Michelle Obama's Shortbread Cookies

"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!"
Michelle Obama's Shortbread Cookies created by Lori Mama
Ready In:
1hr 5mins
6 dozen




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

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  1. revcat
    Omit the extra 15 minutes in the off oven. Also one tablespoon of sugar on top of the cookies is plenty enough instead of two. I think this cookie is very sweet already.
  2. revcat
    I think leaving the cookies in the off oven for 15 minutes after initial baking makes the cookies too hard. I will omit that step next time.
  3. revcat
    I did not have Ameretto (and I don't care for almond flavoring) so I put a teaspoon of pure vanilla extract and 1-1/2 teaspoon of orange extract. Next time, I will also reduce the sugar some.
  4. Lori Mama
    Michelle Obama's Shortbread Cookies Created by Lori Mama
  5. Lori Mama
    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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