For this month’s Home Baker’s Challenge, our host Sharanya Pathmanathan @ Just Not the Cakes has chosen a very interesting theme — American food holidays for the month of January. She gave us 6 food holidays to choose from and I picked National Shortbread Day which is celebrated on January 6th. I didn’t know that there were so many food days, so big thanks to Sharanya for introducing us to these mouth watering days. Here are the other food holidays that were on Sharanya’s list:
January 16 — National Fig Newton Day
January 21 — National Granola Bar Day
January 22 — National Blonde Brownie Day
January 23 — National Pie Day
January 29 — National Corn chip Day
Aren’t those totally awesome days, what a great idea to enjoy food!!
I wanted to bake Fig Newtons and Granola bars too, but as usual time was short and I made only the shortbread cookies.
Shortbread cookies have become my new favorite kind of cookies to bake. They are so quick and easy to put together — combine all the ingredients and that’s it, you are good to go. Dough either goes into the fridge for chilling or straight into the baking pan for baking. Also the resulting cookies have a great texture and they just melt in your mouth.
I found this shortbread cookies recipe on King Arthur site and I followed the variation for butter-pecan cookies. These cookies go straight into the baking pan with no chilling time required, so they are great to bake when you are short of time and need something sweet really quick (less than an hour is all you need to bake these). I baked them for my dear friends who prefer desserts that are not overly sweet and rich. They all loved them a lot.