Prize Winning Shortbread Cookies - A Giveaway

Friday, July 11, 2008

Before you think that this "book thing" is knocking me silly on zee head that I should post "just" about shortbread cookies, I want to tell you about the little gadget that makes cookies a lot more fun....and your chance to WIN IT !!!

One of my little pleasures is to read French blogs, for the recipes as much as keeping in touch with food trends there and more importantly what is the cool slang to use these days. One late (late) night I was reading away I stumbled on a post (can't remember where, sorry) about this ubber cool toy: the Brigitte-Keks, to imprint on Petit Beurre like cookies.

Allright I have lost you...all that French, English and German in one. Petit Beurre are the simplest most traditional all butter cookie you will find in France. The Brigitte -Keks is one smart cutter that not only will cut to almost the exact shape as a Petit Beurre but will also imprint words like these: WIN ME !!

So there I was....wishing away I could get my hands on one of those. A couple of days later, I was reading Autour De Ma Table where Cathy was organizing a group order to the manufacturer since they are not everywhere. Light Bulb! Call mom, put my name in the order and ask mom to write up the check in the proper Euro amount and tell her I will pay her back 10 times over in kisses, that was a joke because the gadget is really not expensive. Then it just dawned on me that one of you guys might also want to have fun with one of these, so I called mom again and she was happy to help as it meant that I shall pay her back 20 times over now!

You can imprint anything and everything, you can be silly or serious, creative or to the point. We have been having fun playing with it the other day, leaving love notes, to do lists, grocery lists...Imagine that, walking down the store aisles, munching away on your grocery list. I also added "Happy Anniversary" cookies to the loot as B. and I are celebrating 10 years together today! Woohoo! The cutter and imprint are a breeze to use after you separate the little letters apart from their grid. Maybe I should have done so with butter free hands, eh?!! So long story short...

I have one extra - brand spanking - new Brigitte-Keks cookie cutter/imprint for one lucky reader. All you have to do to take this little toy home is to leave a comment between today Friday July 11th and Sunday July 13th (and why not tell me about your favorite cookie while you are at it). You can enter from anywhere in the world, and I will ship anywhere. No rules, just a couple of requests:
- please, please, please, even if you register your comment under anonymous, leave me an initial, a pseudonym, an X...anything. It's nicer to announce if you win!
- try not to enter twice, it makes it easier for the random drawing
- Mom: you can't enter the drawing, I'll make you some cookies with your name on it.

Before I forget, I have tried many versions of Petits Beurre recipes but none that came close to the original so I am giving you my next favorite cookie recipe for Shortbread Cookies. They are not like the Irish shortbread cookies you might purchase at the grocery store, but more like "sables" from Brittany. Use orage flower water for a Provencal twist!

1 1/3 cup all purpose flour
1 stick butter, at room temperature
1/4 cup sugar
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp baking powder

In a stand mixer or with hand held electric mixers beat together the butter and sugar until pale and creamy. Add the egg yolk and beat until well incorporated. Add the vanilla extract, flour, baking powder and salt and mix until the dough just starts to come together and form a ball. Stop the mixer and gather the dough with your hands. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for a least 2 hours. Flour your work area lightly and start rolling.

To roll dough easily (works with pretty much all pastry dough) : start from the center and roll away from you, then close to you, repeat, lift the dough, flour your area, rotate the dough 1/4 turn and repeat the rolling process. Make sure to sprinkle the flour you work with, not dump it on. A little goes a long way. I usually sprinkle about one teaspoon and brush it away with my fingertips and repeat as a go along. If you try to roll the dough flat in the minimum of moves possible and you keep rolling away, you will warm up the butter too much and the dough will stick and you'll get mad and you'll swear off making dough forever.....

So I hope this helps because your homework when the book comes out is to make dough....! Ok, that's not true but there will be some dough to get rolled!

Anyways...Once your dough is rolled to about 1/2 inch thick, and cut squares or rectangles with a sharp knife or other shapes with the cookie cutter that you like. Transfer to a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and bake at 350 for 10 minutes. Let cool on wire rack.

498 comments:

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Lsjaeger said...

That is just so cool! I would have so much fun writing random, silly messages. Favorite cookies? That's tough... I like them all! Well, except all chocolate ones, I'm not a big fan of those.

Anonymous said...

So cool and so sweet!!
I'm all about an almond shortbread.

Kasia S.

Lizzie.Civ. said...

I love shortbread... this would give me a good excuse to learn to make it!

deb said...

i love all cookies, but shortbread is definetly in the top 3

Anonymous said...

Wow that looks sooo cool! i can just imagine all the words i could make..haha, so much fun!
one of my VERY FAVORITE recipes is posted on allrecipes. i dont know how many times i have made this recipe (countless!) but i have posted a few pictures on this website:
here's the link:
http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Cake-Mix-Cookies-VIII/Detail.aspx


its called chocolate cake mix cookies VIII

PS i loove your blog!
~Jessica
jessymorse 5 at yahoo dot com

Allison said...

Oh man, I love fun baking gadgets.

I like thumbprint cookies. Where I live there is a locally owned grocery store that makes all these neat jams. I like to use those.

Rebecca said...

That gadget is TOO cute. As hard as it would be to pick, I think my favorite cookie is the chocolate chip cookie with walnuts in them. I love the crunch of the walnuts with the creamy chocolate and chewy cookie. Yummmmm.

bripark said...

