I love shortbread and I like sugar cookies but a cookie that is both...that's heaven! This is the kind of icing that "dries" and makes almost like a candy shell on the cookie. When the icing is dry, store in an airtight container for up to a week. You can also keep the unbaked dough in the fridge for up to a week...but who can resist making these that long? You have to use butter to get the right taste. Sometimes just for a different flavor I add a teaspoon or two of almond extract.
- Line cookie sheets with parchment paper or generously spray with non stick spray.
- Using a hand mixer or stand mixer, mix butter and sugar until fluffy. Add vanilla and beat until combined.
- In a separate bowl, combine flour and baking powder. Add slowly to butter mixture on low speed. Do not overbeat! Only mix until flour is incorporated.
- Form dough into big ball and place in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.
- Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Roll out chilled dough to 1/4 inch thickness. Cut with cookie cutter or you can use a pizza cutter and make squares or rectangles. Another option is to roll into a log and cut 1/4 inch thick slices.
- Using a spatula, transfer to cookie sheets leaving about 1/2 inch between cookies.
- Bake 10-12 minutes or until lightly browned around the edges. Cool 10 minutes on cookie sheet and then transfer to cooling rack.
- When cookies are cool, whisk together the icing ingredients and either dip the cookies or spread on cookies. You can smooth the icing with the back of a spoon.
- These are so good -- you should really double the recipe!
Lovely shortbread cookie! Easy to make, I substituted the 2 Tbs of vanilla to 1Tbs vanilla and 1Tbs almond essence, for a lovely flavour.
This is a great recipe; the cookies taste fabulous. I have a few suggestions, though: I rolled the dough out onto a well-floured surface, and used a floured rolling pin. I ended up using a lot of flour for this; otherwise, I don't see how I would have been able to transfer the cookies (which I used cutters for) to the baking sheet. Also, the icing was too runny, so I added some more powdered sugar until I got to a consistency I wanted, so it wouldn't run off the cookie. It still created that "shell" on the cookie and they looked (and especially TASTED!) great! So even though I had to change just a *few* things, this recipe gets 5 stars because people RAVED about them!
I used this recipe to make cookies for my granddaughter's 1st birthday party. The party theme was Cookies & Milk. The cookies were delicious & I made 3 batches. My husband & co-workers already asked me when I planned to make more! Would highly recommend!