Last weekend I had a little bit of a different order and I was asked to create cookie favours for a wedding. The bride had said she wanted shortbread and that she would have hearts as part of her theme.
Shortbread is one of my absolute favourite types of cookies and it always amazes me how only few ingredients can change the style and flavour of this classic cookie. I tested out a couple different recipes and decided on using my absolute favourite that I have adapted from my Five Roses cookbook. This shortbread is buttery and soft yet firm enough to roll and cut out. Flavoured with just a hint of nutmeg, these cookies as SO addictive that I have to bake only a small batch or I will eat them all.
Did you want to get a taste of these cookies? Below you can try out my adapted recipe for yourself. Mmmmm.....shortbread.
Preheat oven to 325F Yield: 20 3" cookies
1 c unsalted butter at room temperature
1/2 c sifted icing sugar
1/8 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp salt
1 egg yolk
2 c all-purpose flour
Cream butter. Scrape bowl and add icing sugar. Cream until fluffy. Scrape bowl and add egg yolk, salt and nutmeg. Mix well. Scrape bowl down and remove bowl from mixer. Add flour a little at a time mixing each addition with a wooden spoon. Once all the flour has been added and mixed turn the dough onto a piece of plastic wrap and form into a rectangle slab. Wrap well and chill for 2 hours.
Once chilled, roll half of the slab at a time to 1/4"thick. Cut into desired shapes.
To maintain crisp shapes, freeze cookies for 10 minutes before baking. Bake for 20-25 min. or until delicately browned on the bottoms and edges.