Monday, March 1, 2010
Checkerboard and Shortbread Cookies
Well, life got in the way this month and I was unable to organize myself enough to get the Daring Bakers' Challenge(Tiramisu)completed this month:( I'm sorry I didn't because the recipe sounds fabulous and I really didn't want to miss ANY challenges! Well, it's my own fault! My first DB challenge was in May of last year and I have had nothing but FUN in this phenomenal group and through it have met some of the nicest people ever! Their association has segued into meeting even more great (food) bloggers!
I am looking forward to the March DB challenge! :)
I have wanted to make checkerboard cookies FOREVER and finally got around to it the other day:) I used Martha Stewart's recipe and though these do not look as precisely perfect as Martha's, I am still happy with the results and had a great time in the process!
Somehow I associate these cookies with St. Patrick's Day because they remind me of plaid(from Scotland), which reminds me of Ireland(Scotland's neighbor), which reminds me of St. Patty's Day...do you see the connection? :)
Besides looking cute these cookies taste excellent...the perfect buttery combination of vanilla and chocolate. They are not long for this world in my cookie jar!
Another recipe that I have had on my "to bake" list for a long time is shortbread cookies. My dad has loved shortbread for as long as I can remember so I grabbed the perfect opportunity to whip up some shortbread cookies for his recent birthday and he LOVED them!
I found this recipe for authentic shortbread cookies on the blog: Eating Out Loud. Allen got this recipe from a friend's Scottish grandfather. The "secret" ingredient that makes them turn out so perfectly is corn starch.
These shortbread cookies are easy to put together and this recipe makes a generous batch. They came out flaky and buttery with the perfect amount of crisp and crumb! You will NOT be disappointed!
Since these cookies are Scottish they remind me of St. Patrick's Day too, for the same reasons mentioned above:)