In the Kitchen

Brown Sugar Shortbread Recipe

by Ann-Marie on November 15, 2014

Brown Sugar Shortbread

I discovered this recipe in a Christmas with Southern Living cookbook, and despite it only having 3 ingredients, it is now one of my favorite cookies! It’s easy to make, and if time were a concern then instead of cutting shapes with cookie cutters, you could just roll out the dough and cut into squares, then cut on a diagonal for a traditional shortbread look.

Brown Sugar Shortbread Recipe

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup firmly packed dark brown sugar
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • sparkling sugar (optional)

Easy peasy directions

*Note: Allow 30 minutes to chill, baby!  Place softened butter into mixing bowl and beat at medium speed until creamy. Gradually add brown sugar, beating until light and fluffy. Slowly add flour, beating at low speed until smooth. Cover and chill 30 minutes.

Brown Sugar ShortbreadRoll dough to 1/4″ thickness on a lightly sugared surface. Cut with cookie cutters and place 1″ apart on lightly greased baking sheets (or use parchment paper). Sprinkle evenly with sparkling sugar. Bake at 375 degrees for 10-12 min or until edges are golden. Cool pans on a wire rack for 5 minutes. Remove to wire racks to cool completely. Yield 12-18 cookies.

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Brown Sugar Shortbread

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Basil Tomato Bisque Recipe

by Ann-Marie on October 10, 2014

Basil Tomato Bisque recipe

Tomato soup can run the gamut. Some are on the salty side and brothy, some are chunky (personally? = ew), some are so perfectly smooth you think it’s tomato-flavored soup instead of the real deal.

I’ve always loved tomato soup, the creamier bisque-style especially; and I’ve tried it at nearly every restaurant that serves it. One that was fabulous was at Midtown Grill in the Broad Ripple area of Indianapolis, but sadly the restaurant closed its doors a couple of years ago.

After tweaking a few variations of Tomato Bisque recipes, I’ve come up with one that I really, really like. It makes enough to share with another tomato soup-loving friend or neighbor, and it’s easy to fraction down for a smaller family.

Basil Tomato Bisque Recipe

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5 Tips for a Fun Football Party

by Ann-Marie on September 13, 2014


5 Tips for a Fun Football Party

My home team, the Indianapolis Colts, had a sucky preseason (let’s be honest, but who’s counting preseason), and their opening game wasn’t that much better. But I still have faith, and with these 5 Tips for a FUN Football Party, you can have some fun cheering on your favorite team as well!

#1 The Decorations

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