Mrs Irving's Delicious Shortbread - Anne of Green Gables

"Taken from "The Anne of Green Gables Cookbook", written by Lucy Maud Montgomery's granddaughter Kate Macdonald. I am posting this as it appears in the original book, which was written as a tribute to her father Stuart Macdonald (Montgomery's son). The recipes were written with precise instructions, geared for young cooks. All recipes were apparently tested by a 12 year old cook, with perfect results. Quote from the book: "Of course I'll stay to tea. said Anne gaily. I was dying to be asked. My mouth has been watering for some more of your grandma's delicious shortbread ever since I had tea here before." (from Anne of Avonlea, XIX) Other recipes are available in a cookbook prepared by chef #756627 - book #243014"
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Ready In:
36 1-1/4" cookies




  • You Will Need:

  • large mixing bowl.
  • electric mixer.
  • measuring cups.
  • measuring spoons.
  • medium mixing bowl.
  • fork.
  • extra flour for dusting.
  • rolling pin.
  • cookie cutters.
  • metal spatula.
  • cookie sheet.
  • extra sugar for sprinkling.
  • oven mitts.
  • Preheat the oven to 350*.
  • In the large mixing bowl, cream the butter with the electric mixer until it is soft, smooth and fluffy.
  • Add the icing sugar, a little at a time, and beat until smooth.
  • Measure and add the flour, salt, and baking powder to the medium mixing bowl. Mix with the fork.
  • Add the flour mixture to the butter mixture and stir until well mixed.
  • Dust the rolling pin and a clean place on the counter with the extra flour. Turn the dough onto the floured surface and roll it out into a large circle - about 1/4 inch thick.
  • With the cookie cutters, cut the dough into any shapes you like.
  • With the metal spatula, lift the shortbreads onto a greased cookie sheet. Place them about 1/2 inch apart. Prick each shortbread twice with a fork and sprinkle with sugar.
  • Bake the shortbreads for 20 - 25 minutes until they turn light brown around the edges.
  • With oven mitts, remove the cookie sheet from the oven. With the metal spatula, immediately lift the shortbreads onto a plate.

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  1. Elly in Canada
    My dear friend Diana made these cookies to share with us at our Tea Party!!! They are a delicious, crunchy, tasty shortbread! Scrumptious!<br/>Thank you for posting!
  2. Caro NZ
    Oh these are SO yum! Needed to make some Christmas yummies and these were perfect and really easy! The other thing I love is my house smells amazing right now mmmmmmmmmmmmmmm
  3. Elizabeth H.
    This is my go-to recipe for shortbread and has been for years!! Nothing compares to it, although periodically I will try a new one... but I always come back to this one... and when people rave about the cookies, as they always do, I love to tell them that it came from a children's cookbook that I bought it because of my lifelong love of anything Anne of Green Gables... I had no idea the treasure the cookbook held! I am so grateful that this recipe was online because my husband was begging me to make the cookies (they are his favorite) and I put the butter out to soften and realized I couldn't find the cookbook... I was going to go try to find it online but realized that I might be able to find just the recipe I wanted first and that I could make the cookies for my dear husband... A quick tip on the cookies... Sometimes I take a shortcut and don't roll them but just pat them out by hand and it works splendidly... I make them into hearts, all the same size (medium) so that they cook together evenly... I might make them a tad bit on the thicker side... but I have to tell you, these cookies are light as air and literally melt in your mouth... Enjoy!!!



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