Shortbread Cookies – One Recipe with Four Variations

12 Days of Christmas – Today is all about Cookies

Cookies are my favorite treat hands down any time of the year.  Soft and chewy molasses cookies, or dunkers like biscotti it doesn’t matter I love them all.  Because of that, I am excited to see all the new cookie recipes my blogging friends come up with for today’s post.   As always their cookie posts are all lined up at the end of mine.  Grab a coffee and a cookie and enjoy!

Shortbread Cookies with Four Variations

When the boys were all home and the house was constantly full of guest coming and going my habit was to make double batches of everything because it all went so fast.  Sadly those days are gone only to be replaced with “That looks so delicious but I am fat…I really would like too but….”
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So for this year, I devised a new recipe.  Instead of making four separate batches of different cookies ending up with several dozen.  I made one batch of a shortbread type cookie dough and split into small batches for variety.  This shortbread recipe makes 48 small cookies.

Shortbread Cookie Base Recipe

1 c  real butter

2/3 cup granulated sugar

1/2 tsp salt

1 tsp vanilla

3 cup flour

1/2 cup corn starch

Place the butter in the mixer bowl and beat on high until fluffy, it will turn a light yellow colour.

Add the sugar and continue beating for another five minutes to totally dissolve the sugar.

Add the salt and vinegar and beat until very well blended.

Finally, add the flour and the cornstarch.  Mix until blended.

Bake the cookies at 275 degrees for about half an hour.  Take them out before they brown.

You will need small amounts of dipping chocolate, cranberries, rolo pieces, chocolate chips, pecans, yogurt chips, and jam.

Chocolate Dipped Shortbread
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Take 1/4 of the dough.  Roll into small balls and press flat with the palm of your hand.  Bake.  Melt 1/2 cup of dipping chocolate.  Once the cookies are cool dip half the cookie into the chocolate and place on parchment paper.  Place in the fridge to cool.

Rolo, Pecan, Chocolate Chip  Shortbread

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Take 1/4 of the dough.  Add  1/4  c mini rolo chocolate pieces, 1/4 cup chopped pecans, 1/4 cup chocolate chips.  Bake at 275 until done.

Cranberry, Pistachio and  Yogurt Shortbread

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Take 1/4 of the dough.  Add 1/4 cup dried cranberries, 1/4 cup chopped pistachios and 1/4 cup yogurt chips.  Bake at 275 until done.

Jam Filled Shortbread

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Take 1/4 of the cookie dough.  Roll into small balls and using your thumb make a thumbprint in the middle of each cookie.  Fill with a dab of jam, I used raspberry but any jam you like is fine.  Bake at 275 until done.

I also thought about making some with currants and white chocolate, or coconut and white chocolate.  Play with flavours your own family loves.

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This gives the family an assortment and I won’t need to store so many in my freezer.

 

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10 thoughts on “Shortbread Cookies – One Recipe with Four Variations

  1. Leanna, these cookie look so good. I love any kind of cookie also. Yes back in the day when the kids were little I would bake so many different cookies. Now it is one batch so this recipe is just the thing.

  2. Such a great idea (and so true about people not eating!) to make these four different ways. Each sounds wonderful. My feeling is it’s the holidays — enjoy while you are at an event and ‘behave’ the rest of the days. Life is too short to eliminate sugar haha!

  3. Wow, these all looking amazing, but I would have to the try the chocolate dipped ones first. Yum. What a great idea to make the variations so that there is a variety. Love this idea.

  4. These all look so good, I would love one right now! I didn’t get around to baking this year for the first time. Thank you for sharing these on Party in Your PJs. Shared on social media!

    1. Exactly, the original dough recipe is a family favorite that has six steps and takes a full day to make. Not worth it for just one cookie.

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