1 dozen

Shortbread is made from a few basic ingredients, and the results are sensational. The key to success with this thick shortbread is baking it slowly so that it doesn't brown.

How to Make It

Step 1

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

Step 2

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

Step 3

Roll dough to 1/2" thickness on a lightly floured surface. Cut with a 2 1/2" round cutter or Christmas cookie cutter. Place 2" apart on an ungreased baking sheet.

Step 4

Bake at 275° for 50 minutes. Cool 2 minutes on baking sheet. Remove to a wire rack to cool.

Step 5

Note: Unbleached flour is the best-quality, freshest flour for baking and is particularly good in simple recipes like shortbread. Other kinds of all-purpose flour work fine in this recipe, too.

Christmas with Southern Living 2002

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