Shortbread Cookies

how do i make shortbread cookies?

i want to make amazing shortbread cookies for my soccer party. i need them to be DELICIOUS! so please if you have a good recipe!!

Shortbread Cookie Recipe

A true shortbread cookie recipe is the most basic of all cookie recipes.

Butter, flour and sugar with maybe some salt. It has a crisp and yet crumbly texture and will absolutely melt in your mouth.

The version here is currently accepted as traditional Scottish shortbread.

It’s 3 parts flour, 2 parts butter and one part sugar. This recipe is for a small batch of cookies and the one I use for experimenting but it doubles or triples with no troubles. Just maintain the ratio.
Shortbread Cookie Recipe

3/4 cup flour, sifted
1/4 cup superfine sugar
Pinch of salt
1/2 cup room temperature Land ‘O Lakes unsalted butter

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.

Combine the flour, sugar and salt in a mixing bowl. Work in the butter with a fork or pastry cutter until the dough has the consistency of short crust.

Pulsing in a food processor will work also.

Sprinkle a board or your counter top lightly with flour. Turn the dough onto the board and knead until it’s smooth. Refrigerate the dough for a couple of hours or overnight.

You should have approximately 8 ounces of dough. Divide the dough into four equal portions for large cookies or eight equal portions for small cookies and shape into rounds.

For consistency you might want to pull out your kitchen scales.

Place each round on a parchment paper lined baking sheet and flatten them with the bottom of a glass to about 1/4 inch thickness. Prick with a fork. Bake at 350 degrees F. for 20 to 30 minutes, until the cookies begin to brown slightly. Allow the cookies to cool on the baking sheet.

About The Butter

Butter is the only flavoring in this cookie. You get sweetness from the sugar and the flour gives it body but it’s the butter that supplies the taste.

All true shortbread cookie recipes should include butter. Not lard, not butter flavored shortening and definitely not margarine but honest to goodness butter.

It should also be the freshest butter you can find. Since butter is the only flavoring you certainly don’t want to use old tasting butter.

I’ve seen shortbread cookie recipes that say to use European style butter. I’ve tried it and for my taste it’s not worth the additional expense. I’ll just stick to my good old standby Land ‘O Lakes.

The primary difference in American butter and European style butter is the butterfat content.

The American standard is that butter is 80% butterfat. European style butter is anywhere from 83% to 86% butterfat.

Try the European if you like but be prepared to take out a second mortgage on your house to buy it.

Shortbread History

Shortbread cookies are ancient. They started in Scotland way back when cooking, compared to today’s standards, was crude at best. Of course they have evolved over time to what we know today.

The original shortbread cookie recipe probably included oat flour but when the English adopted it they substituted wheat flour. In Tudor England oats were considered animal food.

Traditional shortbread is baked in a round and then cut into wedges.

The story has it that the ancient Scots baked shortbread in the winter months and put cuts in the shortbread rounds to represent the suns rays. I suppose this was some sort of ritual to persuade the sun to return and do away with the cold winter.

The wintertime tradition holds on though because shortbread cookie recipes are among the most popular Christmas time cookie recipes.

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More About Shortbread Cookies

Thanks to the Internet we can purchase things today that we never could before. I’ve never seen shortbread pans or shortbread molds in my usual cooking supply stores but they’re readily available over the Internet.

The same is true with Walker shortbread cookies. Just imagine being able to buy buttery shortbread cookies made in the Scottish Highlands prior to the Internet.

Use the search box at the bottom of the page and you’ll be able to find them all.

Walker Shortbread Cookies

English shortbread is a tradition in the British Isles but Walker shortbread cookies are Scottish. This buttery shortbread is baked at the Walker family bakery located in a secluded village in the Scottish Highlands.

Walker Shortbread Cookies are classic pure butter shortbread. Walker shortbread cookies are baked fresh daily in small batches with only the finest shortbread ingredients available.

They still use the original Walker shortbread cookies recipe Joseph Walker used over 100 years ago.

Shortbread Pans and Shortbread Molds

To keep basic Scottish shortbread cookies traditional they should be baked in shortbread pans or shortbread molds. Shortbread was originally baked in wooden shortbread molds that were notched at the edges to signify the rays of the sun.

Today shortbread pans and shortbread molds are made of ceramic and come in many sizes and shapes. Most also have a decorative design.

Shortbread pans and shortbread molds need to be du

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