Monday, December 28, 2020

Oat Shortbread from Molly @MysteryMacRae plus #giveaway

MADDIE DAY here, delighted to welcome Molly MacRae to the blog with a yummy recipe perfect for her Highland Bookshop Mysteries. I plan to make these treats tomorrow!

Oat Shortbread and a Giveaway


Shortbread is one of my favorite cookies any time of year, but it’s especially good around the holidays. This delicious version uses very little flour and lots of oats. It’s super easy to make and good plain or jazzed up with a dip of chocolate and a sprinkle of crystalized ginger.

Oat Shortbread

Preheat oven to 325º F


 

Ingredients:

1 ¾ cups rolled oats

⅓ cup dark brown sugar

2 T white flour

6 T unsalted butter, softened

¼ tsp. salt

½ tsp. vanilla extract

 

Optional topping:

¼ cup chocolate chips, melted

2 T. crystalized ginger, diced

(But, really, are chocolate and ginger ever optional?)

 

Directions:

1.      Put all ingredients (except chocolate and ginger) in a bowl and mix thoroughly



2.      Press mixture into greased 8x8 pan.



3.      Bake 30 minutes

4.      Cool 10 minutes

5.      If using optional topping, melt chocolate chips and dice ginger while shortbread cools



6.      Cut shortbread into squares, rectangles, or triangles

7.      Dip one end of shortbread into melted chocolate (or paint it on with a small rubber spatula)



8.      Sprinkle diced ginger over still melty chocolate 



Store in cookie tin. This recipe can easily be doubled and made in a 9x13 pan.

The women who run Yon Bonnie Books and Cakes and Tales tearoom in my Highland Bookshop Mysteries love shortbread, too. To celebrate Thistles and Thieves and Heather and Homicide, which both came out this year, I’m giving away a copy of either book – winner’s    choice. 

For your chance to win, tell me about your favorite cookie in a comment and remember to leave your email address. I’ll choose a winner, at random, at noon on New Year’s Eve. Sorry, U.S. entries only.

 


About Thistles and Thieves – book 3 in the Highland Bookshop Mysteries

The women of Yon Bonnie Books are embroiled in the death of a local doctor, which sets off a chain of other curious – and deadly – events. A story featuring bicycles, a mysterious box of books, a regimental dagger, and the promise (or threat?) of haggis. Available in hardback, e-book, and audio from your locally-owned independent bookstore, Barnes & Noble and Amazon. Or ask for it at your local library. 

About Heather and Homicide – book 4 in the Highland Bookshop Mysteries

If true-crime writer Heather Kilbride has arrived to research a recent murder for her new book, why does she seem more interested in a shadowy lawyer with no connection to that murder? A story featuring unconventional research methods, miniature books, tempting dark chocolate cake, and an ancient circle of standing stones. Available in hardback, e-book, and audio from your locally-owned independent bookstoresBarnes & Noble, and Amazon. Or ask for it at your local library. 

The Boston Globe says Molly MacRae writes “murder with a dose of drollery.” She’s the bestselling, award-winning author of the Highland Bookshop Mysteries and the Haunted Yarn Shop. Her short stories have appeared in Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine since 1990 and she’s a winner of the Sherwood Anderson Award for Short Fiction. Molly lives in Champaign, Illinois. You can visit her at www.mollymacrae.com.

 

 

91 comments:

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    1. Two batches are all gone, if that tells you anything. Thanks for having me on MLK today, Edith!

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  2. My favorite cookie is peanut butter, but I love shortbread also. Your recipe sounds delicious! Thanks for the chance! cking78503(at)aol(dot)com

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    1. Yum! I love a good peanut butter cookie. Thanks for stopping by, Chris.

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  3. My favorite cookie is gingerbread. 3labsmom@gmail.com

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    1. I made gingerbread cookies with a 6-year-old and a 3 year-old last week, Brenda. Fun, memorable, and delicious! Thanks for stopping by.

