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.

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cindy* said...

so cute! like a cookie typewriter. kind of. i have too many favorite cookies, but lately i love anything cakey and tender. yum!

stella said...

I love all cookies chocolatey!

KJ said...

This is THE coolest thing I have seen in a long time!!! LOVE IT.

Francesca said...

How cool! And how nice of you to have this draw. One of my favorite cookies are called "brutti ma buoni" (ugly but good), from Italy. :)

Manggy said...

That? Is AWESOME. I want one! Hee hee :) My favorite cookie, though, is chocolate chip ^v^

groovaloo said...

Hello! I love this blog, and I also love classic buttery chocolate chip cookies :)

Jenn said...

Happy Anniversary!
I love this cookie type writer. Imagine the possibilities ... I could write "i'm sorry" notes for my family and they could never get mad because at least they get a cookie. Brilliant.

I love chocolate cherry cookies & thin oatmeal crisp cookies. I also LOVE pecan shortbread.

Ms S&S said...

This could be a lot of fun! My new favorite cookie is a peanut butter shortbread I created. =)

Bron said...

Happy 10 years!! That's super! J and I had our 10th last October... my favourite cookies are definitely my Nana's shortbread... this is one very cool tool indeed. Love your shopping list idea...hehe

_ts of [eatingclub] vancouver said...

That is über-cool, très fantastique and way awesome!

See, I can speak German, French and English! ;)

I like chocolate-chocolate cookies. Chewy is better.

Hope I win!
=D
Tiffanie

CB said...

I am all about personalizing! How fun would this cookie cutter be?? Hands down favorite cookie is snickerdoodles! YUM!

Thanks for hosting such a fun giveaway! I hope I win! :)
/Clara

kristy said...
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kristy said...

It's a bit hard to single out one cookie as the best, but something buttery like shortbread, but with lemon or orange infused.

Now I need to eat all the other cookies, so no one feels left out!

themama said...

How cool! My daughter is a recently diagnosed Celiac, and so we haven't quite worked out our favorite gluten free cookies yet, but I can tell you that any cookie with her name imprinted on it would rock her world (she's 5).

Hyejung said...

Happy aniversary! I love Petit Beurre cookies, but ginger snaps are my current favorite. Thanks for the shortbread recipe and running this lovely giveaway :)

Laurie said...

these cookies look do great. I would love to make cookies with it. The cookies my son recently made were shortbread with orange peel, dipped in chocolate were so fabulous.

T said...

Wow, those cookies look yummy! My favorite cookies are chocolate chip, second favorite are stroopwafels. =)

Lauren said...

I love the le petit beure cookies! I am such a fan of the french biscuit cookie that I even do my best to peal the chocolate off of the Le Petit Ecoliers so I can enjoy just the biscuit. I haven't found the plain cookies in the store lately so had to settle for removing the chocolate myself. My favorite cookies lately were a pecan shortbread crumble bar cookie with strawberry jam in the middle. Not too sweet and just enough flavor.

Congrats on your anniversary and great work with the awesome cookie cutter!!!

Denise said...

Fabulous and fun - all in one! Lately, I've been loving reading a whole bunch of different blogs (including yours of course). I have been wanting to actually start doing more baking of my own and I think this entry has given me the inspiration to do so. Thank you Thank you Thank you Thank you

Oh and my favorite cookie is the chocolate crinkle - the one that you dip in powdered sugar before baking and they look like little snow balls. Yum yum - Denise

Talyn said...

Plain old chocolate chip would have to be my favorite.

kim said...

ha! that is so cute :)
i'm going to have to go with lace cookies... with chocolate of course :)

carla said...

Quelle bonne idée!!!
Very funny!
I look all day somthings new from you and today its really somthings
astonishing!!!
Cookie that i like?Only one must I choose?
Chocolate wafer!!!

sprite said...

I'm such an American. My favorite is the Tollhouse Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe because that's the recipe my brother and I used to make with my grandmother when we baked with her as kids. It's just so hard to beat the added ingredient of Gramma's love.

Emiline said...

Me me me!

I like good ol' chocolate chip, but moure gourmet. With like, browned butter, sea salt and dark chocolate.

Your blueberry swirl ice cream looks yummy!

Dhi said...

what a cool idea, cute cookie typewriter. I love it. My fave cookie is also stroopwafels...

Ammy Lea said...

oh my god! THAT IS SO CUTE!

I've had a recently found love of shortbread, I think I'll be making this one this weekend....

CupcakeLuvr said...

If I had to choose just one cookie, it would be my mom's chocolate chip cookies. She uses a combination of semisweet and milk chocolate chips, so I get the best of both worlds all in one bite!

kristina said...

Oooh--I love Petit Beurre--and this cutter is so wonderful! Please do enter me in the draw.

My favorite cookie is the Walnut Biscuits (Cookies) from Linda Collister's Baking Bible.

And Happy Anniversary! My husband and I are celebrating our anniversary this weekend too! K x

Cyndi said...

