Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Sparkly Shortbread Cookies | Blogger C.L.U.E. Society

Hubby and I took down the last vestige of holiday decorations on Sunday.  Not sure about you, but I get to a point where I have enjoyed the holidays so much that when the New Year rolls around, it is time to pack these treasures away in anticipation of the day after Thanksgiving when the whole decorating process begins again.  The house looks sparse but that is how it is actually year round, just seems that way – a bit of holiday deception I guess. 

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Now with the holidays behind us, it is time to make those resolutions for 2015 and set those goals and hit the ground running again.  I am excited for a new year and feel positive for what lies ahead. With that a new group I joined Blogger C.L.U.E. Society is in its 3rd month of existence.  Each month a theme is chosen and we are assigned a fellow blogger who does not know that we have them.  We peruse their site for a recipe that catches our eye and fits into the theme for the month.  For January, the theme is “something sparkly” – think champagne, sparkly sugar topped desserts, even sea salt garnished dishes.

I was absolutely THRILLED to have received Azmina from Lawyer Loves Lunch.  Azmina and I have known each other for several years and she is simply a doll.  She recently had her second baby which keeps her and hubby quite busy – they are DARLING little guys.  Azmina is smart, talented, funny, warm, kind hearted and simply a great person to hang out with.  I am fortunate enough to actually see her this coming Saturday since a group of Bay Area Bloggers are getting together for our annual cookie exchange – a bit overdue from the holidays but better late than never.  I simply can’t wait to spend the day with everyone. Here is a photo from last year's get together at my house:

Left to right:  Lisa from Ravishing Hunger, Jean from Lemon and Anchovies, Azmina from Lawyers Loves Lunch, Patty from Patty's Food, Me, Gina from SPCookieQueen and Liren from Kitchen Confidante

A little know fact that you may or may not know about Azmina is that she was a contestant on Master Chef, season one.  She made it to number 16 and then unfortunately was sent home.  I remember reading about it prior to meeting her in person and thought it was so cool that she took that leap of faith.

After cruising through all of her simply tasty recipes, I had the theme challenge in mind and selected her Chocolate Dipped Shortbread Cookies.  They looked and sounded simply perfect.  Instead of chocolate, I made a simple icing and dipped in various sparkly sugars to fit the theme.  The outcome just made me smile.  Trust me – they are divine and you will have a hard time eating just one. 

Sparkly Shortbread Cookies

¾ pound Butter (3 sticks), room temperature
1 Cup Sugar
2 teaspoon pure vanilla
3 ½ Cup Flour
¼ teaspoon Salt

Vanilla Glaze

2 Cups of powdered sugar
1 teaspoon Vanilla
1 to 3 teaspoons of water

In a bowl add the sugar and vanilla.  Slowly add one teaspoon at a time of water and stir.  Continue to add until the consistency is slightly thick but the glaze will drip off the cookie when dipped.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In the bowl of a stand mixer, add the room temperature butter and beat with the paddle attachment until creamy.  Add the sugar, vanilla and salt and beat until well combined.  Slowly add the flour until all is incorporated.

Dump onto a surface dusted with flour and shape into two flat disks.  Wrap in plastic and chill for 30 minutes. 

Roll the dough ½ inch thick and cut into a 3 by 1 inch rectangle. Place the cookies on an ungreased baking sheet.  Bake for 20 minutes or until the edges begin to brown.  Allow to cool to room temperature.

When the cookies are cool dip into the vanilla glaze and let the excess drip off, then sprinkle with your choice of sparkly toppings.  Set on a rack to dry and then enjoy.

    • Sparkly Shortbread Cookies from Lisa of Authentic Suburban Gourmet
    • Cherry and Cream Pavlova from Ramona of Curry and Comfort
    • Pomegranate Champagne from Christy of Confessions of a Culinary Diva
    • Rosemary Peach Sparkling Cocktail from Alice of A Mama, Baby and Shar-pei in the Kitchen
    • tba from Azmina of Lawyer Loves Lunch
    • Maple, Caramel, Golden Sugar  Blondies from Kelli of Kelli's Kitchen
    • Strawberry Champagne Cocktail from Stacy of Food Lust People Love
    • Milky Way Martini from Aly of Cooking in Stilettos
    • Cornish Game Hens with Whisky Herb Citrus Glaze Lea Ann of Cooking on the Ranch
    • Peach Buckle from Anna of Anna Dishes
    • Potato Salad with Champagne Vinaigrette from Wendy of A Day in the Life on the Farm
    • Lemon-Ginger Crinkle Cookies from Jean of Lemons and Anchovies
    • Salted Toffee Chocolate Chunk Cookies from Liz of That Skinny Chick Can Bake
    • Blood Orange Margaritas from Liz  of That Skinny Chick Can Bake
    • Cardamom White Chocolate Panna Cotta from Debra of Eliot's Eats


      1. Oh, these are gorgeous!! I need to add them to my Christmas cookie list! I love, love your blogger get together--so many of my friends are your friends, too :)

      2. What a wonderful shortbread cookie to celebrate any holiday with! It was cool learning more about Azmina. :)

      3. I love shortbread cookies and the sparkles look lovely. This is my second month and I am loving this club.

      4. I love this picture of us and these cookies are gorgeous!! So perfect for this month's theme. How wonderful that you were paired with Azmina! Looking forward to seeing you both (and everyone else) this weekend!

      5. Lovely cookies, Lisa! Very New Year appropriate.
        Thanks for sharing the photo! It's nice to put a happy, smiling face to fellow food bloggers. :D

      6. Yum Lisa, these look like Walker's shortbread! Love your embellishment!

      7. Oh Lisa! This was such a lovely post and made me a bit misty-eyed on my BART commute home. It's been such a pleasure getting to know you as a blogger and more importantly, as a friend. These cookies look fantastic and I'm looking forward to more cookies this weekend. We'll have to be sure to get another group picture :)

      8. I love all the different sprinkles you used, Lisa! Gorgeous cookies and very tasty too, I'm sure. Gotta love a cookie recipe that starts out with almost a pound of butter!

      9. Beautiful sparkly cookies Lisa! Can't wait to see you this weekend ;)

      10. These cookie are SO pretty! Festive and sparkly...even in an undecorated house :).

      11. I am so stealing this idea! Brilliant! And, I am so jealous that you get to hang out with so many wonderful bloggers. Of course, I have one of the best (Liz)about 4.5 miles away so I shouldn't gripe :-)

      12. I love shortbread, these cookies are so pretty Lisa!

      13. Gorgeous shortbread cookies! We still have our holiday vestiges up (Yikes!). How wonderful to have such a great group of bloggers so close - I don't know any bloggers in my area (not even sure there are any/many) and frequently feel odd person out.

        Happy New Year!

      14. It's so great to learn about all the other members of CLUE. What a great pick and thanks for sharing the photo of everyone.

      15. These look lovely! I'd love to have a few of these with a cup of tea. Yum.


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