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[That’s The Way The] Cookie Crumbles!

on April 3, 2015

Cis for Cookie.

Grandma made the most wonderful shortbread cookies. Their buttery creaminess would melt in your mouth. Yet, what made them even more special, was that she topped each one with either a red or green cherry. Our tastebuds got to play with both sweet and tart. We savoured the crunch of the fruit before it burst, it’s juices melding with the soft crumble of golden goodness.

I never mastered Grandma’s recipe, but that’s not from lack of trying. The cookies would come out too dry. I would have problems cutting and shaping the chilled roll because either my dough was too sticky, or it would fall apart. Sometimes the sugar glazed cherries would burn. Through all that frustration, l do remember one important tip she gave: Your butter should be at room temperature before you cream it and add it to your dough.

As my parent’s generation ages, my family has begun focusing on a more healthier lifestyle. We don’t eat anything white, processed, or refined. That means no sugars or wheat. Instead, we try to make our meals using whole, sprouted grains, organic produce, and grass fed meats. We still enjoy most of the same things we did before, just with substitutions.

Here is one of my new favourite recipes. Although the shortbread isn’t quite the same as the icing sugar and butter variety, the cookies taste good and they’re healthier too!

I haven’t tried making Grandma’s cookies for a long time and I miss the taste of real shortbread. Looking back over the recipes in her cookbook, I see that you can replace all purpose flour with rice flour.  I would probably also substitute xylitol for the sugar. Next time I have a craving for cookies, perhaps I will give it a try.

Now for something fun. My apologies if it sticks in your head. 😀


30 responses to “[That’s The Way The] Cookie Crumbles!

  1. OH MY GOODNESS – The cookie for “C” is brrrrrrrrrriliant and the Cookie Monster rocks. LOVE IT! Thanks for your comment on my “C” for camel! I bet camels would eat cookies . . .

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  2. cleemckenzie says:

    My grandmother’s recipes are a pinch of this and a peck of that. The pinch I can master. I’m just not sure about those “pecks.”

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  3. Chrys Fey says:

    My mom makes good shortbread cookies. 🙂 They are tricky to make though.

    -Chrys Fey
    Tremp’s Troops – A to Z Co-co-host
    Write with Fey


  4. That’s what I’m talking about! C is for cookie!
    BTW the link that you’ve included won’t work even though it seems to be correct?
    I googled it, and those pecan shortbread cookies sound yummy!


    • angelcat2014 says:

      Tamara, I’m glad that you were able to find the link. I think it’s fixed now – had to do some fiddling in HTML mode. Guess my cookies got crumbled before I could eat them. 😉


  5. Nilanjana Bose says:

    Who doesn’t love cookies? My grandma’s recipes/treats were different, but grandma-love is the same everywhere I guess.

    Best wishes for the challenge,
    from Madly-in-Verse


    • angelcat2014 says:

      Aren’t grandmother’s wonderful? You can feel the love through their baking. I’m interested to know what kind of recipes/treats yours made? Thank you for visiting. Best wishes to you. 🙂


  6. Yes, it stuck to my head, but I loved every bit of it. 🙂 Cookie Monster is so cool, and so are cookies (yum), even if nowadays we focus on eating healthy. Great post.
    Silvia. @
    Silvia Writes


  7. COOKIES are the best and made with Grandmother’s love ? THE BEST #Blogging from A-Z swinging by to meet and greet. I am 456 & 457 in the long list, with MOVIES & What’s in a NAME Hope you swing by to 4covert2overt and Defining Ways. Hope to meet up everywhere @M_C_V_Egan
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  8. I wish I had the discipline to eliminate refined foods…
    Nah… I don’t really
    But I admire and respect those who can.


    • angelcat2014 says:

      Wendy, I must admit I set out with good intentions when I plan what I will eat, however, it doesn’t always happen. It is a day by day process. If you eat something you shouldn’t one day, you call it a ‘vacation meal’ and try again the next day. 🙂 I won’t say it was easy when I started, but eliminating refined foods is easiest if you do it all at once, ‘cold turkey.’ You do feel the effects the first few days, (headaches, crankiness and such,) but then as you start to eat better – everything feels better. More energy, more clarity of mind are just a few benefits I noticed.

      Thank you for visiting. I wish you health and happiness.


  9. Don’t stop now, the AtoZ needs you!

    #1823.Creative Play Without Limits


    • angelcat2014 says:


      Thank you for your words of encouragement. No worries, I plan to keep at it. I’m just a little slow getting things to cooperate and work as I learn the ropes of blogging. I had a few posts in ‘drafts’ which I’ve been hanging onto until I figured out how to get the media and links to agree. If you have time, please check them out. Thanks for visiting.

      P.S. I love the name of your blog. I plan to take a peek soon. 🙂


  10. Shortbread is my favorite! I love lemon thyme shortbread, rosemary shortbread and now I will try your pecan shortbread! Thank you!


  11. Oh, shortbread is one of my favourites. I can eat so much of it, though, it just melts in my mouth… nom! *drools*


  12. helenalemon says:

    Your grandma’s cookies sound so delicious! It’s sad that we have to move away from many of our grandparents’ ways of eating. I wrote about my Grandma eating bacon every day of her life!


  13. Liz Brownlee says:

    Hello! I wanted to comment on your ‘cat’ purring post, but when I pressed ‘comment’ no comment box came up – I followed you Pinterest link but no contact info, and then tried pressing on the latest comment in the right hand side of the blog and that brought me here – so just to let you know, if you are having not many comments on that post, that might be why! I have a cat called Milla and she is very purry – and an assistance dog… ~Liz


    • angelcat2014 says:

      Hi Liz,

      Milla is a cute name for a cat. I think assistance dogs are wonderful. Thank you for bringing the comments and ‘share’ button issue to my attention. I think it should be fixed now? – I hope. Thank you for visiting. I will be checking out your site shortly. 🙂


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