Oh, how I would love to win this, my sweet Tartelette! The first thing I would do is bake up a batch of that sweet, buttery cookie and send a love message to work in my hubby's lunchbag.

Jazz said...

Oh my gosh!! I saw those before the last time I went to Europe and have lusted after them ever since. They're like those shortbread molds but more versatile :D Count me in!

Oh, and my favorite cookie...too hard to decide? But before I think of another one, I love love love me those korova cookies (I know, how typical :p).

Anita (Married... with dinner) said...

oh, sooo adorable!

I'm not much ito cookies (although I would definitly make them a LOT if I win the raffle!) but I do like shortbread. Luckily Cameron makes a very, very good recipe.

And happy anniversary to you both!

Anne said...

The cutter looks like so much FUN!!!! Lemon shortbread cookies would be great with it, but my favorite cookie right now is dark chocolate with walnuts and chocolate chips!

mimi said...

first, happy anniversary! second, love that cookie cutter! it's like magnetic poetry, but for cookies. oh yeah, i'd have to say biscotti is my favorite. but if i won this, i would make a whole batch of breton biscuits. yuummm!

Brianne said...

Thank you so much for offering this as a giveaway Helen! I have been on a mission to learn new cookie recipes for a while now, my current favorite to make are macarons (thanks to your expert tutelage). My dh thinks you're great because I would never have tried them without your help. Mysteriously, every time I make a batch they disappear within a day or two...

Unfortunately, I don't particularly like chocolate, so I love to see recipes for shortbreads and other non-chocolate cookies. I'll definitely be trying your latest recipe. I think my favorite cookie is a simple raspberry thumbprint, but it's hard to choose just one!!

Jacelyn said...

I would so love the win the cookie cutter. But in case I didn't, could you help me to purchase it and send it over to singapore? I can pay you.

Guess my favourite cookie would be gingersnaps. Never in my life I would thought it will become my favourite. Cause the idea of ginger and cookies doesn't seems to flow for me. But on my first try, I couldn't stop at one. I have a wonderful recipe for it. I can email you the recipe if you want. =)

Summer (designismine) said...

Oh my, this is so adorable. I hate to be generic, but to me, few things can really compare to the classic chocolate chip cookie. I have made countless flavors and types of other kinds, but I always seem to go back to the chocolate chip cookie when my sweet tooth is really calling.

steenbok68@gmail.com said...

Wow, I'm impressed! Who invents these things? Neat gadget to have.

Lisa said...

I can just imagine making cookies with Eat Me on them, like Alice In Wonderland :D (if only eating cookies would make me grow taller!)

My favourite cookie would have to be almond biscotti I think. Do macarons count as cookies??

Renee said...

Wow, what a cute (and fun!) cutter. Imagine the possibilities!
My favorite cookie... that's a hard one... probably my mum's cashew crisps. But I'm always game for a chocolate chip cookie! Anytime.

Erilyn said...

That cookie cutter looks like something on someone's blog made from fabric (zero calories!). It does look much better knowing that you can eat them though.
My favourite biscuits are my Grandmother's 'Bonzers' which are very much like shortbread - I could give you the recipe but then again ... perhaps not. There has to be something to leave as an inheritance :-)

Mary said...

What an awesome little cutter! I totally hope I win! My favorite cookie is peanut butter, but I am a big fan of shortbread too. (and I love the idea of chomping my way through the grocery list!)

Happy Anniversary!

Rachel said...

Wow those cutters are something that I would want :)

My fav cookies are the plain butter cookies with a sprinkling of powdered sugar..

jan said...

this is the cutest thing ever! and happy anniversary. 10 years. wow. :)

and personally, if it's done right and piping hot from the oven, there's no going wrong with a chocolate chip cookie.

which reminds me, everyone should check nytimes.com dining section --> apparently, the perfect chocolate chip cookie recipe!

Nina's Kitchen (Nina Timm) said...

Oh wow, how amazing is this nifty little tool. I'd just love to have one. My favorite cookie is a plain butter cookie with caraway seeds.

The Bon said...

Happy Anniversary!

My favorite cookie? Plain old soft, chewy chocolate chip.

madelaine said...

How gorgeous, I love this! My favourite cookie would have to be the good ol' choc chip cookie, although I love to add hazelnuts to my Grandma's classic recipe - a favourite with my school mates!

Rebecca said...

These are so fantastic. I love the idea of Happy Anniversary cookies (and congratulations on 10 years). I think I'd get so engrossed in writing messages that all other types of cookie would get left behind!

Clumbsy Cookie said...

Helen I've been looking all over for those! I've seen them a while back also on a blog (from south america I think) and as they're so darn cute I try to find them but couldn't. Thanks for the amazon link, I'll try my best at german, lol!
Congratulations for you and Mr Tartalette!
Thank you (and your mom) for the oportunity!
My favourite cookies are all shortbread-like, but I have a huge soft spot for white chocolate filipinos. I don't think you'll get those in the US, maybe you know them from France (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Filipinos_(snack_food)).

