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    Shortbread Sugar Cookies With Icing

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    QueenJellyBean's Note:

    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.

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    Serves: 48-60


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    1. 1
      Line cookie sheets with parchment paper or generously spray with non stick spray.
    2. 2
      Using a hand mixer or stand mixer, mix butter and sugar until fluffy. Add vanilla and beat until combined.
    3. 3
      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.
    4. 4
      Form dough into big ball and place in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.
    5. 5
      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.
    6. 6
      Using a spatula, transfer to cookie sheets leaving about 1/2 inch between cookies.
    7. 7
      Bake 10-12 minutes or until lightly browned around the edges. Cool 10 minutes on cookie sheet and then transfer to cooling rack.
    8. 8
      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.
    9. 9
      These are so good -- you should really double the recipe!

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    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on April 12, 2013


      Lovely shortbread cookie! Easy to make, I substituted the 2 Tbs of vanilla to 1Tbs vanilla and 1Tbs almond essence, for a lovely flavour.

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    • on December 21, 2011


      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!

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    • on December 29, 2013


      This was the easiest recipe, ever! My family loved the flavor, too. I recommend this recipe for anyone who has ever wanted to bake and didn't think they could.

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    Nutritional Facts for Shortbread Sugar Cookies With Icing

    Serving Size: 1 (24 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 48

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 142.4
    Calories from Fat 70
    Total Fat 7.8 g
    Saturated Fat 4.9 g
    Cholesterol 20.5 mg
    Sodium 17.2 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 16.8 g
    Dietary Fiber 0.2 g
    Sugars 8.6 g
    Protein 1.2 g

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