Five Ingredient Shortbread…with Six Ingredients?

Every so often a basket of delicious cookies would magically appear at work.  I didn’t know who made them at first, but I always helped myself.  They were for sharing of course.  Eventually I found out these delicious treats were shortbread cookies.  YUM.  Remember that cookbook this recipe came from?  Well, it just so happen it also has a recipe for shortbread.  Of course, I had to try it.

The recipe placed emphasis on how simple the it was and I already had everything I needed on hand so I agreed with them.

1 cup (2 stciks) butter, softened to room temperature
1/2 cup sugar
1/8 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/8 teaspoon salt

Seems simple enough right?  So lets get to work.


First you want to cream the butter at about medium speed.  Then add your sugar and beat until it’s combined.  Stir in your vanilla.


Combine your flour and salt in a bowl then gradually add it to the butter mixture.  I used a heaping tablespoon.  You may need to gradually knead your dough towards the end.  It will still be soft and shouldn’t stick to your hands.   Now at this point for me I decided to give the dough a taste…PLAIN.  I was disappointed and thought it wouldn’t taste as good as the scrumptious cookies from work so I raided my spice cabinet for something extra to add…


…cardamon powder.  I have some on hand in order to make my chai tea concentrate and thought this might taste good.  Since I added this in at the last minute I broke the dough into pieces and sprinkles 2-3 healthy pinches and kneaded it all together.  I was careful not to put too much.  I didn’t want it to overpower because it was shortbread first.  Now back to the recipe.


Once you have the dough kneaded well into a nice ball, roll it out to about 1/2 inch thick.  It’s easier with a rolling pin, but it’s not necessary.  I used a 3 inch cookie cutter to cut out my cookie shapes.  Once you cut out all you can and place them on a lightly floured cookie sheet, roll up the remaining dough and repeat the process until you don’t have any dough left.  About 12 cookies.  Try to space them about 2 inches apart.  Gently press a fork in a criss cross pattern across the top for the trademark shortbread look.


Bake in an oven preheated to 275 degrees for 45 minutes.  Let them cool completely.  Really.  Move them too early and they may crumble.  Trust me, I know.  After that it’s a free for all!  The cardamon flavor  is there but is light.  It’s enough for someone to notice something extra good but not quite be able to place it.  I’m already thinking of other flavors to add.  With such a simple recipe it’s hard to leave it alone.

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