Friday, December 10, 2010

Rose's Shortbread Cookies

Rose's Christmas Cookies has a recipe for traditional Scottish Shortbread.  After reading the charming history of mixing shortbread by hand, I told my granddaughters to scrub up.  I wish I had captured the looks of utter and complete surprise mixed with unbridled joy at the prospect of getting to put their hands straight into dough!

 "Really?  We really get to put out hands into the bowl?" Yes you do!  An afternoon of fun with a few simple ingredients; flour, butter, sugar and powdered sugar.

"Look grandma, we have an assembly line!"  One rolled and flattened, just as Rose instructed, the other then rolled them into balls.  Ah, but wait girls, there's more fun to be had.

Dipping forks in water to press the dough was quite the adventure.   "They're waffled!"

If you have purchased Walker's Shortbread, these are very similar in texture and crumb, nice and light, not overly sweet.  Perfect with a hot cup of tea.


  1. That looks like so much fun! Your granddaughters are fortunate to spend so much time in the kitchen with you.

  2. How fun, Vicki. I can just picture the smiles on their faces from playing with the dough :o)

  3. The cookies looks great. I love shortbread cookies. And love the shot with the little hands helping you! I've been hearing good things about Rose's Cookies book, now I want one!

  4. me too, now i am anxious to get this book! what a great project for the little ones.