Quick and Easy Shortbread Cookie Recipe
Quick and Easy Shortbread Cookies
This holiday shortbread cookie recipe is unique from other recipes in that the dough does not need to be refrigerated during the preparation process, which means that this recipe is much quicker and easier to prepare than other shortbread recipes.
You simply prepare your dough, shape it into cookies, and then in the oven they go. No fuss, no muss, and in just a matter of a few minutes, you have the most wonderful shortbread cookies. These treats are so delightfully delicious and buttery soft that they simply melt in your mouth.
Keep in mind that this recipe requires real butter to make them a true shortbread cookie. Margarine or lard just will not give your cookies the great taste that they are so famous for. Stay genuine and true to your recipe and use only real butter when baking them.
- 1 cup butter (softened)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1/2 cup icing sugar (also known as powdered or confectioners' sugar)
- 2 cups flour
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- Maraschino cherries (optional garnish)
- Soften butter in the microwave on high for between 10 and 15 seconds. The soft butter should then easily create a dough that can be used in your cookie press.
- If you do not own a cookie press, keep the butter at room temperature and roll out the dough, then cut into shapes. For a firmer dough, you can also hand-form by rolling them into a ball and then pressing them flat with the heel of your hand. See second photo guide, below.
- In a medium-sized bowl, combine together butter, vanilla, and icing sugar. Stir till smooth.
- Add in the remaining ingredients, and mix to form a sticky dough. It should load easily into your cookie press. Choose your design and press out your cookies. (Or ball them up if you don't have a press.)
- Optional: Pop 1/4 to 1/2 of a maraschino cherry in the center of each cookie.
- Bake on ungreased cookie sheets at 350 degrees for around 10 to 12 minutes.
Photo GuideClick thumbnail to view full-size
Kids Love to Help in the Kitchen
Get your children into the kitchen early. Children like nothing better than to help out in the kitchen, especially when it involves the making of sweet treats, so get them their own kitchen utility set.
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Not Having to Refrigerate the Dough Saves a Lot of Time
This shortbread cookie recipe is much quicker, and easier, than other shortbread recipes. You simply prepare your dough, then shape it into cookies, and in the oven they go.
No fuss, no muss, and in just a matter of a few minutes you have the most wonderful shortbread cookies. These cookies are so delightfully delicious and buttery soft that they simply melt in your mouth.
What If I Don't Have a Cookie Press?
No Cookie Press: Photo GuideClick thumbnail to view full-size
No matter which shape you bake them in, shortbread cookies are always delicious.
© 2010 Lorelei Cohen