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Old Fashioned Shortbread Cookies

Old Fashioned Shortbread Cookies. A life-long love of shortbread cookies has meant many variations in my kitchen over the years but at Christmas time I always return to the simple recipe I loved as a child.

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Old Fashioned Shortbread Cookies

I have indeed had a lifelong love of shortbread cookies as the number of variations of this all time favourite on Rock Recipes can pay witness. I’ve often said that sometimes simple is best and that is particularly true in the case of shortbread cookies.

With their tender, crisp, crumbly texture and buttery sweet flavour, they need nothing more to make them totally satisfying, except maybe a cup of hot tea. I was quite partial to a tall glass of cold milk with these as a child and still am on occasion.

Red Glacé Cherries for Cherry Vanilla Cheesecake Bars, pictured in a glass bowl.

Red maraschino cherries for our shortbread cookies.

During the Holidays, all the women in our extended family and friends made shortbread cookies as part of their Christmas baking routine. Some kids gravitated to other more decadent cookies in the Christmas offerings.

However, I always enjoyed eating around the bright red cherry or sometimes gumdrop at the centre of a shortbread cookie and saving the sweet morsel in the middle as the final bite.

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Old Fashioned Shortbread Cookies

This recipe is a slight variation in method on Nanny Mildred Ralph’s recipe, who was my Uncle Bill’s Mom, and a great baker like so many Newfoundland women of her generation.

I’ve added a little real vanilla to the dough for additional flavour and glacé cherries to the centre instead of maraschinos as she did.

You can use whichever you like or substitute baking gums as I just mentioned. It just wouldn’t be Christmas without some Holiday Shortbread Cookies.

Old Fashioned Shortbread Cookies ready for the oven

Old Fashioned Shortbread Cookies ready for the oven

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Yield: 48 or less depending on size

Old Fashioned Shortbread Cookies

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

5 common ingredients make one perfect cookie.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups butter at room temperature, 1 pound
  • 1 cup icing sugar, powdered sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup corn starch
  • 3 cups flour
  • Maraschino cherries or baking gums for the centers ., optional

Instructions

  1. Cream together the butter and icing sugar very well until very smooth and creamy. No lumps of butter should be visible.
  2. Blend in the vanilla extract.
  3. Sift together the flour and corn starch.
  4. Blend slowly into the creamed mixture until a soft dough forms.
  5. Split dough into 2 equal round portions.
  6. Wrap the dough rounds in plastic wrap and chill for a couple of hours at least.
  7. You can freeze one of the cookie dough portions for later if you like.
  8. This dough will also last in the fridge for 3-4 days so that you can bake a few up at a time and enjoy them fresh from the oven if you like.
  9. To bake the cookies preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and line cookie sheets with parchment paper.
  10. Roll the dough out to a little less than 1/4 of an inch on a lightly floured surface. Use a 2 inch cookie cutter (or holiday shaped cookie cutters) to cut out the cookies.
  11. Place the cookies on the parchment paper a half inch apart. Add a half maraschino or glacé cherry to the center, or a baking gumdrop if you like.
  12. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until they just start to turn brown at the edges.
  13. Let cool for 10 minutes on the pan before transferring them to a wire rack to cool completely. Store in an airtight container.
  14. These cookies will freeze quite well for several weeks.

Notes

The nutritional information provided is automatically calculated by third party software and is meant as a guideline only. Exact accuracy is not guaranteed. For recipes where all ingredients may not be used entirely, such as those with coatings on meats, or with sauces or dressings for example, calorie & nutritional values per serving will likely be somewhat lower than indicated.

Nutrition Information

Yield

48

Serving Size

g

Amount Per Serving Calories 121Total Fat 8gSaturated Fat 5gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 2gCholesterol 20mgSodium 61mgCarbohydrates 12gFiber 0gSugar 5gProtein 1g

The nutritional information provided is automatically calculated by third party software and is meant as a guideline only. Exact accuracy is not guaranteed. For recipes where all ingredients may not be used entirely, such as those with coatings on meats, or with sauces or dressings for example, calorie & nutritional values per serving will likely be somewhat lower than indicated.

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Mary Kristensen

Sunday 6th of November 2022

Do you sift pre sifted flour ?

Judy Sherry

Sunday 6th of November 2022

Just curious about the corn starch. My recipe doesn't call for it, and I'm wondering how it affects the recipe. I've been using the same recipe for many years, and everyone loves them and are always asking for them at different functions. Thanks for any input.

Karen Boutilier

Thursday 3rd of November 2022

Barry, i just love this recipe, thank you so much for sharing.Can't wait to make them for Christmas.

Mary Lou Gaudet

Wednesday 5th of October 2022

I make these shortbread cookies but use almond extract instead of vanilla. Delicious!

Judy

Friday 8th of April 2022

Hi Barry, This recipe sounds heavenly delicious. I need to make cookies using a cookie cutter and then decorate them. Put them in individual bags. Are these cookies too fragile to stand up to being decorated with sugar cookie icing that hardens and then placed in bags? Thank you for the recipe. . .regardless of your answer. . .I’m making this shortbread cookie for the holidays.

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