1. I am not wearing a shower cap.
2. I actually have nice hair, but I need it cut and colored. This is my need a new coif hat.
3. I am cuter in person.
4. This Nasoya "Cool Beans Contest" has aged me, considerably.
Here are some special cookies for my special Mom. My Mom was born in Scotland and actually crawled under an immigration table to come into this country. This worked to my advantage as a kid. If my mom threatened to ground me I threatened to have her deported. An old Scottish saying is," He who has contempt for food is a fool." I think they also say, "He who has contempt for whiskey is a fool", but it's my blog and I can say what I want to say.
I surprised my mom with this over the holidays and she loved it. I was surprised it got all the way to Los Angeles like this. I didn't pack it or anything. I just sent it through the mail on this plate.
Scottish Shortbread kind of, (it's not like the kind I grew up on but My Mom gave it a thumbs up!)
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
8 T Earth Balance
2 T vegetable shortening (I use Spectrum)
1 1/4 cup confectioners sugar (powdered sugar)
2 T organic sugar
2-3 T ice water
Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Beat sugar, salt, Earth Balance and shortening on medium speed until light and fluffy, about 1-2 minutes.
Gradually sift flour mixture into the butter-shortening mixture, and mix with wooden spoon or spatula. Stir together with the spatula until the dough comes together. Add 2 T-4 T of ice water so the dough holds together.
Lightly grease and line 8 X 8-inch baking dish or round pan with parchment paper.
Place the dough into the prepared pan and press it down with your fingers into a smooth, even layer.
Use a fork to pierce holes into a decorative pattern.
Bake for 45-50 minutes until the shortbread is a pale golden color and slightly dark at the edges.
Remove to a rack and let cool until it's slightly warm. With a sharp knife, cut almost all the way through to form triangles.
And now the moment you've all been wating for...yet another winner of the Nasoya "Cool Beans Contest"!
Drum roll please!