Snowflake Shortbread

Snowflake Shortbread Recipe
Photo: Beth Dreiling Hontzas; Styling: Buffy Hargett
Top with sparkling sugar so these shortbread cookies glisten like snowflakes.

Yield:

Makes about 7 1/2 dozen
Total time: 1 Hour, 42 Minutes

Recipe from

Southern Living

Recipe Time

Total: 1 Hour, 42 Minutes

Ingredients

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

Preparation

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.

December 2010