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Friday, April 15, 2011

Shortbread Cookies

Hello Everyone!
Scottish Shortbread Cookies
I was inspired to bake Shortbread Cookies for TWO REASONS
#1. Happier than a Pig in Mud is having a Celebrity Party featuring 
'The Pioneer Woman'
~A Red Letter Day for me~
I want to say these Shortbread Cookies are the most wonderful cookie to make and bake. I love this recipe
#2.  While doing research for my trip to Scotland this summer I found that Shortbread is "the jewel in the crown" of Scottish baking.


Cream Butter and Sugar together.


Sift in Flour and cornstarch and blend together using a pastry cutter until the ingredients all come together. (if mixture seems excessively dry, cut in 1 more tablespoon of butter-but only if you really need it.) I didn't need it.


Form dough into a big ball, wrap in plastic wrap, and refrigerate 20 minutes.


Roll onto a lightly floured surface and cut into rounds. Place on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper or a baking mat.  Bake for 20 minutes. Do not allow shortbread to brown, the edges should have the faintest golden tinge.
Check you oven sooner if it runs hot.


Vintage cookie cutter


I poked holes in the cookie with the tines of a fork and dusted the cookies with super-fine sugar.  I think there is a Tea Party brewing.....


Shortbread is a classic Scottish dessert that consists of three basic ingredients: flour, sugar, and butter.  This dessert resulted from medieval biscuit bread, which was twice-baked, enriched bread roll dusted with sugar and spices and hardened into a hard, dry, sweetened biscuit called a rusk.  Eventually, yeast from the original rusk recipe was replaced by butter, which was becoming more of a staple in the British Isles.





Ingredients
2 sticks Plus 2 Tablespoons Salted Butter, Softened
1 cup Sugar
2 cups All-purpose Flour
1 cup (scant) Corn Starch
Prep Time 30 Minutes
Cook Time 20 Minutes
Servings 36 ~Difficulty Easy


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xo
Betty  

10 comments:

  1. I love Shortbread! Betty your cookies are beautiful and the vintage cutter is great too. How exciting to be planning a trip to Scotland! Thanks so much for joining in:@)

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  2. I WANT A COOKIE and I WANT A VINTAGE COOKIE CUTTER. :))
    xo bj

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  3. They look delicious. I buy a cookie here called Willa's Shortbread cookies and they melt in your mouth. They also are expensive...lol....I really hope to try this recipe.

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  4. What's not to love about shortbread cookies? Buttery and sweet little gems. I will definitely be checking out this recipe.

    Next Friday I am posting Lavender Shortbread Cookies for Michael's publishing party.

    Have a great weekend!

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  5. I do love shortbread but never knew I could make it--it seems so exotic! And isn't it funny how something we think of as a special treat can have such origins? Thank you for finding the recipe. I am definitely making these. Linda

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  6. Betty, Your shortbread looks great! It sound spretty easy, too. I'm going to have to give it a try. And how exciting that you are planning a trip to Scotland!!!

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  7. I love, love, love shortbread! I've never made it before. It's another one of those things on my list to make.

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  8. Shortbread cookies and a cup up lemon tea--I love it. Your recipe sounds delicious! Have a great weekend.

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  9. My mouth is watering! Thanks for the recipe. You make it look easy!

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  10. Betty, they look soooo good, and I love your cookie cutter! Thank you for sharing this recipe at Favorite Things Sat. laurie

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Betty

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