Every bite of these easy-to-make cookies will melt in your mouth. Go the traditional route and decorate with glacé cherries or use a piping bag and star tip to pipe the dough into pretty rosettes.
Portion size28 servings
Credits :Canadian Living: Holiday Baking 2015
1 1/3 cup
pecan halves (optional)
per cookie: about
Total fat7 g
Saturated fat4 g
Total carbohydrate8 g
In large bowl, beat butter until smooth. Beat in icing sugar until very fluffy and pale yellow, about 3 minutes. Beat in vanilla. In separate bowl, whisk together flour, cornstarch and salt; stir into butter mixture in 3 additions to form soft dough.
Drop by 1 tbsp, 2 inches (5 cm) apart, onto parchment paper–lined rimless baking sheets. Or roll into balls and use fork tines to flatten and make indentations on the top of each cookie. Or fill piping bag fitted with star tip and pipe dough into rosettes. Top with cherry or pecan half, if desired.
Bake, 1 sheet at a time, in 350°F (180°C) oven until light golden, about 12 minutes.
Let cool completely on pans.
(Make-ahead: Store in airtight container for up to 24 hours.) Change it up: Double-Chocolate Whipped Shortbread Reduce flour to 1 1/4 cups. Whisk 1/4 cup cocoa powder into dry ingredients. Before scooping, stir 1 cup dark chocolate chips into dough. Continue with recipe as directed.
Cherry Almond Whipped Shortbread Substitute vanilla with 1/4 tsp almond extract. Before scooping, stir 1/2 cup chopped glacé cherries into dough. Continue with recipe as directed.
Tip from The Test Kitchen: Customize your cookies by decorating with nuts, melted chocolate, sprinkles or chocolate-covered sunflower seeds!
These hand-held cups not only take less time to make than a full-size strudel but also result in less mess for guests. Use sweet-tart baking apples for the best flavour.
Prep time20 minutes
Total time1 hour & 15 minutes
(such as Northern Spy, Braeburn, Gala or Golden Delicious), peeled, cored and thinly sliced
frozen phyllo pastry
Per piece: about
Total fat11 g
Saturated fat5 g
Total carbohydrate33 g
In large skillet, melt half of the butter over medium heat; cook apples, stirring often, until tender, about 12 minutes. Remove from heat; stir in almonds, honey, lemon juice and salt. Scrape into bowl; refrigerate until lukewarm, about 20 minutes.
In small microwaveable bowl, microwave remaining butter until melted. Place 1 sheet of the phyllo on work surface; keep remaining sheets covered with damp towel (to prevent drying out). Lightly brush phyllo with some of the remaining butter. Top with second sheet of the phyllo; lightly brush with some of the remaining butter. Repeat with remaining phyllo and some of the remaining butter. Halve layers lengthwise; cut crosswise into thirds to make 6 squares.
Press 1 square into bottom and up side of each well of 6-count muffin pan, leaving overhang. Divide apple mixture among cups; fold overhang over top of filling. Brush tops of phyllo with remaining butter. Bake in 350°F oven until golden, 28 to 30 minutes. Let cool in pan for 5 minutes; transfer to serving plates. Dust with icing sugar.
Pissalidière, a flaky pizza-like tart, is traditionally topped with onions, anchovies and, at times, tomatoes. Here, we've swapped out the anchovies for artichokes to make these bites even more crowd-pleasing, and we've added spinach for a stunning pop of colour.
In skillet, melt butter over medium heat; cook onion, stirring occasionally, until tender and golden, about 20 minutes. Stir in vinegar, salt and pepper.
On parchment paper–lined rimless baking sheet, unroll 1 sheet of the pastry. Top with half each of the onion mixture, artichokes, sun-dried tomatoes and spinach. On separate baking sheet, repeat with remaining pastry, onion mixture, artichokes, sun-dried tomatoes and spinach. Bake, 1 sheet at time, in 425°F oven until edges are golden, 18 to 20 minutes. Cut each sheet into 16 squares.
Tip from The Test Kitchen: If the onion begins to stick to the skillet, add up to a tablespoon of water, a little at a time.
These savoury cheese-filled pastries come together in minutes and can be personalized to suit your tastes. Try cooked bacon and Cheddar, sun-dried tomatoes and mozzarella, or sliced pitted olives and Havarti.
roasted red peppers
, drained, chopped and thoroughly patted dry
shredded Fontina cheese
, thinly sliced
, finely grated or pressed
Per piece: about
Total fat5 g
Saturated fat2 g
Total carbohydrate5 g
On parchment paper–lined rimless baking sheet, unroll pastry.
In bowl, stir together red peppers, Fontina, Parmesan, basil and garlic; sprinkle over pastry. Tightly roll up pastry. Arrange, seam side down, on sheet of waxed paper; wrap in waxed paper, twisting ends to seal. Refrigerate until chilled, about 1 hour.
Remove waxed paper. Using serrated knife, slice pastry into scant 1/2-inch thick rounds. Arrange, 1 inch apart, on parchment paper– lined rimless baking sheet. Bake in 400°F oven, turning once, until golden, about 20 minutes. (Make-ahead: Let cool completely. Store in airtight container for up to 2 days.) Serve warm or at room temperature.