Nothing inspires me to bake more than a rainy Sunday. I love being cooped up inside with the sound of rain tapping on the windows and the smell of baked goods in the air! It's so relaxing and home-y. And in the winter I feel it just adds a layer of comfort and warmth.
I'm all about any type of cookie. You just can't go wrong. But shortbread cookies hold a super special place in my heart. They're basically crunchy yet melt-in-your-mouth butter and I just love that. I use the same base recipe for my shortbread cookies every time but depending on my mood they either stay plain or get flavored. Being that it is winter and citrus fruit is at its prime, the mood struck for me to flavor them with the sweetness of blood orange.
Besides the buttery-ness of the cookie and the sweetness of the icing, these are some really pretty cookies - just look at that beautiful pink hue! They are great for any winter's day, but given the natural pink color they are a fantastic treat for Valentine's Day (it's only a few weeks away, people!). So embrace the fact that you only live once and sometimes you need a break from eating healthy and indulge in a sweet treat that is well worth it.
Iced Blood Orange Shortbread Cookies
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 60-75 minutes
Servings: 24 cookies
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What's your favorite shortbread cookie variation?
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