Tuesday, 3 December 2019

Virtual Cookie Exchange

Carol of Just Let Me Quilt is hosting the Virtual Cookie Exchange for which we are to share a Christmas cookie recipe, tradition, and/or quilt.




My favourite cookies are shortbreads and not just for Christmas but anytime of the year. I make whipped shortbreads and use a cookie press. 
I know you're looking for a photo of a plate of some tasty looking cookies I would show you however my cookie press is broken. My daughter borrowed it and the tube broke down the seam, I have had it for more than 30 years, so I guess it really doesn't owe me anything. I need to replace it real soon. So I am sorry to say no picture BUT worst of all no shortbread cookies here. YET. 
I'm going to give you the recipe so you can make some for yourself.


Whipped Shortbreads


1 cup softened butter
½ cup icing sugar
½ cup cornstarch
1 ½ cup all-purpose flour


Beat butter until light and fluffy. Gradually add icing sugar, beating after each addition. Sift together flour and cornstarch, gradually add to creamed mixture beating constantly.
Place dough in cookie press and form cookies. Bake at 350 Fahrenheit for 10-12 minutes.
Enjoy!

A little Christmas project for all those fab gifts you are going to be making as a result of this blog hop. You are going to need something to put them in. Right? How about a gift bag?

Ruffled Gift Bag

Instructions for a 10 1/2'' x 19 1/2'' bag.

1 pc fabric 11 1/2″ x 20″
1 pc 3'' x 20'' accent fabric
ribbon

Turn one long edge of the accent piece under 1/4''.
Sew the opposite long edge of the accent piece to one of the long edges of the main fabric. 

long edge of both main and accent fabrics sewn together and pressed towards the accent fabric.
Press the top edge under a 1/4''
Place a mark 4'' down from top edge of the accent fabric on the side and another mark at 4 3/4''.

Sew from the bottom edge of the main fabric up to the 4 3/4'' mark you made. Backstitch at both ends.

Starting with a backstitch at the 4'' mark, sew to the top of the bag with a ¼” seam. Making sure to leave a 3/4'' unsewn gap between the two marks.

leave a 3/4'' gap for the ribbon to thread through on the main fabric. starting from top of the accent piece to the 4'' mark and from 4 3/4'' mark to bottom
Fold the accent piece, at the seam line to the inside of the main fabric having wrong sides together and covering the ribbon gap by the accent piece.  

Sew a line of stitching 7/8'' above the 1/8'' seam. This is the ribbon casing. 

Topstitch 1/8'' from the top and also 1/8'' from the previously 1/4''  turned

Sew the bottom edge with ¼” seam.
Turn and press.
Thread the ribbon through the gap, gather and tie a bow.

An easy bag ready for those gifts! 

A ruffled edge bag already for gift giving.

You can adjust the size of the bag by simply changing the size of fabric pieces you start with.


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34 comments :

Britt-Inger said...

Thank you for sharing the recipe and the tutorial för the cute bag.

Dorian said...

An interesting recipe! And a cute little bag. Thanks for sharing and Merry Christmas!

Tish Stemple said...

A cute little bag for some super yummy cookies! This recipe sounds super simple and tasty. I just might have to give it a try :)

Anita Jackson @ Domestic Felicity said...

Hoping you get your new cookie press soon! Stay blessed!

marebear said...

Love the cookies and the easy gift bag idea! Thanks for sharing.

Beatrice said...

Thank you for that gift bag tutorial! My guild donates bags for kids in need with toiletry supplies, scarves, gloves etc., and we always need gift bags for this. So far I have concentrated on knitting scarves and hats because I didn't have a pattern for the bag and couldn't figure out how to do it from the "oh, it's very easy" oral instructions ;)

Calicojoan said...

Oh I do love shortbread cookies and what a quick and easy little bag to gift them in!

Patty Howe said...

I was just wondering how much corn starch to use . I have 2 cookie presses, but this recipe looks super easy.

LIttle Penguin Quilts said...

