Whipped Shortbread Cookies

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This Whipped Shortbread Cookie recipe offers you the best kind of cookies for a traditional flavor at Christmas time. These cookies are about as traditional as cookies can get. Every one loves their flavor, perhaps because they are loaded with butter and sugar, in most cases, icing sugar. The result, if made right, is a cookie that breaks off sharply and then melts away in your mouth, leaving a smooth and luscious taste of butter and sweet sugar behind. This shortbread cookie recipe calls for vanilla. Whipped Shortbread Cookies are special enough that you could consider using home made vanilla extract in this fabulous cookie. Home made vanilla extract is easy to make, if expensive. Take about one dozen or more whole vanilla beans, and cut them down the long side. Open them up and scrape the bean’s interior in to a jar that will hold about 750 mls. of fluid. Add the vanilla beans that you have scraped, as well. Pour in as much vodka as you can. Put this aside for about three to six months, checking on it to be sure that the lid stays tight and the fluid doesn’t evaporate. Then, just start using it. The flavor is spectacular, and you will never return to purchased vanilla again, no matter what the cost. By the way, the vanilla bean comes from an orchid, perhaps explaining why this scent is so loved by so many people around the world, and why it is second only to saffron as the world’s most expensive spice.

Whipped Shortbread Cookies are a special treat that most of us only make at Christmas time, during the holiday season. And that is great. It is always important to have traditions that we can turn to at different times of the year to acknowledge the special time of that particular season. This shortbread cookie recipe can also be frozen, in many different configurations. You can shape the cookie to bake it as described on the web site. Or you can simply roll the cookie dough in to a log shape inside waxed paper. Then you could simply cut rounds, as many or as few as you like, whenever you want them. Do allow a bit more time to cook them if you do this, of course.

These are lovely Whipped Shortbread Cookies that you can enjoy making for the holiday season. The shortbread recipe is quite simple and even your aspiring cooks can try making them. Traditionally, these cookies also often have green and red cherries added to them, so add those to the recipe if you like. Of course, they will taste just as delicious without the cherries, but you might want to pour a stout cup of tea and invite some friends over to enjoy them. Enjoy this Whipped Shortbread Cookies recipe, and happy holidays.

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