Shortbread is a classic cookie choice which is fantastic for many occasions.
Whether you want a lovely snack to enjoy with a cup of coffee, or you are hosting an afternoon tea for your friends, you will love this recipe for buttery, soft shortbread.
This recipe is simple to follow, so you will be able to enjoy perfect shortbread every time. Keep reading to find out more.
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What Do You Need?
Firstly, to make this recipe you need a stand mixer, or a mixing bowl and an electric hand mixer. You also need a spatula and a rolling pin.
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The dough will need to be rolled out on a flat surface. This could be your kitchen worktop, or wooden or quartz board.
Finally, you will also need baking trays, parchment paper and a wire cooling rack.
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Tips And Tricks
If you want to make sure that you make the perfect shortbread biscuits each time, follow these helpful tips and tricks.
- Butter – using room temperature butter will ensure that it mixes well with the other ingredients.
- Flour – sift the flour before adding it to the mixture to ensure that your shortbread dough has no lumps
- Spatula – use a spatula to scrape all of the mixture from the side of the bowl to make sure that the ingredients are well mixed.
- Dust – dust the rolling pin, your hands and the work surface with a little bit of flour. This will prevent the dough from sticking and will make it easier to work with.
- Chill – if the dough is too warm it will be difficult to work with. If this happens, wrap it in cling film and pop it in the refrigerator for 15 to 30 minutes and then roll it out. Placing the cut cookies in the refrigerator before you bake them causes the butter to re-solidify, helping the cookies to retain their shape in the oven.
- Water – the flour and the cold can cause the dough to dry out. If you work with dough that is too dry, then it might crack and this will make your cookies prone to breaking. If you are worried about the dough being too dry, simply add a few drops of water.
- Parchment – make sure that the trays are lined with baking parchment to stop the cookies from sticking to the tray.
- Cooling – don’t try to take the cookies off the tray straight away. They will be too warm, and they could bend and break. Leave them to cool for several minutes, then move them over to a wire rack to finish cooling.
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How Can You Customise This Recipe?
This is for a simple perfect shortbread recipe, but there are different adaptations you can make.
- Sugar – You can sprinkle the cookies with granulated sugar as soon as they come out of the oven if you want them to be nice and sweet. You can use a mixture of sugar and cinnamon if you want them to have a touch of warm spice.
- Flavour – Vanilla essence is used in the recipe, but you can use any kind of extract that you like to flavour the cookies. You can also add extra ingredients like dried fruit. You could try using almond extract and chopped glace cherries to create a bakewell inspired shortbread. Other popular shortbread flavours include lemon and poppyseed, and lavender. You can also dip your shortbread in melted chocolate and leave it to set.
- Shape – A simple way to put your individual stamp on these cookies is to use different shaped cookie cutters. You could make traditional shortbread fingers, round cookies, or various shapes like stars and hearts. Or even Christmas trees like we have!
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