If you asked Mama Smart the best thing about me being home for practically the entire month of December, she’d probably say something along the lines of how nice it was to have someone around to watch girlie rom-coms with her, or confirm that her outfit looked cute, or accompany her to Pilates. But she’d be lying. The real reason Mama Smart was so happy I was home?
3 Tbsp. earth balance natural spread
3 Tbsp olive oil
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. dried thyme
1/4 tsp. dried rosemary
1 Tbsp. pine nuts
1. In a medium mixing bowl, beat together earth balance, olive oil, and sugar.
2. In a separate bowl, combine flours, baking powder, salt, and herbs.
3. Add the dry ingredients to the ‘wet’ ingredients, beating well until dough is incorporated and crumbly. [Test to see if dough will hold together when pressed. If it doesn’t, add olive oil in very small increments until it will.]
4. Spoon in pine nuts, mixing well to distribute evenly.
5. Use your hands to form dough into cookie shapes.
6. Bake at 300 degrees for about 20 minutes.
7. Let cool, and then set up defenses to prevent them from vanishing in one evening at the hands of your mother and future stepfather.
In case you are curious, I did try to do the typical shortbread “chill in a log and slice” method of making these..and it just failed miserably. The “press and squeeze” worked a whole lot better.