Allison said...

That is adorable! I have not made shortbread cookies, but this would be a perfect excuse to! Personally, my favorite cookies are snickerdoodles. :D

Peabody said...

Oh my, how sad I will be if I don't win since I can not go and get one for myself! So cute.

Karoleen said...

Oh my that is such a cute idea, i just love it...never acutally seen anything like it before. It would be perfect for my wedding reception in october - to print out our names on the cookies... That would be so amazing... I'd love to win!

/Karoleen
karoleen.lindberg@gmail.com

Karoleen said...

Oh sorry...I forgot to tell you about my favorite cookie - it is chocolate chip cookies - i can't get enough of them... I usually make them with white and milk chocolate morsels and peanuts. Yummy...

andloveis said...

oh this is great!
i've been reading you for a while. :D
i'd loooove to win this!

Ryane.
P.S i stay in SINGAPORE however!!
:D please continue having fun!

Christy said...

Helen, that little snazzy device is soo cool!! I've done that sort of custom print before on my shortbread cookies, but had to get a rubber stamp made specially for that purpose--this is waaaay better. Also, I notice that the edges of the letters appear sharper on this one than on the ones I made using my plain ol' rubber stamp. Plus you can customize and the shapes come out neater and nicer!! What a fabulous find!! Sigh...I wish I spoke French...

Congratulations to you and Mr. Tartelette on being 10 years together! That's really something these days..I don't think I have a favourite cookie yet---I can't believe it!! Thank you for reminding me; I shall go on a cookie-buying spree soon!!

Anuska said...

Wow. Looks nice. :)
My favourite cookies are just simple, soft chocolate cookies... mmmm.

lexibot said...

Happy anniversary to the both of you!


My favorite cookie by long and far is homemade chocolate chip cookies. Nice and chewy, I'm not a crunchy kid of gal. ;)

raspberry riot said...

This is the best cookie cutter I've ever seen!
:D

p.s. Happy 10th Anniversary!!!!

Lori said...

That's the most adorable thing ever! My favorite cookie, if I have to choose, is brown sugar shortbread. Or maybe buttermilk cookies. But I love chocolate chip, too. I guess I'm a fickle cookie lover.

Lucie said...

oh yes, I had heard about it!! un petit gadget comme on les aime!
Favorite cookie: chocolate chips/Macadamia nuts...

Di said...

Happy anniversary! That is a really cool gadget--I can just imagine baking cookies with my 5yo with that. =) I have a hard time picking a favorite cookie, but I think I have to go with chocolate-chocolate chip.

karolcia said...

Oh wow, I'm impressed about the amount of comments. I guess there's no chance this cute little gadget goes to me... Still I wish you happy anniversary!!! Oh and by the way, Pettit Beurre cookies are very popular in Poland too, I always use them instead of digestive cookies to make cheesecake crust, delicious !!!

natalie said...

ohhhh very cool! petit beurres were my grandmother's favorite!!i have too many cookies that i enjoy! always have to get a white chocolate macademia from mrs. field's at the mall, but right now, i am craving more than anything is a sugar cookie with some frosting on top!! (really it's just too early to be thinking of cookies!!)

Kim said...

Happy Anniversary to you both Tartelette! That is the cutest kitchen gadget I have ever seen. Thanks for the shortbread cookie recipe, one of my favorites. But my very favorite cookie is my grandmother's Sour Cream Twist Cookie. A yeast dough, rolled like a puff pastry but with granulated sugar, cut twisted then baked. The result is a light cookie with a caramelized sugar bottom. It is the only cookie my daughters want me to ship to them at Xmas,and they are poor sharers when they have them.

wenday said...

world peace cookies are my current favourite :)

queenofgotham said...

I love trying your recipes, or using them as a springboard to my own variation. My favorite cookie changes with the seasons - at the moment it's a family recipe, Mrs. T's Sour Cream cookies - which are soft, light cookies, but your Pistachio-Cocoa Nib cookies are a permanent contender.

Sade said...

My favourite cookie recipe is one I found in a cooking book for kids from Unicef about 15 years ago. It's called Betüsütemény. It's a very basic and easy recipe. I want to try it with that nice cookie cutter!

Lauren said...

That gadget is so cute!!! My favorite cookie is . . . well it is hard to have a favorite, but I guess mexican wedding cakes!

Deborah said...

That is the coolest thing I've seen in a long time. Wow!

My favourite cookies aren't really cookies so much... but I do love palmiers! :)

kel @ sweet treats said...

Double choc chip for this chocaholic!

Kel :)

MiNDY said...

OH I want that super cool cookies stamp. My cookies are must be chocolatey, chocolatey and chocolate like this one

jessicajlee said...

That would look fantastic with my little 'family recipe' shortbread cookies...

It would be a great change from jam-filled hearts.

A Chocoholic Lives Here... said...

