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simple short bread cookies!

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Recipe by
Gail Eischeid
Bellevue, NE

So simple to make, just 4 ingredients! Very versatile cookie to be made into so many different shapes and sizes! Enjoy! :)

(1 rating)
yield 8 to 15
prep time 15 Min
cook time 15 Min

Ingredients For simple short bread cookies!

  • 11 oz
    butter. softened
  • 5 1/2 oz
    white sugar
  • 2 c
    all purpose flour
  • 2 Tbsp
    vanilla extract
  • 2
    vanilla bean, optional

How To Make simple short bread cookies!

  • 1
    Blend butter & sugar together, until well blended.
  • 2
    Add flour gradually, then add 1 T Vanilla at a time.
  • 3
    Optional - scrape inside of 2 Vanilla beans with knife, place scraped beans into mixture. Cut back to 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract, if you decide on using the Vanilla Beans instead.
  • 4
    Mix until it is well blended, if dough is dry, just add 1 to 2 T water at time to form a soft dough.
  • 5
    Shape dough into 2 medium size balls, flatten slightly.
  • 6
    Roll out dough to 1/3 to 1/2 inch thick, then cut desired shape with knife into rectangle 3 inches by 2 inches (optional). You may also use a cookie cutter for different shapes.
  • 7
    Dust with desired color sugar, crystalized sugar, and/or candy decorations.
  • 8
    Place on cookie sheet at 325 F, 12 to 16 minutes.
  • 9
    After cookies are cooled, may ice with a drizzle of chocolate icing or your choice of icing. This is optional.
  • 10
    BAKER'S NOTE: I generally use Watkins Vanilla Flavoring or pure Vanilla Extract, it will save you time, than scraping the inside of the Vanilla Bean. :) Enjoy!!

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