It’s just a couple days from Christmas, how are your stress levels? For me, Christmas is always, ‘Oh, it’s months away’, to ‘Oh, it’s still weeks away’ to ‘OMG! It’s three days away!!!!!’.
In all seriousness though, it hasn’t been too bad, I like to keep things simple. One of my favourite holiday treats are these classic Shortbread cookies. With just four ingredients and a stand mixer doing most of the work, these cookies are a holiday sanity saver.
- 1 cup unsalted butter at room temperature
- 1/2 cup icing sugar
- 1/4 cup cornstarch
- 1 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
In stand mixer on medium high speed, whip butter until light and fluffy. About 5 minutes or if you are me, the time it takes to get the other ingredients out, measure them out and put them away again. Turn the mixer off, add in the icing sugar and cornstarch and slowly turn on mixer, again up to medium-high (doing this slowly should prevent any dust clouds) and let beat for another 2 to 3 minutes. Then, with the mixer off, add in the flour and again, slowly increase speed to medium high (or you’ll be wearing half the flour) and continue to beat for another few minutes.
I prefer to roll and press my cookies with a fork, and this dough is perfect for that and shouldn’t require any pre-chilling. If you’d rather scoop or simply spoon out the dough on to parchment-lined baking sheets, that’s your decision. If you want to go my route, remember to keep a bowl of flour nearby to dab your fork in in-between presses.
Bake in a preheated 300 degree oven for 15-20 minutes. The cookie sheets I’ve been using lately are insulated, so they take they whole 20. This recipe makes 24 cookies, 36 if you prefer them a bit smaller.
If you’d like, feel free to dip half the cookies in melted chocolate, etc. Me? I like ’em plain best.
I’ve been storing and transporting all of this year’s holiday baking in GLAD holiday-themed zipper bags and reusable containers. Not only are they totally cute, they keep everything fresh, are easy for the kiddos to open and close, and if they get misplaced, no biggie. I also *ahem* have been known to keep some in my purse (yes, it’s a big purse) when we go to family holiday meals and gatherings – I’ll never say no to taking home leftovers!
Visit https://glad.ca/holiday-sanity-saver for more last-minute holiday recipes, tips and videos.
Disclosure: GLAD sent me some goodies to help in the preparation of this post. Opinions are my own.