Mae's shortbread baking

Mae’s Shortbread

Mae's shortbread

Mae’s shortbread is a recipe that my mom received from a close friend when I was little.  My mom took the recipe and made it into a special treat for holidays. She’d meticulously cut out shapes of birds, bells and trees.  These days I just roll the dough in a log and cut into disks for when  I need a quick treat for friends and family.



1 cup butter

1/2 cup icing sugar

2 cups sifted all-purpose flour

1/4 tsp baking powder

1/4 tsp salt


Mix dry ingredients in a bowl. 

Cream butter and icing sugar together until the butter is well incorporated.

Mix butter into dry ingredients.  Do not over mix dough as it will make the cookies tough.

Use a piece of  parchment paper to roll a cookie log.

Chill in refrigerator for at least 2 hours.

Remove from fridge and cut into slices. Place on an un-greased cookie sheet and decorate with cherries or sprinkles if desired.

Bake at 325 degrees Fahrenheit until the bottoms are golden brown.  For this batch it took 20 minutes.

Move to a wire rack and cool before serving.

Try serving these cookies with  Strawberry Lemonade

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