Friday, October 29, 2010

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Halloween Shortbread Cookies


Today my love had his first Halloween lunch with his pre-school friends. Normally we meet the hubs and eat lunch and then we head home so my love can take his nap. But today he was finally able to sit with his pre-school classmates and enjoy a Halloween lunch. He's been asking me if he could stay and eat lunch with his friends for some time now so he was super excited.

And it was extra special because he was able to wear his Buzz Light Year costume. To infinity and beyond!

My son is quite the social butterfly. He walks into class saying hello to everyone and runs over to his friends. When I say goodbye, he says,"See you later!" and then he blows a kiss my way. So dang cute. He's adjusted quite well to school and that makes me happy.

Whenever one of his three teachers hasn't arrived yet, he asks me to stay until that teacher arrives. He says," mommy stay with me until Ms. Sesame comes (aka Ms. Stephanie). I always get a kick out of that.

So for today's Halloween lunch I brought some baked goodies. I made some Halloween shortbread cookies using a linzer cookie cutter. I didn't have much time so it had to be a simple cookie that tasted delicious. I actually made the shortbread dough the day before. I also made the Brown Butter Spice Nature's Pride Breadsticks with Dark Chocolate Ganache.

Printable Recipe
Ingredients
Courtesy of Joy of Baking with modifications
2 Cups All-Purpose Flour
1/4 tsp
1 Cup Unsalted Butter, room temperature (Yikes, moderation. moderation.)
1/2 Cup Confectioners Sugar
1 tsp Pure Vanilla Extract

Directions
1. In a bowl whisk the flour and salt and set aside.

2. A) Using your electric mixer or hand mixer, beat the butter and sugar until smooth and creamy, about 2 minutes. B) Add the vanilla extract and mix until combined. C) Add the flour and mix until incorporated.


3. Take the dough and make a round ball, flatten, wrap in saran wrap and in a ziplock bag and refrigerate for at least one hour. I let it sit in the refrigerator overnight.


4. I took my dough out and set it on the counter while I drove my love to school. On a lightly floured surface roll out the dough a 1/4 inch thick. When rolling out the dough be gentle as the dough may break apart. It maybe necessary to knead the dough to soften it up. Be sure to sprinkle some flour as you're rolling the dough. Take your cookie cutter and cut and using your pastry scraper gently lift the cookies and place on lined baking sheet. If your dough seems a bit on the soft side you can place the cookies on the lined baking sheet in the refrigerator for about 10 minutes so that the cookies retains its shape while baking. Preheat your oven to 350º. Bake for 8-10 minutes. Allow to cool.


These cookies were unbelievably buttery and melt in your mouth delicious. I had no idea that shortbread cookies were so simple to make.

My lil Buzz Light Year had a fantastic time today. He's the happiest kid I know. After he ate his lunch, he got up and did laps around the entire classroom. 

Happy baking friends and hope you all have a safe and fun Halloween!


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  1. Jennifurla said... October 29, 2010 at 5:28 PM

    Your buzz is adorable as are the cookies

  2. Dimah said... October 29, 2010 at 5:37 PM

    Those cookies look perfect and so delicious!
    Thank you so much for the great recipe!

  3. Susi said... October 29, 2010 at 6:09 PM

    The cookies look fantastic, perfect and delicate but also buttery! Yum! Your little buzz light year is so adorable and so are his buddies! :o) I miss having real little guys around for Halloween. My three (8, 12 and 17) are more into the gory costumes and I miss the cute ones LOL
    Also congratulations on advancing to the next round of PFB! Can't wait to see what you have in store for the next round :o)

  4. sinfullyspicy said... October 29, 2010 at 6:23 PM

    These cookies look perfect...and your baby looks so cute..I feel like pulling his cheeks...very sweet kiddo!

  5. jose manuel said... October 29, 2010 at 7:11 PM

    Que maravillas de galletas, se ven fantasticas.

    Saludos

  6. Hannah said... October 29, 2010 at 7:14 PM

    Talk about the cutest buzz light year ever! He looks adorable and you can tell he really enjoys school! I love shortbread! Your cookies turned out so cute!

  7. Ruth said... October 29, 2010 at 9:10 PM

    oh that little buzz...he so adorable... how sweet that he blows you a kiss!!

    he cookies look so delicious...

  8. Smita Srivastava said... October 29, 2010 at 11:59 PM

    Great clicks n a wonderful recipe

    - Smita
    littlefoodjunction.blogspot.com
    (fun food for little eaters)

  9. I'm a full-time mummy said... October 30, 2010 at 4:04 AM

    Oh little Buzz Lightyear is totally cute!

    I was just surfing around for a simple and easy to make shortbread cookies recipe yesterday! Thanks for sharing!

    Happy Halloween to you & family!

  10. Federica said... October 30, 2010 at 8:52 AM

    bellissimi questi biscottini!! il tuoi bimbo è bellissimo!!baci!

  11. cooperl788 said... October 30, 2010 at 10:11 AM

    Awww, your son makes such a cute Buzz! I love seeing his excitement at wearing his costume, and at being at school with his friends. The shortbread cookies are awesome! They are really easy to make, and really tasty too!

  12. Diane said... October 30, 2010 at 11:18 AM

    Such a cutie!

    One of my favorite things - and dead easy to make as you discovered - is shortbread with some ground cardamom added. I add about a tsp for a typical batch.

