Our basic butter shortbread is made with only three ingredients. Roll the dough and cut into square or round shapes or pat the dough into a baking pan.
- Serves: 30 persons
- 8ounces butter (softened)
- 3 ½ounces granulated sugar
- 9ounces all-purpose flour
- Optional: Powdered sugar for dusting
Step 1Gather the ingredients.
Step 2Heat the oven to 300 F.
Step 3Combine the butter and sugar in the bowl of a stand mixer. Alternatively, use a hand mixer in a sturdy bowl.
Step 4Cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
Step 5Gradually stir flour into the creamed mixture until well blended. Use a paddle attachment for the stand mixer, or mix by hand with the help of a wooden spoon.
Step 6Once the mixture is well incorporated, use a small offset spatula to spread or pat it into the bottom of an ungreased 13 x 9 x 2-inch baking pan. (If you'd like a thicker shortbread, use a 9-inch square pan). Prick the dough all over with a fork. Alternatively, roll the dough out on a lightly floured surface and cut out with round or square cookie cutters.
Step 7Bake in the preheated oven for 40 to 45 minutes until just lightly browned.
Step 8Remove from the oven and immediately cut into squares or rectangles. Cool completely before removing from pan. If using, dust with powdered sugar.