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. My favorite traditional food to make and eat has to be my moms recipe for sweet potatoes. They are sooooo good and gooey!

  2. Love making “Sheep Dip” aka Artichoke dip with Fire Crackers. I always bring it as an appetizer and there is never any left! The crackers are super easy and they don’t have to be baked and go great with any dip!
    This is what they look like…These are similar to the Fire Crackers that I make. But I use the oil, 1 pkg.dry dry ranch mix, TBSP. red pepper flakes and 1 tsp.cayenne pepper

  3. We make some traditional sweets where I come from, India. There are two items we used to make at home when my mum was alive which are made around Christmas time mostly; they are cul culs, made from plain dough, rolled out, cut in wedges, each wedge is then pulled over the tongs of a fork and rolled back, dipped in sugar and deep fried. The same can be done with the wedges cut in diamond shapes without being rolled on a fork. Another favourite are rose cookies. These are made by making a batter with sugar, cinnamon and flour. There is a special metal mould in the shape of a flower resembling a rose which is dipped in the batter and deep fried. This too is very yum. There are many more but these are my favourites.

  4. I enjoy making strawberry pretzel jello for my family for our celebration on Christmas Eve. I’m enjoying reading all the comments here and I’m eager to try some new recipes. Thank you for this giveaway!!

  5. my moms own recipe for pecan pie…she has gone on to be with the lord, but she always cooked one for every male in the family

  6. We love Hershey Kiss Cookies being that we live so close to the Hershey Factory itself. It’s a major tradition in our home each year.

  7. Date nut rolls we made at my grandmother’s — we’d make enough to eat a few and rest so she would have some for her January bridge group. When we vistied my other grandmother- loved her japanese fruitcake–and the love she put into the 3 day process!

  8. My Norwegian grandmothers lefse. My dad died six weeks ago, and I’m going to make it this Christmas in memory of Him

  9. Earl Grey with a yummy scone is right up my alley! My father came from England and I cherish my grandmother’s recipe that still has oil marks from all of the butter she used. HA! Brings back lovely memories of winter snuggles with her.

  10. Homemade chocolate fudge is what we have to make every Christmas. My siblings and I, even though we are all grown up, still fight over who will lick the pot and the beaters if we are at mom’s when she is fixing it. The best!

  11. I absolutely LOVE everything about Scotland and would love to visit one day. I will definitely see about making this at some point this season. Yum!

  12. I always love to make Black Forest cake and chocolate and white chocolate marbles and my family members love gobbling them up!

  13. Peanut butter balls….yum! Still trying to perfect the chocolate coating though. Just can’t seem to get them as pretty as my grandma can. At least they still taste good!!

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