Brown Sugar Shortbread

Prep and Cook Time: about 1 1/2 hours. Notes: These simple cookies are the perfect companions to a bowl of vanilla ice cream. You can store cookies airtight for up to 1 week.


Makes 72 cookies

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Nutritional Information

Calories 41
Caloriesfromfat 56 %
Protein 0.4 g
Fat 2.6 g
Satfat 1.6 g
Carbohydrate 4.1 g
Fiber 0.1 g
Sodium 27 mg
Cholesterol 6.9 mg


1 cup (1/2 lb.) butter, at room temperature
1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
2 cups all-purpose flour


1. In a food processor, whirl butter, brown sugar, and flour together until smooth. Or, in a bowl, with an electric mixer on medium speed, beat butter and brown sugar until smooth; stir in flour until mixture is no longer crumbly and starts to come together in a ball. Pat dough into a 1-inch-thick rectangle, wrap airtight, and freeze until firm, about 20 minutes.

2. Unwrap dough and roll between sheets of waxed paper into a 6- by 18-inch rectangle. Cut in half crosswise, through paper. Peel off top sheet of paper and invert each rectangle onto a baking sheet. Peel off remaining paper. With a long, sharp knife, cut dough into 3/4- by 2-inch rectangles. Prick with a fork in parallel lines about 1/2 inch apart. Move rectangles about 1 inch apart.

3. Bake in a 300° oven until cookies are firm to touch and slightly darker brown, about 15 minutes; if baking more than one pan at a time, switch pan positions halfway through baking. With a wide spatula, transfer cookies to racks to cool completely.

Note: Nutritional analysis is per cookie.

November 2003
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