Shortbread used to intimidate me. Maybe because they were my dad's favorite and therefore I felt like I HAD to get them right. Which I don't think I ever did, but hey I was 13 and it was long ago. LONG LONG LONG ago, damn really long ago!
Now? I'm not scared of them. I have found the perfect easy recipe. It has 3 ingredients, 4 if you bake with unsalted butter. And please do only ever use butter in cookies. Margarine, beside being completely bad for you, makes the worst cookies. Real whole ingredients mean real good product. Just say no to frankenfoods, they are only there to enable us to eat more, rather having a smidge of self control.
This recipe makes a bunch of shortbread but it's really impressive to whip these out for family parties. They are so simple and plain no one ever expects too much of them and then WHAM a kick ass cookie that blows all the other overdressed, iced, sugared and spiced to the gills cookies right out of the water.
I sent a huge tin to my husbands office party today and took the leftovers to the farm school play day. Which coincidentally did NOT happen because we have gotten about 18 inches of snow in the last 60 hours and peoples brains just fell right out of there heads, I swear it's true. Two, not one but two double trailer semis caused a huge problem on the highway up to the farm. They apparently thought "why bother with chains on the steepest vertical grade off the floor of the valley?" and started to slide back down the hill, yes into on coming traffic. When we got there it was a huge mess and the state sanders were there attempting to sand around them. As we drove by a guy was kicking sand under the tires of one of the rigs. Good thinking! You know what they were hauling? Hmmm you guessed it Gasoline! SO anyway we were late to the play day and I thought everybody else said forget it, turns out we were the first ones there, so we went out for coffee instead. Hero loved a tin full of shortbread and ate them right up so they were enjoyed nonetheless.
Brown Sugar Shortbread oven 300˚
2 cups butter
1 cup packed brown sugar
4 cups flour
2 teaspoons of salt** if using unsalted butter
cream the butter
add the sugar, beat well
add the flour and salt if using mix well
divide into 4 balls, flatten each
wrap each disk and chill
when ready to bake let them warm up until workable
pat each disk into a pie pan, poke all over with a fork
bake for 15-17 minutes or until done
alternately you can flatten two disks together into a 6x18 rectangle between to sheets of waxed paper
cut the rectangle in half, peel off top sheet and flip onto a baking sheet
remove 2nd wax paper sheet and cut into 3/4 by 2 inch slices
move slices apart slightly
See I like the pie pans because they require less work but more pie pans!
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