When it comes to homemade cookie recipes from scratch, a traditional shortbread cookie recipe is always necessary. Enjoy our family's Traditional Shortbread recipe for the best, classic homemade cookies. Throughout history, shortbread was created from the leftover dough used to make bread. It was baked until it hardened and served as a dessert or treat. Originating in Scotland, the first published recipe for shortbread was in 1736 by a woman named Mrs. McLintock. They can be made into rectangular shapes, as you will with this recipe, or circular shapes, sometimes with a maraschino cherry added on top. Walkers Shortbread is a brand of commercially made shortbread cookies that are imported all over the world. These are fairly easy cookies to make at home, though, and as we all know, things tend to taste better when they're are homemade. These cookies would be perfect to put out on a dessert tray with other homemade cookies for Christmas or any other special occasion.
Three simple ingredients are all it takes to make this easy homemade cookies recipe. And the best part is that the ingredients are likely ones you already have in the kitchen. Shortbread is a classic easy homemade cookies recipe that can be enjoyed all year long. With real butter in the recipe, this easy cookies recipe is perfect when you are craving something sweet. For this easy cookie recipe and other easy homemade cookies, you'll want to take a look a the Grandmothers Kitchen site.
This easy homemade cookie recipe is one of the most popular holiday cookie recipes you can make. Shortbread is perfect on holiday cookie platters, and for cookie exchange parties. When it comes to making shortbread easy homemade cookies, there are a few tips you will want to follow. It is very important to use room temperature butter when you are making the shortbread cookie batter. Using hard butter will only result in overworking the shortbread cookie batter, which will change the results of the cookie quality. You also don't want to use melted butter, as it will make your shortbread cookies tough. If you know, you will be baking this easy homemade cookies recipe you can leave the real butter on the kitchen counter overnight to help soften it to room temperature.
To start this easy homemade cookie recipe, you cream the butter and the sugar together until it is pale, light and fluffy. It is important to cream the butter and the sugar well before you add any of the other ingredients. By creaming the butter and sugar first, you can add the rest of the ingredients with just a bit of mixing, so your cookies will bake tender. You want to make sure to scrape down the bottom of the mixing bowl, so the butter that sticks to the bottom of the bowl is evenly distributed throughout the cookie dough batter. Once the cookie dough is mixed, you want to chill your cookie dough. Chilling the shortbread cookie dough before and after you shape the cookies so they will retain their shape when baked. By chilling the cookie dough before and after shaping the, they will spread less in the oven, and make for shortbread cookies that look good on cookie platters and for gift boxes. Shortbread cookies are also a good cookie variety to freeze unbaked. You can lay them flat on a cookie sheet and package the in airtight freezer bags when frozen. Bake the shortbread cookies off in the quantities that you need right out of the freezer, for fresh baked shortbread cookies anytime.
It is best to use unsalted butter for this easy homemade cookie recipe. Unsalted real butter will give a well-balanced flavor to the cookies. Unsalted butter was the butter that was traditionally used in baking cookies and dessert recipes because unsalted was a superior butter to salted. This is because salt is used as a preservative in the butter so unsalted butter was thought to be fresher. These days salted butter is equal in quality to unsalted butter, the difference is in the amount of salt that ends up in your shortbread cookies recipe. By using unsalted butter, you can control the amount of salt that is in the easy homemade cookies which enhances the flavor of the cookies but can be overpowering when too much is added. **
This is a printable recipe.
1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
1/4 cup caster (or granulated) sugar
1 3/4 cup all purpose flour
Extra sugar to sprinkle
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
In a mixing bowl cream together the butter and sugar and beat until pale, light and fluffy.
Mix in the flour until the dough is smooth.
Once smooth, on a clean surface roll it out to 1/2 inch thick.
Cut dough into 2 x 4 inch rectangles and place on a clean baking sheet.
Note: you can also press the mixture into an 8x8-inch baking tin and cut after.
Poke holes in the top with a fork.
Sprinkle with extra caster sugar.
Bake for 15-20 minutes until pale golden and when done, cool on a wire rack.
If you baked in a cake pan, cut into pieces before serving.
Store in an airtight tin.
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Nutrition Facts for: Traditional Shortbread From Grandmother's Kitchen
Ingredients: Butter, sugar, all purpose flour.
* Percentages (%) are based on a 2000 calorie diet * The entire recipe has been calculated for 12 servings. * Per Serving: Calories 150, Calories from Fat 71, Total Fat 7.9g 12%, Saturated Fat 4.9g 24%, Cholesterol 20mg 7%, Sodium 55mg 2%, Potassium 22mg 1%, Carbohydrates 18.1g 6%, Dietary, Fiber 0.5g 2%, Sugars 4.2g, Protein 2.0g, Vitamin A 5%, Vitamin C 0%, Calcium 0%,Iron 5%
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