These dee-lish shortbread cookies are a family favorite - so good, in fact, that we made them as our wedding favors! (erm...not the pumpkin and owl ones...the ones with a "B"...for "Biddle" on them). They are super-tasty and super-easy!
I'm headed to the Southern Bloggers Conference this afternoon, so baked up a Halloween bunch to share with my new blogger-friends! I hope you love these as much as our families do...
- cookie stamps (mine are terracotta ones from Rycraft)
- mixer (stand mixer is best, since the dough gets tough to mix, but a hand mixer also works)
- 1.5 cups butter, softened
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 4 cups flour
- gift bags (*if* you're giving them away!)
Step #1: Cream butter and sugar thoroughly. *important because the dough can flake off when stamping if not creamed well.
Yes, yes..."Keep Calm and Bake On"...
Step #2: Add flour gradually, one cup at a time. Mix this until well blended. It will look something like this:
When you get towards the bottom of the dough bowl, you may notice the dough is more crumbly. Not a problem - just take some into your hands and roll it around a bit - the warmth from your hands will soften the butter and smooth out the crumbliness.
Step #4: Stamp with cookie stamp. (Spray the cookie stamp with non-stick spray (like PAM)). Press down until the dough is about the same width as the stamp. If it doesn't turn out "right", just roll it back into a ball and try again! No worries.
Step #5: Bake at 350-degrees (F) for 17-18 minutes.
I didn't bake them this close together...I just put them all together for picture-sake. Space them out as in the pictures above. Since they're shortbread, they don't really rise, or get wider, which is good when you're trying to stamp a design on a cookie. Typical sugar cookies *probably* wouldn't work because they'd rise, and the stamp-design would turn into a blob :)
Aren't they adorable!?? I'm sure you can guess the owl and pumpkin are for halloween...but the "B"?...it's for "Biddle Bits" :)
|All packaged up and ready to go!|
Step #6: Pour yourself a big ol' glass of milk and ENJOY!! Let me know how they taste :)
For all you bakers (and store-bought cookie Connoisseurs out there),
What's your favorite type of cookie? Care to share the recipe?!