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Monday, December 1, 2014

Yummy Mummy Monday: Shortbread

Have you started your holiday baking yet? It's one of my favourite traditions, and I love getting together with my Mum and deciding which recipes we'll bake up. Each year we make some of our classic faves while trying out a few new recipes. Growing up, I loved rolling up my sleeves and making batch upon batch of Mum's shortbread. This remains my favourite holiday recipe today and I look forward to continuing the tradition with Ari when she's old enough to help (for now she fills the role of taste tester). It's good, old- fashioned baking at it's best with simple ingredients and it's part of what makes this time of the year so special for our family. It's melt- in- your- mouth delicious and perfect for family functions, cookie swaps, and for leaving out for Santa. ;)


Ingredients:
Makes 1 lb of shortbread (we usually double the recipe!)
1 lb butter, softened
1/2 cup cornstarch
1 cup icing sugar
3 cups all purpose flour

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees & line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper*
2. Mix all ingredients in an electric mixer (it's best to add the butter in cubes to help it blend & avoid lumps)
3. On a floured surface, roll out dough to approx. 1/4" thick & cut out desired shapes (basic is better as they can be quite delicate when baked)
4. Place on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper & bake for 7- 10 minutes, or until edges are just starting to go golden (don't leave them in too long, these babies burn quick!)
5. Remove from oven & allow to cool for a few minutes before removing them from the baking sheets; allow to finish cooling on a cooling wrack

*It's important to use parchment paper to avoid the bottoms of these buttery cookies from burning and sticking to the baking pan, as they are quite crumbly


We enjoy these cookies unadorned/ undecorated, but glazing or adding your favourite accents like sprinkles or dipping them in chocolate adds a fancy touch. :)



Image Sources:
Comfort of Cooking
Cookie collage images (clockwise from left):
Sally's Baking Addiction
Pink Piccadilly Pastries
Betty Crocker

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