What to do with forgotten Girl Scout Trefoils

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I started this post sometime ago and couldn’t decide whether or not to share it.  Today I made the decision because it’s the only one I can show with photos.  Once again, I am having technical issues.  My PC died, … Continue reading

Butterfly Cookies – 3D, Glittery and Simple to make

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I volunteered to make some little cookies for a  baby shower/tea … it was a family event … just butterfly, heart and flower cookies for about 40 people.  Since this was a girly event … I’d make Butterfly Cookies – … Continue reading

Decorate cookies … fast and easy

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These are my decorated cookies.  Every year I have wonderful plans to make cookies with very detailed decorations … well, those plans flew out the window … as usual.   But I’m OK with that … I don’t have what I … Continue reading

Shortbread Cookies with Dark Chocolate and Sea Salt

Do you like sweet and salty?  Then you will enjoy these cookies.  I made my favorite shortbread cookies … added some dark chocolate … then sprinkled a little sea salt on top.

If you would like step-by-step photos to make the shortbread cookie dough click here.

Make the cookie dough, roll and cut …  (This cutter is about 3″ … can you tell that it has had a long hard life and probably got smashed in a drawer at some point?)

Bake and cool the cookies.  Melt the chocolate and pour into a squeeze bottle, disposable decorating bag or even a heavy weight Ziploc type bag, and snip off a corner …

Squeeze the chocolate on the cookie …

Since this was the first time that I made these cookies, I used both fine and coarse sea salt.  I do prefer using the coarse salt … because it was easier for me to control and I like the look.  Sprinkle some salt on the melted chocolate …

Here is the recipe …

Shortbread Cookies with Dark Chocolate and Sea Salt

1 pound of butter (4 sticks)

2 cups powdered sugar

2 teaspoons vanilla

1/2 teaspoon salt

4 1/2 cups unbleached flour (or all-purpose)

1 cup melted dark chocolate

Sea Salt (I prefer coarse)

Cream together the butter, vanilla and sugar.  Add the flour and salt. Mix until blended.  Dough will be stiff.  If the dough is too soft, cover and refrigerate the dough for a few minutes.   At this point, the dough could be wrapped well and saved for future use.  It keeps for weeks in the fridge.  When you are ready to use it, remove from fridge and set it out until it softens enough to roll.

Roll the dough, on a lightly floured surface or between sheets of plastic wrap or parchment, to about 1/4 thick (or a little thinner).  Cut into desired shapes.  place on an ungreased cookie sheet, parchment paper or silicone baking mat.

Bake at 350° for 10-12 minutes.  Cool, drizzle chocolate on top and sprinkle with sea salt.

Makes about 3 dozen 3″ cookies.

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Cookies for the Queen of Hearts

These shortbread cookies were made for a bridal tea with an “Alice in Wonderland” theme.  My niece, Brittney, is going to be a bridesmaid in a wedding and therefore helped organize a shower.  She wanted to make cookies … so “The Queen of Hearts” crown was our project.

We made my favorite shortbread cookies … for the recipe and directions click on “Cupcake Shortbread Cookies” on the right hand side of this screen.

After the cookies were baked and cooled we started decorating with royal icing.  I haven’t used royal icing in some time so I referred to http://www.sweetsugarbelle.com.     She has wonderful recipes and directions for royal icing.

First we outlined with black icing …

Then “flooded” with yellow icing …

Brittney did the decorating … she used pink disco dust, red heart candies and silver dragees (for decoration only) …

This is her creation …

The tea was last Saturday and the cookies were a big hit.

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Cupcake Shortbread Cookies

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Cupcakes that are cookies … or cookies that are cupcakes… what could be better?  I made these cookies for my friend Jan.  It was her birthday and I brought these cookies as party favors for the “girls’ night out”.  Jan … Continue reading