Favor-ites...

by - Sunday, October 05, 2014


What do guests receive after attending a formal afternoon luncheon enjoyed in the company of friends fashioned in festive attire for a birthday celebration? Why an elegant snack to savor upon their return home, a reminder of a time well spent. So what is exactly in these delightfully wrapped little parcels? Delectable home-baked shortbread cookies dipped in milk chocolate to be nibbled while sipping a cup of White Ambrosia tea, then unwrapping a dark chocolate and peanut butter truffle... Mmmmm... Now this is a favor I would most certainly love to take on my merry little way! 
Shortbread is a classic and can be cut into any shape for any occasion. The cookies are really easy to make and one of Brenna's favor-ites...
Classic Shortbread Cookies


2 sticks unsalted butter
1/2 cup sugar
1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 1/4 cups sifted all-purpose flour

1) Cream butter and sugar until fluffy and light in color. Beat in vanilla and salt.
2) Using a wooden spoon or spatula, mix in flour. Press dough into a disk and wrap in plastic. Chill until firm, about 30 minutes.
3) Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Roll out dough 1/2" thick. Using chosen shapes (I actually reshaped an unused metal cookie cutter into a teabag), and cut cookies. Keep re-rolling dough after cuttings to maximize usage. 
4) Transfer cutouts to parchment lined cookie sheets. Chill in the fridge until firm about 15 minutes.
5) Bake until cookies begin to turn the palest golden brown, anywhere from 8 to 12 minutes depending on the size and shapes chosen to use. 
6) Cool cookies completely and spread with melted milk chocolate (if desired). Let the chocolate set and enjoy!





I have been informed many of the guests expressed much delight indulging in the sweet treats. Could these possibly become favor-ites for them as well? xoxo-Sonya

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