Friday, September 19, 2008

Shortbread Cookies

I thought I would share a recipe tonight. I have had it for a while and it is not my own. I have long since forgotten where I got it. I have a collection of cookbooks which I have poured over for many years and when I foundd something interesting I filed favorites on the computer without identifying where they came from. Thankfully I am more organized now - alas this is not one I identified. I make these for the afternoon teas I prepare at work. It is one of the best shortbread recipes I have ever tried and they don't last long at home or at work.

3/4 pound unsalted butter at room temperature
1 cup sugar, plus extra
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
3 1/2 cups flour
1/4 teaspoon Kosher salt

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

In the bowl of an electric mixer, cream together the butter and 1 cup of sugar until they are just combined. Add the vanilla. In a medium bowl, sift together the flour and salt; then add them to the butter-and-sugar mixture. Mix on low speed until the dough starts to come together. Dump onto a surface dusted with flour and roll shape into a flat disk.

Wrap in plastic and chill for 30 minutes.

Roll the dough 1/2-inch thick and cut out with a three-inch or thereabouts cookie cutter. Place them on an ungreased sheet pan and sprinkle with the extra sugar. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, until the edges begin to brown. Allow to cool to room temperature.

You can make the dough and cut the cookies out a day before you bake them. I have also used a whole variety of themed cookie cutters, depending on the season. In the picture these are just round ones but I have other cute shapes I like to use.

7 comments:

antigoni said...

They must be very yummy! I wish i had one (or two)!

Linda said...

Best shortbread recipe you have ever tried, that must be saying something! There was a time I couldn't do Christmas without shortbread, and it probably still holds.

Ken in Orlando said...

Hi Denise, this is your stepbrother-in-law (Is that a word?) in Florida checking it to see your latest post. The shortbread sounds wonderful...now if I can only get off my behind and make it! Opening the car door (for a restaurant) is so much easier than opening the oven door. :-)

Mary said...

Oh, those look good! I love shortbread. will have to try this. Wish I could come and eat at your teashop!

marina said...

Do you have also a recipe for chocolate cookies? You see I loveeee chocolate! What if I add some pieces of chocolate in it?

Denise said...

Antigoni, I wish I could give you one or two :)

Linda, I should have added that i realize everyone's taste buds are different, so in my case this is the best I have ever tried :)

Ken, what a lovely surprise to see you here and I am delighted. Next time we get together I promise I will make you a batch of shortbread. We ourselves have just had breakfast after opening the car door (for a restaurant) - ha! :)

Mary, you'll have to let me know what you think, and I wish you could come and eat at our teashop too. I would put the kettle on for a cuppa! :)

Marina, I do have a chocolate recipe. I LOVE chocolate too!!!!

Babzy said...

I used to lived in Scotland years ago ...And i discovered shortbreads ,all my family like them ,it's so good ! Thanks for the recipe :)