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Ginger Shortbread

Yield Makes 24 cookies
Prep and Cook Time: about 1 hour. Notes: This shortbread has a double hit of ginger. Store the cookies airtight for up to 2 days.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup (1/2 lb.) butter, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons minced crystallized ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger

Nutrition Information

  • calories 140
  • caloriesfromfat 50 %
  • protein 1.4 g
  • fat 7.8 g
  • satfat 4.8 g
  • carbohydrate 16 g
  • fiber 0.4 g
  • sodium 79 mg
  • cholesterol 21 mg

How to Make It

  1. In a food processor, whirl butter, 1/2 cup sugar, flour, and crystallized and ground ginger together until smooth. Or, in a bowl, with an electric mixer on medium speed, beat butter and 1/2 cup sugar until smooth; stir in flour and crystallized and ground ginger until mixture is no longer crumbly and starts to come together in a ball.

  2. Press dough evenly into two 9-inch round pans with removable rims. Press edges of dough with fork tines to make a ridge pattern. Then, with fork tines, pierce dough all over in parallel lines 1 inch apart.

  3. Bake shortbread in a 300° oven until firm to touch and golden at edges, about 45 minutes. Sprinkle while hot with remaining 2 tablespoons sugar, then let cool 10 minutes.

  4. Remove pan rims from warm shortbread. Cut each round into 12 wedges. Cool completely on pan bottoms on racks.

  5. Note: Nutritional analysis is per cookie.