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Martha’s Shortbread

Years ago, and I mean YEARS ago, like before my kiddos were born years. I often made Martha Stewart’s dried cranberry shortbread hearts. This shortbread was a favorite at home and at the office that I worked at, coworkers would pop by often to see what treats I had and these were always gone in a flash.

annaepp_baking_www.lifeisgoodatthebeach.ca/marthas-shortbreadI almost always used candied cherries instead of dried cranberries as they give it an extra little something. I also would cut them into hearts, but hated that I lost cookies with the trimmings, so I started to cut them into squares. Then one day I had some mini chocolate chips to use up and thought, why not? Then I cut them into rectangles instead of squares.

A few weeks ago, I wanted some cookies for a workshop I was hosting, but I didn’t want to spend too much time in the kitchen. I remembered Martha’s Shortbread and that I could whip them up in minutes. Now I can barely keep them in the house, Hubby sneaks a few, the kiddos sneak a few, then all of a sudden the tin is empty. I throw together another batch, changing it up slightly and poof! Those are gone too! Thank you Martha Stewart, for giving us quick and easy shortbread for all to enjoy!

annaepp_baking_www.lifeisgoodatthebeach.ca/marthas-shortbreadRecipe

40 minutes

serves 24

Ingredients:

1 cup of butter, softened

3/4 cup of icing sugar

1 tsp vanilla

2 cups of all purpose flour

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 cup finely chopped dried cranberries, or candied cherries, or mini chocolate chips

Instructions:

  1. preheat oven to 325.
  2. Combine butter, icing sugar, vanilla, flour and salt in a large mixing bowl or the bowl of your electric mixer. Mix until all ingredients are combined.
  3. Add cranberries, cherries, or chocolate chips
  4. Press batter evenly into 8×8 or 9×9 square baking pan. Bake until just turning golden, about 20 minutes. Place pan on cooling rack until cool to the touch, about 20 minutes. Run a knife around the edge and turn shortbread out onto a cutting board. Use a heart shaped cookie cutter to cut into hearts or cut with a knife into squares or rectangles.

 

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Energy Bites for your kiddos

Thin Mint flavored energy bites for your kiddos or any adults that needs a little pick me up during the day.

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I pulled together a batch of these energy bites for the kiddos this weekend. A quick and easy recipe that anyone, and I mean anyone, can do. I used a basic recipe I found on Pinterest and then changed it up for us with the things we like and can eat. Basically, you can make changes to these recipes based on you and your family. We don’t do nuts here (I am now allergic) and we don’t do dairy. I took out hemp seeds and added carob chips instead, you could put in a number of different seeds and goodies as you see fit.

annaepp_energy_bites_lifeisgoodatthebeach.ca/energy-bites-for-your-kiddosEnergy Bites for Your Kiddos – Thin Mint Flavour

20 minutes

30 servings

Ingredients:

1 1/2 cup dates

1/2 cup oatmeal

1/4 cup cocoa

1 tsp peppermint extract

1/4 cup carob chips

Instructions:

Add ingredients to your food processor, pulse to start the blending. Once the dates have started blending in it will start to seem crumbly, continue processing, everything will start to pull together and when it is all pulling from the sides stop the processor and pinch a bit between your fingers. If it holds together nicely, you are ready to roll. Roll into 1″ balls. Chill. Enjoy.

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