My favourites used to be Chocolate, but I am having a love affair with dry almond biscuits (biscotti or otherwise) and a nice mug of coffee. It just rounds off the day nicely to muse over those! I am a big fan of shortbread too though!

Caroline said...

I love all kinds of cookies. But my favorite has got to be Dorie Greenspan's world peace cookies (aka Korova).

B said...

I absolutely love biscuits shaped like that! Especially if you can personalise them! My favourite biscuit is just plain old shortbread... though choc chip comes in close behind.

Koren said...

chocolate chip

sylvia said...

How hard is it to set up the words, could you make place settings with each persons name on a cookie? Or would that be a nightmare?

Thanks for your kind words about Can't Backspace - you can comment on the site directly but maybe I should make that a little bit more obvious.

Lori said...

I think I am moving to France. A bunch of really smart, clever, foodies live over there.

Very cute!

Varina said...

My favorites are actually shortbread cookies, although petits écoliers are pretty great. Oh, and cowboy cookies (peanut butter, oatmeal, chocolate chip, m&m, pecan, and maybe coconut)!

Anonymous said...

Oh, I wish I had one right now, as I am preparing a baby shower this Sunday! Wouldn't those be lovely with the baby's name on each cookie? What fun!

Becksy

ireadwhat said...

Pick one? I can't I love all of them....

I like oatmeal a bunch, with alternative fruit inside. Dates, dired mangos,dired dragonfruit, figs, cherries, cranberries, kitchen sink

lovesweetlove said...

This is right up my alley, I love love it! My favorite cookie sugar cookies. My anniversary is Monday, so winning this would be the perfect gift. ;)

Amy said...

mmmmmmmm...Has to be chocolate chip cookies but I love shortbread too. This tool would be too fun!

Geri said...

OMG....I read all the posts knowing which cookie is my favorite, then agreeing with everyone. So, whatever is homemade... My husbands favorite is an oatmeal, raisin, date, pecan - mine is windmill (made with the cute mold), jumbles, biscotti, kolachy, etc.
THis would be so fun to make and send to my grandkids with their names on it. Also my son is getting married, would be great for shower gifts, reception.. Love it.
Thanks for the fun offer
Geri

missplatt said...

This thing is awesome! I found your blog through flickr, I must say you take some beautiful photographs.

My favorite cookie would have to be butter cookies, my grandma's recipe, which ironically has no butter in them.

sarah said...

i love me a good soft chocolate chip cookie. yum.

Tracy said...

Petit Buerres were always in my house growing up; it's my dad's favorite. My favorite cookie? Too hard to decide...chocolate chip, oatmeal raisin, shortbreads...etc etc etc!

Ann said...

What a lovely prize! I love butter cookies of all sorts... and the nutty variations, like peacan sandies.

April said...

What a really, really cute gadget! I think that my favorite cookie is a shortbread cookie with a cream cheese frosting!

Jacey said...

That's an adorable little tool. I am now craving shortbread. I might have to try this recipe over the weekend. As for a favorite cookie, that's tough to choose, but I'd probably have to say my Aunt Hannah's Snickerdoodles.

Erika said...

That is one of the cutest things I've seen in a while. The possiblities are really . . . ENDLESS! And you can't go wrong with delicious, buttery shortbread. One of my personal favorites!

I've been a long time reader but this is my first post. Hi! I'm Erika. Nice to meet you and thank you for all the lovely "food porn" you offer me! I look forward to your blog updates immensely!

Bridget said...

Oh my...my heart is racing just looking at how FUN that is!!! And...my name is Bridget, so it's perfect! Keeping my fingers crossed that the random picker picks me! :)

And my favorite cookie....has to be a good ol' chocolate chip!

Lisa said...

I'm really digging Ranger Cookies and World Peace Cookies right now. I like crispy cookies especially!

-Lisa

MyKitchenInHalfCups said...

Happy Anniversary!!
This cookie cutter really brought them out of the wood work!!
Making snickerdooles for my boys was always my favorite but a cookie with a shopping list would make my days now!

Rachel said...

You always find the niftiest things!

Cynthia said...

Ok, I am a complete blogging virgin. I found your site last night as I was Googling a recipe for Millionaire's Shortbread. I found yours (clearly the best on the web) and I have been looking at your archives all night, only to find your contest this a.m. I LOVE shortbread (as evidenced by my looking for Millionaire's). I have really liked creating my own variations...rosemary is one of my favorites. Your cookie lettering gadget is REALLY COOOL. Is it available in the U.S.?

Ashley said...

I love this cookie cutter!! My favorite cookie, hands down, is the snickerdoodle. Mmmm!

Patsyk said...

That has to be the coolest cookie gadget I have EVER seen! Pick me, pick me! :)

I love so many different cookies it's hard to pick a fav... snickerdoodles, chocolate crackles, jam thumbprint cookies, chocolate chip cookies... the list is really much too long! :)

NOT SO VANILLA said...

