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Melt in Your Mouth Shortbread Cookies

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Melt in Your Mouth Shortbread Cookies

 This fabulously tender shortbread is made in the food processor to ease preparation; be careful though as over processing dough will cause the dough to become greasy and the butter will melt out as they bake.

Serves: 48   
Preparation: Bake 
Skill Level: Intermediate 
Ready In: 60 Minutes    
See more at: President’s Choice

Ingredients:
1 pkg (250 g), at room temperature Salted Country Churned Butter
1 1/2 cups (375 mL) All Purpose Flour – Unbleach
1/2 cup (125 mL) icing sugar
1/4 cup (125 mL) Cornstarch
1 tsp (5 mL)Pure Vanilla
Coloured sugar (optional)

Instructions:
1. Arrange oven racks so one is in top third of oven and other in bottom third. Preheat oven to 300°F (150°C). Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.

2. In bowl of food processor, place butter, flour, icing sugar, cornstarch and vanilla. Process for 30 seconds. Using rubber spatula, scrape down side of bowl. Process another 30 seconds or until smooth. Do not over process dough.

3. Drop level tablespoon (15 mL) amounts onto prepared baking sheets, spacing 2 inches (5 cm) apart, about 12 cookies per baking sheet. (Alternatively, place dough in piping bag fitted with 1/2-inch (1 cm) plain or star tip and pipe dough into small circles about 1-1/2 inches (4 cm) across. You can leave a hole in centre of circle or not, as you prefer.) Sprinkle with decorative sugar, if using.

4. Place one baking sheet in top third of oven and other in bottom third. Bake for 15 minutes. Switch baking sheets from top to bottom, rotating them from front to back as well when you switch places. Bake for a further 10 minutes or until slightly coloured. Cool cookies on baking sheets for 2 minutes before transferring to wire rack to cool. Allow baking sheets to cool for 10 minutes before baking off rest of dough on same parchment paper.

Tip:
Use red and green coloured sugars on piped dough to make cookies look like mini Christmas wreaths.

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Scottish Shortbread

Scottish Shortbread
Scottish Shortbread
Best served aged, will keep indefinitely if refrigerated, can be frozen.
1 lb. Butter
1 lb. Lard
1 lb. Brown Sugar
12-14 (+/-) Cups Flour
DO NOT MELT ANY INGREDIENTS!!
1. Leave butter and lard out to soften.
2. Mix butter and lard together. Work with fingers adding a cup of flour at a time (up to 7 – 8 cups). Turn out on to table and knead in more flour, as much as you can in 1 hour. This should be crumbly
3. Put in 4 shallow 8″ cake pans and press together 3/4 to 1″ thick. Pierce with fork several times.
4. Bake in moderate oven (325 °F) till golden brown, about 45 min.
5. Top Shelf of oven is best.
Notes:
  • Prior to baking, we cut the dough into wedge slices so it would be easier to break into pieces.
  • Great Grandma always said “Never cut Shortbread, if you cut short bread you cut the short” I have no idea what that means…. but if you cut the dough it is fine, if you cut it afterwards it does not seem as nice.
  • One of the batches I just made I also mixed in some almond flour (about 2 1/2 cups) in place of the other flour.
  • A cousin of mine insists it should be unbleached white flour (as they didn’t have all the other types when this was created.)