As it’s confession time, quite a few of the second batch vanished too. Perhaps we need a sign in the kitchen: photos first, then samplings.
Preheat your oven to 375.
Add cubed butter, grated Cheddar and Parmesan cheeses and pulse until the dough comes together – just enough to form in a ball. If you under pulse, you’ll be left with a crumbly mess. Overdo it and your dough will be tough.
On a floured board or granite surface, form a ball. Divide it into four pieces and work one at a time.
Roll out dough to ¼ in thickness. Use cookie cutters (we like stars and moons for these, but hearts around Valentine’s Day) to cut shapes. You may have to keep reforming the dough, but that’s okay.
Beat the egg (or just the egg white) in a bowl and brush glaze on cookies. You can add nuts at this point or grate on some of the Himalayan salt. You’ll think of some other toppings!
You can also cook these at 300 degrees for about 18 minutes. Suit yourselves - esp if you have a temperature you like for shortbread.
Cool on a rack. Store in a cookie tin until you are ready to serve them. Don't put the toppings until you are about to put them on a plate.
These are best at room temperature. Top with a teaspoon of fig jam or red pepper jelly just before serving.
Here's a little bit more about Victoria Abbott, author of the book collector mysteries.
Victoria is an artist and photographer and MJ is the author of 13 books in three other series, as Mary Jane Maffini. They love their book collector mysteries and are happily at work on The Wolfe Widow, third in the series. They're very excited about the The Sayers Swindle which just launched and they're feeling festive as it made #10 on the Barnes and Noble mass market mystery list this week. Whee! Let's have a Cheddar shortbread to celebrate all that.
The Sayers Swindle, the second in the book collector mysteries hit the shelves and e-readers on December 3!
You can click here to order The Sayers Swindle!
Or here for the Kindle version!
Or order through your favorite bookstore - in person or online.
And don't forget to ....
Watch the trailer for The Sayers Swindle!
The Christie Curse, the first book collector mystery, launched in March 2013 to great reviews.
The Christie Curse is also available in Large Print! Tell your local librarian!
Tell her you love the pug!