What a nifty little toy!!

And am I boring if I say ... plain ol homemade soft chocolate chip cookies?? Yum yum!

Deborah said...

How fun is that! And happy Anniversary!

I don't know if I could pick my favorite kind of cookie - too many to choose from!

Topher said...

I love chocolate macaroons filled with coconut

annadorothy said...

I love soft oatmeal cookies, fresh from the oven!!

Would love to put messages on sugar cookies like that! how fun

Gabi said...
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Leslie said...

its hard to pick just one...but it would have to be a chewy chocolate chip cookie

Nat said...

For the most part, I am an equal opportunity cookie lover. But I will put aside all others for my own homemade chocolate chip cookies.

Brilynn said...

That is the neatest little gadget EVER!
I love all cookies... I don't discriminate... I particularly enjoy a cookie I call Family Cookies made with, (of all things) Cornflakes... I've never posted about it on my blog though, I'll have to get around to it.

Gabi said...

I had to have a cookie and a cuppa just to get through all of those lovely comments!

My favourite cookie is whatever is in my hand on the way to my mouth at the time ;) haha

I love (and miss) my Gran's soft and spicy Hermits (oh that gave me a heart twang) I guess I'll have to go bake a batch now that the're on my mind! xxoo

Happy Anniversary to you and B!

Christine said...

Shortbread is that easy to make? Had no clue! Think I will add a hint of pink food coloring. Pretty.

Fav cookie? Snickerdoodles, of course!

Leah said...

My favorite cookie is shortbread, too. I've recently been making a version with organic brown sugar and whole wheat pastry flour. If I owned this gadget, I'd label my cookies "HEALTH FOOD" :)

Em said...

OMG! Totally fab! An absolute MUST HAVE!!!

Grace said...

apparently i'm a wee bit late to the party, but i will say that my favorite cookie, believe it or not, contains no chocolate. it's an oatmeal scotchie. mmm. :)

eatme_delicious said...

What adorable cookies and what an awesome little cookie cutter! My favourite cookie... how can I choose just one?? Probably either a really good chocolate chip cookie, my grandma's shortbread, or snickerdoodles.

melissa said...

yeah cookies! and typography, my two fave things!

linda said...

These cutters have been on my to-buy list ever since I saw them a while back on an Italian blog. Very cute!
My favourite cookie would be Weesper moppen, a Dutch cookie that consists of only 3 ingredients: ground almonds, sugar and eggs.

Stephanie said...

COOLEST THING I'VE EVER SEEN! Wow, France has it all. I want to make cookies that say, "Not A Cookie" on them to play with peoples heads :)

Tara said...

My favorite homemade cookie is oatmeal choc chip with dried cherries and toasted pecans....My favorite from the store is Le Petit Ecolier extra dark...

bastille day is my birthday so winning such a cute cookie cutter would be fantastique.

Andrew's Mom said...

I have to have one of those! My favorite cookie...anything homemade.

Rivka said...

ohh lovely! count me in -- I'll make you special "thank you!" cookies if i win!

Melly said...

My current favorite is the Wilderness Place Lodge cookies from allrecipies.com (http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Wilderness-Place-Lodge-Cookies/Detail.aspx).
Oatmeal, coconut and chocolate perfection.

Tammy said...

Happy Anniversary!
What an amazing little tool!
I just love baking cookies. My favorite is a cookie we call Cinnamon Jumbles. They are like snickerdoodles, but they are soft and puffy. Sprinkled with cinnamon and sugar. You can't eat just one. Love your blog.

Sharon said...

What a fun little gadget! I like all cookies, but oatmeal raisin have to be my favorite.

stancesandstitches said...

I don't have a "favorite cookie," yet. But I live in a place famous for it's lack of good cookies or bakery-items of any kind. Alas.

Anonymous said...

My new favorite blog, discovered from the sadly now gone, Chockylit.
Favorite cookie: Oatmeal caramel bars

KELLY said...

How cool!

I recently made chocolate chip cookies with mesquite powder, and they were really good!

Kelly
Sounding My Barbaric Gulp!
http://www.barbaricgulp.com

Anonymous said...

While I know the cookies are great the best part is the kisses for your mom. I would love to have the kisses from my daughter right now. joan.lane1@verizon.net

glamah16 said...

I always adore a good short bread or butter cookie. This is the coolest gadget!

Anonymous said...

Woot! I love it and praying that you pick me. :) My favorite cookie is a hard choice to pick since I love most all, but my favorite to put together is biscotti because of its simplicity.

Sue in Ma

Kristen said...

How can I pass this up?
My favorite cookie is one my MIl makes.... a chocolate rolo cookie. I can't believe I haven't blogged about those yet!

Adriana said...

although i love baking cakes and pies, i've just recently starting baking cookies. i love polvorones, i think they're also known as mexican wedding cookies, especially when they are made with mexican chocolate.

i also adore every variation of shortbread i have ever tried. i will be trying this recipe soon.

Cheryl said...

I am new to your site but just love it! This is the coolest gadget! Where can we get one if we aren't the lucky winner? There must be somewhere in the US that has it. What is the official name of it?

Great site!!
Cheryl

Kristina R said...

Very Cool!

