Shortbread Cookies

Shortbread Cookies

This simple recipes yields rich, crumbly shortbread cookies that will quickly disappear from even the hardest to reach cookie jars. Although I almost never recommend it, in this rare instance I highly recommend using salted butter as there's not enough liquid to properly absorb and disburse salt.
  • Prep: 15 min
  • Chill: 1 hour 45 min
  • Cook: 30 min
  • Total: 2 hour 30 min
  • Yields 60 2-inch cookies
Shortbread Cookies
  • Two Hours Before
  • ½ pound salted butter (2 sticks), at room temperature
  • Place butter on the counter to rise to room temperature.
  • Batter
  • reserved salted butter (2 sticks)
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • In a large bowl, beat butter and sugar together with an electric hand mixer on low speed.
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • Add egg yolk and vanilla extract to bowl and beat to combine.
  • 8.5 ounces all-purpose flour (1 ½ cups)
  • 2 ounces cornstarch (⅓ cup)
  • Add flour and cornstarch, beating on low until dough forms into small, pebble-like balls.
  • Using your hands, press dough together to form a ball.
  • Chill
  • Wrap dough with parchment paper or wax paper and place in the refrigerator until chilled, about 45 minutes.
  • Shaping
  • 1 tablespoon all purpose flour
  • Lightly dust a clean work surface with flour. Remove dough from fridge and roll out into a sheet about 1/3-inch thick.
  • Cut dough into desired shapes using cookie or biscuit cutters. Place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Re-roll and cut any remaining dough.
  • Place cut cookie sheets with cut cookies in fridge and chill for 1 hour.
  • Baking
  • Preheat oven to 275°F.
  • Transfer cookie sheets from fridge to oven and bake until cookies are firm but tender and not at all brown, about 30 minutes.
  • Let cool on baking sheet for 5 minutes. Use a spatula to transfer to a wire rack to finish cooling, about 30 minutes.
From MakeBetterFood.com. . (http://makebetterfood.com/recipes/shortbread-cookies/).
Best of Make Better Food

Get New Recipes via Email + Free Cookbook

Sign up to get free MakeBetterFood.com recipes via email and download a free copy of the Best of Make Better Food e-cookbook, featuring 25 of my favorite recipes. Unsubscribe anytime.