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 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:)



  1. Same here Sue, as much as I wanted so bad to do this challenge life got in the way here too. Which is a shame, as looking at everyone's entries is making me mega hungry to eat some tiramisu!
    The checkerboard cookies do look delicious.

  2. Both cookies sound delicious! Now you've got me wanting to make green cookies for ST. Patrick's Day

  3. Oh those checkerboard cookies look amazing!!! How FUN, these would look so fun on a cookie platter or for a tea party or anything. I love them!! Another recipe on my to-bake list. And your shortbread looks good too. That's something I've never baked, I might have to try it. :-)

  4. Your dad is right, you can never go wrong with shortbread :) I see your connection, but then again I am mad for plaid.

  5. These look perfect!!! Just as good as Martha's! I have never tried these either, they seem like a lot of work, but I am sure they were worth it!

  6.'s like you read my mind. I was thinking of doing some checkerboard cookies for a while now..maybe even the ones with pink, green, chocolate AND plain dough (I always have to complicate things lol). However, I just haven't had th 'oomph' to get started since it involves coloring doughs, cutting and stacking strips to get the proper checkerboard etc etc. Yours are perfect!

    That dad is a HUGE shortbread cookie fan too. Remember Lorna Doone's? I think he was 90% of their sales lol

  7. Your cookies look delicious, I love shortbread cookies.

  8. The checkerboards are soooo pretty! I love them! Also, I have a special place in my heart for shortbread. I'll definitely give this recipe a try.

  9. They are so pretty! The first I had a checkerboard cookie I totally broke it apart and ate eat little square one by one...haha. I have always wanted to try making them. I think I will :)

  10. I love your checker-board cookies! I have some serious Irish in me and I think they pass with tripple shamrocks!