Thursday, December 20, 2012


Elfin Shortbread (super easy and always a hit with these melt in your mouth nuggets!!)

Elfin Shortbread Bites
from Simply Homemade Food Gifts

For a large tin as shown make 3 X the recipe below at the same time.
Total amount of butter: 3/4 lbs, or 1 1/2 cups. 

1 1/4 cups flour
3 TB sugar
1/2 cup butter
2 TB red and green sprinkles

Cut chilled butter into small cubes with knife, add flour and sugar then work with hands until resembles coarse crumbs. Gently add sprinkles in the end and bring the dough together. Flatten into a square about 1 inch thick and cover with cling wrap, refrigerate and then slice into small squares and bake for 12 minutes on 325 F.

Arabic or Greek clove melt in your mouth shortbreads

1 1/2 cups butter, softened.
3/4 cup powdered sugar
3 cups flour
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
Powdered sugar 
Ground cloves

1. Combine butter and 3/4 cup powdered sugar in large bowl. Beat at medium speed, scraping bowl often, until creamy. Reduce speed to low; add flour, vanilla, 1/2 teaspoon cloves. Beat until well blended. 
Cover; refrigerate until firm (at least 1 hour).

2. Heat oven to 350 F. Shape dough into 1-inch balls. Place 1 inch apart onto ungreased cookie sheets. Bake for 15 to 17 minutes or until very lightly browned. Cool completely.

3. Sprinkle cooled cookies with powdered sugar and cloves.

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