Thursday, December 10, 2009

Christmas Treat Recipe Blog Hop with Gina K!



Several members of the Center Stage Spotlight Team have joined together to share a special Christmas Treat Recipe Blog Hop event with everyone tonight! They have whipped up some treats in their kitchens and their stamp rooms over the past few weeks so we could compile our very first Recipe Book for StampTV!

Here is my recipe contribution - a Christmas tradition for several years now.  Mexican Shortbread cookies called Biscochitos.  The recipe is from my brother-in-law's grandmother, Mrs. Lujan (Gramma Honey).  Many many years ago, my own grandmother Sarita used to make these, they are light and flaky and have just a hint of black licorice in the form of anise seeds.  Now, I am not a fan of black licorice so it must be the combination of the sugar and cinnamon that make the hint of black licorice bearable for me.  They are delicious with some coffee or tea.  I wish that I had my grandmother's recipe but she died before I was able to get it.  I remember going over her house and having these yummy cookies and it wasn't even Christmas!  I think she used to make them on a regular basis because she knew us girls were coming to visit when my dad would go over several Saturdays a month to mow her lawn and take care of other things for her around the house.  My sister's ex used to bring these up for us that his grandmother used to make too and I also have a recipe from my other brother-in-law's grandmother who recently died - I guess this is a traditional mexican grandmother type cookie but I am breaking the mold since I'm neither a mother or grandmother - lol.  I just love the cookies!

I make these cookies every Christmas to share with neighbors, co-workers and leave a few to enjoy ourselves because they make a lot!  It helps to have a stand up mixer so you don't have to labor over mixing up the ingredients (I am so glad we made that purchase years ago!) I usually make these with a heart or star cookie cutter (favorite small shapes) but I broke my star one last year and I couldn't find my heart so I used my DMIL's tree shape - makes it more Christmasy, don't you think?  Plus, it matches the cute tree stamp in Melanie's Have a Cookie set which I used to make my recipe card that is tucked away inside the box for the recipient.  I decorated the outside of the box with a poinsettia from  A Year of Flowers I made my box with a window in the center and placed some acetate inside stamped with the greeting using StazOn ink.  I like how it turned out - in addition to the fact I figured out how to put the LARGE c/s in the cuttlebug embossing folder, I just love the richness of the Good as Gold c/s for the lid. 

Check out these designer's blogs for the sweet projects they've designed around their treats:

Then, stop by GinaK's blog for a super sweet give-away she has tonight in honor of the hop!

The Recipe Book will be available as a free download PDF on StampTV tonight as well. Look for it on the Freebie Tab link or click on the photo below.   ENJOY!!

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32 comments on "Christmas Treat Recipe Blog Hop with Gina K!"

resmith on 10:12 PM CST said...

Love you box! These cookies look great!
Thanks, Liz

joy on 10:12 PM CST said...

What beautiful packaging! Wish we had "smellavision"

Lori on 10:19 PM CST said...

Gorgeous packaging Donna and the cookies look so yummy!!!

Cheri on 10:22 PM CST said...

Mexian Shortbread??? Now that's one this Scot has to try....do I see a "throw down" in our future????

Looks delicious!

Theresa Momber on 10:29 PM CST said...

Oh, that box is gorgeous, Donna! I love shortbread cookies. These look so yummy!

Melissa Cash on 10:29 PM CST said...

Yummy recipe and awesome packaging! Hey, I will be the judge (taster) if you and Cheri wanna have a "throw down". :)

Stampin' Pam on 10:37 PM CST said...

Donna! WOW can't wait to try these - I LOVE licorice! I love your box - it's beautiful.

JessicaK on 10:48 PM CST said...

Amazing box! It looks professional grade and I was totally expecting a group of Godivas or something to be there. Sweet!

TannyP on 10:48 PM CST said...

Just gorgeous, Donna!! These are a perfect gift =)

Carolina on 11:16 PM CST said...

As always, you have hit this one out of the park - you've created such an elegant box and the flower, just wow!!! Thanks for the yummy recipe, another one I'll have to try during winter break - HUGS!

Giovana on 11:17 PM CST said...

Oh Donna, these biscochitos sound delicious!! In Peru we have tons of "biscochitos" recipes too, but I don't have any here {sad face inserted} I have to talk to my sister and ask for some of her recipes, she is a great cook and pastry master.

Thanks for sharing !!
God bless
Giovana

Sue on 2:18 AM CST said...

Love how you packaged your shortbread Donna and the recipe sound so yummy.......I have to try it!

Lee (LuvLee on SCS) on 4:11 AM CST said...

Oh this is simply gorgeous Donna!!! I love any type of shortbread!!!

Dawn on 6:14 AM CST said...

beautiful packaging Donna!!!

Carla (cmsuto) on 7:07 AM CST said...

What beautiful packaging for your treats, Donna! Your gold box is so elegant! I love shortbread cookies so I can't wait to try out your recipe!

Payne Holler Cards on 7:58 AM CST said...

so nice to keep a tradition from your GM going...your packaging is so elegant! love it :)))))

chercroppin on 8:19 AM CST said...

What a beautiful box....you really did a wonderful job on it...great gift idea!

Hope you have a good weekend! : )

Christi on 10:18 AM CST said...

This is amazing! What a gorgeous box!

Rose Ann on 11:01 AM CST said...

I love the texture, and beautiful poinsettia you've used for your box, Donna!! The shortbread looks yummy too!! Beautiful!!

Donna on 11:47 AM CST said...

Yummy! I love the box.

Denise (peanutbee) on 1:53 PM CST said...

LOVE that you made the cookies tree shapes, espeicially to match the tree stamps on your card. Too cute....and the cookies look and sound delicious. :)

Lori on 2:23 PM CST said...

Wonderful gift! So sweet to add the recipe to the gift box, looks yummy!

JazzyH on 4:19 PM CST said...

Pretty!

Sue VanDeVusse said...

What a gorgeous box! I love the window and you cookies look and sound delicious.

Scrubbybubbles(sue) on 6:39 PM CST said...

This is a beautiful, elegant cookie box donna. I love it! and the cookies sound scrumptious! I enjoy shortbread cookies. I've never heard of this type so, of course I'm gonna have to try it...LOL

Lagene on 6:51 PM CST said...

Beautiful packaging! Is the anise flavor really tolerable???? I just don't do licorice! My husband does though, so I just might give these a try!

redwasher1 on 8:22 PM CST said...

Thank you for sharing this with us, can't wait to try it!!

lisa808 on 10:13 PM CST said...

Beautiful and elegant box.

Jennie on 11:19 PM CST said...

Love this Donna! Fab recipe and love your box!

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Deb on 9:07 AM CST said...

Donna, this is GORGEOUS! So absolutely elegant! I love all the little details...how fun that your cookies are tree-shaped just like Melanie's little cookie cutter stamp! Yours look sugary-delicious!

tlgirl353 on 1:49 PM CST said...

Donna- great job on the box and the recipe sounds yummy. I love anise, even though I don't care for black licorice at all. I think the two flavors are really different from each other. I had never heard of these cookies and there was a recipe for them in yesterday's newspaper.

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