Sugared shortbread cookies - simple but festive holiday treats
But just because shortbread cookies are simple doesn't mean they have to be boring or plain. Stir in some candied ginger, some oatmeal, a hint of cardamom, or even some leftovers of other cookies. Shortbread will make friends with many, many flavors.
Today's version is pure and unadulturated, merely decorated with colored sugar to make it festive for the season. Whether sharing this as a gift, or rewarding yourself with a treat, shortbread is always ideal.
Sugared Shortbread Cookies
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup shortening, softened
1/2 cup + 1 tablespoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1 tablespoon brandy or pure vanilla extract
2 cups flour
3 tablespoons red sugar crystals
Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Grease a 9x9-inch baking pan.
In a large bowl, cream together the butter, shortening, and 1/2 cup sugar. Stir in the egg, salt, and brandy (or vanilla). Stir in the flour.
Press the dough into the prepared pan. Combine the red sugar and the remaining 1 tablespoon sugar; sprinkle over the dough and press lightly.
Bake for 40 minutes, until shortbread is golden. Let cool completely.
Trim 1/4 inch off the edges of the shortbread. Cut into 6 columns, and then into 4 rows.
Makes 24 shortbread cookies.
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