Shortbread cookies is a simple recipe of sugar, butter and flour, it originated in Scotland and it is popular everywhere especially in United Kingdom, Denmark, Ireland and Sweden. This cookie or biscuit is named like such due to its crumbly texture, similar to the word “shortening” it refers to any fat like butter or oil that may be added in a baked good to produce a short “crumbly” texture.
This Scottish dessert was invented during the medieval period and was derived from a biscuit bread which was twice-baked, dusted with sugar and spices and formed into a hard, dry, sweetened biscuit called “rusk”. Then as the recipe develops the yeast component from the original recipe was slowly replaced with butter. It was then refined where it was baked in a round shape then flavoured with caraway seeds and cut into wedges before serving, as history suggest the refined version was credited to Mary, Queen of Scots. During those times making this recipe was expensive and it was only made during special occasions such as Christmas, Weddings and New Year hence it became a tradition in some places that this is given during Christmas instead of a fruit cake. So this year why not try giving this instead of the usual fruit cake, its looks more festive as you can shape it to any shape you want and its way much simpler to make.
- 1 cup sugar
- 1½ cup butter, at room temperature
- 3½ cups flour
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- pinch of salt
- glazed fruits
- candy sprinkles
- In a mixing bowl add butter, vanilla and sugar, using a hand mixer mix it together until combined.
- Add the flour and salt into the butter mixture and continue to mix in low speed until it all comes together.
- Place into a dusted surface then flatten the dough. Place in a plastic wrap then place in the refrigerator for an hour.
- Remove from fridge and using a roller, roll dough until its ½ inch thick. Using a cookie cutter cut the dough and carefully place them on a baking pan lined with baking sheet. Top it with glazed fruits or candy sprinkles.
- Bake in a 170c preheated oven for 25 to 30 minutes or until edges turn slightly brown.
- Let them cool prior to serving.