The 3rd Day of Christmas with Liz Curtis Higgs

Welcome to the 7th annual 12 Days of Christmas Giveaways!!!

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12 Days.

12 friends guest posting sharing a Christmas idea, recipe or favorite with you.

12 great giveaways for you to enter along with one GRAND PRIZE for someone who comments to enter all 12 days!!

Today for our 3rd Day of Christmas we are featuring the lovely and laughter-generating Liz Curtis Higgs!

Allume Headshot Smile SQ 300Liz Curtis Higgs is the author of more than 30 books with 4.5 million copies in print, including her latest bestseller, The Women of Christmas.

Her messages are biblical, encouraging, down-to-earth, and profoundly funny.

Liz has one goal: to help women embrace the grace of God with joy and abandon!


A kitchen-tested recipe for Scottish Shortbread

from Liz Curtis Higgs

FOOD 05 Scottish Shortbread

Shortbread served with tea is a Scottish tradition worth embracing. Why not brew a pot of Earl Grey or Scottish Breakfast tea and serve it piping hot (I love mine with milk and sugar). While you are enjoying your first cup, it’s time to do a bit of baking.

1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar
1/2 cup cornstarch
1 cup all-purpose flour
3/4 cup butter, softened
1 tablespoon granulated sugar

Sift confectioners’ sugar, cornstarch, and flour together in a bowl. Add softened butter, using your hands to knead the mixture into dough. Wrap dough in plastic wrap, and refrigerate for no longer than 30 minutes.

Press cold dough into the bottom of a greased 8 x 8 pan (round or square; glass is best).

Bake at 325 for 30 minutes or until the edges are very lightly browned.

Sprinkle granulated sugar across the top. Cool completely, then cut into 8 servings.

P.S.  Want to bake a bigger batch? Double the recipe and use a glass oblong baking dish. Want a more festive look? Used colored granulated sugar for the final dusting.

Now that you’re nibbling on fresh-from-the-oven shortbread, pop over to Pinterest to enjoy A Victorian visit to Stirling, Scotland, the setting for my Christmas novella, A Wreath of Snow. As they say in the U.K., “Happy Christmas!”

{You can find Liz online at her Blog, Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest.}


Liz has generously offered a delightful package of goodies to the winner of today’s drawing. Giveaway:Christmas at the Farm Giveaways

The Women of Christmas book, autographed
Set of 3 candles 
1 pair of 5×7 prints
The Pine Tree Parable book for children
Magnets for each season of the Parable series
A Wreath of Snow novella
A Victorian ornament
Total retail value: $50

To enter for a chance to win, simply enter a comment on today’s post sharing a Christmastime food tradition you enjoy making or eating.

Don’t forget to come back for all 12 days! {And remember, if you comment on all 12 posts, you might win the Grand Prize!}


  1. We make divinity every Christmas and we look forward to getting some Gooey Butter cookies from our family who live out of state!!!

  2. My mom made fudge and molasses squares (there’s not molasses in them though, just corn syrup). I’m attempting to make them for the first time this year.

  3. I love making, eating and giving cranberry nut bread at Christmastime. The recipe was my late mother’s and she always gave my family a loaf when she came to visit during the holidays. I always think of her when preparing the batter.
    Liz, all of my grandchildren have greatly enjoyed your children’s books, illustrated by my friend Nancy Munger Anderson.

  4. We make Mini pies in a muffin tin; this is how we each get the kind we like.
    Pecan, Apple, Cherry, etc.
    Leftovers (if there are any) get put into the freezer for when guests arrive.

  5. We love peanut butter blossom cookies. Most make them with Kisses in the middle but we make them with Brach’s chocolate stars. It gives you a bite of chocolate with every bite of cookies! Yummy!

  6. When my husband and I married, his daughter had been making Gift of the Magi Bread for Thanksgiving and Christmas at his house. It’s now something I’ve embraced and make even when she’s not with us!

  7. I finally got around to reading this, as I have traveled to Florida with my husband. It is his business trip, and my vacation. :) A Christmas tradition that my family particularly enjoys is the old fashioned molasses ginger cookies that my husband makes, using his grandmother’s recipe that has been passed down through generations. We often eat them on Christmas morning! Molasses is good for you, right? ;)

  8. My Mom made the best peanut butter fudge. I’ve tried it and it’s never been as good. My brother makes some every year and it is good, but it’s not Mom’s.

  9. As a child, my mother gave me a children’s cookbook & encouraged me to learn to make all the recipes in it. My favorite that I continue to make today are Eskimo Cookies made with butter, sugar, cocoa & vanilla. After refrigerating them, I roll them in balls & then in powdered sugar. They are decadent but oh, so simple & good!

  10. I am certainly going to make this shortbread recipe for my daughter!
    With lots of great cooks in our family there are sooo many things we love to make and eat including my grandmothers Black Walnut cake, gingerbread and stacked pie!

  11. Oh how this sounds yummy Liz! I have never eaten nor baked shortbread…I am looking forward to trying it with my family. Something we do as a tradition in our house is making our own homemade hot chocolate mix and chocolate covered pretzels. Oh and we love to make chocolate covered peanuts too!

    Love everything that Liz writes…love everything Karen writes too! May you have a very Merry CHRISTmas!

  12. My girls love decorating rolled cookies. I’m teaching my oldest how to make my mother in law’s traditional Santa cookies!

  13. Candy cane cookies have been fun to make. But they’re actually kind of simplistic. I think it’s more the shaping and color, and peppermint, than the dough being great in it’s most basic form.

  14. One Christmas morning, we have a family tradition in which my parents come over around 10 to open their presents with my three kids. I put together a brunch with eggs, pancakes, waffles, strudel fruit salad and juice and we all enjoy the morning in pjs together.

  15. We always decorate the tree together and share the stories of the ornaments. We have always given our sons special ornaments each year & look forward to the days they will be telling their own children what each one represented at that time in their lives.

  16. I love this Scottish shortbread recipe. I must try it with a cup of Earl Grey. I love to make cinnamon rolls for Christmas morning before we open presents.

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