When it comes to homemade cookie recipes from scratch, a traditional shortbread cookie recipe is always necessary. Enjoy our family's Traditional Shortbread recipe for the best, classic homemade cookies. Throughout history, shortbread was created from the leftover dough used to make bread. It was baked until it hardened and served as a dessert or treat. Originating in Scotland, the first published recipe for shortbread was in 1736 by a woman named Mrs. McLintock. They can be made into rectangular shapes, as you will with this recipe, or circular shapes, sometimes with a maraschino cherry added on top. Walkers Shortbread is a brand of commercially made shortbread cookies that are imported all over the world. These are fairly easy cookies to make at home, though, and as we all know, things tend to taste better when they're are homemade. These cookies would be perfect to put out on a dessert tray with other homemade cookies for Christmas or any other special occasion.
This is a printable recipe.
1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
1/4 cup caster (or granulated) sugar
1 3/4 cup all purpose flour
Extra sugar to sprinkle
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
In a mixing bowl cream together the butter and sugar and beat until pale, light and fluffy.
Mix in the flour until the dough is smooth.
Once smooth, on a clean surface roll it out to 1/2 inch thick.
Cut dough into 2 x 4 inch rectangles and place on a clean baking sheet.
Note: you can also press the mixture into an 8x8-inch baking tin and cut after.
Poke holes in the top with a fork.
Sprinkle with extra caster sugar.
Bake for 15-20 minutes until pale golden and when done, cool on a wire rack.
If you baked in a cake pan, cut into pieces before serving.
Store in an airtight tin.
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Nutrition Facts for: Traditional Shortbread From Grandmother's Kitchen
Ingredients: Butter, sugar, all purpose flour.
* Percentages (%) are based on a 2000 calorie diet * The entire recipe has been calculated for 12 servings. * Per Serving: Calories 150, Calories from Fat 71, Total Fat 7.9g 12%, Saturated Fat 4.9g 24%, Cholesterol 20mg 7%, Sodium 55mg 2%, Potassium 22mg 1%, Carbohydrates 18.1g 6%, Dietary, Fiber 0.5g 2%, Sugars 4.2g, Protein 2.0g, Vitamin A 5%, Vitamin C 0%, Calcium 0%,Iron 5%
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