April 9, 2008

Almond Shortbread Cookies

One of my husband's long time high school friends has decided to leave town for good. He's moved to the city where her girlfriend really fancies. Wow......I do wish him the best!!!!

The very first day I was introduced to him, he bought me his favorite shortbread cookies. And so I had an idea to make him some as farewell gift.

(makes 8 wedges)
1 stick unsalted butter, soften
1/4 cup white sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
2/3 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup almond, skin-on
2 tbsp cornstarch
pinch of salt

Preheat oven to 300F.

Ground almond with 1 tbsp sugar in a food processor. Add a little flour to prevent clumping.

Cream butter and remaining sugar in an electric mixer until smooth, about 2 mins. Beat in vanilla.

In another bowl whisk together the flour, grounded almond and salt. Add this mixture to the butter mixture. Beat until just incorporated.

Press the shortbread dough evenly into a tart pan. Prick the surface with a fork to prevent puffing up while baking. Use a sharp knife, score the top of the shortbread into 8 even pieces.

Place in the oven and bake until it's nicely browned, about 60 mins. Cool for 5 mins before removing from tart pan. Cut into 8 wedges along the line scored.


Monika K said...

Oooh - I haven't made shortbread in forever! This looks like sugary, high-fat, yummy goodness!

Jennifer A. Wickes said...

Thanks for the recipe! This is the link at my Holiday Cookie Extravaganza: