Great for Christmas. Rich and buttery.

Carol

Recipe Summary

Servings:
24
Yield:
4 dozen
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Ingredients

24
Original recipe yields 24 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Work all the ingredients together with your hands until blended. Shape all of the dough into 1 inch balls.

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  • Bake cookies on ungreased cookie sheets, 2 inches apart at 300 degrees F (150 degrees C) for 20 minutes.

  • Let cool 10 minutes then carefully lift with spatula to cake racks to cool. Store in air tight container with wax paper between layers. Cookies keep well.

  • Variations: Flatten some balls with tines of fork and press 1/4 of a red or green glace cherry in center of each. Make thumbprint indentation in some balls and fill with a tiny bit of jam, jelly or marmalade. Dip some balls in slightly beaten egg white and roll in finely chopped walnuts. Bake as they are or make an indentation in top and spoon in a little jam or marmalade. Dip some balls in egg white and roll in desiccated coconut. Bake as they are or make an indentation and spoon in a little jam, jelly or marmalade.

Nutrition Facts

179 calories; protein 1.2g; carbohydrates 17.8g; fat 11.6g; cholesterol 30.5mg; sodium 106.7mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (67)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
11/26/2007
I love this recipe! What I did to save time... I rolled the dough into a log shape and cut the cookies into 1/2 inch thick pieces. They turned out beautifully and it saved a TON of time. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
01/01/2007
Maybe I did something wrong but my boyfriend and I took one bite and threw them away! Too much cornstarch I think. Read More
(15)
76 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 52
  • 4 star values: 9
  • 3 star values: 5
  • 2 star values: 5
  • 1 star values: 5
Rating: 5 stars
11/26/2007
I love this recipe! What I did to save time... I rolled the dough into a log shape and cut the cookies into 1/2 inch thick pieces. They turned out beautifully and it saved a TON of time. Read More
(84)
Rating: 5 stars
12/23/2002
This cookie was wonderful and very easy to make variations and have them turn out, try this one, roll into short sticks and after cooled dip one end in melted chocolate. Also great for thumbprint cookies, add your favorite filling. Read More
(50)
Rating: 4 stars
06/18/2007
Based on the reviews here, I cut the amount of corn starch in half and these turned out pretty good. I also added a teaspoon of vanilla extract. There was still a slight floury or something taste to them, so maybe there was still a bit too much cornstarch or flour, but it was pretty subtle. I will use this recipe again and tweak it some more. I recommend baking them at a higher temperature or for longer though because mine didn't turn out brown enough for my taste. They were basically white with only the faintest golden color to the bottom. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/16/2008
This is the best shortbread recipe and correct proportion of ingredients - I omit the salt. I have been making this recipe at Christmas for years and they are the first cookie gone. Recently won "Best in Show" and first place at the local fairs. Good with a pecan in the middle or a marischino cherry and melted dark chocolate drizzled over top - "Black Forest Shortbread". Read More
(33)
Rating: 5 stars
12/17/2002
P-E-R-F-E-C-T! I've been looking for a shortbread recipe for a while. This recipe was exactly what I had been looking for! So simple and fun. You get to let your hands do the dirty work. If anyone is looking for a shortbread recipe... this is it! Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
01/01/2007
Maybe I did something wrong but my boyfriend and I took one bite and threw them away! Too much cornstarch I think. Read More
(15)
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Rating: 5 stars
06/24/2007
These are so light and buttery they just melt in your mouth. I used a cookies stamp to flatten slightly and imprints left beautiful impressions. Makes them just that much more special. Read More
(15)
Rating: 5 stars
12/21/2002
I have been using this recipe for years. I originally found it on the side of a cornstarch box but then later as luck would have it I misplaced it. Glad to find it again...IT IS THE BEST SHORTBREAD THAT I HAVE EVER MADE. I pipe the dough into "swedish" tins and bake. When I am about to serve I dust them with icing sugar and put a dab of raspberry jam in the centre. DELICIOUS. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/02/2008
My cookies looked very suspect but they tasted wonderful. The recipe is easy to follow and I would highly recommend it. Half way through the baking I mixed 3 tablespoons of vanilla & 4 tablespoons of water and spooned it over the top of each cookie. Read More
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