Perfect Cookies: Shortbread

ccHow is Christmas next week?? I don’t understand it. I decorate for Christmas (well, I decorate the tree while my husband does everything else), I make cocoa and fudge and drink eggnog, but Christmas just never hits me until it’s here, but it’s okay, I still soak it all in. Michael and I get each other lots of presents because we’re really just large children, and we always wait until after his birthday (the 19th) to open them. After our celebration, we’ll head down to our parents’ houses in Iowa. They only live 20 minutes apart, so that’s pretty handy, and we usually split our time between the 2 houses. This year, both our families are having Christmas on New Year’s weekend, so we’re mainly going to relax on Christmas weekend, other than some grandparent visits. I get a lot of time off work and Michael’s done with school for the semester, so it should be a nice Christmas vacation! I do a treasure hunt for the kiddos on my side, and we always decorate Christmas cookies.
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Maui Macadamia Shortbread Cookies

Macadamia Shortbread Cookies

IĀ asked my parents what treats they’d like me to whip up one Friday, since I was coming home that weekend (I live about 3 hours away from them). They know better than to just say “whatever you make is fine” and gave me some perfect requests. “Something shortbread-ish or muffins” was Mom’s request and “something to go with Hawaiian coffee” was Dad’s request. I honestly love these kind of requests. They’re vague enough where I can play around in the kitchen a bit but specific enough to narrow my experiments. Mom and Dad eat pretty healthy and loveĀ homemade treats. We had all been to Maui in January, so these cookies were a hit!

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