Wishing you peace

This is my favorite time of year where I get to hold my loved ones close.


I am cooking for friends this Christmas. Still undecided about the menu, but happy that we can gather and share. These cookies will be part of it, I know. Pecan, vanilla bean, and rum shortbread cookies I made to give away this week. So I leave you with them and wishes of peace for you and your family. I will be back soon with more recipes and stories.

Lots of love.


Pecan, vanilla bean, and rum shortbread cookies
makes 30 cookies

2 sticks (225 g) unsalted butter
3/4 cup (90 g) powdered sugar, sifted, plus more for rolling
1 vanilla bean, split lengthwise and seeds scraped>
1 tablespoon dark rum
1 cup (140 g) superfine brown rice flour
3/4 cup (75 g) finely ground pecan meal
1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon (70 g) amaranth flour
1/2 cup (80 g) potato starch
1/4 cup (30 g) tapioca starch
1 teaspoon salt

In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine the butter, powdered sugar, and vanilla seeds. Mix with the paddle attachment on medium speed for 2 minutes or until light and creamy. Add the rum and mix.

In a medium bowl, whisk together the rest of ingredients. Add them to into the butter mixture and mix until the dough comes together. It will be a sticky dough.

Transfer the dough to a sheet of parchment and roll it into a log that is approximately 2 inches in diameter. Use the parchment to help you shape the log. Wrap it and chill for 1 hour.

Preheat the oven to 350F (180C). Cut the log into 1/4-inch thick disks and place them on baking sheets. Bake for 10 minutes. Remove from oven and as soon as they are cool enough to handle, roll them in powdered sugar.

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80 Responses to “Wishing you peace”

  1. Thank you for the kind wish! I love this time of year, yet sometimes need to stop and bring peace to it – often I try to do too much and end up rushing around…the reminder of peace was definitely needed. These cookies look so dear. Happy holidays, be merry!

  2. Carina says:

    yummy, I’m getting psyched for festive baking tomorrow.

    Have a Merry Christmas :)

    xx Carina

  3. yummu! deicious cookies!
    lovely greets.

  4. GAELLE says:

    Lovely lovely posts these last few days.
    Have a nice time during the holidays !
    (PS : As I’ve been suspecting for quite some time, you have very good taste in music ! I really enjoyed the winter baking selection, so thanks for that)

  5. Mary Ann in Vermont says:

    May everything good be with you and your family in the New Year.

    Wishing you peace, joy, happiness, and love to fill up your heart and soul right to the tippy~top.

    Love, Mary Ann

  6. Jaime says:

    Blessed Christmas Aran, to you and your family!!

  7. Beautiful! What a lovely combo. Merry Christmas to you and yours xx

  8. That’s a gorgeous stack of cookies!

  9. complimenti, hai un blog stupendo! ti inserisco nel mio elenco visibile del blog. un bacio :)

  10. These are lovely! Happy holidays!

  11. Happy Christmas and thank you for all of the beautiful and festive images that you’ve shown us, this month. They’ve kept bringing a smile to my face!


    Katy Noelle

  12. notyet100 says:

    Thy look perfect for a gathering

  13. Morena says:

    Meravigliosi!!!..appena ho tempo cerco di tradurre bene e di provarli..Buone Feste!!

  14. Beautiful shortbread cookies!

    Happy Holidays and best wishes for 2012!



  15. Merry Christmas to you! Thank you for sharing your recipes and gorgeous photos throughout the year!!

  16. two hippos says:

    These sound delicious. Merry Christmas!!

  17. The cookies are beautiful and remind me of ones my mother used to make each year! Joy! Merry Christmas to you and your family!

  18. wishing you a wonderful Christmas with your friends, thank you for all the beautiful photos and great recipes this year! warm regards, Iris and Els

  19. I wish my cooking would amaze my husband as much as your photography amazes me. Merry Christmas to you!!

  20. jarban02 says:

    Zorionak eta Urte Berri On Aran.

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to everyone.

  21. These are absolutely beautiful! Merry Christmas!

  22. Barbara says:

    Wishing you peace and happy holidays Aran.

  23. Thank you for your wishes. Have a wonderful holiday weekend

    Eskerrik asko danori. Zorionak eta urte berri on!

  24. Etxetik eta Euskal Herritik hurrin zabizien guztiori, Gabon
    Zoriontsuak opa deutsuet. Bereziki zuori Aran, C., Jon, Miren, gure familiko Don, Barb, Colin eta gure Itxasori.
    Jan eta disfrutau zuon artean.
    Besarkada bat Zeanuritik, Jon, Olatz eta Miren.

  25. MikeVFMK says:

    Merry Christmas Aran. All the best to you and your family through the holidays.

  26. A beautiful gluten free cookie. This might be my entrance into baking gluten free.

  27. Miren Bego- Eskerrik asko! Gabonetan etxetik kanpo ez da erreza, ez. Familie asko botaten dogu faltan oingo egunotan. Biher be telefonoz eingu berba. Zuek be ondo paseu eta Itxaso eta Colineri be zorionak eta urte barri on bat ospatuko dautsiet. Besarkada handi bat eta eskerrik asko.

