What else would be more soul-filling than a hot, melt-in-the-mouth, delicious treat on a cold evening. Okay, let me break the suspense ... its time for some buttery, flaky, heavenly shortbread cookies .. tadaaaaaa !!!! (That 's my daughters expression for surprising someone!)
I have been wanting to make cookies/cakes for quite a while and since then, have been doing my homework in collecting the recipes. Now that recently I bought a hand-held electric mixer, I decided to give it a try. Believe me, shortbread cookies came out to be simply delicious & mouth-watering. The texture of the cookies were very soft yet crispy (as it cooled). Not to forget the tempting aroma of the baked cookies that filled the entire house. My hubby & my kid just couldn't wait to taste the cookies and so, I had to literally rush myself to take a few pics.
As far as the recipe for the shortbread cookies goes, you cannot make any mistakes. The recipe is very simple and also uses minimal ingredients.
All purpose flour - 1.5 cups
Unsalted butter - 1 cup
Sugar - 1/2 cup
Vanilla essence - 1/4 tsp
Salt - less than a pinch
Cream butter until light and fluffy using a whisk. The secret to tender, melt-in-your-mouth shortbread is to really cream the butter!!! Stir in vanilla.
Sift all purpose flour & sugar to get a fine powder. Add to butter in 2-3 batches; blend until smooth with mixer everytime after adding the dry ingredients. Refrigerate the dough for 15 -20 minutes.
Preheat oven to 300 degrees. With hands roll dough into small balls. Place them on the cookie sheet and flatten them lightly with a fork (I floured my fork by dipping in granulated sugar).
Bake 20 – 30 minutes or until outer edges start to brown slightly (It took exactly 25 mins for my oven to bake them). Let them cool and wait to watch the cookies disappear :)
Share these tempting "yum" shortbread cookies with your family & friends during this holiday season :) Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!
Note: Since, this is my first experience with cookies, I tried with only about 1/3 cups of flour and it gave me about 15-18 cookies.
(1) Linking to "Let's cook #10 - Baked Goodies" hosted by Radhika.
(2) Linking to "Jingle-all-way-event" hosted by Kavi.