Friday, December 14, 2012

Holiday Fun at Target - Part 3

me & Sabrina Soto
I attended a Target Holiday Cookie Event in New York recently and, yes, I got to meet HGTV host Sabrina Soto. (I'm supposed to tell you that if you live within 50 miles of NYC, you should apply to be on her show!

Okay, so that was very exciting, but the whole point of the event was to make holiday cookies using ingredients that you can purchase at Target. I missed out on the first cookies (in the shapes of mittens!), but I did make it there for Raspberry Almond Shortbread Thumbprints. SO GOOD!

Start up your ovens! This will be a great recipe for holiday parties, cookie exchanges, or enjoying in front of the Christmas tree with a hot mug of cider, cocoa, or whatever on Christmas Eve.

Raspberry Almond Shortbread Thumbprints
(makes 3 dozen cookies)

Ingredients for cookies:
1 cup (2 sticks) butter, very soft
1/3 cup Archer Farms Orange Blossom Honey (available at Target)
3/4 tsp. almond extract
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp. ground cardamom
1 cup Archer Farms French Vanilla Almond Crunch Granola Cereal (available at Target), crushed
1/4 cup raspberry preserves

This is what the cookies look like before you bake them.
I was too busy eating mine after to take pictures.
Ingredients for glaze:
1 cup powdered sugar
3 to 4 tsp. water
1 tsp. almond extract

1. Heat oven to 350 degrees. Beat butter, honey, and extract in large bowl until smooth. Beat in flour and cardamom on low.
2. Roll dough into 1-inch balls. Roll the balls in cereal to partially coat. Place two inches apart on ungreased cookie sheets. Make indentation in center of each using thumb. Fill each with 1/4 tsp. preserves.
3. Bake 14-16 minutes until light brown. Let cool slightly, then remove to a wire rack. Cool completely.
4. Stir the glaze ingredients in medium bowl. Drizzle on the cookies. Allow to set.

The cookies were only part of the event. There were also two tables set up to show how you can decorate for the holidays using stuff at Target. The first table was for a more elegant, sit-down set-up.

And the second table was for doing a buffet-style meal.

Very cool, right? The smaller glasses in the above picture don't actually come with those colored lines on them. The colors are electrical tape! Just remove the tape before you wash the glasses.

If you want to read more about Sabrina's holiday entertaining tips, get another holiday cookie recipe, and find out more about this awesome event, head over to A Bullseye View, Target's online magazine!

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