Christmas Cookies

These shortbread cookies are my husband's favorite, so I always make them at holiday time. They are super simple and only use 3 ingredients, which means I can usually make up a batch without the dreaded trip to the grocery store for missing ingredients!

Catherine's Version

1 cup butter
2 cups organic unbleached flour (or whatever flour you prefer)
1/2 cup Cane Juice Crystals (or regular granulated sugar if you prefer)

Preheat oven to 300. Mix ingredients with pastry blender until crumbly. Work with hands until it makes a large lump. Press flat into a 9x9 pan, about 1/2" thick. Prick with a fork thoroughly. Bake for 50-60 minutes until set and very pale gold. Cut while warm into 36 squares. Enjoy!

Note: I usually bake mine and then cut; but you can make your little squares first and then bake, they come out a little "neater" looking that way.

This simple recipe in my mind just begs to be dressed up a bit for Christmas! Perhaps with a topping of melted chocolate, or by adding some finely ground nuts and/or dried cranberries to the dough, perhaps some crushed candy canes sprinkled over a drizzle of glaze...maybe a bit of dried lavender, lemony herbs and a bit of lemon glaze... Yum!