Today I'm going to talk a little more about simplifying Christmas. How many of us still do Christmas baking? I know that a lot of my friends still do this and enjoy it. However, if you are like me, I don't care for detailed baking - I like making a big loaf of grainy bread and let's just leave it at that. I'm not sure how a platter with a large loaf of bread would do on a table with dainties. So here's my deal. I make only one type of cookie each year but never have any left after Christmas. Everyone loves them! I'm talking about shortbread but with a twist.
Most people LOVE shortbread. It's a very simple recipe: Heat your oven to 350. Mix 3/4 c of butter ( it MUST be butter!) softened and 1/4 c of icing sugar. Mix in 2 cups of flour until you have a good dough consistency to roll. Roll it out about 1/2 inch thick. Here you can use cookie cutters or I just use a small glass and make them round. Now here's the twist: take a small Toblerone bar and break it up into those lovely little single triangles. Gently press one triangle into each cookie. Now bake for 10 to 12 minutes - until the cookies are just starting to color. When you place them on a plate, place chocolates randomly and it will look very fancy. Look at you go! (I often put out a little dish with a few plain ones for those who don't care for chocolate or who like it a little less sweet).
This is all I bake every year. I take one afternoon and bake a lot of cookies - I double or triple the recipe and then freeze them until I need them. That way I'm not eating too much before Christmas and there's actually some left for my guests.
If you have something else that you love to make and you know that your family loves it, why not stick to only one really good thing? Just another tip for simplifying your holidays so that you can focus on enjoying your family and friends and enjoying yourself!
And on that note, I'm jumping into my day. Till next week, take