Shortbread Cookies

Apr 10th
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I’m out of control! I just ate the whole batch of these cookies in one day, minus the four that Pete ate! I’m obsessed with Walkers Shortbread Cookies, and now I’ve found a recipe that is so easy and so much better than the store bought kind. There are only five ingredients and you probably have all of them in your pantry right now. This recipe is from the Food blog, The Kitchen McCabe. I prefer my cookies soft, melt in your mouth kind of texture. So you can either bake them the way I did, or if you are a hard, crunchy, type of cookie person, just cook them a little longer.

gawker1I’m having a hard time this week with being upbeat and positive. So many devastating and tragic events in our world. Lately, my beloved home state of Illinois. The tornado’s that hit Farmdale, Illinois yesterday, and then last week, a horrific plane crash that was in my home town of Bloomington, Illinois, seven people died, seven fathers, sons, brothers, uncles. Men who had a chance of a life time to go on a private plane to the final four NCAA basketball game. I personally did not know these men, but I knew quite a few people that did. My heart goes out to these men and their families. I guess my point of this blog is, if you died tomorrow, would that diet that your on matter? Would that car that you’ve been complaining about, and the one that you wished you had, really matter? Would that vacation that you’ve been dreaming about but can’t afford really matter? Today, Life, this moment, is what it’s all about. Don’t put off today what you’ve been dreaming of doing with your life. Hug your children, your husband, your animals! Eat lot’s of butter, bacon, and whatever else floats your boat! You need to forget about your dirty house and your laundry and get outside and smell the flowers and listen to the chirping of the birds, feel the gentle breeze on your face and the rain falling all around. You need to use the good china, and above all, tell the people that matter in your life, that they are important to you, and that you love them with all your heart, because in the end, you never know when it might be your last day on this earth, so if you feel like eating two dozen Shortbread cookies, do it and don’t feel guilty! Live in this very moment! Love, Stacey

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Shortbread Cookies
Recipe by: The Kitchen McCabe

Ingredients:

• 1 Cup (8 oz.) Butter, softened
• 1/2 Cup Brown Sugar, packed
• 1 3/4 Cup Flour
• 1/4 Cup Cornstarch
• 1/4 tsp. Salt


Directions:

1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees.
2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
3. Cream the butter and brown sugar together until light and fluffy.
4. Mix together in a separate bowl the flour, cornstarch and salt.
5. Mix the flour into the butter until just combined. Take care to not over mix.
6. Roll dough out on a nonstick mat or flour coated surface to a thickness of about 1/2 an inch.
7. Cut the dough into rounds with a circular cutter and place on baking sheet 2 inches apart. Prick the center of each cookie a few times with the tines of a fork.
8. Bake for 10 minutes for a soft chewy cookie. Bake longer for a crunchy cookie, approximately 3 more minutes.
9. Cool on a wire rack and store in an airtight container.

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