Since it has been raining here in DC it has cooled off a bit.  Yesterday morning it was 65 degrees.  Perfect to read the paper and drink my coffee before work.  The only thing missing was the perfect accompaniment to coffee.  Shortbread cookies.  So today, I made some light and fluffy shortbread cookies. 

Light and flakey shortbread the perfect accompaniment to coffee
Light and flakey shortbread the perfect accompaniment to coffee

This recipe creates one of the easiests cookies I have ever made.

Scottish Shortbread – (adapted from Joy of Cooking)

  • 10 tbs softened butter – (1 1/4 sticks)
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp sugar
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup cake flour – Sold in boxes in the flour aisle so it can be hard to find

Cook at 300 for 45-50 minutes

Preheat the oven to 300 degrees.

Combine the butter, powdered sugar, sugar and salt into a bowl or the bowl of your mixer.  Beat on medium speed until light and fluffy. 

It will turn pale yellow and be really fluffy
It will turn pale yellow and be really fluffy

While the butter and sugar is creaming, sift your flour.  You can use a sifter but I find that a mesh strainer works just as good.  It also has the added benefit of being a multi-tasker.   This step can be skipped but the texture of the cookies will suffer.

If you don't sift your flour the cookies come out more dense.
If you don't sift your flour the cookies come out more dense.

Slowly pour the flour into the mixer and mix on medium/low until the flour is fully incorporated.  If all of the flour fails to incorporate you can add a few drops of water to moisten the dough.  The final dough will not completely form a ball on its own.  It should have the texture of playdough.

As you can see it isn't completely forming a ball on its own.
As you can see it isn't completely forming a ball on its own.

Then press it evenly into a 8in square pan or shortbread molds.  There is no need to grease the pan as the dough is almost pure butter.  So much so, that Paula Deen would be smiling ear to ear reading this recipe.

I just used my hands to form the dough
I just used my hands to form the dough but you can easily press it in the pan using a spatula or spoon.

 Next I used a fork to create a decorative pattern in the dough to distinguish my awesome shortbreads from other run of the mill shortbreads.  This step can also be skipped but I am all about individuality.  I mean look at my characture above. 

I am an engineer, I only know straight lines...
I am an engineer, I only know straight lines...

Place in the center rack of the oven and bake for 45-50 minutes.  Bake until the shortbread is slightly tinged gold and the edges are slightly darker than the rest of the shortbread.  When done remove to a cooling rack.  Wait about 5 minute until the shortbread is slightly warm and gently score the surface to make the outlines of the bars.  At this time you can also add more sugar to the top.  I think that they are sweat enough, but if by chance Paula Deen is coming over sprinkle them with a little sugar.  Who doesn’t love a little sugar.

5 minutes out of the oven and I just scored the cookie bar outlines.
5 minutes out of the oven and I just scored the cookie bar outlines.

Once completely cooled cut through the score lines to create the individual cookies.  They are perfect with milk, coffee or heated and served with vanilla icecream and a little strawberry syrup.

Perfect with Coffee
Perfect with Coffee

These tasted amazing.  I can’t wait to go to bed, so that I can wake up and have the shortbread cookies with coffee.

Rex is an avid griller, barbecuer and bacon enthusiast. He is the Pitmaster for the Rex BBQ competition team. Rex was also featured on the TV show American Grilled. If you have any questions or wish to have Rex decode your favorite dish, click on the ASK REX link in the menu above.

4 Comments

  1. It’s truly a nice and helpful piece of information. I’m happy that you just shared this helpful info with us. Please stay us up to date like this. Thanks for sharing.

  2. I was suggested this web site through my cousin. I’m now not sure whether this submit is written by him as nobody else realize such specified about my problem. You’re amazing! Thanks!

Write A Comment

Pin It