Amanda is fun and funky and her blog is full of pretty things that I LOVE. I love browsing around and getting ideas for things I need to buy (or ask someone to buy for me – LOL).
Besides being able to bake wicked cookies, Amanda is a talented artist – basically, this girl is Creative with a capital C. I was so happy that she submitted these shortbread bites for the Calendar!
Here’s a quick bio about Amanda:
I like experimenting and trying out new recipes, even in crucial times like before potlucks or when throwing a dinner party. You know, times where you should rely on tried and true recipes instead of throwing it all to the wind.
Like today. What can I say? The holidays make me adventurous. Shortbread is my #1 fav cookie, so I decided to make spiced butter shortbread bites. (and they turned out awesome!) Here’s how I did it.
- 1 cup of unsalted butter, softened
- 3 tbsp of cornstarch
- 1/4 cup of granulated sugar
- 1 cup of all-purpose flour
- 1 tbsp of nutmeg
- 1 tbsp of cinnamon
- 1 tbsp of vanilla
- a pinch of cloves
- In large bowl, beat butter until fluffy; gradually beat in cornstarch, then sugar. Using a wooden spoon, beat in flour 1/4 cup at a time. (So far so good.)
- On lightly floured surface, roll out dough to 1/4-inch thickness. Roll into 2 inch balls. Dough will be really sticky and hard to work with. Add more flour if needed. Freeze dough balls in layers of parchment paper until firm, about 30 minutes.
- This bit is tricky. Bake in the middle of your oven at the low, low temperature of 275°F. Rotate the pans halfway through, and bake for 40 to 50 minutes or until firm. The cookies will spread a bit and may look a tad wonky, but they are so buttery delicious with just enough spice that you will forgive them. And make them again.
Here is the original recipe that I based mine on.
The recipe and all photos used in this blog post belong to Amanda of Heartless Girl Blog and should not be reprinted without her express permission.