Personalized cookies!!!!! need I say more..ok I will. My son would be all over these. He could have his own cookies with his name on it so his dad won't eat them!!LOL
Although we usually make oatmeal chocolate chip or as we like to call them "would you like some oatmeal for those chocolate chip cookies?"
P.S. they are my fav cause we get my son and I get to make them together!
I'm sure we can hunker down and make shortbread just for the gag of all the word combos...hehe.

julieua said...

My mom's gingersnap cookies are amazing! If my mom isn't baking then white chocolate macadamia are pretty good too.

Meghan said...

That is the best cookie tool I've never heard of that now I've got to have! Generally I tend toward the very chocolate cookie (or biscotti) but my husband favors thumbprint cookies and shortbreads, so I tend to make a lot of those, too.

Chris said...

You have the coolest things! :) Me likes!

Digigirl said...

So adorable! I bring cookies in to work once a month (my guinea pigs for new recipes) and it would be such a fun surprise for the cookies to actually say something! I love lots of different cookies, but I recently tried an Almond Blueberry cookie that I loved so that's my current favorite. Thanks for being so sweet as to offer a giveaway!

pixie said...

Hi tartlette, my fellow daring baker! What a wonderful and generous gesture! I love reading your blog and your recipes keep going into my ever growing to do lists! Cookies are an area I'm getting into now. I've done chocolate chips and oatmeal and peanut butter but I'm dying to try shortbread cookies and your macaroons! YUM!

Thimbleanna said...

Oh, me, me, me....PUHLEEZZZ pick me!!! That's the coolest little tool and would be SO much fun for cookie gifting! My FAV cookie is a frosted cranberry-orange cookie -- yum, yum!

k said...

My favorite cookie is good old peanut butter. My favorite Xmas cookie is a walnut shortbread cookie (sandie). And if someone else is making them, my favorite is a linzertorte cookie made just like the torte, only a cookie!

cin said...

I love this cutter. I can see many uses for it. I love anything chocolatey and cakey. I would love to know where to get one of these cool cutters...

Naho @ Scrumptious Foods said...

Happy Anniversary! What a wonderful celebration! Favourite cookie...umm, for me its a tie between chocolate chip cookies and lemon shortbread. :)

Sunshinemom said...

I love them! So cool!

Sarah Carrico said...

Oh you! You tinly little butter cookie with a message to the world... I'd like to make your babies. Oh yes....

Rosanne said...

What a great recipe, we'll try it out and with a message imprinted.........oh, can't wait!

Laura Rebecca said...

This may be the COOLEST cooking gadget ever. I love it.

My favorite cookie is probably a lace cookie (aka, the florentine). After they are baked and cooled, I sandwich them together with melted dark chocolate. They are what heaven tastes like.

Dan said...

I hope this isn't a duplicate post, I'm really not trying to cheat... honest!

Cranberry Biscotti dipped in Dark Chocolate!

Dan

k. said...

wow, the cookie cutter/stamp is incredible! My favourite cookie has to be chocolate mint cookies with chocolate chips.

Très Nouveau said...

Shortbread are my husband's absolute favorite. I can just imagine an entire package, printed "NOM NOM NOM"

My comfort cookie has to be basic chocolate chip, as I can't stop eating them if they are around. But I'm also a fan of crispy, chewy Snickerdoodles.

Kelly said...

Helen, what a sweet idea for a giveaway! Although, I'm not sure my husband will be so thrilled if I win since I already have a kitchen full of "must-have" cute gadgets!!! It's so hard to pick a favourite cookie. I can say that my favourite cookie of the moment is a traditional chocolate chip cookie. In the summer I love to have them with homemade vanilla ice cream sandwiched between two. Yummm!

Jane said...

Now that is a nice one. I wonder for those of us who won't win can find it here in the US. Another want if I don't win.

I juse made milk chocolate cookies, pretty good.

Elizabeth said...

I'm completely smitten with this!!!! Why isn't it already part of my life?!

Thanks so much for sharing (the info and the giveaway)

My fav cookie? That's hard, but I think it a recipe for soft gingersnaps that I got from a professor that kind of a local specialty. I was never a gingersnap fan, but I can eat a huge batch of these all by myself (and the recipe does make a HUGE batch)!

Jenny S. said...

I would LOVE to win this gadget. I make shortbread all the time and it would be great to make it personalized for my friends and family at Christmastime or for hostess gifts.

Jill said...

Love it!

Favorite Cookie: Plain vanilla drop cookies

Eleanor said...

Your blog is wonderful. Cinnamon sables and pecan sandies are also wonderful.

dot said...

world peace cookies are the best :)

please choose me! :)

Ashley said...

This is so sweet. I love the idea of waking someone up for breakfast in bed with a little tea and "good morning" stamped on a biscuit. My favorite cookie is a lacey oatmeal or a plain old chocolate chip chewy. Thank you!

meliass said...

So cute...I think my favorite cookie is a chewy molasses crinkle cookie.

VeggieGirl said...

