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Sunday, November 10, 2013

World Kindness Day, Giveaways and Chocolate-Cherry Shortbread #GayLeaFoods




When I was growing up, my Mom was always in the kitchen. Especially this time of year, she would start baking for the holidays and freezing the bounty until it was time to share with everyone who came to visit. That is where my love of baking came from and I think my love of sharing the goodness coming from my kitchen. As I grew older and left the house, my sister and I would often get together to bake cookies for the holidays. I remember making shortbread with her, in my tiny apartment; laughing, goofing off and just having fun. I still hold those moments so close to my heart.



Over the years I've shared my Christmas goodies with many people. Neighbours, teachers, Hubby's co workers.... I love brightening someone's day with something delicious. With World Kindness day being November 13th, I think it would be great to treat someone to a batch of homemade goodies! I plan on treating the secretaries at school, with these cookies tomorrow, just to remind them how much we all appreciate their hard work. Shortbread has always been one of my kids favourite cookies and I love adding cherries and chocolate to them, to make them a little more special.



Chocolate-Cherry Shortbread

3/4 C unsalted butter
5 Tbs sugar
1 pinch salt
1/2 tsp almond extract
1/4 C maraschino cherries, drained patted dry and chopped
1/4 C mini semi sweet chocolate chips
2 C flour

In a mixing bowl, mix the sugar and butter, until well incorporated. Add in the almond extract, salt, cherries and mini chocolate chips and mix well. Stir in the flour, until mixture comes together forming a ball.

Take dough and form into a log, that is two inches in diameter. Wrap with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Remove dough from plastic wrap and using a sharp knife, slice into 1/2-inch thick slices. Place on a cookie sheet and bake for 8-12 minutes; until edges begin to brown lightly. Remove to a baking rack to cool completely.


For the past 6 yrs, Gay Lea has been running the Shortbread Bliss Contest, in Canada (excluding Quebec). The contest runs on Facebook and starts Nov 1st and runs all the way until Dec 31, 2013. Daily and weekly, you have the chance of winning some really awesome prizes, such as Cookbooks (daily) and KitchenAid Mixers (weekly); with a grand prize of a NEW kitchen!!! So head on over for a chance to win and to check out their awesome Recipe Advent Calendar!

In addition to the contest Gay Lea is also hosting two giveaways for my readers!

Giveaway 1: One Grand Prize Winner will win a KitchenAid Classic Series Stand Mixer!

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Giveaway 2: One lucky reader can win a Gay Lea “Our Table: Shared Meals” cookbook! It’s a compilation of popular (and yummy!) recipes and includes everything from breakfast to dessert, and every eating occasion in-between. It’s a great asset to have heading into the holiday season, whether it’s for yourself, or a gift to a love one!
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“Disclosure: I am part of the Gay Lea Blogger Campaign with Mom Central Canada and I receive special perks as part of my affiliation with this group. The opinions on this blog are my own.”

35 comments:

ZenHarmony said...

I don't have a shortbread recipe, no, since I've always chickened out when thinking about making shortbread for Christmas, Must be a fear of failing and having crumbly, dry shortbread that's scaring me!

stacief said...

I do not have a favorite short bread recipe. Your cookies look delicious!

spike said...

I'll open doors for strangers, hold the elevator, etc.

Christy Spurlock said...

Just a simple and easy recipe. No specific one.

Susan said...

I don't have a good shortbread recipe but do love it.

Susan said...

I always try to greet others with a smile and kind words. Please and Thank you go a long way.

Jamie Smith said...

I've never actually tried to make shortbread but I've always wanted to! Maybe I'll make that my goal for the week :)

Jamie Smith said...

I bake cookies everyday at my work for the patients, they love it and know I'm doing it on my own time just for them! They aren't used to being treated so nicely by strangers

Glogirl said...

My favourite recipe comes from my aunt. I love her shortbread! It just melts in your mouth.

Heidi Carlson-Reid said...

I love to treat the person in line behind me!

Belinda M said...

I try to be kind and considerate to others

Tricia said...

I love shortbread but don't have a special recipe.

Susan said...

Don't really have a favorite..but I love them..melt in your mouth...yum!

Lori Butler said...

i don't have a fav recipe, I suck at making a good short bread :(

Cheryl S said...

Gosh, shortbread has always seemed too daunting for me to attempt - yours looks fantastic!

Nicolthe pickle said...

I don't have a favourite recipe yet. but yours look good. I was looking at a cookbook this morning and I saw an almond one. That sounds good to me too.

Brenda Penton said...

My favourite shortbread cookie Super Shooter Whipped Shortbread Spritz Cookies seen here: http://www.food.com/recipe/super-shooter-whipped-shortbread-spritz-cookies-106665

I've been making them for a few years now and love them. Perfect texture and they melt in your mouth.

Kimberly Pearlman said...

No favorite recipe here...been trying out a few. Thanks for the opportunity.

Kimberly Pearlman said...

I love a random act of kindness. So my favorite way to show my kindness is paying for the person behind me in the drivethru. Always a nice treat. :)

Elizabeth Pantry Dreams said...

I haven't been able to perfect a shortbread recipe...yet. It's something I'm definitely working on!

Elizabeth Pantry Dreams said...

I hold open doors, and use please, thank you & excuse me.

Colleen at Forty Something Bride said...

I like the standard recipe that used to be printed on cornstarch boxes. It was simple, but yummy!

Colleen at Forty Something Bride said...

I am a good listener - it's not a common skill. It's my gift to those around me. I listen when they need to be heard. And we all need to be heard.

spike said...

I have many favourite shortbread recipes!

msmissy02 said...

I don't have a favorite shortbread recipe, but love to find new recipes. Thanks for the giveway!
DamianMom at yahoo dot com

Keri Dudley said...

I tell them how much I appreciate them for what they do... and always thank them

Angela M said...

I like to share my freebies and coupons with friends and family.

Rhonda Botard said...

I love my butter pecan shortbreads that I make at Christmas. They taste like Keebler's Pecan Sandies.

Rhonda Botard said...

I love to share my recipes with all of my working mother friends that need quick and easy ideas for dinner.

Rachael Dee said...

I just recently found out I am gluten free, so i dont yet have a shortbread recipe that would work yet ;)))

Heather said...

I love plain butter shortbread.

Anonymous said...

31 comments but over 3000 entries?!
I have a cranberry pistachio shortbread I make that I love!

Martina - GetReal Momma said...

I don't have a favorite but i do bake them! I just Google and pick one not really committed to one in particular

Tammy Northrup said...

It's funny I've never made shortbread cookies but I love them. What sense does that make? I think I will make my first this weekend using your recipe. They look amazing!

Tammy Northrup said...

I'm always here to listen or help when needed.