“Sarah and Erik” A Holiday Pairing!

Posted by Bruce on December 05, 2017
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Happy Holidays BITC readers!

It’s that time of year to create some cheer, to get us through the short days, and the long hours of darkness. I’ve decided to share a family recipe for simple shortbread cookies that will impress friends and fam, and bearded Santas!

My mother was given the recipe by her Aunt Jo, and they are a holiday staple when we are able to see each other during the festive season.

These cookies are easy to make and fun to customize! And they taste delicious, just as they are. I’ve added some sugar snowflakes on top of the ones I made. My mother likes to add candied cherries to the mix, but no additions are necessary.

They are not too sweet and can be paired with fun holiday drinks! And wine!

For this recipe you’ll need a bowl to mix ingredients, a rolling pin, board or flat surface, cookie cutters, and a cookie tray.


1 cup soft butter
1/2 cup cornstarch
1/2 cup icing sugar
1 1/2 cup all purpose flour
1/2 tsp vanilla

Preheat oven to 300 F.

Blend softened butter with cornstarch, sugar, vanilla, and flour. I did this by hand, just enough for the dough to stick together, and be evenly mixed.

Roll out balled up dough on floured board to 3/8″ thickness.

Cut in festive shapes! I used star and rabbit shapes. I couldn’t resist, I love rabbits.

And use the excess dough to form new balls to roll out.

Bake for 15 to 20 minutes.

Let them sit for at least 5 minutes after taking them out of the oven.

And now you have some yummy cookies to share and enjoy!

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays everyone!

Hey, Everyone!
Isn’t this awesome? Shortbread cookies and wine? Let’s go!

Pierre Sparr Réserve Gewurztraminer 2016
So for this wine review/pairing I picked a dry Gewurztraminer and I shall go into explaining why and then talk about the wine specifically. So first off, I chose this wine because it has a nice oily texture that I think would pair very well with the buttery goodness of the shortbread and I picked a slightly dry one because the shortbread will be not too sweet. Now this wine is, like I said, dry and has a nice full body. It has aromas of stone fruit, orange, and spice and that can be picked up on the palette too. The wine has medium acidity that helps balance the body. Chill this well and enjoy with your shortbread!

Erik Flemming Wine with Erik

Sarah Germani Journey with Germani

B.I.T.C Holiday Note!

I just wanted to take a quick moment to thank Sarah and Erik for their wicked wine and recipe blogs this year. I’m lookong forward to your great articles in 2018! Watch for Sarah and Erik back the first Tuesday and Wednesday in January!


Bruce Christopher

Editor Mary Ellen Monk

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