Thursday, April 18, 2013

Buttery Goodness!

Few things are as good as a good cookie, especially when that cookie is shortbread. Everytime I see a receipe I save it and make it and learned that the best recipes always have a ratio of ingredients where there is more flour that butter to give it the perfect texture.


The ideal ratio is one part sugar {use 3/4 is using fine sugar}, 2 parts butter, and 3 parts flour. If you find recipes that have a similar ratio you can always modify it or make your own using this formula. You can add vanilla extract, maple syrup, cocoa pwder {1/2 parts}, any citrus zest and even a little bit of rose or orange flower water.


The cookie is typical of Scotland  and was born around the Middle Ages from bicuit bread and its double baking process. Today, it has become a symbol of the United Kingdom and has several cousins in other countries like Denmark, Ireland and Sweden. You can find a similar version in Mexico called Polvorones which are usually made with pecans and covered with fine sugar {see recipe above}.


My personal experience has taught me to work with very cool dough when cutting the cookies and then cooling them again on the baking sheet. This will prevent them from losing their shape while baking.

Have a sweet day!

18 comments:

  1. Mmmm.... I love shortbread - if only it wasn't so packed with sugar and butter, which of course makes it taste so good! ;-)

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  2. Shortbread, yum! I love that you include the history in your posts, makes it all that more interesting to read!

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  3. Ohlala. Shortbread? I'm coming right over for cups of tea along with a dish of shortbread;-)

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  4. Love shortbreads, both baking and eating. :) I think it's my favourite biscuit, as far as buscuits are concerned (I think in the State biscuit is something different, though... )
    x

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  5. Shortbread cookies are my favorite! :)

    -Ashley
    http://lestylorouge.com

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  6. Wow I never knew any of this, great post!

    Ali of

    www.dressingken.com

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  7. I really love shortbread, and these look so yummy!

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  8. I loooove shortbread. Yum it's the best!

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  9. Ahh yes there are polvorones in the Philippines too - they are tasty!

    xoxo,
    Chic 'n Cheap Living

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  10. When I was staying in Scotland, the bed and breakfast proprietor put those cookies on our bedstand at night. As if I needed another reason to love that cookie. Oh yum!

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  11. I adore shortbread–especially slathered with a little lemon curd!

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  12. Thanks for your visit, Happy Friday!

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  13. I love shortbread & of course being in Scotland, I get the best ;) I make my own as well, so wonderful with tea :))) xx

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  14. These cookies look delish!!

    Jayme & Mendi @ Her Late Night Cravings

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  15. Mmmmm... I've always been nervous to make these because then I'll actually know how much butter goes into the recipe. Ignorance can be bliss

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