It's hard to believe that three very basic ingredients can produce such a tasty cookie.
This is another cookie recipe that requires no egg or leavening agent of any kind yet the end product is light, buttery, not too sweet and absolutely delicious.
Of course tins of Danish butter cookies that are stacked on grocery store shelves may convince you that it's the easier route to take.
However, one taste of this whipped shortbread cookie is enough to realize that the little time and effort it takes to bake a batch is certainly worth it.
These cookies have made an appearance at holiday time for more years than I can remember. Even though the the recipe has been rewritten on a fresh new recipe card I am still holding on to the original accordion style leaflet found in a grocery aisle so many years ago.
I enjoy dressing them up as they always make a great addition to any assorted cookie tray .
Whipped Shortbread Cookies
1 3/4 cups flour
1/2 cup icing sugar (sift before measuring)
1 cup softened butter
- Sift flour and sugar together and set aside.
- Beat softened butter with mixer until light and fluffy.
- Add dry ingredients gradually on low speed until well mixed then beat at medium speed for a few seconds.
- Pipe with a pastry bag and star tip in different shapes onto an ungreased cookie sheet.
- Bake at 350 degrees F. for 15 to 18 minutes or until edges are very lightly browned.
- Let cookies rest on the cookie sheet for a few minutes before placing them on a rack to cool.
- Decorate as desired. Yield about 40 cookies.
Notes, Tips and Suggestions
- If you don't have a pastry bag, drop tablespoons of dough onto ungreased cookie sheet. These will not be as attractive as cookies that are piped but the flavour will be just as good.
- Hard variety of margarine also works well in this recipe.
- If you wish to decorate with cherries, almonds etc. place them on the cookie before baking.
- Rolling the cookies in fruit sugar after baking makes them a little fancier.
- When completely cooled, dip a part of the cookie in melted chocolate (the addition of coloured sprinkles makes for some very happy children)
- These cookies freeze very well.
- Once you are done, sit back and admire them, taste test a few just so you know that they taste as good as they look then think of a few people you can share them with.