Shortbread Cookie Cutouts are a traditional shortbread cookie with just 5 ingredients. They are tender and flaky and roll out so well. I’ve been making them for years. Now it’s your turn!
It is on days like this I want to be snuggled in my home where it is warm and I can hear the wind calling from outside. I can sit inside at the kitchen table and watch the TV tuned to the Food Network. I can watch them baking cookies and know that mine are better. But for many years I did not think I could use a rolling pin. It never failed that my cookies would stick or break apart or be too cold to rollout. Until… I found this recipe. It works. And these are good tasting shortbread cookies.
You can eat them as is. No decorating but some consider that the fun part. You could roll them in a log, slice them and then glaze them if you want. Or not. It is a fairly traditional shortbread and I love shortbread. You could pat them into a round about ½” thick and use a fork to prick the round into sections. These would be called petticoat tails.
Shortbread is traditionally made with one part sugar, two parts butter and 3 parts flour.They have a crumbly texture but do firm up after cooling. The name shortbread is derived from the word shortening and hence evolved into shortbread. They come from Scotland, where they are a classic Scottish dessert and were refined by Mary, Queen of Scots. In Scotland it is traditional to eat these on New Years Eve which derived from the custom of eating Yule cakes in the 1200’s.
I have made these for years and in our home they are known as Hanukkah cookies. My daughter just called for the recipe. I feel obliged to give it to her as she helped for many moons to decorate them. Of course she didn’t sweep the sugar off the floor, but that’s OK. It’s comforting to know that a tradition is passing on. One that apparently has survived for hundreds of years. Yes, it is a damn good cookie. Call them what you want. Just know you may find yourself starting a new tradition.
Needing a few more cookie recipes? Check out Holly at A Baker’s House. She has lots of gluten free recipes on their too!
Have you tried my Triple Chocolate Mocha Macadamia Bark? It makes a great, decadent gift!
I haven’t made this brown sugar caramel spice cake in a long time but I should. I think this would be a perfect holiday dessert!
And last but not least…Please Pin and Share These Shortbread Cookie Cutouts!
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¾ lb sweet butter softened (three sticks) If your butter is really chilled each
stick can be put in the microwave for about 10 seconds to soften it.
1 c confectioners sugar
3 c unbleached all purpose flour
½ t salt (If you have salted butter you may not want to add salt)
½ t vanilla
1 large egg white
1 c confectioners sugar
Cream butter and confectioners sugar together until light.
Sift flour and salt together and add to creamed mixture. Add vanilla and blend well.
Gather dough into ball or make two logs, and wrap in saran wrap or wax paper. Chill in fridge for 4-6 hours.
Roll out chilled dough to 3/8” thickness on a floured surface with a floured rolling pin. Cut out cookies with your favorite cookie cutter. If you are not icing these sprinkle them with granulated sugar. Place cut out cookies on ungreased cookie sheets and refrigerate for 45 minutes before baking. (If it is cold outside, I just place them on the deck!)
Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
Bake for 15-20 minutes depending on how thick you made your cookies. They should be pale and not brown at all. Makes at least 3 dozen.
Blend powdered sugar and egg white with a mini whisk in a 2 c measuring cup. You should not have any lumps. It helps to sift your sugar or to stir it well with a fork. You may dye this or leave it as
is. I usually leave it white and then frost each cookie one at a time, and then dipping into the colored sugars as I go.
Make sure to let dough chill.
Cookies yield depends on size of cookie cutters.
Prep Time does not include chilling time.
Thanks Silver Palette
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