Shortbread Cookies

"An heirloom recipe passed down from my Mother...I make them every Christmas no matter what!"
 
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photo by Halcyon Eve photo by Halcyon Eve
photo by Halcyon Eve
photo by Lorrie in Montreal photo by Lorrie in Montreal
photo by Lorrie in Montreal photo by Lorrie in Montreal
Ready In:
40mins
Ingredients:
3
Serves:
8-10
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ingredients

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directions

  • Stir the softened butter and sugar together until well mixed.
  • Add in the flour a cup at a time; you may have to knead in the last cup but don't over mix the dough.
  • At this point I separate the dough roll into 3 logs about 2 inches in diameter and chill them slightly.
  • If you are real adventurous you can roll the dough out and use cookie cutters.
  • Preheat oven to 350°.
  • Once they are chilled enough to slice them, place the slices on an ungreased cookie sheet. You can make them thin or thick (I like them about an 1/8 of an inch), just bake until the underneath is slightly golden.
  • They are nicest if you can hide them away for a couple of weeks in a tin, Mum always said they got *shorter* I think it meant richer and more buttery tasting.
  • I only make these at Christmas and you can decorate them with sprinkles if you like before baking.

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  1. silver-rose
    This is the best shortbread recipe I have ever found! My dad just loves these cookies; I make them for him each time I visit.
     
  2. Billikers
    These cookies were very tasty and easy to mix up. I would definitely caution though, to watch really carefully when they are in the oven until you figure out how long to leave your cookies in - otherwise you will have a batch of burnt ones. :( But the ones I didn't burn were great!! :) Thank you!
     
  3. Chef Schellies
    These were so simple to make. I love them! They remind me of some Christmas cookies I made with my aunt when I was little. I used really cold butter which makes them easier to roll. I sliced mine about 1/4 inch thick and baked them for 8 minutes. They turned out perfect. I will definitely make them again, perhaps even before Christmas.
     
  4. Halcyon Eve
    Delicious! These weren't difficult to make, although they were a little tricky to roll in the sugar while the dough was so soft--but they were very easy to slice with unwaxed floss once they'd sat in the freezer for a few minutes. I baked them for about 11 minutes, which seemed about right for my oven and the thickness (about 1/4 inch)--10 might have been a bit better, even. One comment--they do spread a fair bit, so be sure to allow enough room in between. I spaced about an inch apart, and that wasn't quite enough--several ended up stuck together. Thanks so much for posting this recipe, Lorrie! Made for 1-2-3 Hit Wonders tag game and for the Prop It Up photo forum event.
     
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