Have you ever wondered why there’s no ready-made shortbread cookie mix? Or am I the only one who’s that simple? Gah! Well, my friends. These buttery shortbread cookies are so easy to make, there are no shortcuts needed. It’s literally three ingredients. Likely ones you have on hand. So these are the perfect thing for those days where you just want to put on your fuzzy socks and not leave the house the whole day.
So, never having make these before (obviously), I looked at a few different recipes for shortbread cookies. I know, it seems silly considering they’re so simple but there were a few different types. Some claimed Scottish shortbread cookies are made with brown sugar and others called for vanilla extract. Now, I’m a purest at heart and so I sided with the folks who were commenting that true shortbread cookies do not use vanilla. And I like the idea of brown sugar and might try that, but felt like the shortbread cookies I’d had before and loved always tasted like they used regular sugar.
So once I narrowed it down to 3 ingredients it was very easy to get the dough made. The trickiest part was getting the shape right. I wanted a nice flat top and liked the look of the cookies I had seen with dotted indentions. So I ultimately decided to roll these out and used a square cookie cutter with a wavy edge. I used a kabob skewer to poke holes matching the scalloped edge of the cookie cutter. They have a traditional vibe but I felt like I put my own little spin on them and that was fun. 🙂 I think you could do all different shapes and really have some fun with the dots. You could try putting initials in the middle or even try a cookie stamp. Get creative! I don’t think there’s a right or wrong way to do it. Just do your thang! Baking is supposed to be therapy, right?
Speaking of baking, I’m thinking about making these for our annual Christmas cookie baking party. I love how simple yet delicious they are. So I’m thinking I’ll do half the batch plain and then dip the other half in melted chocolate. Mmmm!! Or maybe do some kind of design in chocolate? I don’t know yet but I’m definitely liking the idea of adding chocolate to these.
Pro tips: Here’s the type of cookie cutter I used — square with scalloped edges. Also, if you don’t own one already, I highly recommend purchasing a thin, flexible metal spatula. The Mr. turned me on to this handy piece of kitchenware. They’re very useful for lifting sticky, delicate things (like these cookies!) without smashing them or breaking them.