Shortbread Cookie Dough: A Three Ingredient Wonder

Shortbread Cookie Dough: A Three Ingredient Wonder

Are you looking for a sweet, buttery, flakey, crisp nugget of delight that is easy to make? Then you want to make shortbread! Shortbread cookies are basically three ingredients, sugar, flour and butter. Once you have mastered the basic dough, the possibilities for flavor are endless. I like to add citrus zest, dried fruit, spices or toffee bits. I have rolled the dough in spices, nuts, sprinkles or seeds. Once the dough is baked I have dipped them in white and dark chocolate just to make them extra sweet and special. As I said, the only thing that is standing between you an amazing cookie is your imagination.   I started with Martha Stewart’s Icebox Shortbread recipe (Click here to view Martha’s version).   Dough Ingredients: 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter*, at room temp 1 cup confectioners’ sugar 2 cups of all-purpose flour, plus a bit more for rolling out your dough *Note: If you did not get your butter out of the fridge in time here’s a quick tip. Place both sticks in a microwave safe bowl. Set your microwave to defrost .01 pounds. Let the microwave run for about 10 seconds using the defrost setting. Touch the sticks and see if you can make a dent in the butter. If you finger dips easily into the butter then it is ready to use. Watch this really close. If you leave it to0 long you will get melted butter and that is not what you need for this recipe.         The dough ingredients will create the base for your cookie. The mixings ingredients are...
Valentine’s Yo-Yo Tea Towel

Valentine’s Yo-Yo Tea Towel

I recently fell back in LOVE with yo-yo crafts! Partly because I got some amazing yo-yo makers for Christmas and partly because they are so stinking cute and versatile. My first yo-yo project was a Christmas clown kit that my sister’s mother-in-law asked me to make, for the annual Christmas festival in our small town. I sewed yo-yos while watching TV, while babysitting, and while riding in the car to church. I can’t quite recall how many yo-yo’s I needed but I was determined to finish the project in a week in order to get a new project during our craft time on Saturday mornings. I remember the clown being made of multiple sized yo-yos and in vibrant colors and patterns just like any self-respecting clown would wear.   The memory of my clowning around (pardon the pun) spurred in me a need to sew some tiny little circles of fabric. First things first, research. While I was researching I found some simply, snap together yo-yo makers. These tools allow you to quickly and easily make yo-yos in different sizes and shapes including circles, hearts, flowers, butterflies and clovers. I know it sounds like a Lucky Charms commercial but there really are some wonderful templates out there.   To get us started with the yo-yo tea towel we are going to need the following supplies: Sharp Scissors Thread and Needle Valentine’s Day fabric – You can use multiple prints or just one. Each extra large yo-yo will need at least a     5 ½ inch square of fabric. The butterfly maker needs about 5 inches and the small maker needs at least 3 inches. Yo-Yo Makers...