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Sunday, December 30, 2012

Classic (Salty) Shortbread

Short.  A neighbor friend would always leave pie-shaped shortbread cookies at my door during the holidays. Wrapped in plastic wrap, tied with ribbon, I appreciated the homemade gesture of friendship - until I was over at her house recently for coffee. Sipping, chatting, wrapping Walkers shortbread in plastic wrap, tied with a ribbon.   


BAKED'S finale for 2012, Classic Shortbread with Fleur de Sel, is something simple, short and definitely homemade. Aside from the traditional shortbread ingredients of butter, sugar (with BAKED'S choice of either confectioner or granular sugar), an egg yolk and a dash of salt, they include a small amount of rice flour. Rice? Ok, I'll give it a shot. Tender, buttery cookies that stand up to whatever shape you choose. Most shortbread recipes spread, making me wonder why rolling and cutting in cute, fanciful shapes is even necessary. These heavenly squares, sprinkled with fleur de sel, put any store-bought shortbread to shame.



To get the recipe, venture on over to BAKED SUNDAY MORNINGS.

–  h a p p y   n e w  y e a r !     mike

11 comments:

Susan said...

I love your cutout shapes. You're so right about the way most other shortbread cookies spread.

Have a fabulous New Year!

Jessica Whelan said...

I'm never motivated to make shortbread (though I love it) precisely because they spread! I must try this secret ingredient, because yours look like they came out of a box (and I mean that in a complimentary way). Happy New Year!

Have Apron....Will Bake said...

Cut outs! They look awesome! And I love the pic of them with the tea cup. Just beautiful.
I love that you went with cutouts. That's what I love so much about being part of this group....seeing what others come up with.
That's too funny about the Walker shortbread! Classic!
Happy Baking in the New Year.

Yael Even said...

I just love the shape. I think they are even more appealing like that and I am definitely going o do that next time! Happy New Year!

Kris' Kitchen said...

My sentiments exactly...store bought does not compare! I was thinking about those Walker shortbreads as I baked today's shortbread and thinking that our tender cookies would not make it to the door in a plastic bag tied with a bow. Love the "cut-out" idea...they baked perfectly. Happy New Year.

Elaine said...

Too funny! Your shortbread looks so perfect and I love the contrast again the beautiful blue teacup and saucer. Gorgeous photos, Mike. Happy New Year! XO

Elaine said...

That was supposed to be "against" the blue tea cup...Sheesh! ;)

Anne@FromMySweetHeart said...

Mike...your shortbread cookies look absolutely picture perfect! I think you could put Walker's out of business! I hope you have a fabulous New Year! : )

erinstar41 said...

I love that little fluted square shape, so perfect for shortbread. Great picture, nice job! :)

Di said...

Ooh, I want that cookie cutter. I'll have to look for some square ones. Thanks for the reminder about these cookies--I bought rice flour a while back so I could make them, then promptly forgot about it. The other day I was wondering why I had rice flour in the pantry. =) Now I need to make a batch of these cookies before I forget again.

trustyourcape said...

I must buy one of those little cutters for this recipe! They look so pretty!