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    Michelle Obama's Shortbread Cookies

    Michelle Obama's Shortbread Cookies. Photo by Lori Mama

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    1 hr 5 mins

    25 mins

    40 mins

    Starrynews's Note:

    I didn't hear about the Presidential Cookie Bake-Off that Family Circle Magazine holds during election years until this year (you can find out more about that on their website). Apparently the spouses of the candidates submit a favorite cookie recipe for people to vote for. When I saw this recipe that Michelle Obama submitted, from a close family friend of hers, I knew I had to make it. I haven't quit making it since - friends, co-workers, and family are always asking for it. When I had my first bite of it out of the oven, I had to cut and wrap them quickly, or else the delicious smell would quite likely have me eating them all myself. This is definitely going on my Christmas cookie platter this year... and every year!

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    1. 1
      Heat oven to 325 degree F. Line a 17 x 12 x 1-inch baking pan with nonstick foil.
    2. 2
      Cream together butter and 1-1/2 cups of the sugar, and then add egg yolks, beating mixture until smooth.
    3. 3
      Beat in Amaretto and zest, before stirring in flour and salt.
    4. 4
      Spread dough evenly into pan, making it smooth and flat as possible.
    5. 5
      Brush top of dough with egg white; sprinkle with remaining 2 tablespoons sugar. Bake at 325 degree F for 25 minutes or until brown.
    6. 6
      Turn off oven and allow cookies to sit in oven, with door ajar, for 15 minutes. Cut while slightly warm.

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    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on December 18, 2009


      These are quite good. I will add just a bit more of the zests next time. Made for Theirs Yours Mine Photo Tag Event. :)

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    • on August 08, 2009


      These were a terrific shortbread, i added some crushed macadamia nuts to it as well! I subbed splenda for the sugar and made it in a a smaller pan because there is less volume then.

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    • on October 04, 2009


      These were DELICIOUS ~ made them while watching football today! I cut the sugar by 1/2 cup but these were sweet enough anyway. I made my shortbread in a stoneware tray and they came out quite nicely. I'll definitely be making these again. Thanks Starrynews ~ made for PAC FALL 2009!

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    Nutritional Facts for Michelle Obama's Shortbread Cookies

    Serving Size: 1 (1146 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 1

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 884.3
    Calories from Fat 431
    Total Fat 47.9 g
    Saturated Fat 29.7 g
    Cholesterol 184.9 mg
    Sodium 116.1 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 108.0 g
    Dietary Fiber 1.2 g
    Sugars 54.4 g
    Protein 7.5 g

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