Since about a year or so, we have a cooking channel over here in Holland and I gotta say I'M HOOKED! There's just something so calming about watching people cook & bake, it's almost tranquil.. (okay getting carried away here, sorry about that ;) What I was saying is that it also gives me a lot of inspiration to try out new things I've never thought of before, but also to try out the most simple things like these butter cookies a.k.a., Shortbread cookies.
Since this is such an easy recipe, with very little ingredients I thought I'd take you through it step by step with these pictures. (you can check out the original recipe from 24 kitchen right here!)
What you'll need :
- 150 grams of butter ( I always use diet/light butter for all my recipes, but for this one it is worth going for a nice rich type of butter)
- 100 grams of suger (plust some extra for topping)
- a pinch of salt
- 250 grams of flower
- 1 egg
- I love to weigh and measure all my ingredients up front, I know.. it makes a lot of extra dishes BUT it makes the baking itself so much more relaxed!
- Mix in the butter with the flower, sugar and a pinch of salt using your hands and knuckles to make it in to a dough.
- Wrap your new made dough 'burger' in some plastic foil and refrigerate for about an hour. A burger shape cools better then a ball plus sounds cooler to say ;)
- Dust the surface with some flour and roll out the dough till it's about 4mm thick.
- Cut out the cookies using a metal ring, glass or just a knife.
- Since the cookies are very fragile at this state, you might wanna use a knife or spatula to transfer them on to your baking sheet. (lined with parchment paper so they come of easy breezy later on!)
- To make them look all pretty, carefully cut some diamond shapes in the dough making sure you don't go all the way through.
- Beat up the egg a bit and brush the cookies lightly with it.
- Now sprinkle some sugar over the cookies, be as generous as you like. Bake them in a preheated oven at 190C for about 20 minutes (or untill light golden) and youre delicous home made shorbread biscuits are done!
They are absolutely perfect for an afternoon of tea with girlfriends, a stack of magazines or in my case watching the cooking channel again, but this time with my freshly baked biscuits and a cup of cinnamon tea.
LOTS OF LOVE,