The Partiologist: Sea Shells in a Jar!

Sea Shells in a Jar!

These sea shells were gathered and placed in a jar, only you won't find them on any beach.  In my kitchen yes, beach no.  It's beach week in my kitchen, so I'm dreaming up ways to feel like I'm spending my summer days on the beach.  When reality is, I'm actually no where remotely close to a beach.  So the sea shell cookies are the next best thing.
 
Sea Shell Cookies 
 
When I first spotted the jar, meant for a candle, I knew I wanted it.
 
Not for a candle, but for cookies...sea shell cookies.
 
And I had the perfect cutters for the job.
 
And the perfect recipe for the cookies.
 
The cutters are meant for fondant I think, however I love making homemade animal crackers using the plunger cutters.
 
No icing needed, making these the perfect little cookies for the jar.
 
After making your dough, roll with a piece of plastic wrap across the top.
 
Cut and bake.
 
Recipe below.
 
Next, fill the bottom of the jar with raw sugar.
 
Place the sea shell cookies around the bottom of the jar, design facing out.
 
Continue filling the jar until the sea shell cookies are to the top.
 
So much fun to gather sea shells without getting my feet covered in sand.
 
Although it's possible I could get my feet covered in sugar, I spilled the sugar.
 
Not only are the cookies perfect for the jar, they are perfect to eat.
 
Just ask me how I know.
 
Filled to the brim.

 
 
 
Sea Shell Cookies

by The Partiologist


Ingredients
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/8 tsp. freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1/8 tsp. mace
  • 12 Tbs. (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
Instructions
•Over a small bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, salt, nutmeg and mace. Set aside.
 
•In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the flat beater, beat the butter on high speed for 2 minutes. Reduce the speed to medium, slowly add the sugar and beat for 2 minutes, stopping the mixer occasionally to scrape down the sides of the bowl. Add the egg and vanilla and beat for 1 minute, stopping the mixer once to scrape down the sides of the bowl.
 
•Stop the mixer and add half of the flour mixture. Beat on low speed until most of the flour has been absorbed. Add the remaining flour and beat until all of the flour has been absorbed and the dough starts to pull away from the sides of the bowl, 2 to 3 minutes.
 
•Turn the dough out onto a work surface and divide into 2 equal balls. Shape each into a disk and wrap separately in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours or up to 2 days.
 
•Let the dough stand at room temperature for 5 minutes. Place each dough disk between 2 clean, large pieces of plastic wrap. Roll out the dough to 1/8-inch thickness. (If the dough cracks while rolling, let it stand at room temperature for 5 to 10 minutes more.) Remove the plastic wrap and place the dough on a floured work surface. Lightly dust the top of the dough with flour.
 
•Preheat an oven to 350°F.
 
•Line several baking sheets with parchment paper. Dip cookie cutters into flour just before using and cut out the shapes. Hold each cutter over a prepared baking sheet and lightly depress the plunger to remove the cutout; the plunger will also imprint the tops of the cookies.
 
•Bake the cookies until very light golden brown, 10 - 15 minutes. Transfer the baking sheets to wire racks and let the cookies cool to room temperature. Makes about 20 cookies of each shape.
 
It's Just Beachy!
 
 

20 comments :

  1. I love your pictures! The background is perfect, the jar is beautiful, and the cookies so cute. Pinning and sharing! :)

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    1. Thank you so much Beth, I was quite excited with the way they turned out!

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  2. These are adorable. Can you tell me where you got the cutters? I looked, but didn't see a link.

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    1. Thank you Martha, there is a link to Amazon right below my icon at the end of the blog post. :)

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  3. i'm always looking for a good plain cookie recipe. these are just beachy keen! :)

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    1. Thanks Lisa, they are sooo good, I make them all the time and eat way too many! :)

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  4. What a great idea, and I love that it is all edible!!

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    1. Thanks Michelle, one of my favorite cookies for sure!

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  5. Your brain must never rest with so many great ideas coming out ! Just love the jars where did you get them ?

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    1. Thank you Rebecca, I found them at Target and knew I had to do something with them!! :)

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  6. I am going to make these cookies...because I have tasted these cookies and they are amazing. I love the jar...but I really love the cookies!!!

    Annette

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    1. Aren't they delicious, I know because I have tasted these too! :)

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  7. These look adorable in the jar, and I'm sure are super yummy!!

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    1. Thank you Tricia, yes they were yummy...even the 10th one! LOL

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  8. Awesome cookies and the photos are incredible! Thanks for sharing with us at Creatively Crafty #ccbg :)

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    1. Thanks so much for the sweet comment, I was happy to link up! :)

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  9. How incredibly creative of you to make and display these sea shell cookies in a jar! My new favorite cookie. :)

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    1. Thank you, they might be my new favorite cookie too! :)

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  10. Your photos are beautiful, thanks for sharing them. Thanks for sharing with #CCBG (PS - I featured you this week)

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    1. Aww, thank you so much for the feature!! :)

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