Simple Shortbread: One Recipe, Four Cookies

Christmas cookies are everywhere you look these days. This month, magazines have devoted entire issues to them, bloggers and bakers just wrapped a #cookieweek theme on Twitter and cookbooks such as the brand new Gourmet Cookie Book are inundating us with endless options for sweet, buttery goodness.

Every year there is some new trend, some riff on a classic or old favorite, but it is rare that I am swayed. Sure, I try a few new cookie recipes every holiday season, but one variety that I am eternally devoted to are shortbread.

No matter how busy I am during the weeks leading up to the holidays, I always make time for classic homemade shortbread. This simple combination of only four ingredients – flour, sugar, butter and salt – claims to be the best cookie out there and I tend to agree.

If you are bored with the classic recipe, the good news for you is that there are many variations that you can make on the standard, as this type of cookie lends itself very genially to manipulation.

Here are directions for making four different varieties of cookies using the same dough. All are simple to make and don’t require the extra step of rolling dough and cutting shapes (although that is a fine option and the dough works well for that method too).

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And Simple Bites contributor Cheri shares her recently renovated kitchen before and after shots with us. Love it!

What’s cooking in your kitchen today?

Home for the Holidays 2010 Giveaway: The Winners!

Whew. What a week!

I had such fun introducing you to great companies and giving you a chance to win their exceptional products. Home for the Holidays has been a blast, and I wish I could hand out prizes to each one of you, out of thanks for being such loyal, encouraging readers. Sadly, I’m not Santa – or Oprah.

Now, Iโ€™m as anxious as you are to announce the winners of the five giveaways that Simple Bites featured over the past few days, so let’s get right to it without further ado…

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Giveaway: Children’s Mini Kitchen from Magic Cabin

Welcome to Simple Living Media’s Home for the Holidays! We’ve got 25 giveaways across the entire network this week to give you plenty of chances to win a great gift, just in time for the holidays.

Today’s giveaway is for the the little ones in the house: a Mini Kitchen from Magic Cabin!

We all know how much they like to be in the kitchen with us, so why not give them a place where they can cook up their own culinary creations anytime.

Retailing at $99, this sturdy little all-wood kitchen charms both boys and girls with its sweet and simple design, imaginative layout and 23 irresistible accessories.

Read on to learn more about this kitchen-themed toy and how you can win it for your children!

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Giveaway: $100 Lisa Leonard Jewelry Gift Certificate

This giveaway has ended.ย  Check back on Saturday, December 4 for the winner!

Welcome to Simple Living Media’s Home for the Holidays! We’ve got 25 giveaways across the entire network this week to give you plenty of chances to win a great gift, just in time for the holidays.

Today’s giveaway is for you. Not for the kitchen, the kids, the home, but a special gift for the girl who keeps it all together and probably doesn’t have much time (or money) for herself. I’m giving away a one-hundred dollar gift certificate to the fabulous Lisa Leonard Designs!

Each piece of Lisa’s custom-made, hand-stamped jewelry is a work of art, each piece more beautiful than the last. Not only are they personalized pieces of jewelry, but they encapsulate a timeless style that is both casual and elegant.

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