Classic Scottish Shortbread Cookies Recipe: A Delicious Treat for Any Occasion
Shortbread cookies have been a beloved treat for centuries, originating in Scotland in the 16th century. This delicious, buttery cookie has become a staple at tea time, holidays, and special occasions. Scottish shortbread is a simple, three-ingredient recipe that is easy to make, and the results are always delightful.
➤ To Make This Recipe, You Will Need The Following Ingrédients :
- 2 cups salted butter softened (1 pound)
- 1 cup light brown sugar packed
- 4 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract optional
- Fleur de Sel
➤ To make this delicious recipe :
Set out an electric stand mixer. Add the softened butter and brown sugar. Cream on high until light and fluffy, about 3-5 minutes. (Don’t skimp on the time!)
Scrape the bowl with a rubber spatula, then turn the mixer on low. Add the vanilla extract, then slowly add in the flour. Once combined, turn off the mixer as to no over-mix the dough.
Press the dough into a rectangle and wrap well in plastic. Chill for at least 1 hour.
When ready to bake, preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Line 2 large baking sheets with parchment paper.
Thoroughly flour a clean work surface. Place the dough in the center of the floured area and roll it out into an even sheet, ½ inch thick.
Use as much flour as needed to keep the dough from sticking to the counter or rolling pin.
Use a large chef’s knife (or pizza cutter) to cut the shortbread dough into 2 ½ X 1 inch pieces.
Carefully move the pieces to the baking sheets, spreading them 1 ½ inches apart.
Use a fork to poke holes over the surface of each cookie. This helps release steam so the cookies hold their shape better.
Bake for 20-22 minutes, until golden around the edges. Sprinkle the top of each cookie with Fleur de Sel while they are still warm.
Cool for 5 minutes on the baking sheets before moving.
➤ Notes and Tips:
- Be sure to use unsalted butter, as salted butter will alter the taste of the cookies.
- Softened butter is key to making the dough easy to work with.
- Handle the dough as little as possible to avoid tough cookies.
- Pricking the cookies with a fork helps the cookies to bake evenly and prevents them from puffing up in the oven.
- These cookies can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to a week.
➤ Nutrition Information:
One serving of Scottish shortbread cookies (1 cookie) contains approximately:
Total Fat: 7g
Saturated Fat: 4g
Total Carbohydrates: 11g
Dietary Fiber: 0g
Shortbread cookies are a classic, delicious treat that are easy to make and perfect for any occasion. This simple recipe uses just a few ingredients, and the cookies can be shaped into any desired shape or size. Remember to handle the dough as little as possible and to prick the cookies with a fork to ensure even baking. Enjoy these cookies with a cup of tea, or package them up for a thoughtful gift.
That’s it, all you have to do is Enjoy !
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