When it comes to baking cookies for the holidays I have had years when I picked challenging cookie recipes, years when you make mini Santa faces and the traditional frosted sugar cookies. But, hands down everyone’s favorite is the easiest recipe that I have for short bread cookies. It’s funny how such a simple recipe can end up being a favorite. Is it the simple buttery vanilla taste with the sprinkled sugar tops? Or is it memories of years past of these cookies that you can put next to milk, hot chocolate or a good cup of coffee. There is no secret recipe to share just a simple recipe for these shortbread cookies.
These are so simple to make it’s hardly worth making a fuss over but, I am because I think you’ll love them as much as we do. You might be shocked to know this takes a full pound of butter. But, they are shortbread cookies and like pound cake it’s the butter that give them the quality that stands the test of time.
A family favorite Sugared Shortbread Cookies Recipe;
For these shortbread cookies you can create any shapes you want. Traditionally rolled out evenly and cut into square you can transform them into holiday cookies easily by using a cookie stamp or shape cutter.
How to make the Sugared Shortbread Cookies;
This recipe is super easy! Set out butter ahead of time so it’s soft! Add it, sugar and vanilla to a large bowl and cream. In a second bowl add the flour and a pinch of salt.
When fully mixed roll out the dough onto a non stick surface that has been floured. I also flour my rolling pin.
Then press, cut and put your cookies onto the cookie sheet to bake at 325* for about 10 minutes.
Then take them out and sprinkle with sugar and bake another 2 minutes. I like to bake mine until the bottoms are slightly browned. All ovens are different, it’s just a matter of checking on them during the last minutes of baking time. It’s that simple! If you want them a little fancier you can melt your favorite chocolate and dip the ends into cut squares. The options are endless.
The only thing not simple is not having them eaten before your guests arrive or you box them up to give them to someone!
The Sugared Shortbread Cookie Recipe;
Sugared Shortbread Cookies
- 4 cubes Butter
- 1 cup Sugar
- 2 tsp. Vanilla
- 4 cups Flour
- Pinch of Salt
Soften Butter. Cream sugar, butter and add in vanilla. Slowly add in the flour to the mixture until completely mixed. Roll dough on a floured non stick surface with a floured rolling pin about 1/4-1/2 inch thick. Bake on 325 for 10-12 minutes take out prior to being done and sprinkle with sugar and finish baking until bottoms are brown. Cool on baking racks. Store in a container when fully cooled.
If your cookie dough gets too warm to press or cut you can chill it in the fridge by wrapping dough in saran wrap or cover bowl with saran wrap for a few minutes but, no longer than 10 to firm up the dough for pressing.