I love all cookies especially Lebkuchen and Linzer Augen (which are filled with raspberry jam)

cakebrain said...

I love any gadgets that have to do with baking! And I love cookies too! Oh, my...there are so many posts that I'll probably not win, but oh well. It's so kind of you to give the gadget away!

Anjanette said...

What fun! So, my favorite cookie is chocolate chip. But although I'm a huge chocolate junkie, I'm very partial to the cookie part of the chocolate chip cookie. Add dried cherries and chopped nuts and I am in heaven! Hey, I think I'll make some tonight. Thanks for the inspiration!

Erika Pitera said...

What a neat little gadget! I never really gave much thought to writing on my food, and yet, this opens the door to many possibilities (subliminal messages for my husband - after all, I don't think he looks at what he eats very much before it ends up in his mouth). Great invention, though! My favorite cookie is the snickerdoodle. Something about cinnamon and sugar that just can't be beat.

Sarah said...

These are cutest things I've seen on my latest surfing of food blogs. Your blog is lovely btw.

Natalie said...

I guess this is the perfect opportunity to stop stalking and start commenting on your blog. I love it! As so far as the cookies, I can't pick between my two favorites: mint chocolate chip and shortbread!

My Sweet & Saucy said...

What a great little tool! My favorite cookie is peanut butter with chocolate chunks!

culinography said...

How adorable!!

Favorite cookie? The classic chocolate chip... soft and chewy, please. :)

Dejah said...

Chocolate marshmellow fudge. I can never get enough!

Natashya said...

That has to be the coolest gadget I have ever seen! Tell mom if she would like to adopt me I am a good hugger.

My favourite cookie is oatmeal raisin. Just perfectly balanced between crunchy and soft.

Christa said...

What a great idea!
My favorite cookie would have to be chocolate chip cookies. I'm still looking for the perfect recipe and method, but that's half the fun!

Sil BsAs said...

My favourite: alfajores!! sweet cookie dough with dulce de leche inside...

Lucy Vaserfirer said...

This gadget is perfect for those of us obsessed with cooking toys!

Amicus Cupcake said...

Wow, looks like a lot of people have thrown in their hats. I may as well try too. My favorite cookie recipe is my mother's recipe for mandelbrodt, which she makes with chocolate, pecans, and a cinnamon-sugar topping. Thanks for the great giveaway!
-Robert

Sweet Tooth said...

You are definitely too popular to have an easy choice ;-). If I type quick enough my comment will be #252... and counting.

Brigitte-Keks - sounds like home to me, so one more you did not lose with all the languages.

Your Mom should be included though - what are the odds of winning? By Sunday you might have a million comments on your hands. Maybe I should get a lottery ticket for her?

Alexandra, who is amazed that you get anything done (except churning ice cream at 6am ;-)

M said...

What a fantastic little machine!

My favorite cookie...sadly, I don't even know the name of it. The story here is that when I was younger, I used to get very upset that everyone else could eat the baklava and other Arab desserts that were served at the annual festival, but I couldn't because I was allergic to nuts. One of my mom's friends, upon hearing about this, decided to make me a special cookie that she hadn't made in several years, since coming to America from Lebanon. She had to call her sisters to get the recipe. It was delicious and I always felt grateful to her for giving me something so special. She made these cookies for me a couple of times. She showed my mother once how to make them but my mother hates baking and cooking, and she never bothered to write the recipe down. And sadly, she passed away about six years ago. So I have no idea how or where to get this recipe - all I know about it is that it was made without nuts and lots of love. :)

julie tao said...

whoaaaa i didnt even know these things existed! that is so clever ^_^ thanks for the recipe ill try it out tomarrow.

alissa said...

sounds delicious!!! thanks.

Annie & Nate said...

Oooh, I haven't had a good shortbread cookie in a while!

Annie makes a Chinese almond cookie that is so good, I can't stop eating them.

Lisa said...

ooohhhh, I would love to make lots of cookies and use them as little message cards!!
Favourite cookie: my great-aunt's housekeeper used to make these little round butter cookies with coconut. Just yesterday I was wondering how she used to make them... they were the best. Those and big round chewy oatmeal and raisin cookies - yum!

-K said...
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-K said...

Thanks for the great recipe, and what an excellent cutter - I love it!

Favorite cookie... that's a tough one. I've got a Chocolate Cherry Cookie recipe that I make every Christmas - those are divine. Oh, and gingersnaps or molasses cookies - YUM.

Annie said...

Very cool! One of my favorite cookies is pumpkin with butterscotch chips. Very cakey. Yum!

Ivy said...

oh my, I am the 258th commenter!
Well, I would love to win this-it would be so much fun.

I guess my favorite cookie would be a cripsy oat chocolate chip cookie with walnuts. Yum!!! :)
Thanks and have a great day!
-Ivy
littleivycakes@gmail.com

Neha said...

I SO want that toy!!!! :)
My 'current' favourite is Cardamon Crackers..hmmm... I wonder if I could stencil something onto those now. :)

Marce said...

There is no way I´m winning with these amount of comments, but oh well.
My favorite cookie at the moment is an Alice Medrich chocolate cookie with yogurt, it´s like a cookie and a brownie combined: heaven. And a similar recipe but with lemon zest and chocolate chunks is also at the top of the list.

Anonymous said...

That would make cute wedding favors!

