Thursday, November 4, 2010

Christmas Cooking ~ Brown Sugar Shortbread

Hello sweet Christmas friends!

Yesterday I did some baking to experiment with a recipe that I found on the BHG website for Brown Sugar Shortbread cookies.

Mine didn't look as picture perfect as the ones that are on the BHG website but they were absolutely delicious so I knew that I had to share this fantastic recipe with all of you!

The recipe on the website is exactly the same as the one I am publishing here but with one difference. The BHG recipe uses 2-1/4 cups all-purpose flour but I used 2 cups of all-purpose (plain) flour and 1/4 cup of rice flour. Rice flour adds a bit of texture and crunch and I always use it when I bake shortbread.

So, here is the ingredient list to make about 36 cookies.:

1 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon apple pie spice or pumpkin pie spice (I used some of the pumpkin pie spice that I made for my pumpkin muffins here).
1/8 teaspoon salt
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 cup rice flour
Nonstick cooking spray
Cinnamon sugar

First preheat oven to 350 degrees F or 175 degrees C. Line two or three cookie sheets with parchment paper and set aside. In a large bowl, beat butter with an electric mixer on medium to high speed for 30 seconds. Add brown sugar, pie spice, and salt. Beat until combined, scraping side of bowl occasionally.

Gradually beat in as much of the flour as you can with the mixer. Using a wooden spoon, stir in any remaining flour.

Shape dough into 1-inch balls and then place balls 2 inches apart on your prepared cookie sheet. The BHG site says to coat the bottom of a cookie stamp with nonstick cooking spray and dip the stamp in granulated sugar. Flatten each ball of dough, imprinting the pattern. I oiled my cookie press but I sprinkled cinnamon sugar on my cookies instead of dipping the cookie press into the sugar.

Bake for 12 to 15 minutes or until lightly browned.

 Transfer cookies to a wire rack; let cool.

Store at room temperature for up to 3 days.

Enjoy these yummy cookies now with a cup of tea or freeze them for up to 3 months and enjoy them with a nice warm eggnog at Christmas time!

You really must make these cookies-they really are scrumptious!

Thanks so much to the lovely ladies who have hosted the linky parties I have joined in with today and thank you so very much dropping in to visit today and for Keeping the Christmas Spirit Alive!

Blessings and best wishes,


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  1. These cookies sure look great! I've never used a cookie stamp... might need to add that to my shopping list:@)

  2. Oooh, those look good! Really you had me at "brown sugar"!

    Why is it that things are never as pretty as the magazines? :)

  3. Hi Natasha.

    It's La from the US. I think your cookies look more appetizing. I love shortbread cookies.

    Your Santa cookie jar is gorgeous! I'll bet Santa will be very good to you this year, especially if he sees that jar. La

  4. they look like a shortbread snickerdoodle.

    yum! you drink eggnog warm? we always
    drink it ice cold. that's funny.

  5. I think they look great, and really it's the taste isn't it?


  6. These look wonderful to me...just give me about 4 of these and a cup of hot chocolate and I'll sleep like a baby! LOL

  7. Hi Natasha,
    thank you so much for joining my blog party. Your cookies llook so cute with the stamp on it. I really have to look after such a cookie stamp. And shortbread is the favoured cookie of my husband, so I definately have to try this recipe, too. Will be a very "sweet" christmas, this year. Thank you for joining your recipe.
    Greetings, Johanna

  8. Hi Natasha,
    Your cookies look delicious!I will try them soon. The music playing on your blog cheer me. I have it almost all day and plays.

  9. These look absolutley Santa-bulous! ;)

    I am always looking for some new Christmas cookie recipes and I love sugar/shortbread type of cookies, so I think I must try them. Perhaps TONIGHT is as good a night as any to put the recipe to test! Thanks for sharing!

  10. This post is really putting me in the mood! The cookies are very pretty and will be perfect on a cookie tray.

  11. Hi Natasha,

    I wanted to tell you that I re-set the linky party so everyones thumbnails would have larger photos. I re-linked to your sugar cookies afterwards.

    I ADORE your Christmas blog!!


  12. Natasha,

    These look so yummy, I can't wait to get baking! THANKS for linking up this week.

    Best wishes,

  13. I love shortbread, so these must be heavenly! Thanks for sharing the recipe, Natasha!

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  15. I think your cookies look great. I've used cookie stamps and they aren't as easy to use as magazines et al make them appear. You did a fine job.

  16. Sounds sooo delicious. I love the addition of brown sugar and cinnamon to the traditional recipe. Cookies are such a weakness of mine - I eat them until I am full or sick whichever comes first! Love shortbread so I am in trouble.

  17. Hi Natasha, your cookies is beautiful with the stamp on it.
    Have a nice day,

  18. Natasha,
    OMG!! So yummy looking and I bet they are yummy tasting!!


  19. These are so pretty! And I bet they taste fabulous!

  20. Your cookies looks very great.
    Thanks for your visit on my blog.

    Greetings Anne

  21. I am sure your cookies taste great.
    Thanks for sharing.

  22. Your cookies look wonderful! I'm pretty sure I just gained ten pounds reading this post!

  23. Okay - now I'm starving!! These look good enough to eat - oh wait, I can eat them!!

  24. I am always thrilled to find a new cookie recipe. I still need to try those eggnog ones!

  25. Delicious looking cookies.
    I actually have rice flours (with no use) and it's a good opportunity to use it

  26. These look really good and a nice twist to normal cookie recipes. Pinned it. Found your blog on Full Plate Thursday link party and started following on Google +.



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like bells and lights and tinsel, in some box upon a shelf.
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