Less is more. As a designer I follow this rule as often as possible – unless the client wants something else ;P When it comes to baking this rule should also be a mantra for any baker. Keep it simple. More is not automatically more. These classic Shortbread Cookies we all know from British tea parties are a good example for the “less is more” rule ;)
The classic shortbread recipe (which is btw. not British – it’s origin is Scotland) asks for one part sugar, two parts butter and three parts of flour. That’s it. Maybe some salt if you want to bring out the butter flavor a bit more, but that’s about it. Nothing more needed. Works for hundreds of years already. Nowadays we add some more, of course ;) Some flavors, for example, are quite common. I used vanilla extract because I like the flavor a lot – almond extract, rum or some lemon zest is also nice if you want to flavor the shortbread a bit. Just don’t use too much…
Some might say that shortbread is lame. It’s a very easy and simple cookie but can be used in many ways to create other delicious sweets and bakes. Millionaires Shortbread for example – just some caramel and chocolate on top and you got a super delicious treat ready. You can use shortbread also to create a base for no-bake cakes and pies. This No-Bake Skyr Cheesecake with Kiwi works perfectly with shortbread cookies as well as this Key Lime Pie https://baketotheroots.de/probably-the-best-key-lime-pie-ever/ – one of my favorites!
Do you like those plain cookies or do you prefer stuffed ones or maybe cookies with nuts and fruits/berries? I think shortbread is a perfect companion for your coffee or tea… dunk it in and then enjoy it with the coffee… so good! But maybe that’s only my thing ;P
INGREDIENTS / ZUTATEN
7 oz. (200g) butter, softened
1/2 cup (100g) sugar
1 tsp. vanilla extract
2 1/3 cups (300g) all-purpose flour
2 tbsp. cornstarch
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
sugar for rolling
200g weiche Butter
1 TL Vanille Extrakt
300g Mehl (Typ 550)
2 EL Speisestärke
1 TL Backpulver
1/2 TL Salz
Zucker zum Wälzen
DIRECTIONS / ZUBEREITUNG
2. Preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C). Bake the cookies for about 18-20 minutes until only lightly colored. Take out of the oven and press from all sides into the sugar immediately. Let cool down completely on a wire rack.
2. Den Ofen auf 180°C (350°F) vorheizen. Die Cookies für etwa 18-20 Minuten backen – sie sollten nicht viel Farbe bekommen. Aus dem Ofen holen und noch heiß in Zucker wälzen. Auf einem Kuchengitter komplett abkühlen lassen.
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Everybody knows it, it’s a classic bake: Shortbread Cookies! Crumbly and melt in your mouth. Delicious!
Keywords: cookies, shortbread, classic