Kelly M

Steph said...

What a great giveaway! I've never seen anything like it but I love it! My favorite cookie is my shortbread lemon cup cookies that I made from my Cookie Week!

ikkinlala said...

What a neat idea!

My favourite kind of cookie is crescents, which are basically shortbread with chocolate chips and pecans. We only eat them at Christmas.

Yvette said...

O no. I can't choose just one!!
I love all cookies.. lately I've been making more sugar cookies with this icing!YUM!

That makes me want some right now...

-Yvette

toontz said...

I have too many favorites—
Toll House Chocolate Chip, My grandmother’s oatmeal cookies (you can eat a lot of them and not get sick), a cookie called 4 o'clocks that my mother made at the holidays, ginger cookies...that’s just the tip of the list!

Sandy Hunter said...

This cookie cutter is the cutest thing I've seen in ages!

My favorite cookie is my recipe for a German Chocolate Cookie, it's yummy.

Love your blog, this is the first time I've left a comment, but it won't be the last!

Rachelle said...

This is such a cute idea!

I like pretty much any cookie, but Snickerdoodles have been on my mind lately!

iheartbread said...

cool tool! my favourite is chocolate chip and hazelnut cookies.

Kristen said...

That is so awesome! *instantly covets* :D

marianevans said...

I've been looking for imprinting tools like these for time out of mind!

My favorite cookie: banana walnut oatmeal chocolate chip. Sounds like too much, but it isn't. It all melds together.

Chris said...

My favorite cookie has to be milk chocolate chip. But shortbread's delicious, too. Really, anything sweet and simple is fine in my book!! :-)

Christina said...

What a clever idea for a cookie cutter! Odd that I was thinking of making shortbread today.

My favorite cookie is a bizcocho, an anise-cinnamon-wine Mexican cookie, the real "Mexican wedding" cookie. Actually, it's made for any celebration conceivable!

PheMom said...

Very fun! Happy Anniversary to you both! Today is actually my 10 year anniversary with my hubby too (of when we met and I knew I would marry him). That is a great little giveaway - I'll keep my fingers crossed!

Marissa said...

Oh my gosh, what an awesome little gadget!

Jeanne C. said...

That is one of the coolest cookie cutter inventions I've seen!
My favorite cookie would definitely have to be gingerbread. And not just at Christmas. I think they are great and perfect any time of the year. Then again, I think that about all cookies...

silverkey said...

I simply adore Petits Beurre! I'm always waiting for the LU biscuits to go on sale so I can satisfy my cravings. :) Given that, my absolute favourite cookie is "Sablés Korova" by Dorie Greenspan, adapted from Pierre Hermé Paris. They are just divine, and thinking about them makes me want to make some right now!

Noelia said...

Hi Tartelette! I'm such a mercenary... It's the first time I leave a comment and only for the cute cutter. But I admire your work and you are a big inspiration for a little pastry chef like me... Congratulations on your book deal (it was time!!) and happy anniversary!

I think my favourite cookies are the coconut ones that I made yesterday (but i think my love will last a week...).

Kisses

Patricia Scarpin said...

You are so generous, Helen!
And this gadget is just adorable...
My favorite cookies are lemon cookies, closely followed by snickerdoodles. :)

Gina said...

Oh how fun! I have a few favorites - homemade Snickerdoodles, my husband's sugar cookies (his mother's recipe) and the Lactation-Boosting chocolate chip-oatmeal-flaxseed cookies I have been making since my son was born 5 months ago (they really are yummy!)

swansong said...

Oh my that is an exciting cookie cutter! I love a nice violet shortbread... but I wouldn't say no to a good old fashioned chocolate chip cookie!

Anonymous said...

I pretty much love every single kind of cookies, but I my favorites ones are the "Mantecadas" my Spaniard grandmother use to make for us. They are a traditional spanish treat made with lard, and they are absolutely delicious.
Marijoe

S. said...

That is really a neat-o little gadget! My favourite cookie is an oatmeal raisin variety, the recipe which was given to me by my grandmother. I've sadly lost it, but I do recall that it calls for mostly brown sugar and twice as much cinnamon than is normally used. I usually soak the raisins in a mixture of orange juice and cointreau beforehand, don't know why, but maybe it adds a little je ne sais quoi type of mystique to quotidienne oatmeal cookies!
Then again, maybe not. Who knows?

Acre said...

Oh, fun, giveaway!

My favorite cookies are the gaufrette that my (very Belgian) family makes for every possible occasion. I make them using my grandmother's old waffle-iron, which she got from her mother, which must be heated over the burner in order to make the cookies one at a time. They take forever to make and are worth every minute.

maybelles parents said...

Well, with almost 300 entries, the chance is bad. But, anyway, my favorite cookie? I love a gingerbread cookie that is thin and crispy. thanks for your generosity too.

Jeanine said...

That is the coolest cookie cutter I have EVER seen!! PLEASE let me win! lol
My favorite cookie is a mocha pecan chip cookie...yummy! Kinda like a chocolate chip cookie, with mocha in the cookie part, and pecans added. Delicious!

Toni Toni Toni said...

This is just the best thing I've ever seen! My favorite cookie? Where do I begin???

Thanks!
Toni

Jaime said...

i grew up eating petits beurre! those gadgets are super cute and i would love to win one! :) thanks for hosting the giveaway!

