Short bread cookies are a traditional Christmas cookie that is straight forward to make. It requires very few ingredients and will leave your guests wanting to come back for seconds. The short bread cookie’s origins are in Scotland. It is believed that they were made with lines in them as a way of convincing the sun to come back and drive the cold winter away. While this was a mythological story, as the cookies evolved and spread towards other countries, they become synonymous toward Christmas.
Ingredients for Short Bread Cookies
The short bread recipe is requires only a few ingredients. These ingredients can be found in the cabinets or by spending a few dollars at the grocery store.
- ¾ cup flour. Ensure it is stiff flour.
- ½ cup unsalted butter. It needs to be good butter because the flavor of the cookie comes from the butter.
- Pinch of salt.
- ¼ cup of sugar.
- Making the Cookies
The entire process of making the cookies should take about forty minutes at most. The preparation time is about ten minutes due to the heavy mixing and then the baking time can range from 20-30 minutes. Here are the steps in making delicious short bread cookies.
Mix the packed, stiff flour with the salt and sugar. Ensure it all mixed together.
Add the butter and fork it into place. You want to make sure that all of the butter has combined with the sugar/flour/salt mixture.
Lightly flour a counter and flip the dough onto it.
With a rolling pin, roll it out and then place it in the refrigerator for either a few hours or overnight.
For large cookies, shape the dough into four sections and then round it out. For smaller ones, shape the dough into eight sections.
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
Put the cookies on a baking sheet and press them down so they are only ¼ inch tall.
Bake for 20-30 minutes or until they are just beginning to brown.
Remove from oven and put on a cooling rack.
Once the cookies have cooled for about twenty or thirty minutes, feel free to serve them up. They will absolutely please any guests because of the savoring flavor of the butter as well as the sweet flavor of the sugar. It is a cookie that people demand time and time again.