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SHORTBREAD COOKIES

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SHORTBREAD COOKIES
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To make this delicious SHORTBREAD COOKIES You’ll need the following ingredients:

Ingredients

  • 250g / 8 oz salted butter, softened (2 x US sticks, 1 cup) (or unsalted + ¼ tsp salt)
  • 3/4 cup (90g) icing sugar (powdered sugar) (Note 2)
  • 2 cups (300g) plain / all purpose flour

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 160C/325F (standard) or 150C/300F (fan forced / convection).
  • Butter and line a 31.5 x 23.5 cm / 9 x 13″ pan with baking paper with overhang.
  • Beat butter until smooth (or use very soft butter and a wooden spoon). Add icing sugar and beat until combined.
  • Add half the flour and beat until mostly combined – it will resemble wet sand. Then beat in the remainder. Use your hands to bring it together into a smooth ball of dough – knead lightly if required.
  • Roughly press down into a rectangle shape, then transfer into the pan. Press into the pan. Optional: Roll over the top using a small rolling pin or glass (that’s what I used) for a smooth surface. Don’t press down too hard – it makes the cookies firmer
  • Bake for 20 minutes until edges are very light golden and most of the surface is still pale gold.
  • Remove from the oven. Working quickly, cut into desired shape (I do 8 x 3 bars, like Walker’s shortbread biscuits) and prick all over with a fork (optional).
  • Return to the oven for 8 minutes or until the surface is light golden – not browned. Turn the oven off, crack it open ajar, then leave to cool for at least 1 hour in the oven.
  • Remove from the oven, use paper overhang to remove the biscuits from the pan. Cool fully on rack. Serve with tea!!

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