Shortbread Cookie Recipe Christmas Cookies

A classic Christmas cookie favorite, these tender melt-in-your-mouth shortbread cookies can be enjoyed year round by varying the ingredients and shapes.Walkers Shortbread CookiesIt's that time of year again when the familiar red and black tartan packages and cookie tins full of Walkers Shortbread start showing up on specialty store shelves everywhere.Established in 1898 by Joseph Walker, Walkers still bakes their shortbread cookies following the original family recipe. Many generations later, Walkers continues to export shortbread cookies to over 60 countries around the world from the village of Aberlour in the Scottish highlands. http://www.perloasis.org/snow-elimination-is-an-essential-evil-when-it-comes-to-having-a-house/ - snow removal - Although Walkers has their own secret shortbread recipe, the recipe for these Shortbread Cookies tastes very similar to Walkers original shortbread.Shortbread Cookies Tips & TricksShortbread cookies can be baked as directed here in a square baking pan and then cut into fingers, in a round cake pan and scored into classic shortbread wedges, or pressed into antique shortbread molds. The sky's the limit with imagination when it comes to shortbread cookies!Never, ever use margarine in this recipe. Use only the freshest butter for the best shortbread cookies.Always use real vanilla and flavorings. Imitation extracts just won't do!Even though these shortbread cookies are baked in a baking pan, they can also be rolled out and cut with decorative cookie cutters for the holidays. Chill shortbread dough for an hour or more. Roll out chilled dough to 1/4" thick and bake cut cookies for approximately 8-12 minutes, or until shortbread cookies are light brown and slightly firm. Decorate as desired!Shortbread Cookies and Variations on a ThemeAdd ground toasted almonds, hazelnuts or pecans to your dough for a wonderful nutty flavor.Get adventurous and add some real vanilla bean scraped from the insides of a vanilla pod.Substitute pure almond, rum or even maple extract for the vanilla.Substitute coconut extract for the vanilla, dip the ends in vanilla icing and then again in toasted coconut.Substitute orange or lemon extract for the vanilla and add 2 Tablespoons of grated lemon, orange or lime zest.Dip the finished shortbread cookies in chocolate ganache and roll in chopped nuts, or not!Add instant coffee, espresso powder or ground cinnamon to the dough for an exotic taste.Sandwich two rolled and baked shortbread cookies together with raspberry jam for a "Linzer" type cookie.Shortbread Cookie Recipe4 cups all-purpose flour1/2 teaspoon salt1/2 teaspoon baking powder2 cups butter, softened1 cup confectioners' sugar (powdered or icing sugar)2 teaspoons pure vanillaDirections: How To Make Great Shortbread CookiesPreheat oven to 350 degrees F.Lightly butter a 9" X 13" baking pan and set aside.Blend flour, salt and baking powder in a medium sized bowl and set aside.In a large mixing bowl and preferably with an electric mixer, beat the butter for 2 minutes. Add sugar and beat. Add vanilla and beat again until light and fluffy. Scrape sides of bowl.Turn mixer to low, and fold in flour, salt and baking powder. Mix just until blended. Press into prepared baking pan.With a bench scraper or sharp knife, score dough into 1" X 3" "fingers". Do not go all the way through, just the top 3rd of the dough. Use a fork and prick the top all over.Bake at 350 degrees for approximately 30-40 minutes, or until shortbread is a lovely shade of light brown and fragrant. Transfer to a wire rack and let cool about 10 minutes before removing from the pan. Place on cutting board and cut through the score marks. Let cool completely before storing in air tight container.Christmas Cookies for a Cookie Exchange or Cookie Tray! Thumbprint Cookies with Raspberry Jam - With their bright red raspberry jam center, these festive Thumbprint cookies will liven up every Christmas cookie platter.Russian Teacakes - Sometimes called Mexican Wedding Cakes or Pecan Butter Balls, these snow-white cookies are made with ground pecans and rolled in powdered sugar.Cherry Kisses Cookies- Pink and pretty with a Hershey's Kiss on top! Lots of color for Christmas cookie platters!Snickerdoodles Cookies - A classic old-fashioned, made-from-scratch cookie rolled in cinnamon sugar.Soft Christmas Sugar Cookies - Soft & buttery, melt-in-your-mouth sugar cookies rolled in red and green sugar.Source: walkersshortbread.com href='http://pies-cookies-squares.suite101.com/article.cfm/shortbread_cookie_recipe' - http://pies-cookies-squares.suite101.com/article.cfm/shortbread_cookie_recipe -