‘Tis the Season… Whipped Shortbread Cookies

Apparently I am a terrible blogger.  I think my last post was sometime near the beginning of November…. maybe even the end of October.  I have just been so darn busy that there hasn’t been any time for getting a post together.  I have lots of ideas, don’t get me wrong.  I have even started two or three posts only to abandon them.  My problem is definitely that I am a perfectionist & I want every post to be “just right”.  But I think it is time to embrace Vanessa’s “who cares” attitude….her exact words included a few choice words, which definitely made me laugh but are probably not appropriate here.  If you use your imagination I am sure you can figure out what I am talking about… everyone has had one of those days where you get a case of the…. well, you know.

So, that’s what I’m doing.  I’m saying, who cares if it’s perfect.  If I wait till I can spend plenty of time on a post & have it be “just right” I may never post again.  Here goes nothing… flying by the seat of my pants… a spontaneous post if you will….

What I am attempting at the moment is definitely multitasking…. here I am in the middle of the Christmas rush, trying to get everything finished in time & I decide to write a post.  Well why not?  Currently I am making cookies, along with dessert, listening to Christmas music, thinking about dinner & considering wrapping…. so why not post as well?

The point I am actually trying to make is that these cookies, while delectable & irresistible, are VERY easy to make.  If you half an hour you can whip up a batch of these shortbread cookies, literally.  I found this recipe online last year (at allrecipes.com) & it is fantastic.  I had trouble keeping hubby out of them!  Can you say melt in your mouth?!  They are so not good for you but the taste makes up for it… & hey, it’s Christmas!

Whipped Shortbread Cookies

1 cup butter, softened

1 1/2 cups all purpose flour

1/2 cup confectioner’s sugar

1/4 cup red maraschino cherries, quartered

1/4 cup green maraschino cherries, quartered

Preheat oven to 350 F.

In a large bowl, combine butter, flour & confectioner’s sugar.  With an electric mixer, beat for 10 minutes (it is great if you have a stand mixer of some kind…. you can just set it up & let it go… & do something else, like type a blog, while you wait!) until light & fluffy.  Spoon onto cookie sheets, spacing cookies 2 inches apart.  Place a piece of maraschino cherry onto the middle of each cookie, alternating between red & green (I did this last year… if you want to be fancy & festive… I am skipping it this year… not least because I am not that organized… the cherries make the cookies look nice but totally not necessary for taste!)

Ready to go in the Oven

Bake for 15-17 minutes in the preheated oven, or until the bottoms of the cookies are lightly browned.  Remove from oven, & let cool on cookie sheet for 5 minutes (it’s important not to skip this part – the cookies are so delicate that they will crumble if you don’t wait the 5 minutes), then transfer cookies onto wire rack to cool.  Store in airtight container, separating each layer with wax paper.

And there you have it… finished!  Super easy & super tasty.  Everyone will love them, guaranteed.

Whipped Shortbread Cookies - YUM!

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