CLASSIC SHORTBREAD

Do you remember taking a treat to school for your birthday? What was your favorite dessert? I cannot believe that I do not remember! I remember my Mom made the most delicious chocolate peanut butter apples for my brother (recipe coming soon!) but I cannot remember what I requested. Most likely vanilla cupcakes if I had to guess.

Coconut Lime Shortbread

As adults, do you take dessert to work on your birthday? My husband and I share the same birthday (a year apart, weird, I know! I like to say I was his first birthday gift!). Several years ago he called me from work and asked if I would bake him a birthday treat for his co-workers. I thought it was the most adorable request he’s ever had. Yes, of course I’ll bake you a birthday treat to take to work! So I made lavender shortbread cookies because it was also my birthday and they sounded good to me. Certainly not something a bunch of engineers would want, or so I thought. They loved those “hockey pucks!” Yes. They called them hockey pucks.

If you prefer traditional shortbread forgo the lavender. Or dress them up with a glaze of confectioners sugar and milk and a sprinkle of toasted coconut and lime zest. The possibilities are endless!

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Behold the lavender shortbread hockey puck recipe, adapted from Epicurious.com. It’s delicious and can be kept in the freezer for cookies in a pinch! Love it.

CLASSIC SHORTBREAD

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 C unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 1/3 C sugar
  • 2 t kosher salt
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 2 T vanilla extract
  • 3 3/4 C flour

Instructions

  • In the bowl of a mixer, combine butter, sugar and salt and mix until blended, about 2 minutes.
  • One by one, add the egg yolks, mixing until incorporated.
  • Add the vanilla extract.
  • Turn the mixer to low and slowly add the flour. Mix until incorporated.
  • Form dough into 4 long, even logs.
  • Wrap and chill.
  • Unwrap and slice into even slices, about 1/2" thickness.
  • This is your opportunity to dip the edges in sugar, sprinkle with lavender, whatever your heart desires.
  • Bake at 325° on non-stick cookie sheets for 15-20 minutes until just barely golden.
  • Cool on a wire rack and enjoy!
http://morethanmacaron.com/classic-shortbread/

Bon Appétit!

2 comments on CLASSIC SHORTBREAD

  • Shirlsaw

    Just visited your lovely shop for the first time today! I so love shortbread and look forward to trying this recipe! How much lavender would you add for a batch? Thanks!

    • Kelly (author)

      Thank you so much! I’m so glad you’re enjoying our blog. I just sprinkled lavender on the top of the shortbread before cooking, so just a pinch would be fine. It also helped to press it in a little so it wouldn’t fall all after baking. Hope you enjoy them! They’re delicious!

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