Bak­ing up some cook­ies for Hope

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THIS WEEK WE ARE ex­cited to be a part of the 17th an­nual HopeSpring Hol­i­day Tour of Homes this week­end. Vol­un­teers have been work­ing hard to bring much-needed fund­ing to this or­ga­ni­za­tion.

HopeSpring Can­cer Sup­port Cen­tre of­fers pro­grams and ser­vices to help peo­ple deal­ing with a di­ag­no­sis of can­cer. This safe place has helped so many peo­ple get through to good health and help some whose jour­ney in life was cut short.

The event on Novem­ber 9 and 10 is a self-guided tour of se­lect homes in Water­loo Re­gion that are pro­fes­sion­ally dec­o­rated for the sea­son by lo­cal com­pa­nies. It’s a great way to get ideas for your en­ter­tain­ing dur­ing the hol­i­days.

Our new Christ­mas cook­ies will be there to sam­ple. We are do­nat­ing $5 per pack­age of four-dozen cook­ies to this won­der­ful or­ga­ni­za­tion. Don’t for­get to pur­chase your tick­ets – see www.hopespring. ca – and en­joy an af­ter­noon of fun sup­port­ing HopeSpring.

When you think of Christ­mas and cook­ies, you think of short­bread. Here’s a sim­ple way to make my favourite ver­sion.

My favourite short­bread

2 Cups cold but­ter cut into quar­ter inch pieces 3/4 Cup sugar 2/3 Cup rice flour 3 Cups all pur­pose flour 1/2 tsp. of salt

In a bowl sift to­gether the flour, rice flour and salt. Stir in the sugar. Add but­ter with your fin­gers and com­bine un­til the mix­ture looks crumbly, sim­i­lar to fine bread crumbs.

Com­bine into a ball. Di­vide the ball into three and shape into a log form on a sheet of parch­ment or plas­tic wrap. Smooth the log out and roll into the pa­per or plas­tic wrap. Tie the ends off and chill for a few hours.

Line 3 cookie sheets with parch­ment pa­per. Un­wrap the cookie dough, slice into 1/4-inch medal­lions and place on a cookie sheet 1-1/2 inches apart. Try to keep the dough even thick­ness and smooth on top. Chill in the fridge for 20 min­utes then place in the pre­heated oven at 300 F. If your oven is hot­ter turn it down to 275F. They cook­ies should not be brown – golden at the most. It will take about 45 min­utes to an hour. The cook­ies will be firm to the touch.

Let cool and store in an air­tight con­tainer. They are per­fect dusted with a bit of ic­ing sugar be­fore serv­ing or go very well with driz­zled cho­co­late.

Happy bak­ing!

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