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Shortbread Cookies

Yield 16 cookies

Ingredients

  • 2 cups butter, softened
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

How to Make It

  1. Beat butter at medium speed with an electric mixer until creamy; gradually add sugar, beating well.

  2. Combine flour, baking powder, and salt; add to butter mixture, beating at low speed until blended.

  3. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface; roll to 1/8-inch thickness. Cut with a floured 3-inch round cutter, and place 1 inch apart on parchment paper-lined baking sheets.

  4. Bake at 300° for 20 minutes or until edges are lightly browned; remove to wire racks to cool.

  5. Chocolate Shortbread Cookies: Reduce flour to 3 1/3 cups. Add 2/3 cup cocoa to flour mixture, and proceed as directed.