Farmhouse Shortbread Cookies

| 12/12/2014 3:35:00 PM

Chef ElizabethI believe it is never too late to start getting ready for Christmas. Why not make a double batch of these delicious cookies and have them at-the-ready in your freezer? When impromptu guests arrive or an unexpected gift is in order, you (and your friends) will be thankful for your very smart thinking.

One of my strategies is to pick up gifts all year round when I see them on sale. The hardest part for me is waiting until Christmas to give them to my family and friends.

I also bake a few things to have around the farm when the very busy season gets started. I like to have cookies in the freezer to pull out in an emergency. I find that most people’s lives get so full of seasonal activities it is hard to find that quiet spot to bake some of your favourite Christmas cookies. Christmas cookies are usually time consuming and that is what makes them so special. Every family has its own tradition.

In my family, Christmas is Cookie time. I have been baking for Christmas for many years and one of my family’s favourite cookies are Classic Shortbread. Who doesn't love shortbread?

When I was a young girl, I was lucky enough to have my British godmother teach me how to make shortbread. Her dough was perfect, Clara never wasted a scrap, and she cut out her cookies meticulously with her special cookie cutter. Clara topped all of her cookies off with pieces of glacéed red and green cherries. I loved the green ones. Christmas is a time when we use ingredients we never use at any other time of year. I can’t recall the last time I saw anyone buy citron or glacéed fruits. No one seems to make plum pudding or Christmas cake anymore.

Yes, I know that one piece of cake has been doing the re-gifting circuit for years.

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