Jessie sat up and sniffed. The rich aroma of shortbread filled the air of Molly’s little kitchen. Jessie’s mouth watered, and she barked hoping for a treat.
Molly laughed, and gave Jessie a cooled cookie. “That’s all for this afternoon Jessie. I’m afraid you’re house-bound for the rest of the day. It’s my mom’s birthday tomorrow, and my family is coming for a celebration. So, no adventures for you today. Why don’t you go, and sleep by the fire. Santa and I will be cooking all afternoon and evening.”
Molly smiled as the dog obediently jumped on her couch, and stretched out. Molly had to admit that she had had doubts when Santa had brought the dog home, but she was fond of the animal now, and couldn’t imagine the house without her. She only hoped that Jessie didn’t get into too much trouble when the house was full of family.
Molly’s mother was coming and Molly wanted to please her. For years her mother had baked one type of cookie on special occasions. Molly had fond memories of mixing the flour, icing sugar, fruit, and butter as a child. When she was young they used to roll the cookies into shapes of snowmen, and bite of the heads. Now that she was older she refrigerated them and then cut them in squares. They were always delicious, and Molly planned to bake them and then share the recipe with the elves as well.
She pulled out her well-worn copy of her grandmother’s cookbook and soon the rich scent of shortbread filled the tiny cottage. She provided once sample each for Jessie and Santa and then hid the rest until the next day.
Molly went to the computer and typed out the recipe for all her elves to share.
Molly’s Special Shortbread
1 cup butter
½ cup icing sugar
2 cups all-purpose flour
¼ tsp baking powder
¼ tsp salt
mixed dried chopped fruit (Molly uses apricots and cranberries)
Cream butter and icing sugar. Mix dry ingredients together, and add to butter, and sugar. Add in dried fruit. Bake in 325 degree oven for 8 – 10 minutes or until golden brown on the bottom.