I think every holiday we struggle with what desserts to make, what gifts to give to people like teachers, coworkers, and neighbors, we struggle with staying in budget and making it personal…the struggle is REAL! This year I VOW to keep my life stress free…I’ve started shopping already, I’m making my lists of “must do’s” in terms of who we need small gifts for, and I’m even starting to think about holiday baking and simple recipes. Today I took one of my FAVORITE cookies and made simple and cute little Holiday Pillow Shortbread Cookies to show you just how easy holiday baking can be when you want to do something easy and with items you probably already have around the house.
The recipe for this is so simple you’ll think I’m teasing and although I didn’t do it this time, for the holidays I like to fancy them up with sprinkles and or chocolate drizzle just to make things fun. You can even swap out vanilla for almond extract. There are tons of possibilities.
I wish I could show you guys my glorious, white and bright kitchen, but alas I’m blessed with brown counter tops and oak cabinets, but regardless, the cookies taste good no matter where they come from!
Holiday Pillow Shortbread Cookies
- 3 sticks butter softened
- 4 tablespoons granulated sugar
- 6 tablespoons powdered sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 3 cups Bob's Red Mill Organic Flour
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
- Cream together the softened butter and sugars on high for 3-4 minutes.
- Add in vanilla and mix for another minute.
- Slowly add in one cup of Bob's Red Mill Organic Flour at a time until batter is thick and flakey.
- Using a cookie scooper, scoop dough onto an ungreased cookie sheet about 1 inch apart.
- Bake for 13-15 minutes or until slightly browned on edges.
I like to use Bob’s Red Mill Organic Flour for my recipes not only because their products are of the highest quality, but they really help my baked goods shine. Bob’s Red Mill believes in making our world a better place through small acts of kindness, like small homemade gifts during the holidays. According to the Huffington Post, psychologists have found that baking for others promotes a sense of wellbeing and benefits the baker as much as, if not more, than the recipient. How cool is that?! We ALL feel good about doing nice things for others and being the benefactor of those nice things!!
I’d suggest making a few batches of these and wrapping them up for teachers and coworkers, maybe even vary the batches with different sprinkles, extracts, and chocolate dips and drizzles depending on the person. If you’re having a cookie exchange, be sure to check out THESE printables for a great Cookie Exchange Party!
Definitely take the time to make these cookies as this holiday season approaches, they’d be a great Thanksgiving dessert idea, a wonderful holiday cookie recipe or a PERFECT small baked good gift idea.