Tuesday, December 21, 2010



Buttery makes u happy...buttery makes u gay....and buttery brightens ur day!

Specially at Christmas time , buttery makes me smile.
So here we have buttery melt in ur mouth sables  ie french shortbread , many ways ,jus for u and me at Christmas time.
Do i really have ur attention now:-)
And we have the cutest little tarts in Christmas shapes , filled with caramel and chocolate and cookies galore.

Laurie chose Sables @ Baking with Dorie  ,this month , perfecto i thought, and so in time!

And then something else happenned , i checked in Have the Cake , a group i joined a bit ago , and there is shortbread happening there too , and i so wanted to catch up , and here are these buttery Sables.

Well , they add on to 2 of my baking groups , they are so good at Christmas time , with all these cookie cutters , and if that aint enough they are French and buttery.....
 And oh so soft and melty {melt in ur mouth}
They bake beautiful ,are tender and fill ur home with the frangrance of buttery goodness u will love.

They are good rite outa the oven {careful:hot}, and when cooled.

They need no frosting and stand beautifully on their own.

And there is sooo muc u can to t play around and make it ur own.
A winner every side, u will love these , i say.

This one was more like a star bar, like a layer of buttery shortbread {i know u must have noticed by now how muc i love the word buttery,and i used salted butter by the way}, a layer of caramel, and a layer of chocolate,u cant go wrong here!
Thannnk u Laurie!
Thannnk u Nancy!

And oh so good to play around, lemme begin sooonnn and show u all the fun i u can have some too.....
Oh ,im excited and so hope that u are too......
I dont have step step pics to the dough coz i brought it together at night and all our energy saver lites are warm daylite , = yellow ,so no nite pics:-)
Its one of the easiest doughs , a little soft to handle , but still fast and easy.
You begin by beating butter at room temp , oh so good i tell u, i mean butter ,sugar , flour , a bakers fav ,come together to create some deliciousness galore!
How good is that!!

One thing though , though halve the recipe , i did , and realized how little it would be to bring this all together and had to bring together a second batch immdtly!

After sitting and improving in the refrigeration over night ,i get working again.

Getting ready to bake m here are my lightly spiced,home made, vanilla sugar jars , they make wonderful little gifts ,dont they?

Tie a few pretty ribbons and ur ready to go!!
Sanding sugar , one i jus recieved in time from my dear pal Chaya, {thannnxx a ton babe}, i had none and that prompted me to make my own and jus in time her Christmas parcel arrived{more on that late} ,oh im in lovee with sanding sugar now.
For those who cant find sanding sugar at the stores make ur own here.
Yeah we need eggs too, love these little local eggs , well yeah they are organic too!
Coz the yellow will be soon used as a glue , i 'll tell u for what , first lemme tell u about this cute egg separator , i use it coz its cute kinda , not coz i need it.

I whisked it with this super cute mini whisk , i did keep the heart one , but this one is so cute to whisk an egg yolk and does the job well too!
Ahh , my new fav nut Macadamia and Azar nuts has the best ! Dry roasted and unsalted and super fresh and comes in a resealable bag , this is how good it gets!
 and this KA food pro chopper makes choppin nuts a dream...and then there is a little lid where u can store the leftovers , i think it will be so good chocolate too!
Now this really makes things , easy , cut 3 strips of parchment paper , or any number of them , ie the number of sugars or nuts u will use.and place the sugar/s in the parchment paper.
I cut my roll into 3, i had 3 sugars there!
Brush with the yellow of the egg , whisked and roll around till its nicely covered and slice as desired.But remember these are very tender ,not to forget melt in ur mouth, so not very thin,thicker the better.
next is my lightly spiced Vanilla sugar mixed with the chopped nuts...
Repeat again , brush with the yellow and roll around...
And saved the best for last , sanding sugar is the best! All thannxx to my dear buddy Chaya, i got this jar jus in time , i had none and had to make my own and there her parcel arrived and i had a nice big fat jar ,that will sure last me to valentines:-)
 Yeah i flattened half the dough too:-)so i got Christmas cut outs too!

 Tray number 1 ready to be baked...

