Prep 10 mins
Cook 30 mins
Afternoon tea just isn't complete without a traditional shortbread petticoat tail to go with it. Here's a simple and basic way to make that very dainty, buttery specialty to enjoy at your next tea party.
- 1 cup butter (softened)
- 1⁄2 cup sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 tablespoon milk
- 2 1⁄2 cups flour (unsifted)
- In a large bowl, beat butter, sugar and vanilla with electric mixer at medium speed until light and fluffy.
- With wooden spoon, stir in milk and flour; then mix by hand until dough is smooth.
- Divide dough into two parts.
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
- On a lightly sugared pastry cloth, roll out dough, one part at a time, into an 8-inch circle, 1/4 inch thick.
- Place a 4-inch saucer in the center; cut around it.
- Remove saucer and flute outside edge as for a pie shell.
- Cut outer ring into eight sections.
- Keep center whole.
- Prick all over with fork.
- Place 1 inch apart on ungreased cocokie sheet.
- Bake 25- 30 minutes, or until light golden.
- Cool completely on wire rack.
- Makes 2 shortbreads.