These shortbread cookies are my husband’s favorite, so I always make them at holiday time. They are super simple and only use 3 ingredients, which means I can usually make up a batch without the dreaded trip to the grocery store for missing ingredients!
SIMPLE SCOTCH SHORTBREAD COOKIES
1 cup butter
2 cups organic unbleached flour (or whatever flour you prefer)
1/2 cup Cane Juice Crystals (or granulated sugar of your choice)
Preheat oven to 300.
Mix ingredients with pastry blender until crumbly.
Work with hands until it makes a large lump.
Press flat into a 9×9 pan, about 1/2″ thick.
Prick with a fork thoroughly.
Bake for 50-60 minutes until set and very pale gold.
Cut while warm into 36 squares.
Notes: I usually bake and then cut; but you can make your little squares first and then bake on a cookie sheet, they come out a little “neater” looking that way.
This simple recipe just begs to be dressed up a bit for Christmas! Perhaps with a topping of melted chocolate, or by adding some finely ground nuts and/or dried cranberries to the dough, or crushed candy canes sprinkled over a drizzle of glaze… a bit of dried lavender, lemony herbs and a bit of lemon glaze… so many choices!
Do you make shortbread cookies? I’d love to hear how you make them, plain or fancy and dressed up for the holidays?