Earl Grey Shortbread4:17 PM
I've got the perfect thing for all you last minute valentiners.... Shortbread! I don't usually get JR anything big for valentines. Normally, I get him a little gift and make him something extra special. Once I made him Mini cheesecakes in Chocolate cups and put different toppings on each one. Another time I made him chocolate covered strawberries and did all different decorations and different kinds of chocolate on them. Recently, my neighbor made some shortbread cookies. JR pretty much ate them all before I could get any. He loved them--so when my neighbor asked if we wanted to make them together, I jumped all over that.
|these earl grey shortbread cookies are delicious with the perfect hint of earl grey goodness.|
There are tons of recipes out there... and you only need 3 ingredients butter, sugar, and flour.
We used her mother's recipe:
1 cup butter softened
1/2 cup sugar
2 1/4 cups flour
1 earl grey tea bag (optional)
- cream together butter and sugar.
- add flour in 1/4 cup at a time and stir till well incorporated. continue till all flour is mixed in.
- if you want to add any extras now is the time... earl grey tea, lavender, food coloring, mini chocolate chips... whatever tickles your fancy. I split mine into a few different batches and did different things to each batch.
- roll out on floured surface to 1/4" thickness.
- Cut out your shapes
- bake at 325 for 13-17 minutes until golden brown.
- transfer to cooling rack
Here is my favorite part...decorating! While the cookies are in the oven, I go through my kitchen and pull out anything I can use to decorate or flavor them.... chocolate, powdered sugar, nuts, sprinkles... whatever.
Here are the ones I made.
I found this great edible decorative glitter at the kitchen shop here.... word of warning: its messy... it sticks to everything and gets everywhere like real glitter. I sampled a few--just to ensure their safety :)--and the glitter doesn't seem to have a taste....but it makes them super pretty.
Another thing I want to try in the future is that Metallic/pearl dusting powder.... For the hearts on the glitter, I just cut out a paper heart and laid it over the cookie before sprinkling the glitter. I think this would be really cute for a kids birthday or something to do initials on shortbread or sugar cookies.
These are scrumptious--filled with nutella. Before you bake the cookies, Cut out 2 of the same size/shape cookies. Cut another smaller shape in the middle of the top cookie. Spread the Nutella out over the bottom cookie and lay in on like a sandwich. Word to the wise--don't try to glob it on the top thinking it will spread out once it cooks.... it will just stay a big glob.
You could also do this with Jam or preserves.... I think strawberry or raspberry would be delicious.
If you don't wanna bother getting any glitter, powdered sugar works great as well for making designs....plus it tastes yummy.
You can melt up some chocolate and dip the cookies in....or your fingers, no one's watching. You can even add nuts on top of the chocolate.
Or you can have fun with a little food coloring and drive home the point that this is for valentines--so don't expect this to happen again next week after you've eaten them all.... except for maybe the glitter stars because they are so fun!
Well, I hope everyone has a lovely Valentines day....