Thursday, December 15, 2011

Christmas Cookie Countdown--Scotch Shortbread Cookies

I am acting as co-host today for the Christmas Cookie Countdown along with Branson over at My Reflection of Something.

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These shortbread cookies are super easy to make, require only three ingredients, and are perfect to make with kids.

We always make these to eat as we put up the Christmas tree while listening to Bing Crosby's White Christmas album. We always babysit for Kristin and Brian that afternoon before putting up the tree that night. I started a tradition a few years ago to get just one kid to help me make them. We don't have that much counter space so it's hard to have five pairs of helping hands. Last year I chose Owen, who says he wants to be a baker when he grows up. This year I chose Gavin because he didn't have anything to do and was feeling left out. All the kids asked to be picked as The One to help next year.

On cookie baking day we usually make these, too. That day all the kids help since the kitchen table is cleared and available as another surface at Cookie Baking Central. They are all given the chance to decorate cookies.

Scotch Shortbread Cookies
***Original recipe found in the Better Homes and Gardens Cookbook.
      1 cup butter
      1/2 cup sugar
      2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour

1. Preheat oven to 300º.
2. Cream together butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Stir in the flour.
3. Roll out onto a floured surface.Cut out Christmas shapes with cookie cutters and place on cookie sheets.
4. Decorate your cookies with sprinkles.
5. Bake for 15 minutes.

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Christmas Cookie Countdown


Frances said...

This is another recipe I've never tried, Kati. It looks so easy! Three ingredients! The trouble with baking cookies is that you want to eat them! Sigh. Especially when they are decorated so festively!

KY Mommy said...

These look good - never tried shortbread. Doesn't look like there is any levening agent, so roll them pretty thick?

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Vee said...

Wow! What a great resource for Christmas cookies!