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Shortbread Cookies

shortbread cookies Dessert
Shortbread Cookies
  • Prep 25 min
  • Total 2 hr 0 min
  • Ingredients 7
  • Servings 36

I love everything about Christmas. I appreciate this time of year and all the widely used customs that Christmas brings out in people. But all those who know me know that I'm not really a traditionalist; that is, I still like to put my own tiny twist on things sometimes. For example, take Christmas cookies. I love the way most folks like to give them away in metal tins or on plates. It's such a thoughtful gift and so meaningful because one makes it by hand with love and care. I've done this myself many years; and let me say that you could feel how much people appreciate the thought of personally baked cookies. This year, though, I've decided to try a little something different and wrap my cookies in a more "gift-wrapy" kind of way. It's simple: I used wax paper because nothing sticks to it and it's a charming transparent paper that adds a little extra special-looking package of cookies. It makes for a great Christmas gift idea and it's a fun homemade project. MORE + LESS -

Ingredients

2
sticks unsalted butter, at room temperature
1
cup powdered sugar
1
teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2
teaspoon salt
2
cups flour
Candy ball sprinkles to garnish
Ribbons for wrapping as gift

Directions

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  • 1
    In a mixer add in butter, sugar, vanilla and salt. Beat for 3 minutes or until creamy smooth.
  • 2
    Gently fold in flour until dough forms.
  • 3
    Divide the dough in half.
  • 4
    With floured hands, roll the dough into 2-inch logs.
  • 5
    Roll each log tightly in wax paper and place in fridge for 1 hour or until firm.
  • 6
    Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • 7
    Unwrap dough and, with a knife, slice into 1/2-inch thick slices. Sprinkle the tops with candy ball sprinkles.
  • 8
    Place each cookie on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper, 1 inch apart from each other.
  • 9
    Bake for 18 minutes.
  • 10
    Remove from oven and allow to cool for 5 minutes. Transfer to cooling rack.
  • 11
    Once all cookies are cooled, wrap cookies in wax paper and tie each end with a ribbon.

Expert Tips

  • You can make this recipe a few days in advance and even freeze the dough for up to 2 months. Thaw and slice before baking.

Nutrition Information

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More About This Recipe

  • I love everything about Christmas. I appreciate this time of year and all the widely used customs that Christmas brings out in people. But all those who know me know that I'm not really a traditionalist; that is, I still like to put my own tiny twist on things sometimes. For example, take Christmas cookies. I love the way most folks like to give them away in metal tins or on plates. It's such a thoughtful gift and so meaningful because one makes it by hand with love and care. I've done this myself many years; and let me say that you could feel how much people appreciate the thought of personally baked cookies. This year, though, I've decided to try a little something different and wrap my cookies in a more "gift-wrapy" kind of way. It's simple: I used wax paper because nothing sticks to it and it's a charming transparent paper that adds a little extra special-looking package of cookies. It makes for a great Christmas gift idea and it's a fun homemade project.

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