Today I baked my favorite shortbread cookies at home. These are rich and tender cookies. Here is a simple and easy recipe to follow.
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup unsalted butter
1/4 cup powdered sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla essence
Mix the salt with flour and strain separately and set aside. Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius.
Beat the butter until smooth for about a minute. Add the sugar and beat until creamy. Mix in the vanilla essence. Gently stir in the flour mixture until just incorporated. Wrap the dough and chill it for atleast 15-20 minutes, so that the dough becomes firm to knead and press in the cookie presser.
On a lightly floured surface roll out the dough and press the dough in shapes using cookie cutter. Place on the flour dusted baking sheets. Bake for about 15 minutes or until cookies turn slightly brown on top. Cool on a wire rack and store in an air tight jar. This recipe makes about 15-20 shortbread cookies.
Variations - To this basic recipe, add 1/2 cup of chocolate chips to make chocolate chip cookies. Or add 1 tbsp of instant coffee powder for the coffee favor or enough cocoa powder to make chocolate flavored cookies. This time I added Boost in the dough. The output was delicious. J
Enjoy your homemade shortbread cookies.