Vanilla Shortbread Cookies

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This is a great recipe and an item that should be a staple in your freezer. These cookies are delicate, flavorful, and easy to make.

I came across this recipe earlier this summer just before catering an event for about 50 people. Raspberry sorbet was on the menu, and I wanted a cookie to serve with it.

Now, it would have been easy to go buy 5 dozen cookies, but it would have been expensive, and I couldn’t think of any place in Seattle that had just what I envisioned: a thin delicate piece of shortbread made with real butter.

The original recipe from Bon Appetit calls for European-style butter. Since I have a stash of basic unsalted butter in my freezer, I opted to use that instead. If you try this recipe with European butter, let me know how it turns out.

Vanilla Shortbread Cookies
Makes about 3 dozen
2 cups all purpose flour
¾ cup powdered sugar
¼ cup corn starch
¼ teaspoon salt
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
¼ cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Sift flour, powdered sugar, corn starch, and salt into a medium bowl.
Using an electric mixer, beat butter in a large bowl until fluffy. Gradually beat in the granulated sugar and vanilla.
Stir in the dry ingredients in three additions, mixing until just blended each time. Gather dough into ball; divide in half. Roll each half into a 6-inch-long log; wrap each log in plastic wrap and refrigerate at least 2 hours or overnight.

Position racks in the top third and center of oven; preheat oven to 325°F.

Cut each log crosswise into 1/3-inch-thick slices. Arrange slices on two large, heavy baking sheets, spacing slices ½ inch apart (cookies will spread very little).

Bake cookies for about 9 minutes.  Move the top sheet to the bottom rack and vice versa, rotating baking sheets, and bake just until the cookies turn golden brown at edges, about 9 minutes longer. Cool cookies on sheets for about 1 minute. Using a thin metal spatula, transfer cookies to racks; cool.

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