Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Shortbread Cookies

Happy New Year to you, my friends!

Shortbread Cookies

I hope you celebrated the beginning of 2013 in a big way.  We went to a gathering with some friends, enjoyed some bubbles some great food and Paul didn’t even have to wake me up for the midnight countdown.  I might have had a nap earlier in the day, though.

All day Monday it snowed and snowed and snowed here.  It was a very wet kind of snow and didn’t stick to the roads…which is my kind of snow.  It was just cold enough and just wintery enough that I, of course, was craving soup.  So for lunch I ran to my favorite lunchtime soup stop – Panera.  I grabbed a bowl of soup and was extremely tempted to grab one of their shortbread cookies.  I love shortbread cookies and something about Panera’s always make me drool.

Shortbread Cookies

But instead, I passed them by, settled with my chicken noodle soup and baguette and then went on to celebrate the New Year with Paul and some of our friends.  But oddly, those shortbread cookies stuck in my mind.  And then I remembered that I had never shared the shortbread cookie recipe from our baking party a few weeks ago.  These were probably the biggest hit among the friends who were here.  I think we devoured these cookies before anyone even left that day.

They are so simple, too.  Perfectly buttery and tender and boast a little extra texture with some turbinado sugar..  You might think that shortbread cookies are somewhat of a holiday cookie but I’ll eat them all year round!

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Shortbread Cookies

Yield: 16 cookies

Total Time: 1 hour

A simple recipe for buttery shortbread cookies rolled in turbinado sugar.

Ingredients:

1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
3/4 cup powdered sugar
1 tsp. kosher salt
2 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
1/3 cup turbinado sugar, for rolling

Directions:

In a food processor, combine butter, powdered sugar, and salt and process until smooth. Add the flour and pulse just until the mixture combines. Form the dough into an square log about 8-inches-long; wrap tightly in plastic and freeze until firm, about 30 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees, and line a large cookie sheet with parchment paper. Cut the dough into 1/4-inch-thick slices and roll the edges in the turbinado sugar and place on the cookie sheet. Bake until the cookies are golden brown 17 to 18 minutes. Let cookies cool 5 minutes on the cookie sheet. Cool completely on a wire rack.

Shortbread Cookies

 

38 Responses to “Shortbread Cookies”

  1. #
    megan @ whatmegansmaking — January 2, 2013 @ 6:45 am

    I love shortbread! I don’t know if I’ve ever made a plain shortbread cookie though – seems like I need to start! :)

  2. #
    Julie @ Sugarfoot Eats — January 2, 2013 @ 7:34 am

    Happy New Year, Cassie!! I keep meaning to ask you….are you going to BlogHer Food in June in Austin???? Would love to finally meet you in person! :)

  3. #
    Carrie @ Bakeaholic Mama — January 2, 2013 @ 7:40 am

    Shortbread is one of my favorites! These look perfect!

  4. #
    Erin @ Texanerin Baking — January 2, 2013 @ 8:02 am

    Happy New Year! We spent our New Year’s Eve watching WordPress tutorials. Yaaay. But I didn’t want to go out so it wasn’t that bad! :) I’m happy you all did something fun!

    And like Megan, I don’t think I’ve ever made plain shortbread either, although I love them. I need to change that!

  5. #
    Jocelyn @BruCrew Life — January 2, 2013 @ 8:08 am

    Those do look absolutely perfect. I love the sparkly sugar on the edges!!!

  6. #
    Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountain — January 2, 2013 @ 8:40 am

    Happy New Year, Cassie! These look positively delightful!

  7. #
    amanda @ fake ginger — January 2, 2013 @ 8:49 am

    Shortbread is my favorite cookie ever! You just can’t beat the simple cookie. :)

  8. #
    Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch — January 2, 2013 @ 8:51 am

    Shortbread is absolutely the perfect cookie! These look perfect!

  9. #
    Rachel @ Baked by Rachel — January 2, 2013 @ 8:58 am

    Sad truth… I’m not really sure if I’ve ever had a plain ole shortbread cookie or not. I can’t be sure but I’m SO glad to see a cookie post for your first of the year!

  10. #
    Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet — January 2, 2013 @ 9:12 am

    Love shortbread cookies! These are adorable!

  11. #
    Sommer@ASpicyPerspective — January 2, 2013 @ 9:25 am

    Happy 2013! It’s going to be a delicious year!

  12. #
    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — January 2, 2013 @ 9:30 am

    These look awesome!

