The holidays are here! It seems every year they come faster and faster. I love this time of year, it’s so much fun and you have an excuse to make mountains of yummy festive treats. As much as I would love to visit my family this time of year, it’s not always possible. My grandma makes these truly delectable assortment of christmas cookies, and while shortbreads are one of the many, I am missing out 

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I would ask her for all the delicious recipes, but since we are a family of four (with not so sweet teeth), I just stick to a classic favorite. Shortbread cookies are extremely simple and elegant. They can be jazzed up in numerous ways, the possibilities are endless. I decided to stick to a simple, buttery shortbread and make it a creative afternoon with the kids. You really can’t go wrong with an assortment of candies, sprinkles, and colored frosting.

 

We had a blast decorating, well my daughter did. My 19 month old son was taste testing the candy buffet…tis the season right?

After dinner we ate some of our beautiful creations, absolutely delish. The melt in your mouth, buttery shortbread with just the right amount of sweet decor, and bits and pieces of crunchy texture. There is no going wrong with this classic christmas cookie.

What you need:

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • icing,sprinkles,candies for decorating

In a large bowl, whisk together flour and salt then set aside. In a separate bowl beat butter with electric mixer for about 1 min. Add in sugar and mix until well incorporated.Add in vanilla.

Add flour mixture into butter mixture. Shape into a ball, on a floured surface flatten dough into a disk, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 30 mins to 1 hour.

Heat oven to 350 degrees fahrenheit. Roll out dough on a floured surface, dip cookie cutters in flour and cut out. Place on cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake for 8-10 mins or until cookies are light golden around edges.

Cool and decorate


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