And i didn re roll the dough , i pressed , the now already soft scrapes into these cute buttered,silicone molds and u will know in a bit what i filled in there!
and filled the bases with the left Vanilla sugar and chopped nuts.
See  e ee.....
 And i had fun with these to fill those shortbread tarts, oh sooo good!!{recipe below}

~~~Mia's Tips Picked from Dorie n reading around~~~

**The butter need to be at room temperature ,not oily soft. I used salted butter and loved it.
**Beat butter , then with sugars and then with egg yolk , till smooth and creamy ,not airy.
**I add the flour and instead of switching on the mixer and have flour flying around , fold it in well with a spatula , and then run the mixer if need be.
**this dough doesnt come together and it shouldn come together, and is very soft.
I turned it on to a cling film , lightly dusted with flour, dusted my hands with flour too , and worked to flatten it to the desired thickness and then cling wraped and placed  in a flat tupperware.
**to make the roll, i cut out a cardboard from a silver foil roll , in the middle and cut it to desired lenght as shown below , had shaped it first and the roll made it easier.
A kitchen roll would work better.
**Refrigerate for atleast 2hours or more , i did overnight and a few hours, it improves flavor.
**Work with the dough Cold , its gets soft pretty quick.
**Cut slices with a sharp pairing knife.
** Dont have very large or very thing cookies , they break easily and DONT pick from the tray till u cool them there a bit , i broke my most beautiful large cookie.
and when u do pick them , use a large cookie spatula , i broke another one when i was dancing around with it while clicking pictures ,and i have 2 cookie spatulas mind u...
**I baked them at a very low temp , for a lonnnggg time , gives me a crunchy crispy cookie+melt in the mouth.
For French Short Bread /Sable recipe

For Caramel Filling 
Microwave around 10 kraft caramel with 3tbh lite cream, vanilla and some rum from my christmas fruits.
stir inbetween till melted and smooth.
scoop into baked shortbread tarts and bake again till a little set and let rest in the warm oven.
a pinch of sea salt or vanilla fleur de sel , is optional ,but oh so good!

For Chocolate 
Melted milk chocolate chips with some canola oil ,till smooth , u can add some salted butter , i did , as well as some sea salt , i did!
So here too ,a pinch of sea salt or vanilla fleur de sel , is optional ,but oh so good!

And go Nutella For some.....
Cover the caramel layer and let set @ room temp.

Decorate the chocolate with chopped nuts{optional but fantastic}, and snowy vanilla sugar.

*Fill with butterscotch/peanut butter/cinnamon chips melted and cover with white/milk.dark chocolate.
*Ur fav fruit filling will be fantastic too.
*Or a ground nut or marzipan filling.
*or saffron honey cream , oh the sky is ur limit!

Variations for Sables.
*Add lemon zest/lavender/hazelnut oil/almond oil/orange zest/vanilla/ur fav spices while creaming the butter for a fantastic flavoured Sable.
*Instead of colored sugar u can roll the cookies in cinnamon sugar or cardamon sugar, saffron sugar anyone??
*add a few of ur fav chopped nuts for a crunchy texture.
* cacao nibs would be oh so perfect too.
All of them , Sable tarts filled with Choco(nutella) Caramel or the cookies , were simply fantastic...Sandy , a good sandy , tender and oh so melt in ur mouth!
Jus some buttery goodness , with ur Vanilla Cinnamon Coffee , i love....
 Or with warm apple cider...fantastic....
Butter , sugar ,flour with some egg , creates delicious moments again...
Christmas tree jus for u and me .....
I am sending these wonderful Chocolate caramel filled Sables, to Ria for this months ''monthly mingle''.
 Ria is hosting the Monthly Mingle, the brainchild of the fabulous Meeta, right on her blog, during every body's most favourite month, December!
And since they have the caramel ,topped with chocolate , they fit in the theme,which is CHOCOLATE EXTRAVAGANZA.

Coming soonnn , Christmas time and how to make ur own Christmas Cake and peels too!
If u want to make ur own holiday gifts , there's still some time {by the way , my holiday spirit which is @365, extends to feb ,till love is in the air :-)))....also *365..., hop here to make some lightly spiced vanilla sugar and Vanilla colored sugars too...
And yeah i have added this post to Have the cake too.

Oh yeah its world Nutella day and the first time Bright Morning Star is gng to be there:)
