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Nutritional Info
  • Servings Per Recipe: 80
  • Amount Per Serving
  • Calories: 105.6
  • Total Fat: 4.9 g
  • Cholesterol: 17.2 mg
  • Sodium: 43.5 mg
  • Total Carbs: 14.0 g
  • Dietary Fiber: 0.3 g
  • Protein: 1.5 g

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English Shortbread Cookies

Submitted by: JEEP_GIRL

Introduction

This is my great-grandpas recipe. He was a baker in England before immigrating to the US in 1913, where he opened 3 bakeries. This is my great-grandpas recipe. He was a baker in England before immigrating to the US in 1913, where he opened 3 bakeries.
Number of Servings: 80

Ingredients

    1 pound butter (4 sticks/2 cups)
    8 cups white flour
    1.75 cups granulated sugar,
    2 eggs
    1/4 tsp cream of tarter
    1/2 tsp baking soda
    1/2 cup milk
    1 tsp lemon extract (or substitute with almond)
    yellow food coloring (if desired)
    candied cherry for garnishment (if desired)

Tips

As children, we use to sneak the plate of cookies at Christmas and hide them, so we could keep them all to ourselves. These were the hit of every holiday party. The dough is suppose to be dry - that is usual!


Directions

Mix flour, butter and sugar together. Mix will be powdery.

Mix rest of ingredients, add to dry mix.

Roll dough 1/4" thick and cut out (I use a round drinking glass for a cutter). They could also be pressed into a shortbread cookie mold. Add 1/2 of candied cherry to center of cookie as decoration.

Bake at 350 degrees for 12-15 minutes on a ungreased cookie sheet.

Makes aprox 6 1/2 dozen cookies.






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  • Incredible!
    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
    I have tried and tried to make shortbread cookies and they have never turned out right... these are light and flaky and turned out perfect.. I will defiantly make them again! - 12/3/09

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  • Incredible!
    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
    Ooh thank you so much for sharing. Family recipes are always treasures, so it's lovely of you to share this. I am looking forward to making this shortbread. Seasons Greetings :) - 12/18/09

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  • Incredible!
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    I am scottish and shortbread cookies are different than 'shortbread' itself. thank you so much for sharing this wonderful treat from your personal family cookbook! - 12/23/09

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  • 1 of 9 people found this review helpful
    I'm sorry, but that is not shortbread. Real shortbread is made with butter, sugar and flour - nothing else. This recipe sounds more like German biscuits that my mother used to make. - 9/20/09

    Reply from JEEP_GIRL (12/3/09)
    I see a lot of people calling things "Chinese" or "Mexican" and they sure aren't authentic. It is simply a family recipe that has been handed down, and this is what it was called and where it came from.


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  • My Grandmother came to the US from Scotland in 1906. This is the same as her recipe for "Shortbread Cookies", except that she didn't use lemon extract, she used vanilla. She topped a cookie with home made current jam, and topped with a 2nd cookie center cut out, and then baked. Delicious! - 2/4/13

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