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super easy shortbread 3 ingredients


the original recipe (called shortbread stars) came from my mccall's recipe box collection, which i subscribed to in the 80's. it was the first shortbread recipe i ever made, and i've never found a better one. the ingredients are so basic and easy that you'll soon have them memorized. other recipes don't seem to produce the same perfect texture and flavor. my modification to the original was to try using a 9 x 13 pan rather than chilling, rolling out, and cutting into shapes. (who has time for that, except on special occasions?) however, using a 9 x 13 pan changes the baking time, and the time given is approximate and based on my experience with a convection oven. i tend to overbake them a bit because i like shortbread very crisp. these are perfect with a cup of tea, of course, and ideal for tea parties or even a quick dessert for company. you nearly always have the ingredients on hand. now you'll never need to buy (delicious but expensive) walker's shortbread again!


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  1. Preheat oven to 300
  2. Cream butter and sugar together
  3. Add flour and mix till texture is like clay
  4. Press dough into ungreased 9 x 13 inch pan
  5. Prick all over with a fork
  6. And sprinkle with sugar
  7. Bake for about 40-45 minutes
  8. Let stand for 5 minutes
  9. Then cut into 24 squares while warm
  10. Leave in pan to cool thoroughly
  11. Less easy method: chill dough
  12. Roll into 1-inch balls
  13. Then press balls to about 1 / 4-inch thickness on ungreased cookie sheets with the bottom of a glass dipped in sugar
  14. Bake at 300 for about 20-25 minutes
  15. Least easy method: chill dough
  16. Roll out to about 1 / 4-inch thickness
  17. Sprinkle with sugar
  18. Then cut with cookie cutters
  19. Bake on ungreased cookie sheets at 300 for about 20-25 minutes
  20. Variation: add 2 tablespoons dried lavender to the creamed butter and sugar before adding flour
  21. It may sound strange
  22. But the flavor is subtle and elegant
  23. Food-grade lavender is usually available in herb bins at health food stores
  24. And i recently found it at a great price from atlantic spice online
  25. Variation: after cutting shortbread into squares
  26. Scatter 1 cup of chocolate chips over the top
  27. Let the chocolate soften completely
  28. Then spread as a thin layer and let cool completely before removing from pan
  29. Variation: stir 1 cup chocolate chips or butterscotch chips into the dough before pressing into pan
  30. You can also try melting the butterscotch over the top
  31. As above
  32. In england
  33. You\ll find "caramel shortbread
  34. " which has a layer of caramel and a layer of chocolate on top of the shortbread
  35. "its wonderful"
  36. "ive tried various ways of doing this and various kinds of caramel
  37. But its been a while and i dont remember what works best"
  38. It can be tricky not to make a mess !

Step 23

Total Time in Minute 55

Ingredients Count 3

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