Let the cookies begin.
Please prepare yourselves for weeks of butter, sugar and flour. Cause that's what going down around here right about now.
Three ingredients plus the cherries on top and you are done! That is how easy this whipped shortbread is to make. The basics, butter, sugar and flour. And what could be better than the light buttery flavour of whipped shortbread. Christmas all wrapped up.
Every single year since the beginning of time, I bake Christmas cookies. I can't remember exactly when the tradition started, but it's been there since forever.
Growing in in a big family, Christmas was always thee absolutely most joyful time of year. I know it is probably like that for most families. But somehow in our family, it felt extra special. Traditions that I held close to my heart for years and years, like baking cookies.
I can still smell the cold. The kind of cold that freezes your breath in an instant. It was bitter and frosty and there was always snow. Lots and lots of snow. Christmas Eve my grandfather would brave the snow to cut our tree. Meanwhile back in the kitchen, the smell of fresh baked partridgeberry tarts, home-made molasses bread and boiled salted cod would engulf the entire house. That was our special supper on Christmas Eve. Although I didn't care too much for it as an eight year old, I would give anything to have just one Christmas like that again. Anything.
But it's not the 1970s in rural Newfoundland any more. It's 2016 in southern Spain, where I have learned to make my own traditions with my own family. Traditions that will become their treasures in years to come. Well, hopefully!
Although these cookies didn't grace our Christmas in Little Hearts Ease, I love them now. My great grand mother, Babbo, only considered layered bar cookies to be "real" cookies. These would be considered biscuits in her books. So whipped biscuits it is!
Whatever you call them, biscuits or cookies, they are easy to make, delicious to eat and wonderful to give as presents.
Tomorrow is December, so it's time to get cracking!
Makes 2 dozen / Prep time: 15 minutes / Bake time: 10 minutes (per batch)
1 Cup/230 grams butter, at room temperature
1 1/2 Cups/190 grams flour
1/2 Cup/65 grams powdered sugar
6 Maraschino cherries, cut into quarters
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and line a large baking tray. Set aside.
In a large mixing bowl, mix on high speed the butter, sugar and flour. Mix until it comes together and forms a pastry. This will take about 2 minutes.
Using a teaspoon, spoon out small mounds of the dough. Roll each mound into a ball and gently flatten in a disk about 1 inch high. Gently press a cherry piece in the middle.
Bake for about 7 - 10 minutes or until they are slightly golden at the edges. Remove from oven and leave to cool on a wire rack.
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