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Snowflake Shortbread

Snowflake Shortbread
Photo: Beth Dreiling Hontzas; Styling: Buffy Hargett
Total time 1 hr, 42 mins
Yield

Makes about 7 1/2 dozen

Top with sparkling sugar so these shortbread cookies glisten like snowflakes.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Parchment paper
  • Royal Icing
  • Sparkling sugar

How to Make It

  1. Preheat oven to 325°. Beat butter at medium speed with a heavy-duty electric stand mixer until creamy. Gradually add powdered sugar, beating well.

  2. Combine flour and salt; gradually add to butter mixture, beating until blended.

  3. Roll dough to 1/8-inch thickness on a lightly floured surface. Cut with a 2-inch snowflake-shaped cutter, and place 1 inch apart on parchment paper-lined baking sheets.

  4. Bake at 325° for 11 to 13 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Cool on baking sheets 5 minutes. Transfer to wire racks, and cool completely (about 40 minutes). Decorate with Royal Icing, and sprinkle with sparkling sugar.