Spring Shortbread Cookies

SugaryWinzy Spring Shortbread Cookies

I made these spring shortbread cookies to welcome the coming warm weather, sunny skies, blooming flowers and lush foliage.  It is snowing and cold outside as I type this post.  Winter is also pretty in a different way, but I’ll trade the cold anytime.  I made two types of shortbread cookies.  Chocolate shortbread for the bunny cookies and a shortbread recipe similar to the one I used for the Heart Shortbread Cookies.  The recipe for the colorful flowers, chicks and Easter eggs is exactly the same as the recipe for Shamrock Shortbread Cookies, the only difference was I divided the dough this time in four and tinted each portion a different color. 

 

 

SugaryWinzy Spring Shortbread Cookies

I wanted shortbread cookies in the shape of little critters and cute things associated with spring.

SugaryWinzy Spring Shortbread Cookies

So that meant making shortbread cookies in the shape of flowers…

SugaryWinzy Spring Shortbread Cookies

…and shortbread cookies in the shape of chicks, of the warm and fuzzy kind…

SugaryWinzy Spring Shortbread Cookies

…and of course, shortbread cookies in the shape of Easter eggs and bunnies!

SugaryWinzy Spring Shortbread Cookies

 I divided the chocolate dough into two equal balls and the plain cookie dough into four parts, and then tinted each part pink, yellow, green and blue.

 

 

SugaryWinzy Spring Shortbread Cookies

I discovered it’s easier to roll out the dough if I first flatten a small portion of it with the palm of my hand into a flat disc, and then roll it out with a rolling pin.  So I rolled out smaller sections of the tinted dough first…

SugaryWinzy Spring Shortbread Cookies

…to make these shapes.

SugaryWinzy Spring Shortbread Cookies

I had a tulip cookie cutter, so I used the pink dough for the flower portion and green dough for the leaves and the stem.

 

 

SugaryWinzy Spring Shortbread Cookies

To get a clean edge, I used a round cookie cutter to trim the leaf edges.  For the flower, I just used a sharp knife to trim the bottom edge.

 

 

SugaryWinzy Spring Shortbread Cookies

Using a spatula, I transferred each flower part separately onto a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.

SugaryWinzy Spring Shortbread Cookies

To join the flower and the stem portion, I just placed the two parts next to each other and gently rubbed the edges of both pieces together so that they would blend and adhere.

 

 

SugaryWinzy Spring Shortbread Cookies

Like so!  Once baked, the two pieces will bind as if it was just one whole cookie.

SugaryWinzy Spring Shortbread Cookies

Here are some tulips all ready for the oven.

SugaryWinzy Spring Shortbread Cookies

And then I rolled out some more portions of each color to cut out more shapes.  I used a pastry wheel to make a pattern for the Easter eggs.

 

 

SugaryWinzy Spring Shortbread Cookies

I placed the cookie dough strips I cut out with the pastry wheel on top of each Easter egg to make a pattern, and lightly pressed down on each strip so it would stick to the shape below it.

 

 

SugaryWinzy Spring Shortbread Cookies

Then I also cut out some bunny shapes from the chocolate cookie dough using this vintage cookie cutter.  I have to say, that chocolate cookie dough was so good I just had to keep on sampling it.  And, since the recipe doesn’t contain any eggs, it was perfectly fine and safe to taste the unbaked dough.

 

 

SugaryWinzy Spring Shortbread Cookies

I also cut out a few bunny shapes using a different shape bunny cookie cutter.  I improvised using the round end of an icing tip to make little circles.

 

 

SugaryWinzy Spring Shortbread Cookies

And I continued to roll out some more dough and cut out some more shapes until pretty soon my workspace started to look like this.  I didn’t roll out all the dough, and just wrapped the unused portions separately in plastic wrap and kept them in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

 

 

SugaryWinzy Spring Shortbread Cookies

A number of the spring shortbread cookies didn’t last long enough to be photographed.  I wanted to create just enough arrangements, much like a cookie version of the pictures you would see in a child’s story book.  As a matter of fact, my main purpose was to print out and assemble the pictures along with a story to give to a little niece as an Easter present, of course with some cookies; that way she will have a little booklet exclusively for her.  Here’s my initial version.

