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It’s my favorite time of year! Holiday baking time, of course! I consider myself pretty lucky that I have this blog because I get to make holiday cookies all through November and December to post on here and then I get to make real holiday cookies when Christmas actually comes. I bought a couple new pairs of sweatpants last week so I am ready to get started on the holiday eating. Errr, baking.

I went to Walmart recently and found 2 packs of Land O’ Lakes butter for 7 bucks which is a pretty awesome deal. I had shortbread on the brain so I knew I needed quite a bit of butter.

I’ve said it a million times but shortbread is by far my favorite cookie. Especially this time of year because they’re so easy to make festive. You can add sprinkles like I did here or you can dip half the cookie in chocolate or add in cranberries and pistachios. I went with my go-to shortbread recipe which is super quick to throw together and the worst part is letting the dough sit overnight. It’s torture knowing you have all that goodness in the fridge!

They bake up in about 10 minutes and are absolutely delicious. If you need a quick, easy cookie to take your holiday party or get-together, this is it. It’s always a crowd faovirte and even my “I don’t like cookies!” husband loves them. My kid’s class is doing a cookie exchange instead of gifts and I’m thinking I’ll probably send these.

If you need other holiday recipe ideas, be sure to check out the Land O’ Lakes Holiday Gift Giving page. There’s also a fun Land O’Lakes Pinterest contest to win a $250 giftcard to Walmart going on – just complete the following steps to be entered.

1. Follow Land O’Lakes on Pinterest, user: LandoLakesKtchn
2. Enter your email in the form and click “Enter”
3. Pin the image to any of your Pinterest Boards
4. Visit the Holiday Treats Board and share your favorites (the CB socially board!)

1 Winner will be selected at random and they can only enter once!
Contest runs 11/25/13-1/14/14


Sprinkled Shortbread

Ingredients

1 cup butter, softened
3/4 cup powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/8 teaspoon salt
2 cups flour
about 1 cup of sprinkles

Instructions

  1. In a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat butter until creamy. Beat in powdered sugar, vanilla. and salt until incorporated.
  2. Slowly beat in flour and beat until just combined.
  3. Divide the batter into 2 and shape each one into a thick log.
  4. Pour the sprinkles onto a flat plate and roll the log of batter through the sprinkles until they are well covered.
  5. Wrap in wax paper and allow to sit overnight in the refrigerator.
  6. The next day, preheat oven to 350F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
  7. Remove the logs from the fridge and slice into 1/4" rounds. Place on prepared pan.
  8. Bake in preheated oven for 10 - 12 minutes or until set. You do not want them to brown.
  9. Cool on a wire rack.
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