One of my favorite things about this time of year are all the yummy treats and the holiday cookie is high on my list. I have several favorite recipes, from my buckeyes, my gingerbread men, I miss my bushia’s chrusciki, my mom’s pita piata, my sister-in-laws white chocolate cereal and marshmellow blubby things <- that’s totally the real name 😉 my chocolate dipped shortbreads … the list goes on and on.
I’ve shared my buckeye recipe before. You can find it here. Today, I’m going to share my shortbread recipe because it has THREE sticks of butter. So, you know it’s yummy. 😀
Shortbread Cookies Dipped in Chocolate
3/4 pound unsalted butter, at room temperature (3 sticks of butter)
1 cup sugar, plus extra for sprinkling
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
12 ounces semisweet chocolate, finely chopped
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
Mix together (using an electric mixer or hand mixer) the butter and 1 cup of sugar until they are just combined. Add the vanilla. In a medium bowl, sift together the flour and salt, then add them to the butter-and-sugar mixture. Mix on low speed until the dough starts to come together. Dump onto plastic wrap, pull the sides of the wrap up and use it to flatten the dough. Overlap the edges of the plastic to seal and chill for 30 minutes.
Roll the dough 1/2-inch thick and cut with your favorite cutters. Place the cookies on an ungreased baking sheet and sprinkle with sugar. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, until the edges begin to brown. Allow to cool to room temperature.
When the cookies are cool, place them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Put 3 ounces of the chocolate in a glass bowl and microwave on high power for 30 seconds. Stir. Continue to heat and stir in 30-second increments until the chocolate is just melted. Add the remaining chocolate and allow it to sit at room temperature, stirring often, until it’s completely smooth. Stir vigorously until the chocolate is smooth and slightly cooled. Stirring makes it glossier <- great tip!
Dip 1/2 of each cookie in the chocolate and return it to the parchment. Allow the chocolate to complete cool before serving or storing.
I may not have a holiday story available, yet. But I do have a free read. <3 Below is a bit about the story. Happy Holidays, everyone. Be safe, eat the yummy treats, and have a wonderful time. See you next year! <3
With Desire Protected, I explore a couple who has already fallen in love. They’ve already committed their lives to one another. BUT, that’s not where their story ends. Desire Protected explores what happens next. Nadia is in love with an assassin. It isn’t going to be easy.
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Assassins and Sweethearts Series
by: S.J. Maylee
Contemporary Erotic Romantic Suspense
Nadia Duskin has already found her hero and she’s determined not to lose him…
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Coming here had been stupid. If she left quickly, Ethan would never know she’d been there.
A step inside and she knew she’d made the wrong decision.
Ethan stood and came at her. “What are you doing here?”
“Ah.” She pushed the door closed behind her and stayed put. “I’m ah…”
“How did you get in here?”
“I took a cab. You’re busy. I’ll just get back in a cab and go home.” She turned around.
He stepped in behind her and placed his hand on the door above her head. “Don’t make another move.” He kicked her feet apart and pressed his body to hers.
She stared at the door. An ache rushed from her chest to the back of her throat, and then she heard a tiny little click.
He pulled her hair back and brought his lips to her ear. “They can still see us but our voices are blocked for thirty seconds.”
She had no idea what to say to him. Many times they discussed how dangerous it would be for her to get caught up in his business. “I’m sorry.” What a pathetic thing to say. She knew better.
“You followed me here?”
“I did.” Her stupid jealousy had gotten her here. She felt like a child. Maybe she should be punished like one. She tapped her head on the door.
“We’ll have a long talk about this when we get home.”
“I understand, Sir.” Her voice came out crackly.
“How did you find my room?”
“I may have told this second blonde woman I just started working here.” She wanted to crawl under the table.
“You did what?” His tone had gotten awfully low. “What do you mean second blonde?”
“Shit.” She tapped her head on the door again. Then she remembered the cameras. “I’m supposed to be in here making you happy.”
“Hey!” She turned around and he plastered himself to her.
“You have no idea the kind of danger you’re in this very minute.”
“From you? Yeah, I have an idea.”
“I’m the least of your worries. I’m working tonight.”
She sucked in a deep breath. Her heartbeat raced. “I’m so sorry.” Not only had she betrayed her promise to Ethan, but she’d put both their lives in danger.
He put his hand around her throat and squeezed. “Shhh.” He stroked along the back of her neck. His touch may have been gentle but his palm pushed her head back, bringing her gaze to his. “Follow my lead and I’ll get you out of here, but first I will make good use of our time.” His beautiful hazel eyes turned dark as night.
“Okay.” She trusted him and believed with her whole heart he’d get her out of this situation. A tiny click signaled the end to their privacy.
“Are you sure about that?” He hauled her back to the couch where he’d been sitting and pulled her over his lap.
“What are you doing?” She kicked her legs.
“You need to make me happy, wouldn’t want you getting fired on your first day.” He flipped up her skirt and yanked down her panties.