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Friday, December 2, 2016

Christmas Cookies : Vanilla Bean Shortbread Cookies

Yay!! It's December!! In my house the tree is trimmed, the Halls are decked and i've gotten started on my christmas cookie baking.

Here is one of my oldest & most festive cookie recipe to make this time of year.  I have sweet childhood memories of my mom making these at christmas time.  She always packed them away in a pretty 12 Days of Christmas tin.

The dough is a snap to make and can be doubled without a problem, it rolls out nicely on a lightly floured surface.  I decorate them with all kinds of fun christmassy sprinkles before baking, which takes about 8mins in a 350 oven.

Basic Shortbread 

1 Cup Unsalted Butter
1/2 Cup Icing Sugar
1 tsp Salt
2 Cups Flour

Cream the butter in a stand mixer just until smooth.  Add in the icing sugar a little at a time.  Stop and scrape down the bowl as necessary until all the sugar is incorporated.  With the mixer on the slowest speed stir in the flour a little at time until soft dough forms.  I like to add vanilla bean paste to these cookies but you could flavour this dough anyway you like.  You could add regular vanilla extract so you don't see the bean specks and if you really want your cookies to stay light in colour you could add in clear vanilla extract.

 This basic dough can be flavoured so many different ways which is great.  You could add lemon zest and poppy seeds or a little lavender instead.  Orange zest would be nice too. 

Merry Cookies !

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