  13. SUNFLOWERS8 said... October 30, 2010 at 12:14 PM

    Irresistibili biscottini e il cucciolo di casa è proprio un amore ^_^
    A presto
    Sonia

  14. Dionne Baldwin said... October 30, 2010 at 2:39 PM

    Your little Buzz Lightyear is too precious for words. How CUTE is that?! Don't you just love how outgoing and confident he is?

    I adore shortbread by the way. I'm glad to have access to a good recipe, I will have to make these for Thanksgiving. I'm all baked out for Halloween...

    I wonder if the teachers and the other moms know they have a very talented culinary guru in their midst.

  15. Daniela said... October 30, 2010 at 3:35 PM

    Questi biscotti sono belli e molto invitanti; le foto del tuo bimbo molto simpatiche.
    Ciao Daniela.

  16. Pretend Chef said... October 30, 2010 at 4:29 PM

    What a ham for the camera! My son who is 2 would rather see through the lens than be photographed. The past year I haven't been able to really capture a great photo. Your son is so adorable and makes the best Buzz Lightyear I've ever seen! Oh and those cookies those yummy... wasn't this blog just about the kid? Forget the cookies, haha!

  17. Monet said... October 30, 2010 at 4:39 PM

    Is there anything better than simple shortbread? What a lovely cookie recipe, and what a precious little boy! I hope you all have so much fun this weekend with all the Halloween festivities. Thank you for sharing!

  18. Tara said... October 30, 2010 at 5:46 PM

    Awww! He makes an adorable Buzz! I'm pretty sure I saw something about cookies in this post..... but your boy has taken the show!

  19. ~Lisa~ said... October 30, 2010 at 7:00 PM

    @ Jennifurla, thanks!

    @ Dimah, the cookies were fantastic. Super buttery. I wonder if it had anything to do with the 2 cups I used...hmmmm

    @ Susi, you have three lil precious ones? And one's 17. No way! They're lucky to have such a youthful and hip mommy (=

    @ Satya, thanks! He sure does have some squeezable cheeks.

    @ Jose, gracias my man.

    @ Hannah. Loved the photos of your boys! Absolutely adorable.

    @ Ruth, the kisses melt my heart each time.

    @ Thanks Smita!

    @ Hey Jenny! Hope you and your gorgeous lil one a fantastic halloween!

    @ Federica bella, your baked goods and Italian dishes are amazing!

    @ Laura, thanks mama. Your Georgia is the cutest lil gal. You're doing an amazing job. Loved your pumpkins.

    @ Diane, I wished I had that idea earlier. Sounds like the perfect spice to add! I'll for sure try it next time.

    @ Sonia, thanks. Ciao!

    @ Dionne, aww thats such a wonderful compliment.

    @ Daniela, grazie!

    @ Pretend Chef I think one day my boy will definitely have an interest in photography (and cooking). He asks me to take photos of him when he's doing funny things.

    @ Monet, thanks sweetie. I hope lil Ryan and your family are in better spirits and that he's recovering. Hang in there and don't forget to eat and keep your strength up.

    @ Tara, wait there's a cookie recipe in this post??? hehe

  20. Foodiva said... October 30, 2010 at 7:48 PM

    Your Halloween cookies are a buzz, and your budding Buzz Lightyear is one adorable cookie! I guess this recipe is adaptable for any festive occasion if we just substitute the inside cutter. Thanks for the inspiration!

  21. doreese said... October 30, 2010 at 8:14 PM

    ADORABLE BUZZ!!!!!! :)

  22. Sommer J said... October 31, 2010 at 1:57 AM

    Look at my favorite little foodie! Best Buzz Lightyear EVAH! Calling the teacher Ms. Sesame is too cute. Love that he's a lil ham! So happy he's loving school! He's probably the 'bug man on campus' hehe.

    Love those cookies, too! They look perfect.

  23. Evan @swEEts said... October 31, 2010 at 9:07 AM

    I don't know whats more adorable.. your little shortbread cookies or your son! Holy cuteness.

  24. Jean said... October 31, 2010 at 11:50 AM

    Your little love being so happy says a lot about you as his mommy. A big congrats for that.

    I bet the kiddies enjoyed your cookies, too. Adorable cookies to match the adorable kids in their costumes. What fun!

  25. alison said... October 31, 2010 at 4:04 PM

    lovely cookies and your son is so adorable!

  26. Marisa said... October 31, 2010 at 6:58 PM

    Buzz! Your son looks so cute in his Halloween costume. Shortbread is simple and delicious--these are just perfect with the festive cutouts.

  27. GreenGirl said... October 31, 2010 at 9:04 PM

    OMG, your Buzz is so adorable and the cookies sound so good, i bet they melt in your mouth.

    Congratulations on advancing to round no 7 on PFB

  28. zmm said... October 31, 2010 at 9:57 PM

    Your lil buzz is soooo cute and happy.

    I love your cookies too.

    Did you have a tough time cutting them (the dough)?

    I live in Malaysia, and b'cos it's always like ~30C here, it's difficult to make these cookies.

  29. baking.serendipity said... November 1, 2010 at 12:58 AM

    These look delicious...what a perfect treat! Your son is too cute...I love the costume!

  30. aipi said... November 1, 2010 at 7:44 PM

    That looks like one happy Buzz :) He sure looks like he's enjoying his costume. Nice pictures thanks for sharing.

    US Masala

  31. The Urban Baker said... November 2, 2010 at 12:44 AM

    I love these, Lisa! What a fabulous idea. These would have been so great for our bake sale at the school halloween carnival. Until next year!!! Love all your ideas!

    and buzz is pretty darn cute as well!

  32. Gitte said... November 2, 2010 at 7:19 AM

    Your little Buzz is too cute :)