Tuesday, August 31, 2010

TWD—Chocolate Hazelnut Shortbread Cookies (Giveaway Reminder)

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One thing I’m really horrible at is remembering to take pictures of the boys at times when I really wish I had taken pictures.  I see moms all excited taking pictures of their kids as they head out for their first day of school and I really wish I’d remember, but I almost always forget.  Besides that, my boys won’t pose for pictures like that.  So the boys all started the new school year last week.  Scott is in 7th grade, woohoo.  Parker started 3rd grade, Taylor is in 1st grade and Sam is even in preschool now.  We are all going through quite the adjustment with the new EARLY schedule.  In Kansas, the boys started school at 8:45 a.m.  We only lived minutes from the school, so they often didn’t leave until after 8:30.

They get to ride the bus now and I’m happy to not have to drive them to and from school every day.  Since school starts at 8:00, they catch the bus at 7:15, which means we are getting them up by 6:30, which after the summer break is really early.  To top that off, in Kansas, Kevin’s schedule was such that he most often was home in the morning until all the boys were off to school, now here, he is teaching pretty early M-W-F and is gone before the kids get up.  Ah, fun times. 

Well, I actually did grab the camera as I was trying to spray down Sam’s hair and comb if for the first day of school.  So here’s my first day of school photo.  (He’s going to school M-W-F, 9:00-11:15.)


Sam is also doing GREAT with potty training right now.  He’s not quite there yet, but doing much better than I thought he would.  He was sitting on the potty the other day, trying to go, he was getting frustrated, put his elbows on his legs and his hands on his chin and very sadly said, “It just not working”.  He could not be one drop cuter.   That’s enough potty talk.

Let’s talk cookies.  Tuesday’s With Dorie cookies, which are on page 125 in .  Donna at Life's too short not to eat dessert first chose Espresso-Chocolate Shortbread Cookies.  I don’t “do” espresso, so I decided to use some hazelnut flavoring.  I wish I’d have had some chopped hazelnuts to add to the cookies as well, but I didn’t.  I made half a recipe and added two ounces of Lindt dark chocolate with a touch of sea salt.  That is some good chocolate and I love the extra little zing from the salt.  These shortbread cookies are so easy to make, had great flavor with the chocolate and hazelnut and are perfectly delicate and crumbly, like a shortbread should be.  I’m so glad I made half a recipe because I ate way too many of those cookies.  I made 11 star cutouts and two big cookies from the rest of the dough I put in some four inch tart pans. 



I think the cookies looked better without powdered sugar, so I kind of wish I’d have just left them that way, but I did dust them all with some.


I chilled the dough for at least four hours, it might have been five or six.  The half recipe fit perfectly in a quart sized plastic bag.  The dough was perfect for cutting shapes with cookie cutters and then pressing ther rest into the tart pans.


These cookies would be great to stack up and wrap up to give to someone, if you can bear to give them away.

Thanks, Donna, great pick.  I was going to make a half batch of the Oatmeal Spice Cookies from the playing around section, but after liking the other so much, I decided I just couldn’t risk eating that many more cookies, but the idea of a totally different kind of shortbread with oats and spices sounds really good and I’m sure I’ll make them someday.  You can get this super easy recipe on Donna’s blog.

Or you can just sit and play Game Boy games.  But don’t let all the blood rush to your head.


Silly Parker was just hanging out like that playing his game.

Had a fun little hail storm Monday morning.  It was fast and furious, but only lasted about ten minutes.



There was a rainbow.


It was quite windy, so the hail made a nice little drift up to the garage door.  Sam was having fun scooping up the piles and playing with it, once it stopped coming down.


And happy end of August to you!


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Kayte said...

Lots of news going on around there...always fun to read. Your cookies are so cute, I love the stars with the powdered sugar...very nice.

chocolatechic said...

I love how pretty your cookies are.

I almost added some Nutella to mine but I went oatmeal instead.

Lisa Ernst said...

On no! One more great looking cookie to add to my "must try" list.

Flourchild said...

Oh your cookies remind me of a pretty winters day with the lovley powdered sugar sprinkled on top! Your boys look great too! I hope youall have a great school year!

Plain Chicken said...

Cookies look great! I wish I had one for breakfast this morning.

White Toast with Butter said...

Those cookies look fantastic. I'm making these!

Maria said...

I love the stars! I have to make these!

Unknown said...

Oh those look delicious! I'd made those longg ago, before I began blogging, loved them :) They really do look better without the powdered sugar!

I used to do that too, play games and just laze about in all kinds of weird acrobatic positions!

Pamela said...

Pretty rainbow in the hailstorm. These were good cookies. I wasn't expecting to like them quite so much! Cute stars!

Shandy said...

Ahhh! So cute! All your boys are off to school. I loved every one of your pictures. What a great bunch and what a great Mom!

Love your shortbread cookies. The star shape is brilliant and fun. It is nice to hear you enjoyed them.

Jessica of My Baking Heart said...

I love your star cookies!! :) And hail? I can't believe it!

Paula said...

Look at those shapes! You got fancy--great idea.

But that hail--YIKES! What foreign country do you live in? :-)

Cathy said...

Wow - hail and rainbows; that is some crazy weather you've got going on there! Your cookies are beautiful (love the hazelnut idea; why didn't I think of that!) And your boys are cute cute cute!!!

Donna said...

What a cutie you have heading off to school. Thanks so much for baking me with me this week and for giving me another variation on this theme to consider. Hazelnut sounds so good and I have to try that chocolate with the sea salt. That sounds divine.

Anonymous said...

Hail! Wow! Your hazelnut version sounds delicious, and the star shapes are great. Something to keep in mind for Christmas!

Mimi said...

Hope the boys are off to a good start on their shcool year.
Your shorbreads look great, we made them, eat them but I didn't post them. Maybe later.
I can't believe hail already.

TeaLady said...

HAZELNUT!! Wonderful!!

Glad boys are settling in. They are pretty adaptive at tht age. Unless the folks, huh!!

Lisa said...

I love those star shaped cookies.