Mother’s Day Cookies, A Variety of Shortbread

The internet is a wonderful thing, it enables people half way across the world to get in contact at the touch of a button. I’ve already talked about how thankful I am for my little corner of the internet, but today I’m here to tell a whole different story. A message arrived a few days ago from a mother-daughter duo, Patience Brewster, who make unique gifts, inspiring me to share a recipe that says ‘mothers day’ in my mind and if possible to discuss my mother (and grandmother) and daughter cooking story, in honour of mother’s day in the USA.Short2

When it comes to be being surrounded by good cooks, I was blessed. My mother always kept me in awe in the kitchen with her sugarwork fruit baskets and elaborate birthday cakes that she made me each year. My grandma on my mum’s side was no cook unfortunately, but she left an even greater gift, her recipe for Christmas cake, it was the only thing she was good at making and it just happened to be the best in the world; I’ve shared that story already. Whilst I sadly never met my paternal grandparents, I was truly blessed with hands down the most amazing surrogate (long story) grandparents; the richness they bought to my childhood is immeasurable (along with the number of photos they have of me, along with stories), one (of the many) thing they bought me was a basket full of kitchen tools and cookery equipment, in honour of me starting cookery club. That was 17 years ago, when I was 7 years old and I still use most of those tools today. The first recipe I ever learnt by heart was shortbread. I’ve talked about my shortbread story before but it really is where my cookery journey started; inspired by one incredibly talented and fearless cook, my mother.

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Chocolate Dipped Shortbread

Shortbread was one of the first things I learned to bake and it was at cookery club in year 3 of primary school. I made it so often that I had the recipe memorised at age 8 and would go around to people’s houses, ask if they wanted some shortbread and then proceed to waltz into their kitchen and make them some. Whilst I no longer invite myself to cook in other people’s kitchens, it is a recipe that I hold dear because it was the first, ya know?

Whilst I am away with work this week, a friend’s mum has kindly offered to put me up for a couple of nights and I wanted to make something to take with me, as a gesture of thanks. I was informed that shortbread and milk chocolate are favourites of hers and I set about combining the two.

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I did alter my time tested recipe by adding vanilla bean paste, it is by no means necessary but does make for a delicious biscuit. I got to use my new fancy pants rolling pin too, never have I made such an even batch of biscuits!

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