Monday, November 29, 2010

Spice Shortbread

Shortbread is so wonderful and versatile and easy. This simple spice shortbread is one of my favorites. It's an unassuming cookie that kind of knocks your socks off. A few of these, a mug of hot cocoa, and a good magazine, and I can endure any winter day.
Spice Shortbread

1 1/4 c flour
3 T brown sugar
3/4 t cinnamon
1/4 t ginger
1/8 t cloves
1/2 c butter, room temp

-combine dry ingredients in a large bowl
-cut in butter until mixture is in pea sized crumbs and holds together a bit
-using hands, form mixture into a ball and knead until smooth
*if you are not used to making shortbread, you may think that the dough is not right.
this recipe takes a bit of work and kneading to get everything to hold together.........
perservere for the cookie's sake!
-roll and pat (again-a bit of work!) into a large rectangle, about 1/4 inch thick
-using a knife, cut into 1x3 inch strips
-mark top with fork
-transfer to a cookie sheet
-bake at 325 degrees for 25 minutes, until light brown
-cool on wire rack


  1. Just what I need right now..I am off to get a pen and paper and write this one down. Hope all is well and life is AMAZING!! I am off to the dentist chair for a few hours but after that my week is all hunkydoorie. oxxoxo hugs

  2. oooh-the dentist? today?
    thinking of you, sending you big big hugs and lots of brave thoughts to make it through!