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Saturday, November 14, 2020

A simple shortbread recipe.

Perhaps it's my Scottish
heritage or perhaps it's because I love butter and sugar.....whatever it is, I love shortbread!  This is such a simple recipe and I bet you have all three ingredients in your cupboard.  Preheat the oven to 300 degrees.  Begin with a 1/2 cup of sugar.
Of course you need butter for buttery, melt in your mouth shortbread!  You'll need one cup of butter (two sticks).  Butter should be softened.
Butter should be soft enough....
to be able to cream with the sugar.
It will look like this when it's mixed (or creamed) enough.
Now it's time to add the flour.  This seems a bit tricky at first.  Simply stir the flour into the butter/sugar mixture.  It's not an easy stir....it may seem a bit difficult at first but keep stirring!  It will be a very thick mixture when done.
Pat the mixture into a 13 x 9 pan until smooth.  Don't be picky about the way it looks.
Use a fork to prick some lines for scoring into pieces when it's done.  I chose to make snowflakes.
You can also "press" a design into the dough.  Sprinkle with sugar at this point or you can even use crushed nuts at this point in the recipe.  Be creative!  Just don't load with too much on top.
Bake for approximately 45 minutes.  For the last ten minutes or so, keep an eye on it since ovens bake a bit differently.  It's ready when it's golden brown.
Let it cool for ten minutes and cut into pieces.
This is so tasty!  Once totally cool, you can drizzle with chocolate if you'd like.  Yum.

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