Friday, October 19, 2012

Boo-tastic Spicy Shortbread Cookies

I must say that I am incredibly obsessed with Halloween and have essentially sucked Michael into (whether he likes to or not) loving it with me. My birthday being October 21st it is only natural that I have this crazy obsession because since I was little I have had many Halloween birthday parties. That being said, this is the first of 13 posts that we will give you, day one being actually Halloween day.
For our first post, we give you some boo-tastic shortbread cookies. We are both lovers of shortbread because of its beautifully rich and buttery taste. When we were thinking of what to do, and thinking how shortbread is the easiest dough to color in section with food coloring and not have the colors bleed, and what would then make our recipe differ from the rest, shablam, Michael said it, why not make these a bit savory and spicy. So try out shortbread cookies with its buttery taste and the ever so wonderful spicy kick at the end, being sure to send a warm feeling to you on the spooky nights to come.

1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter
 3/4 cup confectioners' sugar, sifted
 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
 2 cups cake flour (not self-rising), sifted
 2 tablespoons coarse sanding sugar
1 tsp. cayenne
Food coloring


First preheat oven to 325 and get all of your tools out and ingredients measured out. When we bake we have everything pre measured, because it makes life so much easier and keeps you from getting all your ingredients dirty and your kitchen from become a baking mess.

Most recipes call for an electric mixer with a paddle, but we used a spatula just fine. So using the spatula cream together butter and sugar, mix in vanilla, and then add flour and cayenne slowly in portions. Because there is no egg, you can try the dough to see if there is enough spice, you want to barely taste it, because when you bake it the flavor will intensify.

Once mixed well, portion the dough into three sections preparing to add the food coloring. For yellow, just use yellow, for orange use red and yellow, and for white use nothing. It took me about 6 drops of food coloring to get the intensity I like, so do accordingly.

Now that all of your colors are mixed lay out in the shape of a rectangle, starting with yellow, then laying out on top of that orange, then on top of that white. Using a sharp knife cut a 2 inch wide log cutting through all the colors, so essentially you have a two inch thick about 8 inch long strip of dough, no lay on its side and cut little triangles out. Using your fingers you can round the corners a little and then lay on a greased baking sheet. Repeat the steps until you use up all the dough.

Bake for about 20 minutes, you want the dough to start to harder a little and pull it out before it starts to turn a golden brown. The cookies will blow out of shape a bit, which is fine because these are meant to be spooky, and they will harden while cooling. Let cool for 10 minutes, and then dig in! These delightful cookies will be sure to bring great joy to all who come to play tricks on you.

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