This buttery shortbread will be a family favorite for sure.
Decorate Shortbread cookies for the season using candy decor, sparkling sugar or dip them in chocolate.
3 sticks of unsalted butter, room temp
1 cup sugar plus more for decoration
1 TSP vanilla extract
3 1/2 cups unbleached all purpose flour
1/4 TSP salt
1 container Bakers milk/dark chocolate for dipping
Preheat oven to 350.
In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, mix together the butter and 1 cup of sugar until they are just combined. Add the vanilla. In a medium bowl, sift together the flour and salt, then add them to the butter/sugar mixture. Mix on low speed until the dough starts to come together.
At this point you can press into a 9×9 pan, or a shortbread baking dish, you can sprinkle the top with sugar.
If you want to use cookie cutters then roll the dough 1/2-inch thick and cut with a cookie cutter. Place the cookies on an ungreased baking sheet lined with parchment paper and sprinkle with sugar if you like.
Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, until the edges begin to brown.
If pressed into a pan you’ll want to cut your cookie size before it cools. Allow to cool to room temperature before removing from the pan.
When the cookies are cool. Microwave the Bakers chocolate according to the container directions. Dip or brush half the cookie or drizzle the entire cookie with chocolate as you desire. Place the cookies back on the parchment lined sheet and let them sit until the chocolate is firm. You can refrigerate them for a few minutes to finish firming up the chocolate.