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  4. My favourite cookie to bake is a triple chocolate chunk cookie.

    This shortbread recipe sounds delicious, especially since it's dipped in chocolate. I am NOT eligible for the giveaway but will copy the recipe.

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    1. Triple chocolate chunk? I think I need that recipe, Grace! I'm sorry you're not eligible for the giveaway. Check with your library to see if they have the books or can get them. Thanks for stopping by!

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  5. I love a good chocolate chip cookie. I also have a good sugar cookie recipe from an old co-worker. It makes a huge batch and is perfect for decorating.
    kozo8989(at)hotmail(dot)com

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    1. Chocolate chip is definitely one of my favorites, and decorated sugar cookies? Delicious! Thanks for stopping by, Alicia.

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  6. My favorite is the chocolate crispy cookie.
    Kitten143@verizon.net

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    1. Chocolate and crispy go together perfectly. Thanks for stopping by, Christine!

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  7. Classic chocolate chip (Toll House), is my favorite cookie. The series looks so fun; count me in! (Contact via website.)

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    1. You can't beat the classics, can you? I add peanut butter and oats to my chocolate chip cookies (oats are a theme at my house), but in the end, it's still a chocolate chip cookie. Thanks for stopping by, Marilyn.

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  8. My favorite is the original Toll House chocolate chip. My children - all in their 60s now - still ask for them every Christmas. My sons still squabble over who gets the first batch. Warms my heart.❤

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    1. That's wonderful, Marlene! Glad to hear you're still baking and the boys are still squabbling. Merry Christmas!

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  9. I just found a triple ginger molasses cookie which may rise to the top of my list! pjcoldren[at]tm[dot]net

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    1. Let it rise to the top! That sounds fantastic. Thanks for stopping by, PJ.

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  10. Oatmeal Raisin is delectable but your shortbreads look wonderful and so yummy. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Oatmeal raisin is a classic! Thanks for stopping by, Traveler.

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  11. My favorites are dark chocolate chip with toasted almonds and dried cherries soaked in amaretto

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    1. Whoa, that sounds amazing, Ann. I'm adding that to my list of cookies not to be missed. Thanks for stopping by!

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  12. A lemon ginger biscuit is my favorite cookie. Light, tangy and perfect with tea. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

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    1. Yum! I see more cookie baking in my future. Thanks for stopping by.

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  13. I like oatmeal cookies but with dried cranberries instead of raisins
    sgiden at verizon(.)net

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    1. That's a really nice variation, Sandy. Thanks for stopping by.

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  14. Oh but this recipe looks wonderful. Thanks for sharing. Hope you had a fabulous holiday. I love Thumbprints and oatmeal with raisins.
    quilting dash lady at comcast dot net

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    1. Thumbprints are so much fun to make - and eat! Thanks for stopping by, Lori.

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  15. My favorite cookie is the chocolate chop cookie. However, this cookie delicious and easy. I'm definitely going to give it a try.
    diannekc8(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. It's hard to beat a good chocolate chip cookie. Thanks for stopping by.

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  16. My favorite cookie is gingersnaps.

    jtcgc at yahoo dot com

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    1. Yep, gingersnaps are right up there at the top for me. Thanks for stopping by!

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  17. I have never come across an oatmeal shortbread cookie and can't wait to give it a try! My favorite cookie is a triple ginger gingerbread cookie.
    little lamb lst at yahoo dot com

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    1. Triple ginger gingerbread! I need to try that. Thanks for stopping by, Lil. I need to up my cookie game and you've just helped.

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  18. I love shortbread! My ancestry is almost 50% Scottish so that could be why. But my absolute favorite cookies are peanut butter cookies. I like to read anything set in Scotland so I really like your books. 🍪
    clugston.kathy@yahoo.com

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    1. I'm so glad you like the books, Kathy! And I'm with you on peanut butter cookies. They're so satisfying. Thanks for stopping by.

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