It has taken me a long time to get into the holiday season this year. As many of you know, my Dad died in November and I have been in a state of suspended animation (a friend’s description which summed up my feelings perfectly) and playing catch up every since. It has been a whirlwind. I am just about done shopping and I can honestly say I have never been this late before! I still have to do ALL of my wrapping which I am going to start this afternoon. Still….I am starting to feel ready and hopeful. Hope is just a wonderful feeling.
We had friends over for dinner last night and it really helped put me in the mood for Christmas. My husband made a fabulous dinner of mushroom lasagna, sausage, peppers and onions and a huge Italian salad – all were sooo yummy!!! Daughter #2 made a spice cake with whipped cream frosting for dessert. Delicious! As a result, I am finally starting to get excited. Food as with most families, plays a huge part in our family holidays.
The tree is trimmed, the gifts are (almost) wrapped, and the cookies are baked- now we are eagerly awaiting the arrival of Christmas! Too bad it is 60°!
I am a lover of all savory snacks. I came across this recipe on the Terrain website and it is a keeper. These cookies/crackers strike a balance between savory and sweet. The herb-infused shortbread can be served on its own or topped with a hint of icing. With a little help from festive cookie cutters, this versatile confection will be a go to for holiday parties and snacking by the tree. Read on for the recipe, plus options for serving as a sweet cookie or savory cracker.
Savory Herb Shortbread
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup cornstarch
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 cup confectioner’s sugar
3 Tablespoons chopped rosemary, thyme or sage
1 Tablespoon honey
1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
Preheat oven to 300F. Using an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, beat butter. Add confectioner’s sugar, herbs, honey and salt, then beat until light and fluffy. Scrape down the sides of the bowl. In a separate bowl, combine flour, cornstarch, and baking powder. Add the flour mixture and beat on low speed until the dough is fully combined.
Roll out the cookies and cut into whatever shape you like using cookie cutters, Christmas or otherwise. Bake at 300F until golden brown– about 15 minutes. For a sweeter option, decorate with royal icing. Or, roll out the cookies more thinly and serve without icing as crackers for dips and cheese at holiday parties.
So yummy! Enjoy!