For this year’s Facebook cookie swap, I chose a simple cookie to share with 3 fellow food blogger friends. These Angel Bites cookies were baked for kids. Children battling cancer. As such, they are not just a simple shortbread glistening with multicolored non-pareils. They were baked with love, baked with the hope that they would bring a very special someone a spot of happiness at Christmastide.
For I wish that I could send each and every child who suffers a small batch of these cookies so that they might know this Christmas that they were thought of, prayed for, wished for and blessed.
For every parent carrying the weight of tears shed for their child’s well-being, health, and future, I wish I could wrap you in a batch of cookies filled with the healing properties of miracles and the blessings of peace.
For every sibling missing their best friend, carrying on with half of a bruised and broken heart, I would lovingly gift you with a lifetime of shared laughter, blissful spirits and photographic memories. Hold them close. Cherished for the one true gift only a sibling can provide.
For every doctor holding the promise of a life in their fingertips, I pray for healing hands, sharp minds, clear eyes, and educated choices.
A batch of cookies can’t bring healing miracles or promised lands, but they can bring joy, rest and a steady spirit. Though they are but words, I wish each and every one of you a very Merry Christmas, a holiday of Happy Cooking and lovely tidings in the New Year. xoxo
- 5 tablespoons softened butter
- 2½ tablespoons granulated sugar
- 1 tablespoon milk
- 1/8 teaspoon almond extract
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2/3 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 1/2 tablespoons multicolored non-pareils
- Cream the butter and sugar together with a whisk in a small mixing bowl until thick and creamy. Add in the milk and both extracts stirring to combine. Finally, fold in the all-purpose flour and non-pareils.
- On a lightly floured work surface, gently work the dough into a small rectangle about 1 inch thick. Wrap the dough in cling film and transfer to the fridge to chill for at least 20 minutes.
- Preheat the oven to 325°. Line a brownie or quarter sheet pan with a piece of parchment paper.
- Remove the chilled dough from the refrigerator and cut into 6 even rectangles by first cutting the dough in half lengthwise and then cutting each half into thirds width wise. Gently transfer each cookie to the prepared cookie sheet and bake at 325° for 15 to 20 minutes or until golden brown.
- Yields 6 Angel Bite Shortbread Cookies