VANILLA SHORTBREAD COOKIES

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Bright, buttery & sparkly- there’s nothing better than deliciously festive Vanilla Shortbread! Candy coated & sprinkled to holiday perfection, everyone loves these melt-in-your mouth cookies.

Bright & Sparkly Vanilla Shortbread Cookies - Butter With A Side of BreadI’m participating in the Worldwide Day of Service and I’m thrilled to share my efforts with you! Oftentimes when I think of performing service I feel like I need to organize some grand event. Something big that will benefit a worthwhile cause and really make an impact. However, about 20 minutes into planning, I’m overwhelmed! I’m a mom to 5 and life is so busy; I often find myself taking on too much. I hope I’m not alone in this! Over time I’ve realized that service doesn’t have to equate to something BIG. Even small, simple gestures of authentic service can mean so much. This December, I encourage you to serve in any way you can. Simple acts of kindness, thoughtful gestures to family or friends, an encouraging word to a neighbor- it will all contribute towards making this month more meaningful.

lighttheworld-with-vanilla-shortbread-cookies-bsbThis month, there is a world-wide effort encouraging everyone to perform small acts of service each day until Christmas. Here’s a calendar that will give you several ideas for daily service– I also share more below.

My current church calling is to plan and orchestrate activities for the 8 and 9 year old girls in our neighborhood. I absolutely love this calling! I really wanted to inspire the girls to find small ways to serve people around them, so I included some ideas as well as a sweet cookie to help them along. Cookies are everyone’s love language and these will hopefully encourage the girls to serve and #LIGHTtheWORLD. I’m passing along my cookie recipe as well as a few ideas to help inspire you to serve others this holiday season.

Enjoy!

Vanilla Shortbread Cookies

  • 1 cup butter, softened (2 sticks)
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 cups white melting chocolate*
  • festive sprinkles- white jimmies, clear and gold sugar sprinkles
  1. With an electric mixer, cream the butter with the sugar until the mixture is light and fluffy. Add in vanilla extract.
  2. Add flour, baking powder and salt. Mix until it forms a dough.
  3. Roll out dough between 2 pieces of parchment paper until 1/4″ thick. Cut star shapes and transfer onto parchment lined baking sheets. Repeat until all dough is cut into star shapes.
  4. Heat the oven to 300°F. Bake the cookies on the top rack of the oven for 22-26 minutes, until just barely browning.
  5. Transfer to wire racks to cool. Combine 1-2 TBSP of each type of sprinkles until desired mixture is achieved. I used slightly more clear sprinkles than either the white or gold ones.
  6. Heat white chocolate in microwave for 1 minute, stir gently and continue heating in 15 second increments until smooth. Paint on each cookie with a silicone brush. Top with sprinkles generously until covered. Let cool to harden.

Below you can find a few more of our favorite Christmas Cookies!

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Here are several ideas for daily service that just about anyone can participate in, you can print copies to use here.  Special thanks to Colette from My Computer is My Canvas for these incredible printable activities!

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I wanted to make my star cookies bright and sparkly- mission accomplished! Here are my cute little gifts for each girl: a star cookie along with a list with ideas on how to serve their family, their teachers and classmates, etc. There is so much potential in our children and I hope to help them feel the holidays go well beyond Santa and presents.

Bright & Sparkly Vanilla Shortbread Cookies - Butter With A Side of Bread

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Yields 2.5 dozen

VANILLA SHORTBREAD COOKIES

Bright, buttery & sparkly- there's nothing better than deliciously festive Vanilla Shortbread! Candy coated & sprinkled to holiday perfection, everyone loves these melt-in-your mouth cookies.

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22 min

32 minTotal Time

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Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter, softened (2 sticks)
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 cups white melting chocolate*
  • festive sprinkles- white jimmies, clear and gold sugar sprinkles

Instructions

  1. With an electric mixer, cream the butter with the sugar until the mixture is light and fluffy. Add in vanilla extract.
  2. Add flour, baking powder and salt. Mix until it forms a dough.
  3. Roll out dough between 2 pieces of parchment paper until 1/4" thick. Cut star shapes and transfer onto parchment lined baking sheets. Repeat until all dough is cut into star shapes.
  4. Heat the oven to 300°F.
  5. Bake the cookies on the top rack of the oven for 22-26 minutes, until just barely browning.
  6. Transfer to wire racks to cool. Combine 1-2 TBSP of each type of sprinkles until desired mixture is achieved. I used slightly more clear sprinkles than either the white or gold ones.
  7. Heat white chocolate in microwave for 1 minute, stir gently and continue heating in 15 second increments until smooth. Paint on each cookie with a silicone brush. Top with sprinkles generously until covered. Let cool to harden.
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