Herb de Provance Cranberry Shortbread cookies

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At the rate I’m going, I might as well start referring to my blog as a cookie corner!! While, I’ve clearly proven I’m crazy for cookies – there’s something about a sweet and a touch savoury shortbread cookie!! This particular recipe has a good crunch to it, it would hold it’s own next to any cup of tea – a pipping cup of coffee or hungry little ones looking for a yummy snack.

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Also, I can’t even describe the amazing smell of these as they bake – almost like spring time flowers. You can thank the herb de provance!!

Can we talk about this AH-MAZING herb blend … since discovering it late last year – I pretty much add it to everything under the sun!! Cooking beef –   herb de provance ; lamb – herb de provance ; salad dressing – herb de provance ; making muffins … herb de provance and cookies, dude – that could do with some herb de provance!! It’s a combination of Rosemary, Marjoram, Thyme, Savory and lavender aaaahhhh soooo good!!

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Dear I say, these may be my absolute favourite non-chocolate related cookie ( I had to be specific, because we all know nothing can come between me and a chocolate chip sea salt cookie fresh from the oven!!). It’s THAT delicious!!

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Herb de Provance Cranberry Shortbread cookies

1 cup unsalted butter, softened

3/4 cup granulated sugar

1 large egg

1 teaspoon vanilla

2 1/2 cups sifted all-purpose flour

1 tablespoon Herb De Provance

1/2 cup Dried Cranberries

1/4 teaspoon sea salt

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Directions:

Cream together butter and sugar.  Add egg and extract.

Add flour, Herb de Provance, cranberries and sea salt. Mix until combined.

Divide dough and shape into 2 long cookie-logs.

Wrap each in parchment paper and freeze until firm, about 1 hour.

Preheat oven to 375. Cut into 1/4-inch-thick rounds and bake for 17 minutes.

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…. And then, you’re more than welcome to send me some 🙂

p.s … I apologize for all of the double exclamation mark-ness of this post … they just make me that excited (!!)

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Irresistible Walnut Sable Cookies

Isn’t it a little ironic that on the same day lent starts, I feature this cookie? Yes, this cookie swimming with butter – doused in sugar and packed with flour.

I apologize – I really do.

All of you who have decided to take part in lent and give up sugar ( or sweets, for that matter of fact) for the next forty-days  – – you impress me. Whatever you maybe giving up … chocolate … coffee.. sugar … smoking… alcohol… you’re all doing a good thing as long as you’re doing it for the right reason. I hope the next forty days brings you peace, love and causes you to remember the reason you are making this sacrifice 🙂

The good news is, you really don’t want this cookie.

It’s crumbly and butter messy with a disgusting  just the right amount of sweetness… it’s chock full of walnuts and would be terrible perfect with a cup of coffee.

Who am I kidding…?

It’s lent – – I probably shouldn’t lie to you.

I love this buttery goodness… bookmark this recipe for after Easter. Come back then, and tell me how much you love love love your daily dose of sugar 😉

*yuck* — just look at these!! *drool*

Until then, hold tight cupcakes – – forty days will come and go in the blink of an eye.

This cookie, is also perfect for a little post Mardi-Gras pick-me-up. You know, just in case you had a couple extra sips over the weekend. All the goodness in this cookie will take care of any hangover you may have.

I care about you  – – it’s true. The last thing  I want, is for your to go into work feeling sick. It’s your duty to eat these cookies and feel better 😉

Buttery

Flaky

Crumbling the moment it hits your lips

Delicate

Melt in your mouth delicious

Irresistible Walnut Sable Cookies

4 Cups Flour

2 Cups Butter

1 Cup Granulated Sugar

1/4 Cup Brown Sugar

1 1/4 Tsp Sea Salt

3/4 Cups Cream Cheese (at room temperature)

2 Tbsp Vanilla Extract

3 Cups Chopped Walnuts

Directions

In a large bowl, mix together the flour and salt.

In your standing mixer ( or in a large bowl, using a hand mixer) – combine butter and cream cheese. Mix until light and fluffy.

Next, add both sugars.

Add Vanilla.

Now, add flour mixture. Mix just until incorporated.

Add 1 1/2 cups walnuts.

Transfer to a floured surface, and divide into two even halves.

Roll each half into a long log, approximately 1 inch in diameter.

Wrap each log in parchment paper and chill, at least 30 minutes or up to two weeks.

Once chilled, Pre-heat oven to 350 oc and lightly spray your cookie sheet.

Handling one log at a time unwrap and coat in the rest of the chopped walnuts.

Next, using a sharp knife slice into 1/4 inch slices. Repeat with second long.

Arrange your sliced dough onto the cookie sheet, leaving approximately 1/2 inch between each cookie.

Bake for 15 minuets.

Allow to cool … and then – – enter sable bliss 😉

This really is a QUITE the post- I talk about purifying yourself – – discuss a hang over you may have … and then temp you with cookies :).

Hmm… yea, let’s skip all that and just focus on the sweetness at hand!!

I hope you have a delicious day sweet hearts

xoxo