Italian Walnut Shortbread Cookies
1/2 c confectioners sugar
1 c butter, at room temp (should be soft)
1 t vanilla (i use extract not flavor)
chocolate for dipping or drizzling
1Beat your butter and sugar together in a large bowl until fluffy. Add your vanilla and blend in well.
2In seperate bowl sift your flour and baking soda together. Add this to the butter mix and mix in just until incorporated.
3Stir in ground walnuts by hand.
4Roll dough into a ball and place in bowl covered with saran wrap. Refrigerate for at least two to three hours
5Once dough has been refrigerated. Roll it out onto a floured surface to about 1/4 inch in thickness. Using your favorite cookie cutters cut dough into shapes.
6Place shaped dough onto cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. and bake in preheated 300 degree oven for 20 to 25 minutes. Cookies should not be allowed to brown up.
7Remove from oven and cool. Once cool you can drizzle with chocolate, dip half in chocolate or dip entire cookie. Or simply eat them as is!
Originally Posted: Mon, Oct 24, 2011