Guest Author Rita Gerlach Brings Us Her Christmas Shortbread Recipe

Grab a mug of cocoa and come meet a new friend! I want to introduce you to one of my fellow writing acquaintances, Rita Gerlach. Rita and I are in a tight-knit European historical writer's group together. Well, okay, so we don't know each other very well...

The only reason we don't know each other very well is because I usually lurk on the group, since I'm writing western/frontier romances and just learning about historical European stories. They are a whole different animal from what I've written so far--a lot to learn. Rita has shared a recipe with us and I hope you'll enjoy her hospitality at her website--she's given her web address at the end of her recipe. I haven't made this yet, but I'm hoping to this week. If you make them before I do, let us know how you liked them.

Rita, please share your yummy recipe with us, we can't wait to nibble at some of these goodies:

Rita: This is one of my favorite cookie recipes at Christmastime. I've made them for as long as I can remember. They were a big hit with my boys when they were little, and remain a family tradition to this day. 

Use your favorite cookie cutters. You can decorate them with sprinkles or ice them when they are cool. A tip to adding sprinkles is to brush the cookies with a bit of water and then add the candies. This recipe can be used for any holiday.

Christmas Shortbread Cookies
3 cups of flour
1/2 teaspoon of baking powder
Mix these together in a bowl and set aside

2 sticks of butter softened.
1 cup of sugar
1 egg
1 tablespoon of your favorite extract. (I prefer almond.)

First, using an electric mixer, blend the butter until very smooth and creamy. Then add the sugar gradually...egg, and then extract.

Add the flour mixture slowly. You can refrigerate the dough to make it easier to roll out.

Tip: To roll out the dough, lay a piece of wax paper on a counter top or table. Place some dough on it, then another sheet of wax paper. Roll the dough out with a rolling pin. Cut into shapes and lift carefully off the wax paper. 
Place on cookie sheets. Add sprinkles.

Bake at 325
10-12 minutes
Cool on a baking rack before decorating with icing.

Rita Gerlach lives with her husband and two sons 
in a historical town in central Maryland, 
nestled along the Catoctin Mountains, 
amid Civil War battlefields and Revolutionary War outposts. 
newest novel, Surrender the Wind, 
has received four stars from Romantic Times Magazine, 
and has been heralded by readers and book clubs 
as a page-turner, and one of the best historicals they've read this year. 

To read the prologue and 1st chapter of
Surrender the Wind
visit Rita here.

Rita's Website:

An inspirational historical romance makes a great gift. Best price of the year for Surrender the Wind. 



Dorothy Adamek said...

Hi Tina,
What a beautiful blog you have! Are the top pictures of your home? Very welcoming and warm:)
Dorothy, another May baby!

Tina Dee Books said...

Thanks, Dorothy!

I would love for that to be my house, but no, it's just the place I put together that, if I could have a place to have readers visit, it would be there, of course, there'd be a huge wrap-around porch with a couple of porch swings in the front, and a large oak tree shading the yard, lol. We can dream, can't we?

Thanks for stopping by!

Tina Dee Books said...

Just confirmed (yesterday, I think) Rita will drop by for an interview. I'll also review her book. Over the next couple of weeks I'll get caught up on book reviews.

xoxo to you all & Merry Christmas!