  13. #
    Miss @ Miss in the Kitchen — January 2, 2013 @ 10:08 am

    I LOVE shortbread cookies. They are dangerously delicious!

  14. #
    Julie — January 2, 2013 @ 10:20 am

    Shortbread is so perfectly simple and these look awesome. I’m getting a craving :)

  15. #
    Erin | The Law Student's Wife — January 2, 2013 @ 11:07 am

    Shortbread cookies are so underrated! Thanks for sharing this recipe with us. HAPPY NEW YEAR! (PS. Those Panera cookies get me every time!)

  16. #
    Meagan @ Scarletta Bakes — January 2, 2013 @ 11:39 am

    Happy 2013, Cassie! I love the simplicity of these lovely little cookies – remind me of Mexican Wedding Cakes! Cheers!!

  17. #
    Jennifer @ Mother Thyme — January 2, 2013 @ 12:05 pm

    I have a weakness for soft and buttery shortbread cookies. These look so delicious with a cup a tea.

  18. #
    Jean | Delightful Repast — January 2, 2013 @ 12:27 pm

    These are a little different from mine, but they look great! My very dear friend always made hers like this – forming a log, chilling and slicing – and they were wonderful. And the turbinado sugar looks pretty!

  19. #
    carrian — January 2, 2013 @ 1:04 pm

    Those look perfect! Happy new year dear friend!

  20. #
    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — January 2, 2013 @ 1:07 pm

    I’m so jealous of your snow! Ah welll, I can just make these cookies and devour them all :)

  21. #
    Paula - bell'alimento — January 2, 2013 @ 1:24 pm

    I haven’t made shortbread in forever. Time to change that. Happy New Year sweets.

  22. #
    JulieD — January 2, 2013 @ 6:23 pm

    Love shortbread cookies!! These look so cute, Cassie!!

  23. #
    Julie @ Table for Two — January 2, 2013 @ 6:48 pm

    ohhh i love the sparkly sprinkles on the top of these shortbread cookies!! i don’t like wet snow, it makes everything so icky! happy 2013, Cassie! xoox

  24. #
    Laura (Tutti Dolci) — January 2, 2013 @ 7:43 pm

    I love shortbread cookies, the turbinado sugar is such a pretty topping!

  25. #
    Laurie {Simply Scratch} — January 2, 2013 @ 7:45 pm

    Absolutely beautiful!

  26. #
    leslie — January 2, 2013 @ 8:05 pm

    Simple shortbread is THE BEST!!!!!
    Happy New Year to you!

  27. #
    Aimee @ ShugarySweets — January 2, 2013 @ 8:19 pm

    I love shortbread cookies. These are so pretty Cassie! Happy New Year!

  28. #
    Jackie @ The Beeroness — January 2, 2013 @ 11:28 pm

    I love that sugar! Looks beautiful, and I love the thickness of those cookies, just perfect :)

  29. #
    Kathryn — January 3, 2013 @ 4:15 am

    Happy new year Cassie! I love simple shortbread cookies, perfect with a cup of tea on a winter’s day.

  30. #
    Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabbles — January 3, 2013 @ 11:01 am

    Pretty cookies – I love the shortbread and that sugar! Happy New Year, Cassie! :)

  31. #
    Tara @ Unsophisticook — January 3, 2013 @ 1:07 pm

    So simple and easy! And I love the little added color the turbinado sugar gives.

  32. #
    Jessica — January 3, 2013 @ 11:09 pm

    These sound so perfect Cassie! And totally non-resolution-ish…which makes me love them even more ;-)

  33. #
    Mercedes@Satisfy My Sweet Tooth — January 4, 2013 @ 8:26 am

    I have never tried the shortbread cookies from Panera, but who needs them when you can make these little beauties yourself?? I love how simple shortbread recipes are and your decorated edges add such a nice touch!

  34. #
    Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen — January 4, 2013 @ 9:10 am

    Shortbread is one of those things that I just cannot have in the house. I have no willpower against it!! Mmm

  35. #
    Kiersten @ Oh My Veggies — January 7, 2013 @ 8:19 pm

    These are so pretty and perfect–I love them! I hope you have a Happy New Year! :D

  36. #
    Loretta | A Finn In The Kitchen — January 8, 2013 @ 9:51 pm

    I’ll confess that I’ve never had a shortbread cookie until a few weeks ago. I can’t figure out why not, because anything that tastes like butter is a win with me!

    These look incredibly delicious!

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