones Flechas. I just started subscribing to your beautiful blog and I am so very excited for you and David…and Cooper!!! Congratulations on your wonderful news! I know you will be an amazing mother.There is truly no bigger blessing than having a child. I wish you such happy and healthy months ahead as you prepare for your sweet baby girl.

    • Delishhh replied: — September 28th, 2011 @ 9:56 am

      Wow – Jennifer so nice to hear from you i will email you offline :)

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    Shaina — October 4, 2011 @ 6:19 am

    Congratulations! That’s wonderful news. :)

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    Patricia Conner — December 10, 2011 @ 4:36 pm

    And many congrats on your pregnancy. Mmmmm…. Wish we had these cookies for breakfast this morning & what a great treat to toss in the lunch box Have you joined us at Project Lunch Box yet?

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