Saturday, January 16, 2010
Cookie Recipe #14 - Scotch Shortbread
If you are one of those who at a young age was allowed by a Grandparent to eat a pat of butter all by itself(my Grandpa let me eat sugar cubes), then you will enjoy this cookie. It's similar to filling your mouth with delicious butter-only sweeter because of the sugar involved.
Only 3 ingredients form these little morsels: 3/4 cup butter, softened, 1/4 cup granulated sugar, 2 cups all-purpose flour.
Instructions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cream the butter and sugar in medium mixing bowl, about 20 seconds. Sift flour over bowl and mix well. If dough is crumbly, add in 1-2 tablespoons soft butter. Pick some up with your fingers and squeeze lightly. If it sticks together, it's ready to roll.
On a lightly floured surface with a lightly floured rolling pin, roll dough 1/2 - 1/3 inch thick. Cut into small shapes with cutters dipped into flour. Place 1/2 inch apart on ungreased baking sheets. Bake in preheated oven 11-13 minutes, just until cookie is set. Remove from oven and immediately transfer to cooling racks.
This recipe makes about 2-3 dozen. Great with a hot cup of coffee or tea!
As I tried one of these, I could feel the butter going directly to my arteries and raising the number on my cholesterol, but I guess one won't kill me (don't tell my doctor!). If I go for a 20-mile hike now, I can probably wear that one cookie off (like that's going to happen!).