Classic Shortbread Cookies

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This Classic Shortbread Cookies recipe uses only three ingredients to make these lovely cookies that are so often associated with the winter holidays. This shortbread cookies recipe is a soft, tender, buttery and not too sweet cookie that can get addictive pretty quickly. But watch the intake because this classic shortbread recipe is loaded with fat and calories. Still, a one cookie indulgence will not add too many calories (although the fat content is always an issue) and you can cut back on the rest of the day with respect to the amount of fat that you add or consume with other foods. It is always better to have a sensible eating plan that accounts for occasional indulgences than to just break the calorie bank and plan on reconfiguring after the fact. Expect that on special occasions you are probably going to want to have the same fun and food that everyone else is also having and so prepare ahead of time for the indulgence.

Although this and any other classic shortbread cookies recipe contains only a few ingredients, this cookie recipe is perhaps trickier than many people realize. The blend of the butter and sugar is very important here as it will help to determine just how light and buttery as well as how easily this cookie melts in your mouth once you bite in to it. The bake is also critical to the good outcome of this little cookie. This cookie recipe needs to be baked just right; that is, the cookie needs to be baked neither too little, nor too much. These two elements will really help to make this classic shortbread cookies recipe work for you and for your family. And once you have made this recipe correctly, and see just differently a well made shortbread cookie tastes, you will work diligently to always get that wonderful and unique combination of a crisp bite followed by a melt in the mouth texture. It is fabulous. Yum.

This is a great cookie that can also be made up in different shapes and with different finishes. The classic finish to the shortbread cookie made in England is the maraschino cherry, usually the red one, placed in the middle of a round cookie. The cherry is best if at least one half or even a whole cherry (cut off the bottom so it sits flat on the cookie) is used, rather than just a chintzy little bit of cherry is put in the middle of the cookie. Any way you make them, though, round or rectangular, this is a spectacular cookie that everyone enjoys eating. And it is particularly good with a steaming hot cup of tea. Enjoy it!

Nutrition Facts for: Classic Shortbread Cookies from Jo Cooks
Ingredients: Butter, confectioners' sugar, all-purpose flour.
* Percentages (%) are based on a 2000 calorie diet * The entire recipe has been calculated for 20 servings.* Per Serving: Calories 214, Calories from Fat 126, Total Fat 14.0g 22%, Saturated Fat 8.8g 44%, Cholesterol 37mg 12%, Sodium 98mg 4%, Potassium 24mg 1%, Carbohydrates 20.3g 7%, Dietary Fiber 0.5g 2%, Sugars 5.9g, Protein 2.1g, Vitamin A 9%, Vitamin C 0%, Calcium 1%, Iron 5%

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