Shortbread Cookies

Nice, Marie, Digestives, Shortcake … which were your favourite biscuits? Mine were House of Manji’s Shortcake biscuits, and number two were Digestives.  Of course, everyone loved Chocolate Biscuits, but they were so expensive.

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Then Kenyan shelves began to stock “Eet sum mor.” Now this could purely be a coincidence but many who liked shortcake biscuits love shortbread cookies, even if there is no similarity.

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Shortbread cookies —also called butter cookies — are truly simple and absolutely delicious!  I love the powdery sweetness of them.  They are the simplest thing to make since it is just flour, sugar and butter.  These can keep for quite a while since they don’t have eggs.

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Shortbread Cookies


Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup icing sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Directions

Preheat oven to 160°C or 325°F.

Cream 1 cup of butter.  When it is lighter in color and softer, using a spoon add in 2 cups of all-purpose flour, 1/2 cup of icing sugar and a 1/4 teaspoon salt.  If it gets too stiff, use your hands.

Press down the dough onto a shallow pan or a rectangular baking tray.  Dip the back of a spoon into a glass of water.  Smoothen the dough with the wet back of the spoon.  Finally, pierce with a fork every centimeter or so.

Bake 25 to 30 min.  Cut while still warm.

Serve plain, or dip in chocolate . To transform plain cookies to a fancy dessert, pipe some whipped cream and add strawberries.

From the Joy of Cooking 

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