Can't go wrong with classic shortbread cookies :0)

Oooh what a fun giveaway!!!

LyB said...

You are so sweet to think of all your blogger friends! I love sablés cookies but my absolute favorite, easy cookie recipe has got to be the good old chocolate chip. :)

Tiffany said...

What a neat gadget!!! My current favorite cookie is one I made last Christmas...a rich double chocolate cookie with peppermint chips. Very festive!

Candice said...

Wow is all I have to say, this is the greatest little invention! Using this gadget would be the second best part of making cookies, the first of course being eating the dough. As for a favorite cookie, I'm partial to a nice molasses and ginger cookie. They are thin, chewy, and oh so good.

Ben said...

Even though I never win anything, I am going to enter. Yay how exciting, oh, and my favorite cookie must be Mexican wedding cookies. hmmm but I don't know, buckeyes are way up in my list, but I don't think they are even cookies :|

CookiePie said...

How generous of you to give away such a lovely item! I would love to use it on my cinnamon-hazelnut shortbread. Yum!

Jess! said...

there is a little grocery store in paris near the École Militaire metro stop. every time we visit, we have to go to this grocery store for their store brand butter cookies. they are fantastic. we literally leave the store with 15-20 boxes of cookies.

Lori said...

What a great tool! And I love butter cookies.

CDG said...

Oh, my cuteness! And wouldn't it make lovely hazelnut sandies?

Chico said...

Wow, I love this cookie cutter!Pick me!!
I like the shortbread(such as sablee)but I like the white chocolate x macadamia nut one also. I can't say which one is best.
By the way, I made your "raspberry mascarpone gratin" recently. I was delicious!!!

Payal said...

Who doesn't love a good shortbread cookie? Thanks for sharing this recipe. I think I'll try it with a hint of rose essence.

Christian aka The Volcano said...

These look heavenly---if you are in a cookie baking mood, I'd love to see a great recipe for Snickerdoodles!

Memaw's memories said...

Snickerdoodles are my favorite cookie. I think it's the cinnamon and sugar mixture you roll them in, plus I like a crisp crunchy cookie.

elaine said...

Hi Helen! It's really nice of you to think of getting one more of that cute gadget to give away! They'll make cookies much better birthday presents when they're personalised! My fave cookie would have to be the chewy on the inside, crispy on the outside choc chip cookie!

Jessica said...

Oh dear that is adorable!

Katie said...

Snickerdoodles!

Coffee & Vanilla said...

Amazing gadget, I would love to win it but even if now I will look for it in the shops :)

Petit Beurre cookies... they remind me of my childhood! Me and my sister we loved them. Butter cookies are still my favourite, even better if deeped in dark chocolate with a cup of unsweetened cappuccino on a side :)

Have a great weekend, Margot

Jackie said...

I saw this on a blog too and loved it but can't read French and couldn't understand how and where to get it!! How exciting! I love it.

My favorite cookie is my Aunt Cookie but after her it is traditional Italian anise cookies that my Grandmother and Mother made. Light puffs of cakey goodness with just a hint of anise, draped with anise icing and my all time favorite: sprinkles! Sprinkles always make people happy!

noisy penguin said...

I've been craving oatmeal butterscotch cookies lately.

This looks like a neat tool!

Francoise said...

Hey, I've been reading your blog for several weeks and I'm always amazed at your talent, both in culinary and photography. A product can be transformed into something extraordinary merely by putting a nice edge to it. I'm planning on learning that as soon as I get out from school. Oh yeah, I'm currently in a culinary school for baking and pastry and it's definitely very inspiring to me. It's always fun to learn the science behind why we do things in certain way.
In anyway, I haven't really made too many cookies in my life, mainly cakes and.. more cakes.. haha... But to this point in my life, I still like the simple sugar cookie the best. I like the simplicity of it and the buttery aroma in every bite. Of course I like chocolate chip cookies too, with oats added, but you just can't have too many of those unless you make them yourself so you can adjust the sweetness. The ones from bakeries tend to be a little on the sweet side to me.
Alright, it's time for class. Allow me to thank you again for all the inspiring recipes and links to the rest of the culinary world. ;p

Anonymous said...

Pick me Pick me!!! I love oatmeal chocolate chip raisin cookies...YUMMY
~holli~

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Amy said...

HI! This is the cutest little cookie cutter I have ever seen!!
I'd have to say, my favorite cookie is....a warm, gooey chocolate chip cookie fresh out of the oven!! Perfection!
Thanks for doing this - so fun!!

-Amy of Sing For Your Supper
www.singforyoursupperblog.com

Teresa said...

Wow, what a cool cookie cutter! I so want it! What can we do to get the manufacturer to sell it in the States!

Thank you for the cookie recipe! The photo looks delicious. I love the lightly browned edges of such butter cookies. YUM!

ssomerville said...

I just love your blog! My favourite cookie is Dorie's chocolate malted whopper cookies..yumm!

Cristina said...

