by Teal Graham
Shortbread cookies are some of the easiest cookies to make. I should know because I have been making cookies most of my life and all of my children's life and they are absolutely delicious.
I mean who doesn't need a cookie break every once in awhile? When the children come home from a long, hard, and trying day from school, the look on their faces seeing fresh baked cookies on the table, just touches my heart. You can see it lift their spirits as they began to tell me about their day.
We spend a lot of our family time in the kitchen being a family and making memories that will last for years to come. So I thought I would share one of our family’s favorites. I hope that you and your family will enjoy and that it will become one of your family’s favorites as well.
2 cups All Purpose Flour
1 cup of confectioners sugar
½ cup of cold butter cubed
2 teaspoon vanilla
A pinch of salt
1 cup walnuts coarsely chopped (optional)
1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit.
2. In a large bowl add the flour, salt, sugar, and walnuts and mix together.
3. Add the vanilla and butter to the dry mix.
4. Cut the butter into the mix until you are able to form a small ball with your fingers.
The dough should be loose but it should also hold its shape without falling apart.
This will provide for a crisp cookie.
5. Wrap the dough and refrigerate for 1 hour. Overnight for better results. The dough
should be firm.
6. Cut the dough into ¼ reserving the rest in the refrigerator for later. Roll the dough into
¼ rectangle. Then with a knife cut into 1 to 2 in rectangles and place on a cookie
sheet 1 in apart.
7. Bake in the oven 5 to 8 minutes being careful not to brown. The cookies should be
still a little soft.
Allow cookies to cool for 2 minutes and then transfer to a cooling rack to cool completely.
Makes 3 and ½ dozen cookies