Monday, December 14, 2009

Short Bread Cookies

Hello everyone ! How are your Christmas preparations going on ? Most of you might be already set with an X'mas tree and other decorations. I thought of making some baked goodies for the holiday season and started with this simple cookie. Short bread cookies are traditionally known as a Christmas cookies and is quite versatile. You could turn it into a pecan/almond short bread cookie or X'mas sugar cookie or whatever your imagination leads you :-)Those who are calorie conscious may not prefer this Scotch cookies,because these cookies are really rich with butter as a main ingredient and if you replace butter with some other fat you cannot call it a short bread cookie. But I am sure about one thing, this will just melt away in your mouth and it is hard to stop munching on these utterly butterly cookies :D

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Ingredients

All purpose flour- 2cups
Butter (at room temperature)-1 cup
Salt- a pinch
Confectioner's sugar-1/2 cup
Vanilla extract- 1 tsp


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Method

1.Beat the butter until fluffy using a handmixer, for 3-4 minutes
2.To this add the sugar and beat well for 2-3 minutes.
3.Mix in the salt and vanilla extract
4.Fold in the flour mixture.
5.Flatten the dough and wrap it in a plastic and refrigerate for at least an hour
6.Preheat oven to 350 degree F and line two baking trays with parchment paper
7.Flour a surface where you are planning to roll the dough.
8.Make small balls of dough and flatten it using the bottom of a glass.Use a cookie cutter or use a steel utensil (Like I did)to get a perfect shape.The ideal thickness is 1/4 inch. Prick them with a fork
9.Arrange them on the parchment paper leaving some space in between and chill them again for 10-15 minutes.
10.Bake for 9-10 minutes or till the cookies start turning to a golden brown color

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Notes
1. You could roll out the dough and use a cookie cutter to cut it into desired shapes.
2.I did this in 2 batches, because I was slow since I was multitasking (I have a 17 month old lil monster) and I got ~25 cookies, but some of them were small
3.You could store the cookies in an airtight container for a couple of weeks.

[Recipe adapted from:Joy of Baking]

Contributor :Namitha

61 comments:

  1. wow such a lovely cookies;must be even more tasty than it looks...awesome click

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  2. As rightly pointed out, looks out of the world. A beautiful click.

    Chitchat

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  3. Namitha, Shortbread is my cookie weakness. I love the buttery flavor and the firm texture. Your recipe sounds simple and easy with straight forward instructions. I am definitely going to be making a batch or two during the holiday season.

    Many thanks...

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  4. Who can resist these melt in the mouth cookies?I know we all have to fit into the black dress for holiday parties but if you can't indulge during holiday season, when can you??Love the Click too!

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  5. These are definitely my favorite, can't resist that buttery rich flavor in them. Urs look awesome, love the perfect golden color.

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  6. The cookies look so soft and absolutely delicious...I don't mind the calories at all for those awesome cookies :)

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  7. Looks so soft and absolutely delicious. Can never resist having them :)

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  8. Its tea time here..would love to have all those cookies.Excellent presentation.

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  9. Beautiful cookies...lovely clicks

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  10. lovely cookies...i can feel the holidays are here...awesome click

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  11. Lovely delicious cookies, very beautiful clicks.

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  12. oh..yummy..great pics and perfect cookies!

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  13. Ohhhh adipoli njanum cookies just post cheythathe ulloooo..Looks crispy nd cute....

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  14. Cookies looks superb, dear!!....perfect and yummy!

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  15. Oh! I love all these beautiful photos, these cookies look so yummy! Thank you for sharing such a great recipe, I always love it simple!

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  16. Awesome cookies..picture are too good

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  17. mmmmm..nice cookies..I love shortbread cookies. Clicks are very nice.

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  18. Dear Namitha
    I love these short bread cookies. Hope will make someday. The photos are excellent
    Happy baking

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  19. tempting and inviting cookies to have with tea or coffee.

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  20. Hi
    First time here,
    Got lovely space!!
    I am your 100th follower :-)
    And awesome click of cookies.
    Keep rocking.

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  21. Awesome.. Nami and the photos are great too....

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  22. Sweet an simple.. pictures are just tempting.

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  23. lovely clicks dear and yummy cookies.

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  24. hey nice tempting cookies...nice pics with perfect angle

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  25. Hey nami,
    Lovely & tempting cookies da...
    Innale rathri achu cookies vennam ennu oree vashiayerinu.. ennu njan cookies cheyanam ennu plan undayerinnu pakshe oru confusion..enthu cookie undakanam ennu...ethu kandapol confusion therinnu...:)njan undakittu enganeyundu enu parayam ttooo..Thanks for sharing da.:)

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  26. fantastic cookie..ur pictures r just tooo good!! feel like taking one and eating it!

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  27. Cutie cookies..looks so rich and yummy gals...
    may be i shud try making this for christmas..

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  28. oh my, those cookies look amazing! how do you take such beautiful pictures all the time?!

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  30. Irresistable short bread cookies! Look excellent!

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  31. great cookies.. would love to have some :)

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  32. They look so yummy. Just want to have it them right away.

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  33. I wish I can try this out in one day.

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  34. The cookies look delicious !!. Great clicks too.

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  35. Cookies are perfectly baked and beautiful!
    Dont say monster,this is the age they are naughty cuties:D

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  36. Too Perfect looking cookies dear !! Me not sure we get so perfect ones @ bakery too !

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  37. lovely presentation! cryspy tastyyy !!!

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  38. all xmas preparations are going on well; It's wonderful to see roam hand in hand in the illuminated streets of Champs-Elyséés in the evenings, inspite of the deadly cold weather!!! it's the festive season and there's joy every where!!

    your cookies point out at the right time; I don't mind the calories provided I enjoy what I eat!! they look buttery, flaky, melting and truly irresistible!!

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  39. Hey, the cookies look so perfect...makes me think to try it out sometime later.
    ...and keep smiling...

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  40. Lovely.... presentation.. I totally admire...
    I have a lil monster too ... so I know how is it to mustitask..

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  41. Love baking cooking, love the photos,

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  42. Thank you guys...Your comments keep us going :-)

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  43. Ee utterly butterly cookies kuttikalkku nannayi ishtappedum..it looks yummy and nice click too..

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  44. Awesome Clicks. Love your short bread cookies. They look like they will just melt into ur mouth. I know there's something about this festive season which gets you into the mood to bake. I have some recipes which I will post soon b4 Christmas hopefully. Also you've got a lot done with ur 17 month old baby. I know the feeling I have a 24 mth old (cookie) monster at home.

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  45. Beautiful clicks....shortbread cookies looks awesome.

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  46. Hi thank you for visiting my blog n ur lovely comment. First time here you have a great blog. These cookies are mouth watering. Do send in for the cakes n cookies event in my blog.

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  47. Ahh. Shortbread cookies are the staple of life. xoxo to the cookie!

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  48. Hey nami,
    Njan cookies undakki da..adipoli ayitu vannu!! will be posting it soon..Thanks for sharing a wonderful recipe..U rock :D!!

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  49. Those cookies are amazing. Are those similar to the butter biscuits that we get in India?

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  50. Awesome cookies................love it.

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  51. tempting....:)...starving to eat it:)

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