TWD: Cornmeal Shortbread Cookies

Cornmeal Shortbread Cookies

by Holly on April 26, 2011

Do you see that happy, cheerful, bright and beautiful daisy? That lovely flower, along with a huge vase of other mixed flowers – roses, irises, daisies, and a host of bright and gorgeous other flowers I loved and don’t even know the name of – were given to me last week as a surprise from the hubs. He done good. Granted it was my birthday so there was a reason, but I was completely not expecting them or anything for that matter because we’ve had so many bills, bills, bills since Kayla was born and all the other mess we’ve been dealing with the boys as well, that life has seemed quite rather hum-drum and practical with not a lot of room for frivolity or just time to relax or enjoy.

Frankly, between you and me, the vast majority of the time I am grateful for hum-drum because at least it means the #%#@# isn’t currently hitting the fan. In my world, that is a BIG plus and besides, really, is not having any wiggle room to feel a little frivolous every once in a while any reason to feel bad – even if it has been a rough several years, believe me, I KNOW how lucky we are. Every now and then though for some reason I still seem to feel compelled to throw myself the most ridiculous little pity parties even though I know I have so much to be grateful for. After all, I have a ton of blessings that I AM grateful for.

Some days though that all just doesn’t seem to make a difference in the overall scheme of things and I still get down about life. I know we have a lot going on. After all, I don’t think anyone expects to go through the NICU with all three of their kids to then be followed by various mental health and physical health issues left, right and center for all of them, but they are here after all. They are mine. They are relatively healthy and happy and we have a good family. I am lucky.

Is it any surprise then that when I feel down on myself for feeling down about things that it just makes me more frustrated and sad and upset, and, well, you can see what a circular rut and spiral of a whirl that can make of things. What a mess!

The point of all this is that, even though, midway through my birthday I was feeling completely sad and lame in so many ways, it was SO great to get such a gorgeous surprise from Dusty – especially since I knew he had ordered them BEFORE my pity party. SO much more meaningful that way. Anyway, I just had to take a minute to say thank you to him for cheering me up and cheering me on. He also wrote a beautiful card too, but I’m not going to write that all here – besides it made up for the one with the wrinkly puppy on it asking how old I am… almost made up for it anyway πŸ˜‰ !

I also want to say thank you to all of you for coming here and being part of this experience and sharing in my days – the hum-drum and the not so hum-drum. Thank you for all the birthday well wishes on Twitter and Facebook. Thank you for being my friends! To a girl who quite literally doesn’t get out of the house much because of constantly sick kiddos who have to be quarantined each Winter (and will Winter EVER end??) this little portal into the outside realm means the absolute world to me (and my sanity).

ANYWAY. Enough of my maudlin moments! On to the cookies!

This week’s Tuesdays with Dorie recipe was, of course, the Cornmeal Shortbread Cookies in the book chosen by Valerie of Une Gamine dans la Cuisine. I’ve wondered how these would taste, but for whatever reason have never gotten around to making them. When you consider the fact that the flavor and texture both are reminiscent of both the Honey Wheat Cookies and the Lenox Almond Biscotti it becomes harder and harder to imagine why I haven’t made these cookies before now. They were easy to put together and, I have to admit, my favorite part was actually eating the dough. In fact, I purposely trimmed my dough to a perfect square with the 1 1/2-inch square measurements to get the most dough ‘scraps’ that I could nibble on. I’m just silly that way.

I didn’t actually make any changes to the recipe, other than to make only a half batch because I felt like having that many cookies on hand wouldn’t be a good idea for me. I used the lemon zest and opted to use the almond extract this time around. The cookies were a bit crunchier than most shortbread – due I’m sure to not only the cornmeal in the dough, but the little extra cooking time. Still though they were extremely well flavored and satisfying and very buttery tasting. Definitely a keeper!

For more cookie madness, head on over to the Tuesdays with Dorie site and visit the other bakers.

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c April 26, 2011 at 1:06 am

Glad these cookies turned out delish. I know all bout getting ones parade rained on. 10 years ago I had a wonderful marriage and 6 mostly wonderful kids, life was good. Then for no real reason my back started to detoriate. I have had 8 back surgeries in the past 10 years. My life is still wonderful just very different. I walked at least 3 miles every day, now 15 minutes is a stretch. I’m in pain 24/7, but I have been blessed in so many ways. I’ve learned what’s really important in life, I’ve been forced to slow down. I spend hours a day chatting with my grown children, encouraging them in their lives. I skype the Grandkids–they know who I am though I’m states away. I have a hubby that is so helpful and kind.
But I can in no way compare my challenges to yours, you have yours because you are the right lady! Hang in there, we are all in this together. Let’s help encourage one another, if nothing else we can just eat treats and cry together. I’m here for you Holly, remember that.

Peggy April 26, 2011 at 1:54 am

Your cookies look perfect. Love the flowers hubs gave you. What a sweetie. We liked these cookies but mine did not turn out as perfect as yours.

joy April 26, 2011 at 7:49 am

The dough was fantastic! I made some extra trimmings, too πŸ™‚

Happy Belated Birthday!

Jodie April 26, 2011 at 11:34 am

Glad your bday turned out ok!! Hope you’re surviving Utah “spring!!” πŸ™‚

natalia April 26, 2011 at 12:43 pm

Ciao Cara ! What can I say..I’m sure the Winter will end as the illnesses it was like that for me too .
Glad you have your husband close to you and your wonderful kids. love your cookies.

Mary April 26, 2011 at 1:01 pm

Happy Belated Birthday. Never apologize for throwing yourself a pity party. I think that saying/writing it out loud somehow takes some of the sting away and makes you feel more cheery in an odd way. I loved the dough too.

alvarosa April 26, 2011 at 2:15 pm

no matter if it seems that we sometimes worry/moarn about things completely not worth it, and no matter that other people maybe have to handle much worse circumstances: the situation we are currently in is always the hardest/best we have, because it is the only one, we really experience. it is like thinking you should not be grumpy because of some headache, because other people experience much more pain with a chronical disease. right – but you feel only your pain in this very moment and this is never comparable.
and, btw, your cookies look delish :o]

tia April 26, 2011 at 4:05 pm

wow thos are some beautiful, vibrant colors!

Jaime April 27, 2011 at 1:09 pm

looks great! what a sweet hubby you have πŸ™‚ i haven’t been to your blog in ages (haven’t had time to visit any blogs for a while) and i love the new look!

Nicole April 27, 2011 at 4:04 pm

I love the flowers. Thanks for the reminder that I should be thankful for what I do have and that hum drum is ok. I’ve been struggling with that lately.
Your cookies look almost exactly like mine!

Peggy April 27, 2011 at 5:35 pm

In the past, when I’ve had a lot on my plate and have felt like I’m falling down a hole, I have made a “Things I’m worried about” list. The list is usually long–maybe 15 or 20 things! And then next to each item, I’ve written what I’m going to do about it. Sometimes it’s just “Wait and see what happens.” Somehow, making the list and identifying what course I’m going to take (even if it’s to do nothing at all because nothing can be done at the moment) has always helped me put things in perspective. Time passes. Things change. I hope you are on an upswing now and that spring is coming to where you live. Oh, and by the way, your cookies look lovely!

Margaret May 1, 2011 at 2:49 pm

Belated Happy Birthday. How wonderful to get beautiful flowers.

Hope all the )#(^(@_@ keeps away from the fan!! for a while.

These were really good cookies. Loved the texture due to the cornmeal. Definitely a keeper.

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