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I can’t tell you all how excited I am!

A few weeks ago, I had this idea that it would be fun to get together with some other food bloggers and challenge them to take a list of ingredients and their measurements, and then just see what they would come up with.

When Challenge Dairy started following me on twitter, I thought how fun it would be to get them involved with my idea somehow. They are a California based Dairy, and I’ve been using their butter over the years. It’s my favorite brand.

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Here’s the scoop:

The Challenge Dairy Shortbread Challenge
Win a year’s supply of butter from Challenge Dairy!*

Here’s what you have to do:

Simply take ingredients in my basic shortbread recipe, then make it your own!

2 sticks butter
2/3 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 cups all purpose flour

You can add in whatever you like, roll it out, cut it out, press it into a pan, or bake it up however you want. When you have made your shortbread, take a photograph, and post it on your blog along with the recipe that includes what you added, baking time, temperature, etc and a link back to sophistimom.com and Challenge Dairy. Then post a comment on this contest blog post, stating the name of your shortbread recipe, with a link to your entry post on your own blog.

All entries must be posted in the comments by December 18th at midnight.

Entries will be judged on creativity, flavor, and visual presentation. The winner will receive a year’s supply of butter from Challenge Dairy.

Although a purchase is not required, all valid entries must include a link somewhere in the post to Challenge Dairy’s website.  Here is the link: http://www.challengedairy.com.  The site has recipes, and a $.50-off coupon!

The winner will be selected on December 22nd and will be awarded the prize and will have their recipe featured right here on sophistimom.com.

*If the selected winner is outside of the Challenge Dairy market (see website for all states that sell the butter), that person will be awarded with a $50 cash gift card.

Now I know you’re all busy. Very busy. I am too (In fact, I imagine some of you may have noticed I promised a post on how to roast a turkey, and a pumpkin creme caramel. Ooops! I’ll post them as soon as I can!).

But you see, I have some reasons why our little contest is going to work for you.

1. You don’t have to think that hard. I have the ingredients listed for you. All you have to come up with is some interesting flavors to add, and how you want to bake it. Shortbread is so versatile, and it has no eggs, so while you’re contemplating what to add, you and your kids can eat the dough.

2. You’ll have something to post about. Isn’t it tricky to come up with new content when you’re busy?

3. You’ll probably be making cookies for the holidays anyway.

4. This will give you some more traffic on your blog. And hey, you might win some free butter!

If you want to see some examples of what I have done with this recipe in the past, you can click here for my chocolate dipped macadamia nut shortbread, or here for my cranberry orange shortbread stars.

You see? The possibilities are endless!

So get baking, and best of luck!

Here is the recipe for the shortbread wedges you see in the picture. Maybe this will give you some inspiration.

classic shortbread wedges

2 sticks (224g) unsalted butter, at room temperature
2/3 cup (126g) sugar
3/4 teaspoon salt
2 cups (300g) all purpose flour

1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Cream butter in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment.

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Isn’t that pretty butter? You could win some of that!

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Add in sugar and salt and cream until light and fluffy.

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Slowly add in flour and mix until just combined, scraping the sides of the bowl when necessary.

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2. Press into a 9 inch cake pan lined with parchment paper. Smooth out with an offset spatula.

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Score and dock.

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3. Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until light brown around the edges.

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