StarryNight85 said...

That is the coolest thing I've seen. My favorite cookie right now is a brownie roll-out cookie.

CHRISTINE HUMPHRIES said...

I love any cookie that has chocolate + orange.

Have a good weekend!
~Christine

Adrienne B said...

Oh my gosh my boyfriend's mom makes these cookies named Southern Sin...graham crackers, brown sugar, pecans, and LOTS of butter. Amazing!

Bri said...

That is the coolest thing I have ever seen! I would have to say that my very favorite cookie is the super thick and chewy frosted sugar cookies that my mom usually only makes at Christmas time. Yum!

Michele said...

Wow, this is adorable! And my favorite type of cookie is anything with lemon :)

grainpower said...

What a wonderful tool!
My favorite cookie is the humble shortbread. However, with my tea, I do like petit buerre!

Nicole said...

Okay, I think I might NEED one of these! Favorite cookie? It doesn't have a name but it's chocolate, toffee bits, oatmeal and fresh cranberries. YUMMY!

Anonymous said...

Awesome! I would love it! I don't know, I'm a traditionalist- I like chocolate chip cookies and my mom's lemon pecan cookies with a hershey kiss in the middle!
-Kelsey H.

Cindy said...

My favorite cookie is called a Hungarian Delight. It has a shortbread top and bottom with raspberry jam between and a glob of chocolate on the top. They came from a bakery in Cleveland, Ohio which is no longer in business.

VirginieW said...

I cannot believe I am seeing your blog today. I have been looking for those cookie cutter for a long long time. I think the first time I heard about it was on another blog. I don't know how to get them. I would be glad to hear how to get it. I am sure my daughter will love those petit beurre. She will turn one year old soon and would like to make her first cookies with her name on it.

Steph F. said...

Oh, I love your blog. Congratulations on the book.

My favorite cookies are definitely madeleines. I'm so in love with them.

Katie B. said...

Wickedly cute! I'm easy, I like chocolate chip... but I have been known to swoon over butter cookies and chocolate-dipped coconut cookies alike...

Thanks so much for thinking of us!

Ryan said...

Shortbread cookies are indeed yummy!
I can still think back over 2 decades ago to a cookie my mother brought home once from a bakery. It was Easter time and it was shaped like a duck, or a chick... I don't know, some small yellow thing. Of course, to little ole me, the cookie seemed huge. And it was all mine. And it was a delicious butter cookie with some intensely yellow and buttery icing. I haven't a clue where the cookie was from... I never had another one from that place. But I still remember it to this day. Delicious.
As I type this, my boyfriend is actually in the kitchen whipping up a batch of the cookies featured in the New York Times this Wednesday. YUM!
Your site is awesome. Thank you!

Biscoitaria said...

I'm madly in love with the little gadget! Too bad here in Brazil they are impossible to be bought. Well, my favorite cookies are "goiabinhas", kind of a sugar cookie with guava filling, very good!

Jacque said...

How clever! Where do people come up with this stuff.

Favorite cookies? geez, so hard to pick. I'm going to say the fresh apple cookies I blogged about last month. Love me some cinnamon and apples!

JZ @ Tasty treats said...

ooh oohh a giveaway!!! i guess my favourite cookies (out of the ones i have made) are the thumbprint cookies with nutty crispy outsides and the thumbprint filled with gooey preserves! yumm!! :-)

Elly said...

That is one of the cutest and coolest things I've ever seen! You are too sweet to think of your readers. I *think* my favorite cookies are melomakarona, which are these greek honey cookies with walnuts and syrup. Mmmm..

Sara said...

What a cool gadget! My favorite cookies are either slightly crunchy, not soft, chocolate chip oatmeal, or a good, soft, sugar cookie (lucky I make one).

Laura said...

Happy anniversary! While they were underwhelming in flavor, biscotti alla birra were quite popular with my friends for the novelty of baking with Shiner. Goes great with queso.

Anonymous said...

wow, i love this toy! my fave cookies to make are spritz and oatmeal chocolate chip, but my favorite to eat would have to be peanut butter blossoms.


thea

Maggie said...

I love that cookie cutter! My favorite shortbread has candied ginger in it.

Speedbump said...

How cute! I have to say that my favorite cookies might be madelines. I've been reading Proust lately, so blame it on that.

Jenny said...

Wow look at the number of comments already!

Well here goes... our favorite cookies are oatmeal raisin and ginger cookies. Neither of which is good for printing on but oooh so tasty. I do make shortbread type cookies, with and without kids, and love the idea of being able to put an edible note in my kids lunch boxes during the school year (and cut down on liter at the same time.)

So this might be so popular that you might have to call your Mom back and have her order you a bunch more for people who don't win! I know I'd buy one.

Lel said...

This is such a fun little gadget! I'm a big shortbread fan.

bandwidow said...

Hooray! Favorite cookie is without a doubt a peanut butter oatmeal with semi-sweet chocolate chips - frozen.

Leslie said...

The cookies I like the best are the ones I make the best because I've had the most practice-- chocolate chip. My dad loves them and he's hard to shop for, so every birthday, Father's Day, and Christmas he gets a batch. He and I both like them chewy-- so that after you eat a few your jaw aches. Mmm!

gia said...

Double chocolate cookies are my weakness, but with this set i'd learn to love sugar cookies

wombat said...

