Disconnected {Recipe: 3 Ingredient Shortbread Cookies}

3 Ingredient Simple Shortbread Cookies

Have I mentioned I’ve deleted all the social media apps from my phone?

Instagram has stayed, but everything else has gone. In addition, I’m keeping my phone downstairs instead of having it in my bedroom next to my bed. Some of you with the same addiction to being connected may understand how hard this has been for me. Others of you, who have a healthy relationship with social media and your phones may not. Either way, I knew it was something I needed to do to become more present in my life, less sidetracked when I should be on task, and more productive. 

iphone pictures being taken

It was my friend Kelley who gave me the suggestion… we were at a wonderful retreat together at the beginning of the month and she told me how much deleting social media apps from her phone has improved her life. It also hit me kind of hard when I was sitting with some of my best blogging friends in person… people I am used to connecting with only via social media…and we were all around a big table, in person, together and Kelley whispered across the table to me “Every single person is on their phone!”. Sure enough, I glance around and we are all chatting with each other but our faces were buried in our phones. How can we be truly connecting with each other when we are not even looking at each other? Is what I saw at that table, surrounded by beloved friends, what my family sees when they look at me?

Talk about a wake up call!

Tea time with shortbread cookies

So now, my phone will not be the first thing I connect with in the morning and the last thing I connect with at night. I’ll have more time for being with my family, reading, exercise, and all the other things I need to make space for. Social media will be reserved for the times where I am sitting at my desk by my computer, during my set work hours (which I’m still trying to carve out…that’s really hard too!).

What does this have to do with these amazing shortbread cookies? Nothing really… except for the fact that these are about as simple as can be and sometimes simplifying your life and the things around you is what will bring you the biggest riches. I know I will gain so much more by disconnecting some than I ever will have from being too connected. Don’t you agree?

3 Ingredient Shortbread Cookies
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This recipe was featured on Food.com and makes the best, simple shortbread. Serve with tea or coffee or use as a base for any recipe requiring shortbread.
Serves: 2 dozen
  • ½ cup powdered sugar
  • 2 sticks real salted butter (if using unsalted butter, add a tiny pinch of salt)
  • 2 cups flour
  1. Preheat oven to 350°.
  2. Cream together the butter and sugar.
  3. Once blended, add the flour. Continue to mix together until mixture becomes a soft dough (it'll be crumb like at the beginning...keep mixing and it will turn to dough. If needed, add 1-2 Tablespoons of water).
  4. Roll dough out onto a slightly floured surface until ¼ inch thick.
  5. Cut into rounds and place on a parchment or Silpat lined baking sheet.
  6. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until a pale, golden brown.

I used this set of cookie cutters to get the perfectly, round shortbread cookies pictured above. 

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  1. says

    Do you think it is easier when you have reached a level of followers that you have? Do you think you would of backed off if you haven’t reached your level? I notice if I back off at times to keep a balance, get quality work done…. that is when I notice I lose followers .(on twitter at least) Just curious. But, I whole hardily agree offline & family is so important. We love shortbread cookies & yours look yummy btw.

    • says

      I don’t think it’s easy at all… I’m having a super hard time with it! I’ve never been a numbers girl… couldn’t tell you how many followers I’m losing but to be honest with you, I think having a real life is more important. There are so many bloggers who are afraid to step away… what if their readers need them over the weekend or have a recipe question at night, etc? I love my readers and followers, I really do, but I never want to create a situation where anyone is that dependent on me, and I’m that dependent on them.

      I’m not quitting social media…but when I’m on will be when I’m working at my desk. I need these boundaries terribly and unfortunately I guess I can’t create those boundaries without going to somewhat extreme measures.

      Thanks for your comment, Theresa. Very thought provoking!

      • says

        My blog is nowhere as big as you are, and certainly doesn’t have the following that you do (and I am a follower). Recently, I had to rethink how much time I was taking with social media and posting often. I began to feel incompetent, because I could only blog once a week– and my traffic was going down. I finally made a decision that my moments with my husband, without my laptop open or needing to tweet or post on FB was a no-brainer. I’m going to blog for ME, because I enjoy it– but only when I have time. Kudos to you for making this choice. You’re finding a balance that is best for you and your family. I seriously doubt your numbers will suffer for this. Oh, and the cookies. Simple and lovely. Just like you. :)

        • says

          My philosophy is you have to have a life to blog or you won’t have anything to blog about. I’m trying to make that same shift too… it’s hard when you get caught up in the business side of things to just turn that off, but I need to back off of it quite a bit and remember to focus on the aspects of blogging that I really love!
          Thanks for sharing your comment :)

  2. says

    I love this and am now inspired to consider taking a step in that direction. I can’t tell you the last time I actually read a book because I’m too distracted by social media before bed. Maybe my phone should stay downstairs when I head up for the night. Thank th for the inspiration and for the simple cookies.

  3. says

    This post is so honest and inspiring! It takes such a conscious effort for me to put my phone away at restaurants or our dinner table so that I can focus on the people I am fortunate enough to be with. Thanks for the reminder to be present, balanced, (and not totally dependent on an electronic device!)

