here and knew I had to have it! But…it was not easy to find!
It seemed that it had to be ordered from a bookstore in France and I think I bought the last one even at that. Then I waited…and waited…and finally my package arrived! Woo hoo! Baby Kitty seems totally unimpressed, however!
The cookie stamp comes with a beautiful little book called Biscuits Maison (Homemade Cookies) filled with recipes for pretty French cookies. Of course, the recipes and directions are all in French…not a problem for me to read, but the ingredients never quite deliver the same result as they do in France. I made this discovery in France doing the reverse…making American cookies with French ingredients…which turned out looking more like crèpes! It must be the flour that is somehow different. And needless to say…the measurements and oven temperatures are all metric or worse. I will have to do a post about my cooking adventures in France some day! It was a challenge!
Sooo…I opted to skip the cookbook for now and use an American recipe for shortbread cookies which you will find at the end of this post! However, to give them that certain frenchy je ne sais quoi I decided that I would add some food coloring…
…inspired by these wonderfully pretty and yummy macarons from Laudrée in Paris! Even a visit to their web site is a delight! I dare not even dream of attempting them, but I could attempt to mimic their gorgeous pastel colors!
And here is the result…some very buttery melt-in-your-mouth shortbread cookies pretending to be French and hanging out under a very frenchy cloche! One of these days I will be brave and attempt one of the French recipes when the emotional scars of dealing with a French oven with gas marks 1 through 10 on the knob instead of temperatures…I kid you not!…have had a chance to fade a little more! lol
Here’s the recipe…ironically called Carolina Stamped Shortbread! I made a few changes in the way I made stamped the cookies and have changed the recipe accordingly.
CAROLINA STAMPED SHORTBREAD
1 1/2 cups (3 sticks) unsalted butter, slightly softened
1 cup powdered sugar
2/3 cup cornstarch
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
Scant 1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 3/4 cups all purpose white flour
In a large bowl, with an electric mixer on low, then on medium speed,
beat together the butter, powdered sugar, cornstarch, granulated sugar,
salt, and vanilla until light and well-blended, about 3 minutes.
Beat, then stir in the flour until evenly incorporated.
Let the dough stand for 5 minutes, or until firmed up slightly.
Add food coloring if desired, working it in with your hands.
Pinch off enough dough to form a 1 to 1 1/2 inch ball. Flatten ball with your palm.
Press with desired cookie stamp which has been sprayed with butter flavored cooking spray.
Use a glass as a cutter to trim for a cleaner edge.
Bake at 325º F for about 20 minutes or until light brown on the bottom. (I found that about 16 minutes worked for me.)
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