Saturday, December 19, 2020

Raspberry Walnut Shortbread #Cookies #Recipe @PegCochran #Christmas


This recipe comes from Laurie Burdo a fellow Newcomers member.  (We've been "newcomers" for 18 years now!)  And they are delicious and easy to make.  There are three layers--the shorbread base, the raspberry filling and the walnut topping.


I made a batch of these and froze half to have for Christmas. I had taken my pictures but on second look, I didn't like the results of the final picture.  It wasn't festive enough.  I told hubby that I was going to get the frozen batch out of the refrigerator and take some more photos.  Next thing I know, he's running around putting together Christmas items for props, moving furniture to set up the shot, etc.  All because he knew he couldn't eat the cookies until I'd taken the picture! 

I can imagine you could swap out another flavor of preserves or jam--strawberry, orange marmalade, fig....  I used raspberry jam although the recipe called for preserves and it worked fine.




1 1/4 cups flour

1/2 cup sugar

1/2 cup butter


Prepare shortbread base by combining flour and sugar. Cut in butter until fine crumbs. Press into bottom of lightly greased 9" square pan. 




Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes or until edges are golden. 




Remove from oven and spread 1/3 cup raspberry jam or preserves over crust.






2 eggs

1/2 cup packed brown sugar

1 tsp. vanilla

2 T. flour

1/8 tsp. salt

1/8 tsp. baking soda

1 cup finely chopped walnuts.


Beat eggs with brown sugar and vanilla until well blended. 




Stir in flour mixed with baking soda and salt. Add walnuts.


Spoon mixture over jam.




Bake 22-25 minutes until the walnut crust is set.  



Cool in pan.


You can see the three delicious layers.






 If you'd like to travel vicariously to England--Murder in the Margins


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The plot thickens for American gothic writer Penelope Parish when a murder near her quaint British bookshop reveals a novel's worth of killer characters.

Penelope Parish has hit a streak of bad luck, including a severe case of writer's block that is threatening her sophomore book. Hoping a writer in residence position at The Open Book bookstore in Upper Chumley-on-Stoke, England, will shake the cobwebs loose, Pen, as she's affectionately known, packs her typewriter and heads across the pond.

Unfortunately, life in Chumley is far from quiet and when the chairwoman of the local Worthington Fest is found dead, fingers are pointed at Charlotte Davenport, an American romance novelist and the future Duchess of Worthington. Charlotte turns to the one person who might be her ally for help: fellow American Pen. Teaming up with bookstore owner Mabel Morris and her new friend Figgy, Pen sets out to learn the truth and find the tricks that will help her finish her novel.




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  1. these look wonderful, and tell your hub his props are the best! xo

  2. Well done both of you.
    These do sound like winners.
    I gather from the photo that you mix the walnuts ingredients in the food processor.

    1. I did give them a quick whirl in the food processor to blend. I was reluctant to dirty another bowl. You can easily do that part by hand.

  3. That sounds like a nice combo of flavours for a shortbread.
    Thanks for sharing the recipe!

  4. Bar cookies are so easy and you can slice them into various serving sizes according to your need or desire. :)

    1. Hubby cut these for me and definitely thought bigger was better!

  5. Peg, these look delicious, and easy. Kudos on the photos and staging!

  6. It is just my hubby and me for Christmas and I was wanting to do a cookie not from our regular recipes. This looks like just the thing and I have all of the ingredients. Thanks so much for sharing the recipe!