Shortbread Tea Cookies
It's so easy to customize this recipe to suit your family's tastes. The photo shows some ways my favorite 10 year old sous chef & I decorated one batch. =^..^=
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- 2 stick
- butter or margarine (i use one of each)
- 3/4 c
- white sugar (see note in step #3.)
- 1 1/2 tsp
- vanilla extract
- 2 c
- all-purpose flour
- 1 tablespoon sugar & 1 tsp. cinnamon
- white or colored sugars
- maraschino cherry halves, patted dry
- walnut halves
- of your favorite jams or jellies
- glaze made with 1/4 cup powdered sugar & 1/2 teaspoon milk (see step #8.)
POSSIBLE OPTIONS FOR STEP #6:
1Set the butter or margarine in a medium mixing bowl and allow to soften. (Truth--after about 15 minutes, I use the mixer to start breaking it up a little. Then I wait a few more minutes to give it more time to soften.)
2Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
3Using the mixer, mix together the softened butter/margarine, sugar, and vanilla extract.
NOTE: If you are going to be adding more sugar in the form of cinnamon/sugar or plain sugar or colored sugars, you might want to cut the sugar in this step down to 2/3 cup. Your call.
4Slowly add the flour to the butter mixture and mix until incorporated.
5If the dough isn't too sticky (or if you're impatient), roll into large marble-sized balls and place on ungreased cookie sheets.
If you don't like the sticky feel of the dough, or if you have more time, cover the bowl with plastic wrap & refrigerate until ready to roll the dough balls.
6TIME FOR THE OPTIONS: If you want a Snickerdoodle-type cookie, roll some of the dough balls into the cinnamon/sugar mixture. For the walnut or cherry cookies, I rolled the balls in white sugar before pressing on the walnut or cherry halves. I made a thumbprint in the cookie dough before adding any of the jams. (Today I used strawberry & blueberry preserves.) Other ideas? Chop nuts into fine pieces & roll dough ball in them. Flatten the dough ball a little, if you like. Or crush peppermint candy canes to use in the same way or sprinkle some on slightly flattened dough balls. What ideas do you have?
7Bake cookies at 350 degrees F. for 10-15 minutes. (Check early the first time.) Cookies should be mostly light with slightly browned bottoms. Cool on cooling racks, if you can wait that long. =^..^=
8FINAL OPTION: Drizzle cooled cookies with a glaze made of 1/4 cup powdered sugar and 1/2 tsp. milk, if desired. Stir together, then spoon into a sandwich baggie, seal, & snip a tiny corner from the baggie for easy decorating. Mom would call this "gilding the lily."