Monday, December 12, 2011

Virtual Cookie Swap

My Kids Eat Squid is doing a Virtual Cookie Swap this year for the holidays, and I've been invited to the party! I'm so excited...what shall I wear? Judging from my recipe, I guess I'll be wearing butter. And I'll probably be wearing it - right around my waist - until I start working out daily.

I got this recipe probably close to 30 years ago from a friend of my sister's. I only make it once a year because it is the epitome of decadence (by which I mean "fat").  Here's the recipe, with a few more notes underneath:
Whipped Shortbread

2 C unsalted butter, softened
1 C icing sugar
3 C all-purpose flour

1) Beat butter until creamy
2) Blend in icing sugar
3) Add flour and beat for 10 minutes
4) Drop dough by teaspoonfuls onto ungreased cookie sheet
5) Bake at 325 F for 20 minutes
6) Cool cookies on rack

Makes about 72 cookies

Beating the batter for 10 minutes is only necessary for an old clunker like the Sunbeam mixer with the dual metal beaters. In a work-horse like the KitchenAid mixer, 5 minutes of beating is more than enough.
Be sure you remove the cookies from the baking sheet and onto the a cooling rack within 5 minutes of taking them out of the oven. Once the cookies cool completely on the sheet itself, you won't be able to remove them without breaking them.

(cookies, pre-baking)

Use a thin spatula to remove the cookies from the baking sheet. These cookies are ultra delicate (wouldn't you be if you were 30% air and 70% butter?). Even after they've hardened a bit after cooling off completely, you'll still need to handle them with care.
Crumbly goodness!

Here are the other folks doing the Virtual Cookie Swap - go visit them!

Cookie: Nutella

Blog: GarlicGirl

Blog: MarthaandMe 
Cookie: TBD

What about you? What's your favorite holiday or general cookie to bake or to eat? Hope you find a fun new recipe at this swap to try!

"I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I needed to be." ~ Douglas Adams


Robin said...

These cookies are fabulous!!

We don't do cookies, we do yule bread. It's a light sweet bread, full of milk and butter and cardamom. yum.

MyKidsEatSquid said...

Yeah, it's so much fun to be able to swap online! I'm excited to try your whipped shortbread cookies.

Stace said...

OMGOSH I love shortbread!!! I am going to have to try these this year...yum!!!

Michelle said...

Awesome! Thank you T for sharing!

Epicure68 said...

I'd love to get Robin's recipe (hint, hint). ;)

Laura Davis said...

Yum, one of my all time favorites...shortbread! Super cute blog, I am so glad I was introduced to it. :)

TeresaR said...

Robin, is that somewhat like a Stolle de Noel (Stollen)? I make those for the holiday too! My sis wants your recipe. :)

Squid, it's a super-easy recipe; hope you like it!

Stace, this is like short-bread helium balloons; they're so light you think they'll float away. ;D

Michelle, hope you'll try making these; they're one cookie that won't survive the mail. LOL!

Monica, I'll tell Robin!

Laura, thanks so much! Your blog is gorgeous. :)

Melanie @ Frugal Kiwi said...

Shortbread is one of my absolute favorites. I'll choose it over most biscuits. Thanks for sharing!

Epicure68 said...

thanks for getting in touch with Robin for me.

I would also like to note that people can also use a cookie press to make these, but since we grew up without one, we happily continued the tradition of not using one.

TeresaR said...

Melanie, I love shortbread too! :)

Epi, cookie press? what's that? LOL!

Name: Holly Bowne said...

Okay Teresa, your Apple Kuchen was a HUGE hit with my boy! I'm definitely going to have to try these now. They sound soooo YUM. I'm a little nervous about the "delicate" part considering my lack of cooking skill, but I shall forge ahead!

TeresaR said...

Holly, so glad your son liked the kuchen!

The delicate part of the cookie doesn't have anything to do with cooking skills; it's got to do with how you handle and pick up the cookies when you go to eat them, so I think you're ok. LOL!