Am sending these delites to World Nutella Day , where the founders Sara from Ms. Adventures in Italy and Michelle from Bleeding Espresso declare Saturday, February 5th “World Nutella Day 2011″ – a day to celebrate, to get creative with, and most importantly, to EAT Nutella


  1. These are awesome looking shortbread, i like all the variation. love the color of sugar too. Every photos are eye catching and looks wonderful.

  2. Amazing post! I love your individual shaped baking cups, and love how the cookies look melty and soft, but not sticky and gooey. Yum!

  3. What a post...I love checking out your page these days for the festive look...Love Love Love all the pics.I love your egg separator,your plate adorn with chrismas gifts and trees and the cookies are gorgeous.You capture the holiday spirits so beautifully!
    Regarding the Michael Buble song.. I purchased it from itunes.No free downloads available :(

  4. Such beautiful sables, Mia! I bet they taste wonderful with the chocolate and caramel. And I absolutely love your festive shapes...the pretty star is my favorite! :)

  5. Caramel and butter? Now those are two of my favourite things in the world! :D They look marvellous!

  6. wow superbb dear. i just loved ur pics. wow amazing dear. recipe looks superbbb.

  7. Butter is the stuff that happiness is made of. I'm convinced. I love this caramel filled shortbread! I mean, shortbread is good on its own, but caramel elevates it to a whole new level of delicious!

  8. Lovely! I like teh filled ones and I love the ones rolled in sugar as well. Very nice! I'll have to check out your post on sanding sugar.
    Thanks for baking with us this week!

  9. I love these cookies! Now I want to get some silicone molds. Perfect for the holidays! Merry Christmas!

  10. you are just super talented, super woman!! love coming here as always!!

  11. You did it again. You took a regular recipe and made it special. These are, as usual, colorful, beautiful and wondrous. You are the wizard of creative and color and hearts.

  12. This is a gorgeous post filled with goodies galore. How you must have worked to achieve all of this! I hope you are not too tired and are enjoying a great day. Blessings...Mary

  13. I had such fun reading your post! It put me in a happy cookie making mood. :) I hope you have a very merry Christmas and a blesses new year!

  14. @Swathi, thannnk u, i like tha tu like it too!
    Thannxx a ton lods!

    @yummy chunklet , me too :-)thannnk u babe !!
    love how u describe them!

    @Tanvi , im so glad u feel like its Christmas time!
    And i love my kitchen stuff too:-))he he he!
    Thanxxx a ton and yeah i have to look for that on itunes too!

  15. @Faith, thannnk u babe!
    I loveee the stars too! yup the choco caramel combo rocks!

    @Jaisy james ,thannnk u , way way muc!

    @Jo, hah , i love we are on the same page and caramel sure does:-))

  16. @grapefruit thannx a ton ,and love baking with u guys too!

    @barbara bakes , ha ha , me too feel the same when i see a few posts:-)thannk u!

    @tina , thannnnk u:-))))

  17. @Chaya ,theres my buddy to brighten my day and make me gay!
    Ur thoughts matter and alot and love to read them!!
    AM totally flattered now!

    @MAry, thannnk u Mary , oh no , not tired baking ,love the dressing up and the
    weather is soo good now , perfect for baking!!
    Love having u here and ur love!

    @scrambleH F, thannk u too! and m so happy to have the mood around!
    Same to ya 7times over!

  18. Oh, those sables with the caramel and chocolate look incredible!!!! Such a fun holiday treat! Merry Christmas~~~

  19. Shortbread plus chocoLate plus caramel equals heaven! These look so good, and very pretty sables too.

  20. wow amazing cookies all the hard work paid of

    Merry Christmas love Rebecca

  21. thannnxx a ton Lizzy, Cake law and Rebecca,and Merry Christmas with love!

  22. Hi Mia-Somewhere along the line, I think I missed wishing you a Merry sorry about that!
    I can see you were totally prepared with your amazing gadgets, and cookie forms, and the best part is how gorgeous and yummy they turned out!
    Your treats all sparkle and shine, just like your personalities!
    Wishing you a Happy, safe, and blessed New Year!
    Hugs, and kisses!

  23. Mia, these sables look heavenly - what a fun thing to make (I have to try), and as for the chocolate caramel filling - I could eat a whole plate of those - I would like some right now to finish off my dinner :-) Thanks for sharing with "Make it with ... Mondays" challenge vanilla.
    Sue xo


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