Goodwill To Men~
I made a batch of Ina's shortbread.. the kind I love for Brigitte..I like sugar cookies too..don't get me wrong but shortbreads? I can't resist the temptation!!
I saw these doves w/ almond wings last year in a magazine...but never found a dove cutter..well ...Ohmygoodnessand... Sur La Table.(How I wish we had one!!)
I bought 16 cutters @ $1.00 each..On my hands and knees spinning the montage..my husband couldn't see me.. ! He had had enough by then..was looking eye level for me.. and of course..could not see me because I had found this spinning Toys R Us for me:)
Needless to say..the dove came home..
I baked cookies and the dove was one of the first..
3/4 pound unsalted butter at room temperature
1 cup sugar, plus extra for sprinkling
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
3 1/2 cups flour
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
In the bowl of an electric mixer with the paddle attachment, cream together 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 a surface dusted with flour and roll shape into a flat disk. Wrap in plastic and chill for 30 minutes.
Roll the dough 1/2-inch thick and cut with a 3-inch heart-shaped cutter. Place the hearts on an ungreased sheet pan and sprinkle with sugar. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, until the edges begin to brown. Allow to cool to room temperature.
Note: The edges of the shortbread are ever so slightly sharper if you chill the cookies before baking them. I cut out the cookies days ahead and bake them the day I serve them.
Note..I bake mine at 325.
I placed the almonds on the wing and tail w/ some piping gel..you can use icing..etc..
Thank you Ina.. and Sur La Table...♥
I made two other kinds of cookies w/ Ina's recipe..I'll post them soon..in case you want to try some different things..I love seeing different ideas during the holidays..It inspires me..