  4. says

    I haven’t deleted my apps but I am paying more attention to what’s around me and not what’s happening on my phone! It is hard, but I am making progress! Love the cookies! xo

  5. says

    I think it’s wonderful that you’re making a concerted effort to engage more face to face and keep the phone out of it. I am guilty of having my phone at dinner to edit Instagram photos, and I have started placing it somewhere else, coming back to the photo only after I’ve finished sitting with my family. I don’t use the phone all that often for social media stuff unless I’m sitting watching television, though. I try to kill 3 birds with one stone: relax, social media, catch up on some program my husband wants to watch. In the end, I don’t think the relaxing is happening, and I’m fairly certain the reason my husband wants me to watch something is so we have time together, not so I have time with my phone.

    Now, where’s my cookie? I adore shortbread, and I love how simple these are.

    • says

      Shaina – Do you know when this has been the hardest? When we are watching TV! I’m not a big TV watcher anyway, but I never realized how much time I spent “multi-tasking” while watching TV with the family. I can so relate :)

  6. says

    I love how you deleted your social media apps. I would love to be able to do that in the near future. Since we moved cities I have cut my posts down from 5 to 3 to allow more time with family and the baby. Yes I did lose followers or people visiting my site but I realized that these numbers don’t define me or my blog. I started the blog to share fabulous recipes that we had at our dinner table. Yes, it’s definitely my way to make money these days but I can’t let facebook, twitter, instagram and pinterest control me.

  7. says

    I got the same idea from Kelley too – she’s one smart lady, right?! And while I haven’t deleted it all off my phone yet, I’m kind of doing one at a time. Baby steps :)

  8. says

    I think I’ve never left a comment here before but this post forced me to do so.

    I don’t have a smartphone but I have similar issue with internet in general (especially Bloglovin). Sometimes I realize that my boyfriend and I, we both spend whole evening sitting in front of our laptops and doing whatever – but not together. We sometimes share something interesting from the internet but we don’t talk very much to each other. And sometimes I realize how stupid I am and how fast the life is passing around us… On the other hand, I really know how hard it to ballance online and “offline” life when you run a blog and that sometimes only extreme decisions save you. I wish you patience and strong will :)

    For the cookies – these look delicious. I like this kind of sweets, it reminds me of my Christmas. We bake something very similar – little cookies with different flavours filled with buttercreams or red currant jam and decorated with chocolate, sugar icing, raisins and nuts. Yes, I know it doesn’t sound very similar but the batter is the same 😉

  9. says

    I deleted facebook from my phone because of you and I’m finding I don’t miss much. I turned off a lot of notifications on my phone before I left for Italy so I wouldn’t use too much data and I have left them turned off. I don’t miss them that much. I did keep my other social media apps because I am not so bad with them as I was with facebook. Thanks for always being a great friend and an inspiration for us all. And can I have a half dozen of these cookies, stat? :)

  10. says

    I love this post – it’s so honest and inspiring. I recently came to a similar (although not as drastic) a conclusion myself, but I’m going in baby steps. I deleted Facebook off my phone first, because I found that it was just a terrible habit I have to pick it up and scroll through when I was supposed to be doing something else. It’s mindless and sometimes I don’t even realize I’m doing it. I’ve been making a concerted effort to put my phone down (in another room even) when I’m interacting with people. It’s a slow process for me, but becoming so dependent on my phone as a buffer for my real life was a slow process too. I don’t want my tombstone to read “She always stayed current on Twitter.” Thanks for sharing this.

  11. says

    LOVE this post, Kristen! So happy to know that your number one reason for going “app-less” (besides IG) is so that you can be more present in your life with your family and friends. I don’t think you’ve done anything severely drastic by setting boundaries with putting the phone aside for family time. But, for someone who was so used to all those apps on a daily basis and giving them up, well that is really something to adjust to! Can you believe I don’t have a single app? I don’t even own a smart phone! Thought about it…to schedule tweets for Twitter and pins at Pinterest. But, in the end, decided not to. The reason may seem crazy to some, but all I ever see is people with their heads bent downward and their fingers and thumbs working like mad. It still kind of freaks me out and I knew I didn’t want to become “one of those people”, LOL! Even though they are “connecting” virtually, they never seemed to be connecting IRL (in real life) “in the now”. For business reasons, connecting to the online world is indeed important. But, when it is off hours, and “at home time”, family and friends will think “those other people” are more important to you than they are if the phone is always in use. I hope the withdrawal process goes smoothly for you, girl! Love ya! xo

  12. says

    I completely understand what you’re saying about the phone being the first thing I touch when I wake up and the last thing I touch before I sleep. Ohhhh technology. These cookies looks divine and perfectly simple, I can’t wait to make them!

  13. Kasey Cashio Pierce says

    Kristin for my family to follow our “electronics at a set time rule”, I need to be the leader. I deleting twitter and Facebook. Yes I learn a lot of interesting things on twitter and see what the world is doing on FB but that just makes me jealous because I sitting on my sofa watching everyone have fun! Time to get my butt in gear. So I am jumping in my way back machine and going to the 80’s where the only phone was a wall phone that stretched down the hall into my bedroom. Well maybe I’ll add a dash of year 2000 in the mix and at least have a cell phone to use. :). Thanks for the reminder to be present and mindful in my life.

  14. says

    Totally 100% agree! I dont have a problem with this for some reason so I’ll keep my apps. I am only on them when my son is sleeping or if my husbands driving in the car. But I agree it’s hard to have a real conversation these days with some people because of technology!

  15. says

    These cookies look SO good.

    AND I love this. I think I may need to get my phone cleaned up as well. It’s such a shame to be on your phone when you are with people you care about! <3


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