WOW! this is so COOL!

My favourite cookie is macadamia nut chocolate chip cookie and Short bread.

Sally said...

How wonderful of you to do this. Thank you, so cool.
I would walk over broken glass to get at Polenta Shortbread Cookies, with *real* butter too.
Again THANK YOU, from way *Down Under*.
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cheryl said...

how adorable!!! i can just see the possibilities now... lol. my favourite cookies are white choc chip macadamia. oatmeal and raisin comes in a close second, depending on my mood (:

Susan said...

I have to pick one cookie?? Fine, My grandmother's sugar cookie. Light, crisp and delicate. Perfect.

Zen Chef said...

Hi, i'm with the fire department. Someone reported a blog post with 325 comments. Now that's a serious fire hazard Mad'am!.. We have to be careful here. Where do you keep your fire extinguishers?

Oh and by the way, my favorite cookies are the Sables Breton. ;-)

rusvaplaukė said...

Yum yum, delicious cookies, oh my!

My current favorite cookies have to be Dorrie Greenspan's Molasses Cookies (don't remember the full name, though). They're soft and chewy and crispy around the edges and just the right sweetness!

melena yeong said...

Thanks for being so thoughtful to your readers. i love chocolate cookies. the more chocolate the better. i love them fudgy, goey and definitely bittersweet.

Janet said...

That seems like a fun device. My current favorite cookies are macarons, do they really count as cookies?

Lore said...

Yay, now this is indeed a cute gadget to have around in the kitchen...I'm thinking biscuit scrabble and stuff right now :D. Actually my favourite biscuit is Petit Beurre since it literally melts instantly in your mouth. I also have another favourite cookie which resembles to a flûte, only shorter and sweet...I only had it once and have no idea what the name is...maybe you could help me.
Moms are THE BEST :D.

Nina A said...

Wow! This is the cutest and coolest cake gadget I've stumbled across in a long time! I tried googling somewhere I can buy it (I'm in Australia) but all the search results came up with German pages. Sigh. Can you please please PLEEEASSSSE let me know where I can get my hands on one? It gives me tingles thinking about what I could make with that! :D

p.s. my favourite cookie is chocolate chip! yum!

MaryK said...

What a terrific gadget!! My favourite cookie would be oatmeal, nut and raisin which I add choc chips and cherries too. Feels very healthy when you eat it!

granjan said...

That is so cool. As a cookie cutter collector I MUST have one. Since I never win anything I need to know where to get one "over there." (I know someone in Paris, perhaps possible.

My favorite cookie is a Swedish almond cookie, 2 rich, buttery cookies sandwiched with currant jelly and iced with a thin glaze. Everyone else I bake for prefers my 2nd favorite, Swedish Cream Wafers, 2 feather light puffy discs sandwiched with butter cream. Both are incredibly tedious and delicious. (No, I'm not the slightest bit Scandinavian, they just make great cookies!)

Elizabeth said...

How awesome! I'm pretty sure it wouldn't work with my favourite ANZAC biscuits, though.. :(

Elizabeth xx

Tara said...

My favorite cookies have always been simple ones.

But then there is the ever-amazing Caramel Delite. My god, could I go through a box.

I would definitely love one of these to mess around with when I'm baking.

Sandi said...

My favorite cookie is a Lacy Chocolate Oatmeal wafer - two toffee-ish wafers with the thinnest smear of chocolate, from Nick Malgieri's Cookies Unlimited. TDF!

Love the cutter - I need one of those! I wonder when they'll start selling it in the US...?

samantha said...

Hi there Ms Tartlette! Heart-shaped jam cookies are my best buddies in the cookie kingdom because they simply remind you of all the people that love you and whom i'd love to thank using personalised cookies if if only i had one of your lovely alphabet cookie cutters! :) continue to spread the love with your lovely creations honeY!

steph- whisk/spoon said...

haooy anniversary! this is the coolest gadget ever! even if i don't win, thanks for showing it to me!

yy said...

ooh, my favourite cookie has to be chocolate chip! with or without nuts!

Deia said...

Hi there and happy anniversary, hope you had a wonderful celebration! I remember the LU cookies, I used to eat them when I was younger, the plaim and the chocolate covered ones! Favorite cookies? hmm... well, I think I'd choose cinnamon cookies (the ones with cinnamon in the dough, not the plain ones that are just rolled in cinnamon) because I love that flavour and Anna's Chocolate Mint Thins (which are the only cookies I ever buy!) because it feels like i'm eating After Eight Chocolates!! Love Them! haha :)

Amy said...

Oh, I love this! My favorite cookie is a toss up between shortbread and snickerdoodles.

Anonymous said...

Hi
I love double choc cookies!
Fingers crossed!
EL

*MNM* said...

Oh, my favorite cookie. That's a really tough one. I think right now I would have to say chocolate chip, although I've gone through snickerdoodle and mexican wedding cookie phases. It would probably be pretty hard to print something on one of those kinds of cookies, though. What a cool little gadget!

Anonymous said...

Of course I would love to win this, I could use it when I make alfajores! As if I need another reason to fill a cookies sandwich with dulce de lece:o) My favorite cookie, though, is a pumpkin cookie with nuts, raisins, and icing. mmmmmmm
love the blog!
Seana

luxmy said...

wow. so cute. me like it... :D

my favorite cookie is oatmeal chocolate chip cookies...

