Sunday, April 10, 2011

Shortbread...I love you

My favorite cookie is homemade shortbread cookies….I LOVE these. I have never and I repeat NEVER had a store bought shortbread cookie that even begins to come close to homemade…and they are seriously the easiest cookies to make- 4 easy, every day ingredients. So please promise me you will try these…and will never buy store bought shortbread again!  These bake longer at a lower oven temp…watch them toward the end because you want them to be just golden at the edges. 

Shortbread cookies
2 sticks of butter  softened
½ cup of sugar
2 cups flour
1/8 tea salt
Pre heat oven to 325.
In a large bowl beat butter and sugar together until fluffy. Add flour and salt. With your hands (easiest) or a wooden spoon, rub the flour and creamed butter together gently until you can press the dough together and form a ball…the reason your hands are easier is because the warmth of your hands helps the butter and flour blend together faster. Place dough on a lightly flour surface and roll out to about ½ inch think. Cut into traditional rectangle shapes (or any shape and size you desire..we even do cookie cutter shapes - the ‘finger’ shapes were just easier for those who had them at ‘tea-time’ they were dainty and easy to dip into your coffee or tea…whatever, do what you want J )
Place on ungreased cookie sheet and prick with a fork. Place cookie sheet in the PRE HEATED oven and immediately turn the oven DOWN to 275. Bake 25 – 30 minutes.  As I said watch the color…you want them still sandy white on top, golden around the edges.
NOTE:  To be fancy I sometimes drizzle these with melted chocolate (dark, milk or white) They are yummy that way!  On St Patty’s day I serve these tradition Celtic cookies with white chocolate that I made green with food coloring.

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