  28. Betsy says:

    Merry Christmas, dear! I enjoy your blog so…

  29. Parizhanka says:

    Joyeux Noêl à toi Aran et à ta famille! Merci pour les succulentes recettes et les merveilleuses photos.
    Des bisous :-*

  30. Sini says:

    I wish you and your loved ones Happy Holidays! It’s my favourite time of year too. Unfortunately without snow this year… (the third snowless Christmas in my life)

  31. Mia says:

    Thank you so much for a year of enjoying this blog very much. From my kitchen to yours, a very Merry Christmas and adundant New Year.


  32. Anonymous says:

    gabon-goizaldean euneko miesea soñeratu ezkero, sorgiñak ezin kalterik egin



  33. A wonderful and delicious little treat!
    Happy Holidays to you and yours as well!

  34. Ana- eskerrik asko. etxekoak faltan botaten doguz oingo egunetan baina badakit danak ondo zauziela. gabonak ondo paseu eta mosu handi bet danori gure partez. zorionak!

    Merry Christmas to all of you!

  35. Beautiful cookies! Wishing you a very merry Christmas – Cheers!

  36. Gozde says:

    Merry Christmas Aran.
    Thank you for sharing this delicious recipe. You are amazing and elegant as always.

  37. You are a true talent!!! Can’t wait to get your cookbook next year! Your blog is inspiring and brings so much inspiration and happiness – thanks for sharing!!
    I hope you and your beautiful family have a very Merry Christmas!


  38. a. maren says:

    beautiful! gluten free christmas!

  39. Isabeau says:

    Beautiful…Davvero una ricetta deliziosa, e un Blog adorabile

  40. Stephke says:

    Merry Christmas with your loved ones!

  41. Merry Christmas to you and yours. May this year bring you all that your heart desires. All the best!

  42. Juliana says:

    Merry Christmas to you and your family, Aran!

  43. betty says:

    the potato and tapioca starch sounds so appeling, the cookies look perfect for a Christmas morning

  44. Merry Christmas Aran…..hope your day is filled with joy, good food, family and presents!

  45. Días de reflexión en familia, de pasear, de cocinar, de valorar todo lo que nos ha regalado la vida…
    Zorionak a ti también Arantza.
    Te deseo que sigas disfrutando de lo que haces, como nosotros disfrutamos viéndolo.
    Zorionak eta muxu handi bat.

  46. Wowie, this picture looks like a winter wonderland. Love it…and love your blog, as always :) It’s so nice to have a visually stunning blog that ALSO helps me with my diet as I’m fighting symptoms related to a gluten allergy…so Merry Christmas to you and your family. Thanks so much for sharing such lovely perspective with us!

  47. chibiwow says:

    Enjoy this season’s holiday! Glad to browse some of your recipes for our simple gathering. :D

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  48. As always your pics and recipes and writing is inspirational! happy Holidays!

  49. lipsus says:

    Feliz Navidad!!!

  50. MariCrea says:

    These look so delicious!
    Dreamy photo

  51. Lisa Brendemuehl says:

    These cookies look wonderful and I’m going to try them soon. One question – can I substitute a gluten-free flour such as Williams-Sonoma Cup4Cup for the blend of flours in the recepie? Thanks!

  52. Lisa- I’m not familiar with that mix but I’m pretty sure that it will work. Add all the flours (in grams not cups) except pecan meal and use that amount.

    Hope it works!


    Happy new year all!

  53. Fabulous, I’d like to invite you at muy Christmast’s recipes contest. I wish you a happy new year.

  54. Great recipe! Happy New Year to you!

  55. Valentina says:

    привет! я Валентина
    ваш блог очень милый, а угощение ваше очень аппетитное.

  56. Cakebrain says:

    I was feeling kind of low and uninspired with my blog lately; however, a visit to yours is always uplifting and your gorgeous photos are totally eye candy! Thank you for your hard word and great posts! I hope you had a very Merry Christmas and wish you the best for a very Happy New Year!

  57. sin datos says:

    Zorionak eta urte berri on, bihotz bihotzez…

  58. El says:

    Lovely. Happy New Year to you all!

  59. Te deseo un nuevo año estupendo, lleno de momentos felices y maravillosos! Feliz 2012!! Bss

  60. Happy holidays to you Aran, hoping you are enjoying time with those you love most and I can’t wait to see more of your gorgeous photography and stories in 2012.

  61. BELLArt says:

    they do look like they melt away! yum!!!

  62. exquisit says:

    Absolutly Charmed!!!!
    Greetings from Spain..
    We’re followers of your work..

    Keep on!!
    Happy New Year.

  63. arantxa says:

    kaixo!!oaintxE bertan Topatu naiz zure blog-arekin!!!oso interesgarria da, ni ere arantxa naiz, ta donostitik idazten dizut!!!oaindik ez det errezta begiratu, baina zalantzarenbat ba det,galdetuko dizut!!!
    portierto…..URTE BERRI ON

  64. Beautiful! Happy new year! F

  65. Regina says:

    Thank you! I wish you a 2012 healthy, joyful and filled with good recipes :)

  66. Lemon says:

    Oh, these cookies look so delicious, the tastes of vanilla and rum and pecan nuts in a cookies, how delicious, it’s a great variety from classical Christmas cookies.

  67. A wonderful year for you and for your family! Much success, love, joy, friends, health and everything good that comes!

    Happy 2012!

    Luiza Mallmann

  68. Zulena says:

    Simply delicious, I am gonna make it !!!

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