Anonymous said...

chocolate chip- i never seem to get sick of them :)

sam

Marisa said...

This is very cool! My favorite cookie is called a bourbon pecan cookie. It's so yumy!

Chris The Baker said...

Such a fun gadget! I could use it on my Earl grey shortbread cookie recipe, so people won't have to crack their brains wondering what that familiar flavour is.

Kimi said...

What a cool gadget!
Favorite cookie, hmm, I think that would be a warm sugar cookie right out of the oven (drooling now).
I would soooo love to win this. I host a group of neighbor gals once a month for Stitch n Bitch. How cool would it be to make them my lemon lavendar shorbreads all stamped?
I am keeping my fingers and toes crossed. Thanks for the drawing!

Aubrey said...

I made these delicious chocolate butter cookies this Christmas from a recipe out of some cooking magazine I cannot remember right now. But they were delicious - rich, chewy, with a hint of coffee. I had a hard time giving them away.

Franny said...

This is so cute I can't stand it. I'm already imagining the possibilities! Favorite cookie? I am paralyzed with indecisiveness though Millionaire's shortbread, chocolate chip, or Espresso Sea Salt are recent smiles.

Myla said...

That is so cool, I can imagine it now, making little wedding favors with our names on yummy little cookies, our guest would love it!

My favorite cookie is a brown sugar cookie. It's so simple yet flavorful.

Madam Chow said...

My favorite cookie is a butter cookie, made with a premium butter. The recipe is by Elinor Klivans:
http://mzkitchen.com/?p=132

Anonymous said...

My favorite cookies are a chocolate sable with a hint of sea salt in them, called World Peace Cookies. Delicious! The recipe is in Dorie Greenspan's Baking book. Congratulations on your book too. i'm looking forward to it.
~ Gillian Wegener, Modesto CA

kastinkerbell said...

I go through cookie phases, so it'd be difficult for me to pick just one favorite cookie. Today is a hot day, so I'd want to drink something cold...like lemonade or iced tea. A lemon-lavender shortbread would hit the spot with that.

When it's freezing cold out and I want a steaming cup of spicy chai, a molasses cookie is the perfect thing...so long as it's gigantic and very chewy. :)

Enza said...

How adorable!!! Ok, If I had to pick my favorite cookie, it would have to be snickerdoodles!

madcapcupcake said...

THIS is the most awesome gadget I have ever seen :)

I never met a cookie I didn't like...lately I'm really into Madeleines. This gadget is so up my alley it's not even funny!!...WORDS and COOKIES, my two favourite things! This is so nice of you :)

Michelle said...

My all time favorite cookie is my Great Aunt's Cream Cheese Cookies. But my favorite shortbread cookie is a recipe a friend gave me, it's her Mom's recipe. So simple but the best shortbread recipe I've never tried!

Elra said...

Wow, 359 comments.... I guess everyone would love to win this cool gadget! Me? off course, I'll be so thrill to win this!
My favorite cookie will be anything with filbert and chocolate!

carmencooks said...

what a cool gadget - i love all cookies, but one of my favorites are snickerdoodles!

Selfhuggingjack said...

My favourite is chocolate bourbon but once I open the pack they must all be eaten... other wise they would go off wouldnt they :P

Tai said...

So adorable! I can eat snickerdoodles any time, any day. I also love shortbread cookies!

gail said...

Thank you for sharing such a great cookie cutter and for all the wonderful recipes you have posted for us. My favorite all time cookie would be the italian pizzelle. It brings back great memories of both my grandmother and mother baking when I was younger. This is also a recipe/cookie that I bake for my kids and one cookie that they enjoy as much as I do.

Gail

Kendall said...

My favorite cookies? My mother's chocolate chip oatmeal cookies. This post has me craving them so badly right now.

I love your blog though. I don't speak French, so I enjoy learning a tiny bit more. Alas, I speak English and Spanish instead. Oh well.

megan said...

Tartelette! I am on my way to culinary school in NYC next year and I would love to start collecting things. I adore little gadgets that make a statement and make the food stand out!

Librarian in Exile said...

This would make a wonderful housewarming gift! We just moved. We're actually making cookies right now (I'm teaching my son) and of course it's chocolate chip. I love all buttery cookies.

The Queen of Quite a Lot said...

That is the cutest cookie cutter! I love it!

My favorite cookie right now is the S'mores cookies.

austex said...

Look at all these comments! :-) An adorable gadget, thanks for blogging about it --

Bev

Cheryl said...

This is such a cute little gadget! :) And I love your photos...

My favourite cookie has to be peanut butter chocolate chip :) But gingersnaps (dunked into hot tea) and oatmeal raisin come a very close 2nd (and 3rd!)

StripyPixieSocks said...

My OH and I invent cookie flavours all the time, his favourite is Chocolate & Black Cherry (think Black forest) while mine is choc chip & Hazelnut... will definitely bookmark your site and return again :)

junia said...

Rocky Road cookies that my friend makes.
chocolate cookies with walnuts and a marshmallow!


or.. snickerdoodles. (but they have to be perfect)

Mindy said...

I love the cookie cutter! I have to figure out how to get one if I don't win. I love shortbread cookies, so this will be perfect!

clara~ said...

