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    English Shortbread

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    30 mins

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    truebrit's Note:

    I've been making this shortbread for years. It's easy and quick to make, with only three ingredients. when I serve it at gatherings, someone always requests the recipe!

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    1. 1
      Preheat oven to 375°F.
    2. 2
      Mix the butter and sugar together until light and creamy.
    3. 3
      Gradually work in the flour (Mixture will be crumbly).
    4. 4
      Press mixture into a greased 9" x 13" pan.
    5. 5
      Prick all over with a fork (Dip fork in some flour before pricking shortbread).
    6. 6
      Sprinkle with a teaspoon of sugar (Optional).
    7. 7
      Put into oven for about 20 minutes, or until pale golden.
    8. 8
      When cool, cut into bars.

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    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on August 07, 2010


      It is the real thing - EXCELLENT RECIPE. (I did use some vanilla though)
      I put parchment paper on a sheet pan and once I had the dough pressed out pretty well, covered the dough in plastic wrap and went over it with a rolling pin to make the top of the shortbread very smooth (the dough will stick if you don't use plastic wrap). If you score the shortbread at this time, you can cut it when warm and it makes for perfect edges and perfect placement of your tine marks. Makes very pretty cookies! (ok - I'm anal, lol)
      I think chopped walnuts or pecans pressed into the top before baking would be delicious.
      Next time!

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    • on December 06, 2006


      Great recipe. Husband says it "Tastes just like Mum's!" Thank you!

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    • on January 02, 2010


      Fabulous! Everyone LOVES this shortbread!

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    Nutritional Facts for English Shortbread

    Serving Size: 1 (61 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 12

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 298.6
    Calories from Fat 158
    Total Fat 17.5 g
    Saturated Fat 10.9 g
    Cholesterol 45.7 mg
    Sodium 123.2 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 32.1 g
    Dietary Fiber 0.8 g
    Sugars 8.4 g
    Protein 3.4 g

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