This easy recipe guarantees perfectly crumbly, buttery, melt-in-the-mouth vanilla shortbread cookies every single time. Requiring less than 45 minutes, it’s ideal for satisfying sneaky cookie cravings, or as a mid-week bake when you want something sweet and delicious, but are short on time.
We’re going really basic today. We’re making quick vanilla shortbread cookies. I’m not being patronising. It’s highly likely you’ve made them before, and yes, they are really simple to make. But perhaps you’ve had problems with them being too crumbly or not crumbly enough or too dry or without the ‘snap’ or, or, or. What I’m getting at is that we shouldn’t underestimate how much can go wrong even with simple recipes. Which is why having a good basic recipe is so important and why you should definitely read on. Because this recipe ensures you get perfectly buttery, crumbly vanilla shortbread cookies that will melt in your mouth and can… also be used as air fresheners. Just put a cookie in each room and your house will smell a-h-mazing. Plus, you won’t have to leave the room when that sneaky cookie craving strikes. It’s a win-win situation, really.
Satisfyingly dense and chewy, but at the same time somehow also airy and crumbly, these quick gingerbread cookies combine all the best cookie characteristics. Incredibly flavourful from the warming spices and molasses, they taste like the very essence of Christmas. On top of that, they are very easy and quick to prepare, which makes them the ideal sweet treat during this busy (but oh-so-wonderful) Christmas time.
This is the third recipe in the series ‘The Loopy Christmas 2016’ (all recipes in this series can be found in the recipe index under ‘Christmas’) – watch this space for more Christmas yumminess. Missed the previous recipes? Check out these adorable Rudolph Mexican hot chocolate and Christmas tree cinnamon cupcakes!
Only one week ’til Christmas, you guys! Are we ridiculously excited about this or are we ridiculously excited about this? It’s like every December we revert to five-year-olds (okay, I revert to a five-year-old), but because it’s Christmas (or rather almost-there-not-long-now-basically-Christmas-already) it’s totally permissible and we (okay okay: I) can pass it off as quirky excitement rather than… you know… behaviour that kind of deserves a raised eyebrow and the shouldn’t-you-start-acting-your-age look. But it’s Christmas time. So awkwardly dancing (shuffling) to ‘Jingle Bells’ and singing along to ‘Winter Wonderland’ a tad too loudly and a tad (completely) out of tune is OK. Unfortunately, it also means that people have an excuse for some downright terrible music choices, but if they tolerate our questionable (nonexistent) singing talent, we can somehow bear to listen to the same awful sappy song. Ten. Times. In. A. Row. (And we can be comforted by the knowledge that we can pay them back by blaring out our own favourite poor song choice. Eleven times in a row. Because, you know, Christmas cheer and all that.)
Orange juice in the buttery, crumbly cookie form. This no fuss recipe ensures you go from craving delicious warm cookies to stuffing your face with them in under an hour.
Sometimes, you just want a cookie, you know? A simple, no-fuss, just cookie cookie. Not a triple-chocolate-salted-caramel-stuffed-rockie-road-ice-cream-sandwich cookie (though it does sound delicious, I’ll give you that – perhaps something for a later post?). Everything in our lives is blown out of proportion, nowadays. The news isn’t just news, it’s oh-my-god-everyone-save-themselves-the-end-is-near-oh-wait-it-isn’t-yes-it-is news. You see where I’m going with this? While you may not have the power to decide what kind of news you get (barring, of course, you tune out of all media, but.. let’s be honest here, that isn’t going to happen), you totally can decide what kind of cookies you make. And eat. Duh.
These crumbly, melt-in-the-mouth lemon thyme shortbread cookies combine the sophisticated simplicity of a shortbread biscuit, the zesty bitterness of lemon, and the earthy flavour of thyme. They are incredibly easy to make, and can be an excellent, albeit unconventional, addition to this year’s Christmas cookie spread.
There are many things that I could blabber on about in this post, but let’s be honest here – we all know there’s only one topic we really want to talk about. And as it’s December the 1st, it’s totally fine to talk about it. You know, Christmas.