My sweet mother-in-law got our second daughter a really neat cookbook, The Maiden's Menu, for Christmas. It's published by KBR Ministries and came with a year's subscription to their magazine which I found to be quite lovely and encouraging. It's refreshing to see something available for young teenage girls that is feminine without being saccharine and unrealistic, or glammed up and hussified.

Plus it also has some really good recipes that are totally doable. Because our Emily has a bit of a sweet tooth she naturally tried a cookie recipe first. And these shortbread wonders did not disappoint. (This recipe is adapted from the Brown Sugar Shortbread recipe listed under Delicious Desserts.)

What you'll need:
1 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 1/4 cup all purpose flour

What you'll do:
Cream butter and sugar together in a mixing bowl
Gradually stir in the flour
Knead until smooth on a lightly floured surface
Roll into balls, place on a cookie sheet and flatten with a fork*
Bake at 300 degrees for 25 minutes or until the bottoms begin to brown.

The first time my husband tried one he said, and I quote, "These are special." Which translates to "Make these often."

And we have. They taste great with a cup of coffee or tea...not to sweet :-)

Sharing the cookie jar with Melt in Your Mouth Monday, This Gal Cooks, Meal Time Monday, Sweet Sharing Monday and Try a New Recipe Tuesday.

*The original recipe calls for shaping the dough into a rectangle shape before cutting into strips and pricking with a fork. Em found it easier to make them into balls.


  1. i love shortbread cookies! thanks for sharing this - i'm pinning it for later and can't wait to make them with my kiddos :)

    1. ps - forgot to tell you i was stopping by from marvelous mondays :)

  2. These look so tasty...and simple (my favorite combination). Pinning. Just wanted to thank you for stopping by and leaving a sweet comment on my Girly Birthday Party post. My daughter is a budding artist as well. I think the artist party has been her favorite. If you decide to go that route and need anymore inspiration, I'd be happy to share all that we did at the party. Have a great week!

    1. Nici, I'd love to hear anymore ideas you have! Here birthday isn't until November but I was thinking it may be a great spring break party :-)

  3. these look so delicious! yum! thanks for sharing!

    Stopping by from the GYB blog hop!

    Trish @ Tales from ...

    1. Trish! Whose new years resolution was to just be awesomer :-)I read that comment on another blog you visited and it made my day...thanks for bringing some of your awesomeness here!


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