Is fun as long as the recipes are simple!! (In my opinion, anyway!)
My youngest has been asking me to bake cookies since Thursday. I really wanted to but after all the Easter chocolate and sweeties that we have indulged in I have been putting it off –until today. We went for a long bike ride today so I figured today would be a good enough day.
I searched www.allrecipes.com for an easy recipe that can be made with few ingredients. Shortbread!! perfect. I know shortbread is typically a Christmas cookie- but nothing wrong with having Scottish shortbread during Easter holidays- is there?
So we gathered the ingredients. All three of them. Yes, three- it doesn’t get any easier than that!
Scottish Shortbread Cookies
2 cups of butter (no substitutes)
1 cup of packed brown sugar
4 and a half cups of all purpose flour.
*I use metric for all things except baking. I just find it so much easier to measure ingredients by cups or spoons instead of by weight. When I was in school, Canada made the change to metric- so I know both metric and imperial measurements.
Cream butter and sugar together. We used the very helpful KitchenAide mixer–a super star in the kitchen.
Then slowly add 3 and 3/4 cups of flour to the mix until a fairly sticky dough is formed.
Next spread the remaining flour on a cutting board and knead the dough into the flour until it becomes quite stiff. There will be flour remaining- it is not necessary to use it all.
On a flat surface – roll out the dough so it is about 1cm thick.
Then cut out the shapes you want and prick lightly with a fork.
Bake in a pre heated oven at 165 degrees Celcius for about 15 minutes- until the edges start to darken slightly.
Allow to cool –then tuck in!!
I think we will do this again…probably at Christmas! This is a great recipe for younger bakers- My 12 year old and 7 year old had no problems with this at all.