Hi!
I just started baking this year - I'd love to make these for my mom, who also loves to bake :D. She gets a little disgruntled about having to share the kitchen with a teenager... maybe these will change her mind?

Her triple chocolate-snowball cookies are my favourite. They have white chocolate, dark chocolate and slivered almonds.

clara~ said...

WHOOPS I forgot to add cocoa!

Sara-Jayne said...

My favourite cookies would have to be my Nannie's chocolate balls!

zopolkabus said...

my favorite are moist chocolate cookies loaded with shredded coconut and walnuts.

Melissa's Cozy Teacup said...

I love chocolate fudge crinkle cookies made with instant coffee and yogurt. so tasty!

Liz said...

What a fantastic idea! I'd probably have to say my favourite cookie is good old chocolate chip!

Lisa R-R said...

I tried a new cookie this week - Phoenix egg rolls from Macau. Pretty interesting - not overwhelmingly sweet, flaky texture and coconut filling.
Thanks for hosting such a terrific contest! I can picture my almost 7 year old niece planning the cookie text ...

Nadine said...

My favorite cookie has to be chocolate chip oatmeal.
I'd love this thing-I make a lot of shortbread for sweetie's friends as one of them is allergic to eggs and this would be a bunch of fun with that group.

Emma Y said...

I love your blog...it's frequently my go-to when I have the urge to make something. The cookies are so cute!

Kendall said...

This is so cute! My favorite cookie are black and white cookies from new york. I still haven't found a good recipe for them yet...but I'm searching.

Bess said...

Shortbread cookies might be my personal favorite -- so simple, so rich. My favorite impressive cookie, on the other end of the spectrum, is the Mexican chocolate cookie, with chopped Mexican hot chocolate, cayenne, and black pepper.

Jigginjessica said...

What a fun little gadget! I love shortbread cookies dipped in chocolate!

Kristen said...

What a fun gadget!!
As for my favorite cookie, I'm not sure that I could pick just one. I love the basic chewy chocolate chip with walnuts or buttery spritz cookies. I also love almond biscotti, those are probably number one on my list today.

gail said...

Love your blog and wonderful recipes! Hard to pick one favorite cookie, but an all time favorite that is a family recipe would be the Italian Pizzelle.

Gail

Pam said...

I sure could have some fun with that great cutter. Thanks for the chance to win it.
Favorite cookies are my grandmothers Snickerdoodles and any thing Lemon, Mexican Wedding Cookies of course, and Shortbread.
Congratulations on 10 years, we just had our 3rd.

Stef said...

What a fantastic cookie tool!!! Love it!! My favorite cookies are chewy oatmeal and there's nothing better than great shortbread with a great cup of tea!

Karin said...

My favorite cookies--sugar cookies.
mmmmmmmm~~~

Isabelle said...

Wow wow wow!!! Apres les Petits Suisses, les Petits Beurres de chez Lu.
Bravo!!!
J'en connais un qui voudrait bien la recette de la Galette St Michel, c'est mon mari. Just kidding!
Tu as beaucoup de talents, je te felicite. J'aime beaucoup ton blog.
Joyeux Anniversaire!

Lynn said...

This is the cutest thing! It might even make me start baking again! My absolute favorite is chocolate chip, but since I don't bake anymore, I have 'store bought' arrowroots from Canada! Love them!!!! wish I could find them here in the US. Thanks!
Lynn

Annarasa said...

Gosh, this is the cutest idea ever!! My favourite cookies are Spekuloos - a Belgian Sugar Cookie!! Mmmm, perfect with coffee.

Apu
http://annarasaessenceoffood.blogspot.com/

slush said...

My fav cookie is one of my Gram's holiday cookies, called a Sand Tart. Its a simple sugar cookie sliced uber thin and baked with cinnamon sugar and a pecan half on top. YUM!

Marc @ NoRecipes said...

That's awesome! I imagine this would come in quite handy for valentines day.

Anonymous said...

i LOVE cookies with bits of dried blueberries in 'em !

-c

Tamara McGill said...

Oh my gosh... how wonderful! I think I would have to quit my job and bake cookies all day! AMAZING!!

g_lav said...

wow so there are a ton of other comments but why not submit mine as well... and I would say my favorite cookie... tough since there's so many new ones I want to try... atie between these crisp cinnamon circles that are half coated in semi-sweet chocolate, or these Maida Heatter cookies called Chocolate Cracks. I really don't know if the name is rom their appearance or their crack-like addictive properties... either way, very good.

Love your blog, Helen although I rarely comment because it's just not my thing. Thanks or all the inspiration!

Annette said...

O my god! What a brilliant cookie cutter set. Do you know how I can buy one?

Bernice said...

The imprints are so adorable!!! My favourtie cookies are none other than the FAMOUS World Peace Cookies. However, I've also added salted oatmeal white chocolate cookies onto my favourtie list. Yummy!

Dazey said...

I think I like palmiers best, the texture is so light! Never made them myself;I really should try!

Lauren S said...

I love that little tool! How cute! My favorite cookie is probably Christmas cookies, complete with ridiculous icing (green Rudolph? red snowman? purple Santa? yes, yes, and yes!)

TaurusGirl78 said...

What a cute little tool! An excellent way to make cookies a little more personal. :) Currently my favorite cookies are no-bake cookies. I've just been craving them!

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