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Simple Classic Shortbread Recipe | Alexandra's Kitchen

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  • Brief Description

    Short Bread

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  • Category:  Desserts

  • Cuisine:  French

  • Prep Time:  0 min(s)

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  • Recipe Type:  Private

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  • Notes:

    *Makes 18 pieces * Does not need to be done in a food processor

  • Posted By:  Haseeb1584

  • Posted On:  Mar 22, 2023

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  1. 1 - cup (227 g) unsalted butter, room temperature
  2. 1 - teaspoon (5 g) kosher salt
  3. 2/3 - cup (134 g) granulated sugar
  4. 1 1/2 - teaspoons vanilla, optional *use
  5. 2 - cups (256 g) all-purpose flour
  6. - sparkling sugar, superfine sugar, or granulated sugar, for sprinkling, optional (I used raw sugar)


Heat oven to 325ºF. If your butter is not very soft, melt two tablespoons of it. Place the remainder in a large bowl. Pour the melted butter into the bowl; then stir with a wooden spoon to combine or until the butter is the texture of mayonnaise. Add the salt and stir to combine. Add the sugar and vanilla if using; then stir again to combine. Finally, add the flour and stir just until the flour is absorbed — the dough will still be lumpy.

Press dough into an ungreased (or parchment paper-lined for easy removal) 8- or 9-inch-square baking pan. Bake until golden brown, 35 to 40 minutes for 9-inch pan, 45 to 50 minutes for 8-inch. Transfer to a wire rack to cool. Cut into squares, bars or wedges while still warm. Sprinkle with a tablespoon or two of sparkling, superfine, or granulated sugar, if using.


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