Thursday, April 8, 2010

Something Sweet


Ever since Easter ended, I’ve been on a sweet kick.

You’d think that having a house full of chocolate would satisfy that. But somehow it only seemed to make it worse!

I decided a little shortbread was in order. Who knows where these cravings come from? It was Po’Boys not long ago. :)

This is peppermint candy shortbread, and although they served an excellent purpose of satisfying my current craving, they would be wonderful at Christmastime, too.

I have a special place in my heart for peppermints. My grandmother, who I based my Myrtle Clover character on in my Midnight Ink series, used to put peppermints under my sister’s and my pillows at night as a special treat. And she always had a bowl of peppermint candy out for us to enjoy.

So between the shortbread and the peppermints in this recipe, how could you go wrong?

food pics 006Peppermint Candy Shortbread

1 cup butter, softened

1/3 cup sugar

2 ½ cups all-purpose flour

8 ounces Nestle Premier White baking bar

2/3 cup Andes Candies peppermint squares, chopped

· Beat butter at medium speed until creamy, gradually add sugar, beating well. Add flour, beating just until blended.

· Divide dough into 3 equal portions. Place 1 portion of dough on ungreased cookie sheet; roll into a 6” circle. Score dough into 8 triangles. Repeat with remaining portions.

· Bake at 325 for 25 minutes or until barely golden brown. Cook on cookie sheet for 5 minutes, move to cookie sheet and let them cool completely. Separate disks into wedges. (shortbread is very fragile so be careful moving to cooling rack.

· Melt Nestle premier white baking bars and remove from heat. Dip wide edges of shortbread in melted coating,; place shortbread on wax paper andfood pics 005 sprinkle with crusted candy.

Makes 2 dozen

Delicious and Suspicious (July 6 2010) Riley Adams
Pretty is as Pretty Dies –Elizabeth Spann Craig


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  1. This sounds wonderful. I love Shortbread, but can't remember ever trying any Peppermint Candy Shortbread. I'll have to give this a try.

  2. These are beautiful! Perfect for so many occasions. Valentine's Day, a girl's birthday party, a gracious afternoon tea. What a lovely idea.

    ~ Krista

  3. Now aren't these just darling! We have a peppermint kid so she'll be crazy for these. Will have to do these as a treat for her. Thank you!

  4. Elizabeth, I think I'd like to sign up to be your recipe taste-tester.

  5. Oh, these look fabulous, Elizabeth. I love shortbread and I love peppermint though I never thought about combining them! Love this idea. So pretty, too!


  6. Aren't these pretty! I love peppermint!

  7. Oh, those look festive and delicious!

  8. Mason--Isn't shortbread great? Not too sweet...just right.

    Krista--Thanks! And it's pretty quick to that you could whip it up fairly quickly for a special occasion.

    Katy--Hope your peppermint kid enjoys them. :)

    Alan--I think that could be arranged! Then maybe I could somehow persuade you to cook for me some, too...I know you're a great cook!

    Julie--It turns out really nicely and is tasty too!

    Juju--Thanks! :)

    Avery--Peppermint is one of my FAVORITES. For some reason I've now got peppermint ice cream on my brain...

    Jenn--Thanks! :)

  9. Just gorgeous. Love this recipe. Also smiling at the sweet memory of your grandmother putting peppermints under your pillow. Really lovely post. (Also fighting my sweet tooth this week, but these amazing cookies should do the trick! LOL!)


  10. Oh, why fight it? I've given in to my sweet tooth...*everybody's* doing it, Cleo! (A little peer pressure here...) :)