Your gift bag is adorable, and such a good idea! Hope you get to make some of your shortbread cookies soon!

Denise :) said...

I love shortbread ... yummy! The gift bag is really cute! :)

Melva said...

Cute bag! And re-usable. :)
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Sandra Walker said...

I make those too! Fast, easy and delicious. Great little bag too, Cindy, thanks for both of these!

Carol S. said...

Your recipe sounds like it would make really light shortbread which would be delicious. Thanks for sharing it! Love that gift bag and your instructions are great. Thank you so much for hopping with us and sharing your recipe and gift bag!

Lisa J. said...

That's a lovely little bag Cindy and a great tutorial to go with it. The cookies look awesome as well. i hope you get yourself a new cookie press soon so you can have those shortbreads you are craving.

Karrin Hurd said...

Thanks so much for the cookie recipe, and tutorial for that cute little bag!
I love shortbread!

Lyndsey said...

Thanks for sharing the recipe and I love the gift bags. I wonder if I've got time to make a batch of shortbread this evening?

Home Sewn By Us said...

Hi Cindy! I can't say I've ever heard of or made whipped shortbread cookies. No picture?! I think it's because they were so delicious you and your peeps ate them all before you could snap a photo. HAHA! They sound delicious and I will give them a try. Your cute ruffled bag looks like a worthy project just to hold the cookies. Thank you for sharing. ~smile~ Roseanne

Cynthia's Creating Ark said...

A great recipe and a great project for those presents that are hard to wrap.

Dix in Canada said...

Thanks for sharing the whipped shortbread recipe as well as the nifty gift bag!

Farm Quilter said...

I adore shortbread cookies and I love using my cookie press!! Definitely going to be making these - thank you for sharing the recipe!! Your gift bag is adorable and the perfect way to lessen the waste of wrapping paper and ribbons that get used once and go into the trash!!!

The Joyful Quilter said...

I absolutely LOVE shortbread, so I'm interested to try your recipe! Never heard of whipped shortbread before. Thanks for sharing your method of making a drawstring gift bag, too!

LJ said...

Your recipe sounds like it might be for what we call Spritz - we definitely use a cookie press, too. I like the tut for the gift bag and will put that to good use. Thanks.

tink's mom said...

The recipe sounds wonderful and that bag is a perfect idea and great starting size for the holidays. Thanks so much

Siouxzq64@gmail.com said...

I love shortbread, and the bag is very cute too.

CathieJ said...

I really like that ruffled gift bag and those cookies sound delicious. You really must post a picture of the next batch that you make. I think I am going to try these this year.

Vroomans' Quilts said...

Shortbread is such a traditional cookie. Thank you for sharing the bag tutorial as well.

Carla said...

Thank you for the recipe and the tutorial for the ruffled bag. It is so perfect for gifts and cute too.

Brenda @ Songbird Designs said...

Short bread cookies are probably my favorite! Thanks for sharing your recipe and the cute gift bag!

Kim said...

What a handy and lovely bag for gift-giving! Thank you for sharing.

Danice G said...

Thank you for the recipe and the bag tutorial. Both very nice holiday items.

Shsan said...

I love the bagpattern but I think that there are instructions missing! Example after marking the side at 4 and4 3/4 inches, fold right sides together and sew the side seam....... I also found the sewing of the 1/8 and 7/8”seams confusing as I topstitched 1/8 seam but it was not sewn to the bag. I sewed it later as my ribbon channel had no bottom. Anyway, I think it’s very cute! I’m sorry to comment on your pattern as I’m thankful that you shared it. I just want to help someone else complete their bags successfully. Thank you for sharing and happy holidays!

Charlene McCain said...

Thank you for the shortbread recipe. It sounds yummy! Hope Santa brings you a new press early. Your bag is so cute. Perfect for gift giving.

Anja @ Anja Quilts said...

Are these the ones that melt in your mouth? We don't have my grandmother's recipe, and I can't find one that just melts in your mouth. Yum.....

Theresa said...

Thanks so much for sharing your recipe and the tutorial for that cute bag.