Jelly Shortbreads Recipe

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Slow Down and Have a Tea Party with Jelly Shortbreads

You don’t often sit down to tea with your friends anymore.  We are a society that is always on the go, especially if we have kids.  When your schedule is hectic, it’s the perfect time to schedule time with someone, whether that be your kids, friends, or family, to sit down, take a breath, and maybe have a grown-up tea party!  Every tea party needs fantastic treats, and these thumbprint style Jelly Shortbreads are the perfect addition to finger sandwiches and your favorite tea blends.

Luscious Jellies Make Delicious Jelly Shortbreads

I love to frequent farmers markets and one of the things I look for are unique jams and jellies.  I was recently at a beautiful market and found something I’ve never seen before: Queen Anne’s Lace Jelly.  It has a beautiful golden color, and the flavor…WOW!  I thought it would be really herbal, but it’s actually pretty darn citrusy and light.  Paired with the rich and buttery shortbread crust, they are perfect for the delicious and beautiful Jelly Shortbreads.  Choose a jelly that you like on a simple piece of toast, and you’ll love it in Jelly Shortbreads.  Jams work too, but they might end up a little lumpy in the final cookies as it really doesn’t melt much.  Jelly will melt and create a pretty little puddle that looks like glass when it cools.  The choice is yours!

Jelly Shortbreads ~ Take Time Out for a Tea Party

Jelly Shortbreads ~ Take Time Out for a Tea Party

Ingredients

  • 1 C sugar
  • 1/2 t salt
  • 1/2 t vanilla
  • 2 C (1 lb) butter, softened
  • 4 C flour
  • 1 1/2 C (12 oz) jelly or jam

Instructions

  1. Heat oven to 275 degrees F.
  2. Cream the sugar, salt, vanilla, and butter together until smooth.
  3. Slowly add the flour in, mixing each addition until completely incorporated.
  4. Using a mini-muffin pan, roll teaspoonfuls of dough into balls and place in the muffin cups.
  5. Press flat in the muffin cup.
  6. Bake 20 minutes.
  7. Remove from oven and using a wooden tart tamper or spoon, press the center of each cookie into a cup shape. Fill with about half a teaspoon of jelly or jam.
  8. Return to the oven and bake another 6 minutes.
  9. Let cool in the tin for 4-5 minutes. Using a thin knife, run the tip around the edge of the cookie, loosening it from the tin. Remove to paper towel and let cool completely.
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Jelly Shortbreads Make Great Gifts

This batch of Jelly Shortbreads will make about 6 dozen little tarts that not only taste great fresh, but they freeze well, and make phenomenal heartfelt gifts.  Change the jelly up for different holidays, or maybe a special family jelly that has a lot of memories.  Use your imagination and make these your own!

 

1 C sugar

1/2 t salt

1/2 t vanilla

2 C (1 lb) butter, softened

4 C flour

1 1/2 C (12 oz) jelly or jam

 

Heat oven to 275 degrees F.

Cream the sugar, salt, vanilla, and butter together until smooth.

Slowly add the flour in, mixing each addition until completely incorporated.

Using a mini-muffin pan, roll teaspoonfuls of dough into balls and place in the muffin cups.

Press flat in the muffin cup.

Bake 20 minutes.

Remove from oven and using a wooden tart tamper or spoon, press the center of each cookie into a cup shape.  Fill with about half a teaspoon of jelly or jam.

Return to the oven and bake another 6 minutes.

Let cool in the tin for 4-5 minutes.  Using a thin knife, run the tip around the edge of the cookie, loosening it from the tin.  Remove to paper towel and let cool completely.

 

Served at a tea party or given as a gift, Jelly Shortbreads make a great impression!

 

Coffeehouse Shortbreads Recipe

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Coffeehouse Shortbreads at Home

Have you ever gone to a coffee shop and had the most amazing Coffeehouse Shortbreads cookies and wanted to make them at home?  I’ve had that experience too!  I love to come home and make things from scratch that mirror something I’ve had out, so these cookies were a must.  Tender shortbreads are something I’ve always loved out, but there had to be a good way to make them at home.

Start with Quality Coffee for Coffeehouse Shortbreads

You read that right!  These Coffeehouse Shortbreads have coffee in them!  I started with quality ground coffee, from a local coffee house that I frequent.  They grind it really fine for me, so it goes really nicely in the cookies.  Eat coffee grounds?  Yes!  I fell in love with chocolate covered espresso beans years ago, and adding a bit of finely ground coffee to a phenomenal Coffeehouse Shortbreads cookie was a no-brainer.  It adds a richness and depth that the plain cookie itself lacks.  Try a non-flavored, quality coffee, such as a Kona or Kona blend, in this wonderfully complex cookie and save the flavored coffees for your cup.

Coffeehouse Shortbreads Recipe ~ Bring the Coffeehouse to Your House!

Coffeehouse Shortbreads Recipe ~ Bring the Coffeehouse to Your House!

Ingredients

  • 1 C granulated sugar
  • 1/2 t salt
  • 1/2 t almond extract
  • 1 lb (2 C) butter, softened
  • 4 C flour
  • 6 T finely ground quality coffee
  • 1/4 t cinnamon

Instructions

  1. Heat oven to 275 degrees F.
  2. Cream the sugar, salt, extract, and butter until smooth and soft.
  3. In a separate bowl, mix the flour, coffee, and cinnamon.
  4. Add the flour mixture to the butter mixture, mixing completely.
  5. Scoop a heaping tablespoon of dough and roll into a ball. Flatten slightly and place on an ungreased cookie sheet. These cookies will not spread far, so you can fill the tray nearly completely.
  6. Bake 15 minutes. Turn each cookie over, then bake another 15 minutes. Place on paper toweling to cool.
  7. Enjoy with your favorite cup of coffee.
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Local Coffee Shops, Local Coffee Roasters for Coffeehouse Shortbreads

I’m always excited when I see a new local coffee shop or roaster pop up in town.  They are usually sources of great things, and nothing seems better than freshly roasted coffee, perfectly heated and ground, ready for my coffee pot.  And now, that same coffee is amazing in these Coffeehouse Shortbreads.  The fresher the roast, the more flavor you get both in your cup and on your plate.  Check around you for homegrown coffeehouses and roasters.  They might surprise you with their variety and prices!

 

1 C granulated sugar

1/2 t salt

1/2 t almond extract

1 lb (2 C) butter, softened

4 C flour

6 T finely ground quality coffee

1/4 t cinnamon

 

Heat oven to 275 degrees F.

Cream the sugar, salt, extract, and butter until smooth and soft.

In a separate bowl, mix the flour, coffee, and cinnamon.

Add the flour mixture to the butter mixture, mixing completely.

Scoop a heaping tablespoon of dough and roll into a ball.  Flatten slightly and place on an ungreased cookie sheet.  These cookies will not spread far, so you can fill the tray nearly completely.

Bake 15 minutes.  Turn each cookie over, then bake another 15 minutes.  Place on paper toweling to cool.

Enjoy with your favorite cup of coffee.

 

Then come home and make some Coffeehouse Shortbreads with the wonderful coffee you’ve found.