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Christmas Shortbread Cookies (Without cookie cutter)

Plain old fashioned cookies with real butter
Course Dessert
Cuisine American, British
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Resting time 4 hours
Servings 15
Calories 130kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cup All purpose flour -
  • 1 stick Butter ( 1/2 cup) at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup Sugar
  • 1/2 tsp Baking powder
  • 1 Egg - 1 at room temperature
  • 1/2 tsp Vanilla essence

Instructions

  • Mix sugar and butter beat well until creamy. (I use fork and beat for 3-4 minutes continuously. )Mix egg and vanilla essence and whisk very lightly.Sift all purpose flour and baking powder together.
  • Combine sugar mixture and egg mixture then add the flour mix until everything is well combined.Mix with hand and make the dough a round ball and wrap it in cling wrap and put it in a ziploc or container and put it in the fridge for 4 hrs- 8 hours minimum.
  • .Roll the dough when the said time is over into 1/2 th inch thick rectangle in between two sheets of wax papers( the dough will stick badly once completely cool so *work fast ). Use a a sharp knife or pizza cutterto cut it into 3 parts then make equal triangle shape. Make few holes with the tines of the fork towards the center of the shortbread and make impressions on the edges.Note: (if cookie dough has become too soft put it back into freezer for few minutes then work again once firm)
  • On a cookie sheet put parchment paper and  put the cookies 2 inches apart. Put the cookie sheet with cookies  into the freezer for atleast 15- 20 minutes.So it firms up.
  • **Do not thaw put it straight into the oven and do not open the oven in the middle of baking are the two important  steps to get perfect baked cookies.
    .Preheat oven to 375 F and bake for 10- 12 minutes(depending on oven may take only 8-9 minutes). The shortbread would look pale golden on top and slightly more on the bottom. Note: the shortbread should not be wet like dough but it may be soft on taking out of the oven it will harden as it sits.
  • 6.After 10 minutes remove from paper and allow to cool completely. Store in air tight container. Best used within two days.

Notes

**Do not thaw put it straight into the oven and do not open the oven in the middle of baking are the two important  steps to get perfect baked cookies.

Nutrition

Calories: 130kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 27mg | Sodium: 67mg | Potassium: 20mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 204IU | Calcium: 13mg | Iron: 1mg