Hubby and I took down the last vestige of holiday
decorations on Sunday. Not sure about
you, but I get to a point where I have enjoyed the holidays so much that when
the New Year rolls around, it is time to pack these treasures away in
anticipation of the day after Thanksgiving when the whole decorating process
begins again. The house looks sparse but
that is how it is actually year round, just seems that way – a bit of holiday
deception I guess.
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Now with the holidays behind us, it is time to make those
resolutions for 2015 and set those goals and hit the ground running again. I am excited for a new year and feel positive
for what lies ahead. With that a new group I joined Blogger C.L.U.E. Society is
in its 3rd month of existence.
Each month a theme is chosen and we are assigned a fellow blogger who
does not know that we have them. We
peruse their site for a recipe that catches our eye and fits into the theme for
the month. For January, the theme is
“something sparkly” – think champagne, sparkly sugar topped desserts, even sea
salt garnished dishes.
each other for several years and she is simply a doll. She recently had her second baby which keeps
her and hubby quite busy – they are DARLING little guys. Azmina is smart, talented, funny, warm, kind
hearted and simply a great person to hang out with. I am fortunate enough to actually see her
this coming Saturday since a group of Bay Area Bloggers are getting together
for our annual cookie exchange – a bit overdue from the holidays but better
late than never. I simply can’t wait to
spend the day with everyone. Here is a photo from last year’s get together at my house:
is that she was a contestant on Master Chef, season one. She made it to number 16 and then
unfortunately was sent home. I remember
reading about it prior to meeting her in person and thought it was so cool that
she took that leap of faith.
had the theme challenge in mind and selected her Chocolate Dipped Shortbread Cookies. They looked and sounded simply
perfect. Instead of chocolate, I made a
simple icing and dipped in various sparkly sugars to fit the theme. The outcome just made me smile. Trust me – they are divine and you will have
a hard time eating just one.
Sparkly Shortbread Cookies
¾ pound Butter (3 sticks), room temperature
1 Cup Sugar
2 teaspoon pure vanilla
3 ½ Cup Flour
¼ teaspoon Salt
2 Cups of powdered sugar
1 teaspoon Vanilla
1 to 3 teaspoons of water
In a bowl add the sugar and vanilla. Slowly add one teaspoon at a time of water
and stir. Continue to add until the
consistency is slightly thick but the glaze will drip off the cookie when dipped.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
In the bowl of a stand mixer, add the room temperature
butter and beat with the paddle attachment until creamy. Add the sugar, vanilla and salt and beat
until well combined. Slowly add the flour
until all is incorporated.
Dump onto a surface dusted with flour and shape into two
flat disks. Wrap in plastic and chill
for 30 minutes.
Roll the dough ½ inch thick and cut into a 3 by 1 inch
rectangle. Place the cookies on an ungreased baking sheet. Bake for 20 minutes or until the edges begin
to brown. Allow to cool to room
When the cookies are cool dip into the vanilla glaze and let
the excess drip off, then sprinkle with your choice of sparkly toppings. Set on a rack to dry and then enjoy.