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    Easy Shortbread

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    1 hrs 20 mins

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    Ailwyn's Note:

    I tried four or five shortbread recipes but every one ended up too crumbly. I wanted to get close to a "Walker's Shortbread" taste. A co-worker shared this one and it's close - good texture and great taste. It's easy to work with in a shortbread mold, a round cake pan or roll for individual cookies. And it's simple to make. A favorite in Christmas cookie exchanges.

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    Serves: 8



    Units: US | Metric

    • 1 cup butter (room temp. is best)
    • 1 2/3 cups all-purpose flour
    • 1/3 cup rice flour (found in most grocery stores)
    • 1/2 cup granulated sugar (or 1/4 c. granulated sugar & 1/4 c. brown sugar for a little different texture )


    1. 1
      Cream butter and sugar until smooth. Mix in sifted all purpose flour and rice flour. Mix with finger tips (don't use food processor) until dough is crumbly but will stick together if pressed.
    2. 2
      Spread and press evenly in a 8" spring form pan or two ceramic shortbread pans. I like mine about 3/4" thick. If making individual cookies, roll dough into 2" balls and press with decorative cookie mold or bottom of a glass - at least 1/4" thick.
    3. 3
      Bake in a preheated 325 degree oven for *45 minutes.
    4. 4
      Remove from oven and with a sharp knife score into eight wedges cutting about 3/4" way through dough.
    5. 5
      Return to oven, bake another *6 or 7 minutes.
    6. 6
      *these times work well in my oven - cookie is lightly browned and can be handled without crumbling or breaking apart.
    7. 7
      Remove pan(s) from oven and let cool on a cake rack. When cool, loosen sides carefully with a knife and carefully separate wedges.
    8. 8
      Lasts several days in a well sealed cookie tin. Freezes well. If carefully packed, ships well.
    9. 9
      Can also be made in 9" x 13" pan and cut into "fingers".
    10. 10
      This recipe makes enough dough for two eight-wedge shortbread pans or 1 8" spring form pan but they are a little thicker in the spring form pan.

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    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on December 05, 2008


      Terrific! I made up a batch and took into work - every one loved this shortbread (and there are some serious bakers in this group). They melt in your mouth and they don't crumble and fall apart.

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    Nutritional Facts for Easy Shortbread

    Serving Size: 1 (73 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 8

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 370.7
    Calories from Fat 210
    Total Fat 23.3 g
    Saturated Fat 14.6 g
    Cholesterol 61.0 mg
    Sodium 163.9 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 37.6 g
    Dietary Fiber 0.8 g
    Sugars 12.5 g
    Protein 3.3 g

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