This recipe is being entered in EatInEatOut's 3 Annual Christmas in July Cookie Contest
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.
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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