Saturday, November 10, 2012

Brown Sugar Shortbread

Every Autumn, I pull out my leaf shaped cookie cutter and make brown sugar shortbread cookies. It just doesn't feel like Fall till I do. I had friends coming to my house for lunch this afternoon and wanted a little gift for them to take home. I thought the cookies would be perfect.

And they were...


Not only that, but so easy. I got up early this morning and whipped them out while I had my coffee. In my nightgown. Yes, I'm classy like that...

What you'll need:

1 cup real butter (softened)
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
2 1/4 cups flour (reserve 1/4 cup to flour your surface for kneading)
  • In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Gradually stir in flour and mix well. Turn onto a lightly floured surface and knead until smooth, about 3 minutes. The warmth of your hands makes the dough stick together.
  • Cut into 2 inch x 1 inch strips or use your favorite cookie cutter.  Place 1 inch apart on ungreased parchment lined baking sheets. Prick with a fork.
  • Bake at 300° for 25 minutes or until bottoms are lightly browned. Cool for 5 minutes before removing from pan to a wire rack. Yield: 3-4 dozen.

A stack of 5 cookies in a cello bag with a little paper shred, topped with a bow and a card with a sweet sentiment made a nice little gift.

I found a saying I liked on Pinterest, printed it on card stock...

...cut a decorative edge, punched a hole in the corner and tied it on my bag. Just too cute...

...and just perfect with a nice cup of tea on a chilly Autumn day!

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