Baking Christmas Shortbread Cookies

Hey, y’all! It’s been a hot minute since I posted this blogmas season, but I’m back and the content is sweeter than ever – literally! If I’ve learned anything from watching Hallmark’s Countdown to Christmas it’s that it’s not Christmas without cookies. In fact, is it even December if your oven isn’t on? For that very reason, I decided to bake my very own Christmas shortbread cookies!

Though I like to think of myself as a seasoned cookie baker, I have never baked shortbread cookies before. My inspiration was from Lifetime’s A Sweet Christmas Romance, which has an iconic scene where Adelaide Kane’s character insults her family’s tastebuds by serving them shortbread cookies with … gasp … egg in them! I had no clue that there was no egg in shortbread cookies and to save my safe from making the same mistake I sought out Ina Garten’s 5 star Shortbread Cookies Recipe and did my best!

As per the recipe, I mixed together my butter and sugar, then added my vanilla extract. My only problem was that I, like any time that I decide to bake cookies, forgot to get the butter to room temperature. I did throw it in the microwave, but the firmness of the butter still lead to an arm workout that I never asked for.

After everything is mixed together, I chilled the dough and then got to go on to the fun part! Rolling and cutting out cute shapes! The original recipe had the cookies in little finger shapes and I think that it’s more common for them to either be piped into a circle or pressed with a design with a cookie press. Unfortunately, I didn’t actually own finger shaped cookie cutters, a cookie press, or a piping bag and tip, so I did my own thing with what I did own – festive cookie cutters!

Lastly, I baked the cookies. Apparently, shortbread bakes longer than most cookies, but will still burn if you go like 2 minutes over as you can see by my sad, extra crispy batch. That being said, they were saved by the little chocolate drizzle added in the end! Chocolate saves all of life’s problems!

What is your favorite kind of cookie?

Thanks for reading!

Until next time, have an awesome rest of your day and an amazing rest of your week!

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