Shortbread has been around for centuries, according to Wikipedia. I’ve always known it as a Christmas cookie and, after making them, I don’t really understand why. I would eat these year round. They have no seasonal ingredients and they are pretty easy to make so I would not reserve these for special occasions or holidays.
My favorite part about shortbread cookies is probably the unbaked dough. There are no uncooked eggs so there’s no risk of getting sick from eating it raw (although I’m not sure that really happens anyway. I’ve had my share of “licking the batter bowl” moments). It’s basically just sugar, flour and lots of butter, which equals heaven.
Dip them in chocolate and they are even more delicious!
- 3 stick + 2 Tbsp unsalted butter, room temperature
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 3½ cups flour
- ¼ tsp salt
- 8 oz semi-sweet chocolate chips or candy melts
- Preheat the oven to 350°. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- In the bowl of an electric mixer, using the paddle attachment, beat butter and sugar until combined.
- Mix in vanilla, flour and salt. Turn mixer to low and continue until mixture starts to come together like a dough, 5-8 minutes.
- On a floured surface, shape dough into a ball and press to flatten a little. Wrap with plastic wrap and chill for 25 minutes in refrigerator.
- Remove plastic wrap and roll out onto a lightly floured surface until about 1/4" thick. Use a cookie or biscuit cutter to cut out desired shapes. Gather up remainder of dough, roll out again and repeat process until you've used all the dough.
- Place cookies on parchment lined baking sheet and bake for 18 to 22 minutes, or until the bottoms just start to turn golden. Remove from oven and transfer to wire racks to cool completely.
- Melt chocolate according to package directions. Dip cookies or drizzle chocolate over cookies as desired. Place on wax paper until hardened. You can speed up the process by chilling them in the refrigerator.