Shortbread Sugar Cookies With Icing

READY IN: 50mins
Recipe by QueenJellyBean

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.

Top Review by Kathyaopp

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

Ingredients Nutrition

Directions

  1. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper or generously spray with non stick spray.
  2. Using a hand mixer or stand mixer, mix butter and sugar until fluffy. Add vanilla and beat until combined.
  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. Form dough into big ball and place in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  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. Using a spatula, transfer to cookie sheets leaving about 1/2 inch between cookies.
  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. 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. These are so good -- you should really double the recipe!

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