Holiday Delights ~ Simple Almond Shortbread Cookies

So I decided to make myself move and get some baking in. I have lovely apple bread cooling and I tried one of the new recipes for cookies I mentioned earlier.

Now I am not a baker. So when I say a recipe is simple, you can take it to the bank!  And this recipe is easy.

Simple Almond Shortbread Cookies

Here are the ingredients:

  • 2 1/4 cups flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1/4 cup vegetable shortening (this is a half stick if you buy the stick shortening)
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons almond extract
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • dried fruit of your choice, I used apricots, need 9 – each cut in 4 pieces

Directions

  • Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  • Beat the butter, shortening, sugar, and the extracts in a large bowl. You can use an electric mixer. I didn’t. I used good old fashioned elbow grease!
  • Sprinkle in the nutmeg and mix until incorporated.
  • Work in the flour. The dough should be slightly moist, but not sticky.
The dough

The dough

  • Spoon dough by teaspoons and roll into balls.
  • Place on ungreased baking sheets. Gently flatten each ball with palm of your hand. Press a fruit piece in the center of each cookie.
  • Bake 20 minutes or until golden. Cool for about a minute on the baking rack before moving them. Move them to a cooling rack to cool completely before storing.
Almost ready for the oven...

Almost ready!

 

Press and add the fruit!

Press and add the fruit!

 

Now, time for a cup of tea and a shortbread cookie! ENJOY!!

Warm from the oven....

Warm from the oven….

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