This is so cool! My favorite cookies are lemon cookies from the Farmers Market in Union Square, NYC. They're big, doughy, fall-apart moist and totally refreshing. And DELICIOUS.
- Cristina

Lauren said...

Oh i love the cookie cutter!!! My favorite cookies would be jam thumbprint cookies, or any buttery cookie with jam filling! YUM!

Mandy said...

First of all, happy anniversary to you and B! Hubs and I just celebrated our 3rd anniversary on 10 July.
My favorite cookies is chocolate biscotti!

Jennifer said...

I love chocolate sables with a little sea salt on top. Yum!

Sara, Ms Adventures in Italy said...

I'm not a big fan of shortbread cookies but I think those could be lots of fun on sugar cookies!

AngelaBeth said...

How absolutely adorable! This would DEFINITELY come in handy!! And my favorite recipe is a sugar cookie recipe that will last for months and still be as amazing as the first day you baked them! I have another sugar cookie recipe that is absolutely divine that I use more often though (my sugar cookies never make it past two days! hehehe!).

Mevrouw Cupcake said...

This is hands down the best cookie cutter I've EVER seen!!!! Oh please, gods of the random number generator, let it be me!!!

Isa said...

So coooooool! :)
My favourite cookie recipe is of course chocolate chips cookies preferably still warm so that the choc is slightly melted and oh...!
Thanks for the chance of winning :)

Laura said...

Love your blog! My favorite cookies are pumpkin cookies with cream cheese frosting...mmm...

rainbowbrown said...

Okay. That's awesome. How kind of you to get an extra one, really. My favorite cookies are lentil cookies and, why, sablés of course.
Oy, the fun I'd have with this thing.

Anonymous said...

my favorite cookie is the good old chocolate chip!

-angela b.

Cheryl said...

Oh my gosh! Imagine the cute things you can put on your cookies! I've only ever made Dorie's espresso chip shortbread, but this would inspire me to get cooking. Thanks for the opportunity!

Jami said...

This is my favorite blog ever. I check it almost everyday. Right now I am serving in the Peace Corps in Eastern Europe and crave anything that is not cabbage or potato based! I don't have regular access to a kitchen, but love the pictures and fantasize about preparing some great food when I come home. My favorite cookie is a shortbread that my nana and my mom make called busy day cookies. Love them, love this prize!

weilingweiling said...

Those cookies are lovely! Its a pity that I can't seem to bake this particular confection nicely. But I'm still not giving up-trying and trying till the day I make cookies consistenty. :D My favourite cookie is oatmeal and raisin. And it so happens that that's the only kind of cookie that I'm really good at. :D :D :D

talida said...

What a bundle of fun :)

Jess said...

So cute! My favorite cookies of all time are my stepmother's "monster cookies". They texture is just the right mix of crunchy and sticky. She makes them with whole wheat flour, oatmeal, peanut butter, and walnuts, so they have a really nutty flavor, and she'll throw in chocolate chips or raisins so you get a sweet little surprise every few bites.

cakewardrobe said...

So cute!! I just made my first batch of shortbread cookies last night! If I don't win that gadget, I'm totally buying anyway!

Julianna said...

oh, how incredibly cute is that gizmo! my favorite cookies are fig bars...wait, are those even considered cookies? i've tried making them myself, but metropolitan bakery in my city of philadelphia makes them way better than i do!

jessicawatts said...

Oh what a great little gadget! My favourite cookies are coconut macaroons and lemon shortbreads - yummy!!

Jessica

Veronica E Maier said...

I am a huge fan of the flat cookie, such as the shortbread recipe you posted that I am sure to try. I also have orange water just waiting to be put to use, so thanks for the suggestion!

Amelia Bedielia said...

That is such a great gadget! My favorite cookies are butter cookies that are thin, crispy on the edges and just barely soft in the center, just like my grandma used to make! They'd melt in your mouth :).

Bessis said...

Oh, I want that dealie-bob so bad!!!! And the recipe is bookmarked too. Thanks.

adli said...

Well, I must say my favorite would be sugee biscuits. It's very buttery and rich from the ghee used in the recipe... hmmm.. ahhh.. :)

I'm Kitty! said...

I made your coconut cake (July 5 post) last night, and although I have yet to frost it (happening in about 5 minutes) I've been dreaming about it all night! Ooooh my! It looks, smells and feels supreme! Thank you!

As for cookies - I like to dabble in the artistry and I created a little one of my own I like to call campfire cookies. Yes, chocolate, marshmallows and graham cracker, but mine differ in a way that others lack. I don't use graham cracker flour, I don't crumble up graham crackers - mine have genuine whole, solid, crackers baked in. It's my speciality favorite!

XanderJL said...

My most favorite is linzer with the jam inside, but almost anything with fruit is great, like a thumbprint jam cookies.

