Santa, I hope you like shortbread.
I must admit, the jolly old man was going to get Oreos this year. But when Dillon asked to make homemade cookies for Santa (and Frosty?) my motherly guilt kicked in.
We decided on sweet, buttery shortbread. My recipe uses regular sugar instead of confectioners sugar, which is what you’ll find in most shortbread cookies. I also use self-rising flour to lighten the texture. These ingredients yield a more tender and flaky cookie, similar to Walker’s Scottish shortbread.
Whenever I make cookies that require rolling & cutting, I like to split the workload up into 2 days.
Day 1- Make the dough. Chill for at least 30 minutes- overnight.
Day 2- Roll & Cut.
Roll the dough to about 1/4 ” thick. Do this between 2 sheets of floured parchment. Plastic wrap will work too.
Find some cookie cutters and get to work! I used mini Christmas ones by the way…
If at anytime the dough starts to soften (and it will), pop it back into the fridge to chill and then start again.
Prior to baking, freeze the shaped dough on a lined cookie sheet for about 5 minutes. This helps to keep its shape when it hits the hot oven.
Bake at 325 F for about 20 minutes. They should be golden, but not too brown.
Lightly dust with a sprinkling of powdered sugar.
* Shortbread requires only a few ingredients; butter, flour & sugar. It’s best to seek out good quality products for maximum flavor. You will definitely taste the difference!Print
- 1 1/4 c. self-rising flour*
- 1 stick (8 tbsp.) unsalted butter
- 1/3 c. sugar
- 1/2 tsp. vanilla
- 1 c. confectioners sugar for dusting
* For best results, use store bought self-rising flour (not homemade). Commercial self-rising flour has a low protein content that yields a light and tender cookie. This flour is available in most grocery stores and can be ordered online from King Arthur Flour.
- Preheat your oven to 325 F. Line 1 or 2 cookie trays with parchment paper.
- Place the butter, sugar and vanilla into a food processor fitted with a metal blade. Process until light and fluffy. You can also use a stand or hand held mixer for this.
- Sift the flour into the food processor.
- Run the machine until the dough comes together. It should be a little crumbly and soft, but not too sticky. Tip the dough out onto a work surface, and bring the dough together to form a ball.
- Flatten the dough into a disk and cover in plastic wrap. Chill for 30 minutes- overnight.
- Roll the dough to about 1/4 inch thick. Do this between 2 pieces of floured parchment paper. Floured plastic wrap will work too.
- To keep them from sticking, dip the cookie cutters in flour and press into the dough. If the dough begins to soften, place it back into the fridge to chill, and then start again.
- Using an offset spatula or butter knife, transfer the cookies onto a parchment lined cookie sheet.
- Place in the freezer for at least 5 minutes prior to baking. This will help to keep its shape before going into the oven.
- Bake for about 20 minutes (check at 15 minutes) or until lightly golden. Rotate the pans halfway through cooking to promote even browning.
- Remove from the oven and cool for 5 minutes on the tray. Transfer to a wire rack.
- When the cookies are completely cool, dust with powdered sugar.
Cookies will keep in an airtight container for 1 week.