12.18.2008

Martha Stewart's Yummy Shortbread Cookies

I make these every Christmas. One of the reasons they're so yummy is because the recipe calls for almost 3 sticks of butter. If you can justify that, give 'em a try...they're out of this world!

Ingredients

Makes 36 bars

  • 1 1/3 cups (2 sticks plus 6 tablespoons) unsalted butter, room temperature, plus more for pans
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 3 1/3 cups all-purpose flour

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 275 degrees. Butter a 9-by-13-by-1-inch baking pan, and line bottom with parchment paper. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream butter and sugar on medium speed until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add salt and vanilla, and beat to combine. Add flour, 1 cup at a time, beating on low speed until just combined.
  2. Press dough into prepared pan, leveling and smoothing the top. Using a dough scraper or the back of a knife, cut dough lengthwise into nine strips, each slightly less than 1 inch wide. Cut the strips crosswise into thirty-six 3-inch bars. Using the tines of a fork or a wooden skewer, create a decorative pattern on the surface.
  3. Bake shortbread until evenly pale golden, but not browned, 70 to 85 minutes. Transfer pan to a wire rack to cool. Invert pan, and remove parchment. Turn shortbread over, and carefully break, or cut with a serrated knife, into bars. Store in an airtight container for up to 1 month.

3 comments:

Amy... said...

Yes! They are amazing...love the butter!

~nanashouse~ said...

how do you make the glaze?

Vintage Mommy said...

I melt chocolate in a double boiler and dip the ends into the melted chocolate. I put them in the fridge for about 5 minutes so the chocolate will set quickly.