Thursday, March 17, 2011

Happy St. Patrick's Day

If you have ever been to the British Isles you have came to love these buttery little cookies. They may not be specifically Irish but they will take you away with their European flare!

 The ones pictured have a little nontraditional green sugar sprinkles for the Irish/St. Patrick's Day, "wearing of the green". Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Scotch Shortbread
from: Betty Crocker's Cookbook

Heat oven to 350 degrees. 
3/4 c. margarine or butter, softened
1/4 c. sugar
2 c. flour

Cream butter and sugar. Add flour and mix until the dough begins to form a ball. (It takes a few minutes.) If dough is crumbly, mix in 1 to 2 tablespoons of additional butter or margarine, softened.)

Roll dough out to about 1/2 inch thick on lightly floured cloth-covered board. Cut into small shapes with cookie cutters. Or you can cut them into squares or rectangles with a pizza cutter, and prick with a fork like they do in the British Isles. Place about 1/2 inch apart on ungreased cookie sheet. Bake until edges begin to slightly turn golden brown, about 15-20 min. Immediately remove from cookie sheet to wire rack. 

Makes: about 2 dozen, 1- 1 1/2 inch cookies