 

 

A Day in the Life of Bun the Rabbit

 

SugaryWinzy Spring Shortbread Cookies

Once upon a time there lived a rabbit, named Bun, which is short for Bunny Rabbit.  He and his pals, the baby chicks, Chiclet and Chickadee, like to frolic in the garden amidst the blooming flowers on a bright, sunshiny spring day.  Their job is to deliver pretty eggs on Easter Sunday.

 

 

SugaryWinzy Spring Shortbread Cookies

Sometimes, Bun just sits back and watches his friends have fun.

SugaryWinzy Spring Shortbread Cookies

Bun likes to smell the sweet fragrance of the flowers.

SugaryWinzy Spring Shortbread Cookies

But Chiclet and Chickadee call out because they want him to play too and join in the fun.

SugaryWinzy Spring Shortbread Cookies

So Bun joins them and does silly things like balance an Easter egg on top of his head.  Isn’t that the silliest thing?

SugaryWinzy Spring Shortbread Cookies

Chiclet takes a rest and she too, smells the wonderful fragrance of the flowers and says, “Oh my!  These flowers smell so good!” And the flowers say, “Why, thank you.  It’s finally spring and aren’t we just all a happy bunch!”

 

 

SugaryWinzy Spring Shortbread Cookies

And so they continue with their fun, Bun, the chicks, the flowers and Easter eggs.  Just prancing about, making merry, playing games and running around.  It’s the best way to enjoy a nice spring day.

 

 

SugaryWinzy Spring Shortbread Cookies

And then Bun starts to daydream about his other rabbit pals who live in other gardens and some who live in the woods, doing pretty much the same thing.  Just laughing and having fun, getting ready to deliver Easter eggs.  For if you look in your backyard or take a walk in the woods, once in a while, you will see a rabbit hopping about.  That rabbit could very well be one of Bun’s friends or relations.

 

 

SugaryWinzy Spring Shortbread Cookies

“I wonder how my other rabbit pals are doing,” muses Bun.  “I think I would like to pay them a visit and see if we can share ideas on how best we can carry out our chore of delivering Easter eggs,” Bun continues.   Much as our little critters love to have fun, they know there is a time for play and a time to for chores.  And they take their chore of delivering Easter eggs very seriously.  Besides, they know that delivering pretty little eggs on Easter Sunday makes everyone happy, and since Bun and his friends enjoy it so much, it becomes less of a chore, doesn’t it?  Think of your chores as fun and more like games.  Pretty soon you’ll actually be enjoying them just like Bun does.

 

SugaryWinzy Spring Shortbread Cookies

Bun’s pals, the chicks, agree that it’s a good idea to pay other rabbits a visit on this nice spring day, and so they set forth whistling merrily along as they hop and skip to the woods and other gardens.

 

 

SugaryWinzy Spring Shortbread Cookies

It seems Bun and the gang have fallen into a rabbit hole.  But not to worry, for rabbits actually live in rabbit holes.

 

 

SugaryWinzy Spring Shortbread Cookies

It’s the first time for Chiclet and Chickadee to be in a rabbit hole.  But they think of it as an adventure since they have Bun by their side.  “Fear not,” says Bun.  “I know these rabbit holes like the back of my paw.”  And there he is right behind everyone making sure they don’t trip.

 

 

SugaryWinzy Spring Shortbread Cookies

And Chickadee takes a tumble anyway for she’s not used to being in rabbit holes.

SugaryWinzy Spring Shortbread Cookies

And the yellow flower chimes in, “A rabbit hole is an odd place for a flower to be, but I’ll think of it as something to explore and learn.”

SugaryWinzy Spring Shortbread Cookies

Well said, yellow flower.  Something unfamiliar won’t seem so strange if you keep an open mind and learn about it.  The world is a vast place with so much to discover.  It’s better not to confine yourself to what you already know.  Go forth little ones and learn as much as you can.

 

 

SugaryWinzy Spring Shortbread Cookies

“Aye,” agrees the pink flower.  “I’m with you.”

SugaryWinzy Spring Shortbread Cookies

For the pink flower and the yellow flower are pals.  So she always seems to follow the yellow flower’s lead.

 

 

SugaryWinzy Spring Shortbread Cookies

But it’s not to say the little pink flower doesn’t have a mind of her own.  She is smart enough to think for herself.  It’s just that she looks at the yellow flower as kind of a big sister.

 

 

SugaryWinzy Spring Shortbread Cookies

And what have we here?  It seems the little blue Easter egg has something to say too.  “I think we can all agree this is quite an exciting journey,” says the egg.

 

 

SugaryWinzy Spring Shortbread Cookies

Our little critter friends have been travelling just a few feet, but indeed it seems like a journey to them for they are so little.  Soon they reach their destination, for they finally meet up with one of the other rabbits, Pudgy.  Pudgy is shaped slightly different, but he is nonetheless a rabbit too.

 

 

SugaryWinzy Spring Shortbread Cookies

And Bun is really excited and relieved the trip is reaching its end.  Just a few more hops will do it.  Besides, he was getting a little tired of Chiclet and Chickadee asking every minute or so, “Are we there yet?”  Really now, patience is a virtue.  And they are all glad their patience is rewarded.

 

 

SugaryWinzy Spring Shortbread Cookies

And here are Bun and the chicks finally together with the rest of the bunny rabbits.  They will have fun and games but will also talk about their task at hand, which is to deliver pretty little eggs on Easter Sunday.

 

 

SugaryWinzy Spring Shortbread Cookies

So come Easter Sunday, as you hunt for your Easter eggs, think of Bun and his friends who made sure to fill the day with fun and pretty little eggs.

 

 

SugaryWinzy Spring Shortbread Cookies

And they lived happily ever after.  The End!

—o0o—

SugaryWinzy Heart

 

 

Spring Shortbread Cookies
 
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Ingredients
  • 1 ½ cups (3 sticks) unsalted butter at room temperature
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • ¼ cup powdered sugar
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • Few drops of different food colors
Preparation
  1. Preheat oven to 300 F.
  2. With a flat beater, cream butter until light and smooth.
  3. Gradually add granulated sugar and mix until well blended and fluffy.
  4. Gradually add powdered sugar and then salt and beat until fully combined
  5. Gradually add the flour and beat well.
  6. Divide dough according to the number of colors desired.
  7. Tint each portion with a few drops of food color and beat until color is spread evenly throughout the dough. Switch to medium high and beat until the dough leaves the sides of the bowl and starts clinging to the beater to form a ball.
  8. Remove the tinted dough from the mixer bowl and add the next dough ball to be tinted in desired color. Repeat the procedure for tinting the rest of the dough portions.
  9. Lightly knead each colored dough portion on the countertop to form a smooth and pliant ball. Wrap in plastic wrap and chill for 15 minutes.
  10. Roll dough on a sheet of waxed paper with a rolling pin and cut shapes with a cookie cutter.
  11. Bake on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper for about 15 minutes. Remove cookies from oven and cool thoroughly on cooling rack.
Notes
Before rolling the dough, flatten it first into a disc with the palm of your hand, then use a rolling pin to roll it out and smoothen the surface.

 

 

Chocolate Shortbread Cookies
 
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Ingredients
  • 3 ounces semi-sweet chocolate melted and cooled
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup powdered sugar
  • 2 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
Preparation
  1. Preheat oven to 300 F.
  2. Melt the chocolate in a double boiler over simmering water. Set aside to cool.
  3. With a flat beater attachment of a stand mixer, cream the butter until light and smooth.
  4. Gradually add the granulated sugar and salt and beat until fluffy.
  5. Gradually add the powdered sugar and beat until well incorporated.
  6. On low speed, add the melted chocolate and beat until well combined.
  7. Add the flour and beat well.
  8. Lightly knead the dough on the countertop to form a smooth and pliant ball. Dough can be divided in half to form two dough balls. Wrap tightly in plastic wrap and chill for about 15 minutes.
  9. Roll dough on a sheet of waxed paper with a rolling pin and cut shapes with a cookie cutter.
  10. Bake on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper for about 15 minutes. Remove cookies from oven and cool thoroughly on cooling rack.
Notes
Before rolling the dough, flatten it first into a disc with the palm of your hand, then use a rolling pin to roll it out and smoothen the surface.

 

 

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