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    Cookies by Design - Sugar Shortbread Cookies the Real Deal!

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    23 mins

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    13 mins

    Chef 975808's Note:

    I used to work at cookies by design,so this is the real deal - except modified a little because the average person will not be able to buy "almond emulsion" or "spread" Also, this recipe is scaled down from it's original, which was made in a 60 qt. mixer. It may have to be scaled down again. I have not made it at home. I must warn you, I do not know the yield on these cookies. I made up a number...

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    1. 1
      With paddle attachment, mix butter for 30 seconds. Add a 1/3 of the powdered sugar, mix on first speed for 1 minute. Add another 1/3 of the powdered sugar, mix another minute. Finally, add the last 1/3 of sugar, mix 1 minute.
    2. 2
      Combine eggs, vanilla, and almond extract together, add to butter/sugar mixture. Mix for 30 seconds.
    3. 3
      Add a 1/3 of the flour, mix 1 minute.
    4. 4
    5. 5
      Add the next 1/3 of the flour, mix 2 minutes.
    6. 6
    7. 7
      Add the final 1/3 of the flour, mix 3 minutes.
    8. 8
      Refrigerate until able to be rolled out and cut into desired shapes.

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on December 21, 2010

      Let me tell you, I have been searching for this recipe for years!! Thank you so much for shedding the light finally!! These cookies are SPOT ON replicas for the cookies by design cookies. And pretty spot on for the yeild too.. I got 52 cookies out of it. They needed to cook in my oven about 12 minutes (maybe longer if you make them thicker then 1/4 inch) on 350 til they are just a tooouch brown on the edges. They are absolutly yummy and perfect! Cant wait to ice them and decorate them tomorrow!

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    • on June 22, 2009

      Would you consider putting the bake temp and time on this recipe? I'm going with 350 for 8-12 minutes but first timers might appreciate the info.

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    • on May 24, 2009


      The submitter made a mistake. Please lighten up on them. Adjust the flour to 6.5 cups and this recipe works beautifully. Buttery and melt in your mouth!!! Thank you Chef 975808.

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    Nutritional Facts for Cookies by Design - Sugar Shortbread Cookies the Real Deal!

    Serving Size: 1 (2245 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 1

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 207.3
    Calories from Fat 104
    Total Fat 11.5 g
    Saturated Fat 7.1 g
    Cholesterol 43.7 mg
    Sodium 102.1 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 23.8 g
    Dietary Fiber 0.4 g
    Sugars 11.2 g
    Protein 2.2 g

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