It feels like I have not been blogging for the longest time! Yep, the Holidays are certainly my busiest period for my crafts and culinary delights and deadlines have to be met! You guys have become my family in the blogosphere and I do miss you all so terribly when I do not communicate with you on a regular basis. May you only have joy and peace during the Holidays and may all your wishes come true! God bless!!!
Celtic Designer shortbread ( Made in a mold) I made this design with all my Irish friends in mind but it is to be enjoyed by all in kind!!!
This shortbread is a far cry from the boxed version! When you bite into my homemade version, the "crumb" simply melts on your tongue. This shortbread offers absolutely no resistance to your taste buds! A shortbread connoisseur knows just by looking at this cookie that there will be no "snap" here just a soft crunch and then ahhhh...... complete and utter meltdown! This buttery cookie is made of the most superior ingredients and they may just make you dance an Irish jig . Ha! ha!
Please see my Grandmother's recipe below! I owe Her and my Mother a great debt of gratitude for this innate culinary and crafty artistry I possess! I have an insatiable quest to adapt all my Grandmother's recipes to above 5280 ft above sea level here in Colorado!! Believe me this altitude is a force to be reckoned with and I want nothing less than that same superior quality that she demanded!
Click on pictures! Rich buttery shortbread
A little dip in chocolate heaven!
Click here for recipe "Ginger choc crust cookies with eggnog shots"
Another one of my Grandmother's favorite Holiday cookies. One has to use roasted dessicated coconut in this cookie. See the eggnog recipe below if you prefer a homemade one.
Click here for recipe " Aero peppermint cookie"
This was my favorite chocolate bar when I was growing up in South Africa. Now I have made it into a cookie! This cookie has matcha powder in it and exudes an air of Christmas spirit because of the peppermint extract.
Holiday cookies 2007! Last year I taught a bunch of little children to make cookies for their trees. Their parents approached me again this year, but I said that I was busy! Oh come on!, I am really snowed under!!!
"Gingerbros"( This is what my nephew calls it and may I add that this gingerbread is not hard like some gingerbread tend to get if they should sit for a day!! It has a light crisp and a delightful chew! I shall have to post this recipe another time or e-mail me if you guys are really interested in this gingerbread). I use golden syrup in this cookie, a British product!
Edible shortbread cookie ornaments ( stained glass and royal icing)
Holiday cookies of 2006! ( My first attempt at the edible Christmas ornaments ha! ha!
Celtic shortbread plain:
Organic ingredients an absolute must!
- 4 oz European butter ( rm. temp). During the winter months in Denver, the butter is still cold and a little hard even though it was left out of the refrigerator for 3 hours)
- 1T rice flour
- 1\3 c powdered sugar
- 1 c McArthurs unbleached all purpose flour, minus 2 tablespoons
- 1 T organic corn starch
Ginger and cardamom shortbread
- 1 stick European butter( rm. temp)
- 1/4 c brown sugar
- 2t ground ginger
- 1/4 t cardamom
- 1 c all purpose McArthur's flour minus 2 T
- 1 T rice flour
- 1 T cornstarch
- 4 oz European butter
- 1/2 c powdered sugar
- 1 t good vanilla extract
- 1 c flour minus 2T
- 1 T rice flour
- 1 T cornstarch
- 11/2 T Dutch cocoa powder.
Homemade virgin eggnog ( I do temper the eggs!) Then again if I do not want to make it from scratch, I rely on the Borden for the canned or just a good organic refrigerated brand. I must confess that the freshly made version does have that extra creamy taste!
- 3 Egglands best eggs
- 1 T organic turbinado sugar
- 3 and a half cups organic milk
- some nutmeg
- 1 c organic softly whipped heavy cream
- 11/2 c melted New york vanilla ice cream
- some imitation rum extract( I do not use liquor)
- 1 T of deep vanilla( the one from Santo Domingo rocks!!!)
This eggnog will knock your socks off! It is a good thing Christmas only comes once a year!
An award ( Click on the "Superior scribbler award") , it should transport you to its birthplace for all the rules of this prestigious award!!!
This outstanding "Superior Scribbler Award" was given to me by REENI. ( Queen of American comfort cuisine) Thank you so much! I do scribble and doodle all the time but this is exactly where great creativity is born LOL! So, off it goes to: