Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Handmade Presents Everyone Will Love

Handmade Christmas treats can be very special to give and receive!

For the past 3 years, we have made the most amazing cookie I've ever put in my mouth for special Christmas treats.  We found the recipe in the "Family Circle" magazine and thought it sounded interesting.

I've been keeping this recipe near and dear to my heart but sharing is caring so I finally decided to quit being a Scrooge and share it with you! 

They're great for neighbors, friends, teachers, hairdressers, and the like.

I would make a few batches because they will disappear very quickly!  One bite and you're a goner.

Package them up carefully because they break easily due to their incredible flaky buttery goodness.  

Distribute with love!

Rosemary Shortbread Christmas Tree Cookies

2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour (I use organic)
2 Tbsp chopped fresh rosemary
3/4 tsp salt
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
2/3 cup confectioners' sugar

In a bowl, whisk together flour, rosemary, and salt.  In a stand mixer, beat butter and sugar on medium speed until well blended.  Reduce speed to low and slowly add in flour mixture.  Blend until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs.  Gather dough into two balls, wrap both tightly in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes.

Heat oven to 350.  Remove one dough ball and roll out to 1/4 inch thickness on parchment paper.  Punch out cookies using a small (3 1/2 inch) tree-shaped cookie cutter.  Transfer cutouts to a wax paper lined cookie sheet about 2 inches apart.  Refrigerate for 15 minutes.  Repeat with second dough ball.  Bake at 350 for 8-12 minutes.  Don't let the cookies brown!!!  Transfer to a cooling rack.


In addition to our yummy cookies, I put together a lovely, inexpensive gift to give to the special people in our lives.

I purchased initial mugs from Anthropologie for $8-10 and mini, glitter poinsettias for $2.99 from Trader Joe's.  

Voila.  Cute as can be.  

p.s.  Why do I drink Baby Mama Juice?  Because I declared the 19th through the 26th black out days for house showings!  I don't have to worry about cleaning my house for a week and a half!  Yippie!  Merry Christmas to me!


  1. I want to try those cookies! Great gifts!

  2. Dying to try these cookies now!! There so easy!!

  3. love the mug gift! those cookies sound great. i've made this recipe twice and i have a feeling you'll love it! www.goodlifeeats.com/2013/03/easy-honey-mustard-baked-chicken.html (it's got rosemary in it!)

  4. D is for David, I'm guessing. K is for . . .

  5. Those mugs are adorable. I cannot bake to save my life, but I may just print this recipe and have my man bake us some Christmas cookies! (:


  6. Thank you so much for sharing your recipe I can't wait to try it when I finally get my mixer.....shhhh I looked at my registry it has been purchased!!!! :-)


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