Lucy said...

ooh that cookie imprinter is so clever! i have tried carving before baking, but that never works, and i have tried half cooking and carving in some letters then - but that works just as badly! fingers crossed x

well my favourite cookie...anything chocolatey particularly a recipe from a childrens Dorling Kindersley book! works prefectly everytime!!

x

Angry Asian said...

i think this gadget is a must- have. i'm not much of a baker but i certainly can try to bake more, and i'm sure i wcould find other uses for it!

my fave cookie: it changes but for now since i have braces, they have to be soft. as long as they're soft, i'll eat them.

Fifi Flowers said...

YUM... your email reminded me... I do not have a dessert recipe for my Napa bbq... can you reccommend something?
Also... I really would love to win! ;)
Fifi
P.S. Another sample by this evening! :)

nerdling said...

Oh my gosh, those would make the cutest graham crackers ever!

Anonymous said...

Little, sweet love notes...how wonderful! My favorite cookie is pecan shortbread.

Marjorie

Stephanie said...

Oh, Helen...that is simply adorable!

I think my favorite cookie...despite not really eating many these days...has to be my Mom's sugar cookie recipe. I never cared for sugar cookies till she started making these. Cut thick, they are perfect unadorned, with tea, or frosted or iced to resemble just about anything. For our trip to the zoo, she made up a handful to look like zoo animals for Alex...zebras, lions, seals, all sorts. They are perfect cookies.
You are so sweet to do this! And a very happy 10th anniversary to you both!

Tiffany said...

That's so cool!!
My favorite cookie used to be oatmeal raisin... Now I think I'd prefer nuts and cranberries in an oatmeal cookie. But I think my favorite cookie now is any sort of ginger-spiced molasses cookie... Om nom nom :3

Noki & Alex said...

Saw these at Il Cavoletto di Bruxelles as well & wondered what in the world or out of it could have made such *cute* petit beurres. Thank you for sharing!

Kelley said...

What a cool little gadget! And happy 10 years!

My favorite cookies are peanut butter cookies, followed closely by shortbread.

Hannah said...

Oh my goodness, this is just the cutest cookie cutter ever! And so handy for birthdays and holidays, too...! I have no hope of winning it, what with the hundreds of comments that are sure to come, but it's definitely going on my wish list all the same. Thanks for bringing it to my attention!

Aimée said...

How nice of you to consider your readers! Thanks Helen! We love shortbread around here.

Little Corner of Mine said...

What a cool cookie cutter! My favorite cookie would be pineapple tarts. :)

Rose said...

Oh man! that is pretty much the awesomenest thing ever.

My favorite cookie right now is grapefruit sandwich cookies, for sure.

Temperance said...

I could not in a million yrs name my favorite cookie, I love sugar cut cookies, brownsugar short bread cookies, lemon shortbread cookies, Date pinwheel cookies and many others.

Cynikell said...

These really are adorable... if I don't win, I'll have to buy!

Jackie said...

I'm generally not a gadget person, but this one looks very cool! Please let us know if you hear of them being sold in North America!!

My favourite cookie are those Eastern European sugar cookies. I don't know what they're called(!), but I have fond memories of baking them as a kid with my mom.

BR said...

Ginger Molasses with a cup of tea. Perfect.

Great blog and generous contest.

Loretta said...

another gadget...another reason to bake! thanks for the opportunity.

favorite cookie - oatmeal raisin. i wish it was something more exotic, but i love them in any form, any time, any meal.

Anonymous said...

This is a great idea! My daughter Amelia likes to bake with me and since she is learning to read, this would be perfect! I have never met a cookie I didn't like.

txdebanderson

Sarah said...

I agree with BR - you're so generous to have thought of us! My favourite cookie is a toss up between my mom's shortbread cookies and my chocolate peanut butter toffee cookies. I'm a salt / sweet fan! Have yet to try the Korovas though...

banannafish said...

My OCD party-planning self would adore this.

Camli said...

Love love love. So many possibilities to stamp on, hehe!

My favorite cookies (can't pick just one!) would have to a perfectly chewy, buttery, chocolate chip, pedestrian I know, and the transcendent world piece cookies =]

Mary said...

That looks like just the gadget I need for my kitchen (my husband would disagree!).

Congratulations on your book deal! I love your blog and you are such an ispiration.

My favorite cookie? Today it happens to be a brown butter spoon cookie. Look for the recipe on epicurious.com. They are sublime.

WontonBrutality said...

pfeffernuesse cookies are the best! Seriously, my runner up is actually shortbread.

homedotmade said...

My favorite cookies are the classic Toll House Chocolate chip. They're the first cookies my mom made for me and the first ones I made with my eldest child. I love traditions like that. :-)

Elissa B said...

My favorites are warm oatmeal chocolate chip cookies -- simple to make, which is good, since they tend to dissapear so quickly.

And thanks so much for doing this!

sweetsbycaroline said...

Hello! I just bought a pack of LU Petit Beurre 2 days ago from the supermarket!

My all-time favorite cookie since I was a child is LU's Paille D'or aux framboises! But I haven't had them in 10 years since I moved to the U.S. since I can't find them anywhere in the LA area.

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