Judy asked me if I would share my recipe for Shortbread Cookies. I'm very happy to do that!
Shortbread is one of the most versatile of all cookies. There are only a few ingredients and it's a rather plain cookie so it lends itself to all sorts of variations. It also holds it's shape well so it's perfect for cutout cookies, bar cookies, refrigerator cookies and so on.
Here is the basic recipe for Shortbread:
2 cups Salted Butter
2 cups Powdered Sugar
4 teaspoons Vanilla
4 cups Flour
Cream butter & sugar. Add vanilla. Mix well. Stir in the flour, 1 cup at a time.
This is a vary stiff dough. It may seem a bit dry at first so keep mixing until it holds together. This recipe is also easy to cut in 1/2.
To the batch I made today, I added 1 12-ounce bag of mini Chocolate Chips.
The oven temp. should be 350 degrees. Baking time will vary depending on how you choose to do these.
I rolled my dough onto a parchment paper lined baking sheet:
The baking time for this variation is about 35 minutes. If you use cookie cutters or roll into balls, the time of course is much less. I want to say about 10 - 12 minutes but you'll have to use your own judgement. It's been awhile since I've made them that way.
Once baked, I let the pan cool for a few minutes:
I want to say about 10 minutes. You'll have cut them while still warm:
I have a plastic ruler that I bought just for baking. It's about 1 1/4 inches wide so I use that to make my squares all the same size.
Finally, once the pan is completely cooled off, I drizzle with melted chocolate and add sprinkles:
Aren't they pretty? My father and even my husband love these! And I confess, I do like a shortbread cookie on occasion. They're buttery and melt in your mouth:
Well, that's Shortbread 101! It really is an easy cookie to make. If you decide to try it as bar cookies, you will need to do the whole recipe but if you want to do cutouts, you may prefer to do a 1/2 recipe first. The whole recipe makes quite a bit!
And speaking of cookies, if you haven't entered the drawing for my Mason Jar filled with Christmas Tea Cookies, please hop over to this post for more details.
Happy Sunday everyone!