Toasted Coconut Shortbread Llamas

I have been up to my eyeballs in sugar lately.  Seriously, I have made over 20 pound worth of frosting this month alone. Heck, I made over 4 pounds of frosting this morning. I made frosting yesterday.  I made frosting the day before yesterday.  What are my plans for tomorrow?  More frosting!  While a lot…

Lemon Lavender Shortbread

There is something about lemon and lavender that works really well together.  The tanginess of the lemon cuts in nicely with the floral flavors of the lavender smoothing them out to a subtly pleasant flavor that pairs rather well with the butteriness of the shortbread.  I also happened to have several sprigs of fresh lavender…

No-Bake Fruit Tarts

It has been ridiculously hot these past few days.  Hot enough to prevent me from going anywhere near the stove or oven.  I did try grilling once, but that was excruciatingly miserable.  I have been making due with cold food, and just waiting, fingers crossed, for the weather to turn.  This is probably the first…

Candied Ginger Shortbread Cookies

Shortbread cookies studded with candied ginger are my new favorite cookie.  I encountered these about a month ago, and finally took a stab at making some of my own.  Shortbread, by buttery nature, is less sweet then your average cookie and the spicy sweetness of the candied ginger strikes a lovely balance for those that…

Chocolate-Cherry Shortbread

Recipe makes about 4 dozen cookies. Ingredients: 1 cup (2 sticks) Butter (room temp) + 6 tbsp Butter 1/2 cup Powdered (Confectionary) Sugar 1/4 cup Maraschino Cherry Syrup 1 tsp Salt 2 1/2 cups Flour 1 cup diced Maraschino Cherries 12 oz Simi-Sweet Chocolate Directions: Cream together, in a large bowl, 1 cup butter and…