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Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Shortbread Cookies

A year in blogging or bonding should I ask?! Yes this blog has been a part of my life these days.Little did I expect this when I started sharmispassions?! Definitely a noooo!!!
Shortbread Cookies
This blog has
1.Earned me so many new friends and few are even close now.
2.Made me learn so many things about food photography.
3.Made the lazy me cook good food and venture even the baking world.
4.Made me aware that there are so many innovative recipes in world which can tempt you to taste even which u hate the most.
5.Made me learn a bit of design and photoshop(though I was reluctant when this was given to me to take up as a career).

And thanks to all of you who have made this blog lively by your motivating and lovely comments.

Now coming to todays cookies...On Vday, made up my mind to corner all the health factors for a while and went ahead with this shortbread cookies from here. Gave a variation of adding cornflour as suggested and they turned out a bit crispy and melt in the mouth texture.I did reserve few to check if the crispiness was maintained the next day too and yes it was exactly the same.
Shortbread Cookies

Ingredients :
  • APF - 150 gms
  • Cornflour - 50 gms
  • Salt - a pinch
  • Unsalted butter - 100 gms
  • Powdered sugar - 50 gms
  • Vanilla essence - 1 tsp
Method :
1. In a separate bowl sift the flour with salt. Set aside.

2. Cream butter,add sugar and beat until its smooth - it takes about 5mins. Add vanilla essence and mix well.

3. Now add APF to the butter sugar mixture and bring it to a dough. Flatten the dough into disk shape, wrap in a plastic cover and refrigerate for an hr.

4. On a flat surface roll out the dough to 1/4 inch thick. Cut into your desired shapes and place these cookies on the prepared baking sheet and again refrigerate it for 10-15 minutes.This will firm up the dough for the cookies to maintain their shape.

5. Meanwhile u can preheat the oven to 175deg C for 10mins. Bake the cookies for 12-15 mins The actual recipe says 8-10mins but my cookies took exactly 15mins to bake.

NOTE: If you feel like bread crumble texture after mixing the flour, sugar and butter, you can sprinkle few drops of milk to form the dough like texture for easy rolling and cutting.

This makes 20 shortbreads. This kept in an airtight container will go well for a week.
Shortbread Cookies

I often had this mind : What are shortbreads and how they are different from normal cookies? Here is the description from wikipedia

Shortbread is a type of biscuit which is traditionally made from one part white sugar, two parts butter, and three parts of flour. Shortbread is so named because of its crumbly texture (from an old meaning of the word short). Shortbread biscuits are often associated with normal egg-based biscuits, but they hold their shape under pressure, making them ideal for packed meals.

Shortbreads are baked at low temperature to avoid browning. When cooked, it is nearly white, or a light golden brown.

They may be sprinkled with more sugar while cooling. It may even be crumbly before cooled, but will become firmer after cooling. Hmm the taste was heavenly and just melts in ur mouth!!

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Written by: SHARMILEE J

55 comments:

  1. congrats on ur blog anniversary..

    beautiful and nice cookies...these are my fav...always there in my grocery list..

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  2. Sharmi,

    Congrats on blog anniversary. Beautiful short bread cookies.

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  3. Happy blog birthday! These cookies are the perfect treat for such an occasion!

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  4. hey congratulations..such beautiful way to celebrate the blog anniversary with heart shaped cookies..very good.

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  5. Congrats on your blog anniversary!! shortbread cookies looks yummy..cute shape..

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  6. Congrats Sharmi for our blog anniversary, keep rocking dear..Wat an excellent way to celebrate ur first blog anniversary,shortbreads looks tempting and gorgeous...Thanks for sending to my event...Am very happy to get ur entry...

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  7. cookies look yummy and so cute.lovely hearts.Congrats on the blog anniversary.

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  8. wow. congratulations!! cookies look too cute and pretty. nice pics. I am soooo tempted to taste them. ingredients are also very simple.

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  9. Congrats on ur blog anniversary..Cookies looks so cute & delicious..:)

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  10. Sharmi, you have celebrated your blog b'day with nice cookies! Happy B'day! :)

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  11. Congrats and look cookies looks awesome and delicious with a cup of hot coffee

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  12. Congrats and excellent way to celebrate ur blog anniversary!
    Many more years of Happy Blogging!

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  13. congratulation on completing one year... a nice post to celebrate it tooo

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  14. Congrats Sharmilee, looking forward for more more recipes here :)
    I know what i have ot try again in baking now!, Looks sinful !

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  15. Congratulations Sharmi, on the milestone and wishes for more to come. Loved the shortbread.

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  16. Congrats on completing a milestone in blogging :) Wish you many more ahead! Shortbread cookies look gorgeous, i want to prepare these too but after looking at the amt of butter used in some recipes i back off :(

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  17. Congratulations....very nice blog...

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  18. Happy birthday to your blog.. :) Cookies look so good and yummm :)

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  19. Thanks everyone, ur wishes made my day!! Parita, shortbread cookies are definitely not a healthy choice but can be made once in a while :)

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  20. Congraaats dear...Cookies looks lovely and cute.

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  21. Congrats and good luck!!!! Lovely cookies.

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  22. nalla bake ayirukku! expert agitta ivlo fast a...un kitta irunthu nirayya kathukanum, including acting fast and experimenting fast!

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  23. Happy Blog Anniversary!! Wish You learn many More and enjoy your Life along with this lovely blog!!

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  24. Congratulations, Sharmilee!Those cookies are such cuties!

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  25. Congratulations dear!!!! Cookies have come out really well:)

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  26. Congrats Sharmi! Scrumptious shortbread cookies :D

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  27. Congratulations! What a fabulous way to celebrate it with these buttery treats.

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  28. Hi, THanks for the comments in my blog...I looked upon your suggestion and changed the background colour...and now i, myself, am feeling great after seeing my blog...thanks a lot...by the way the cookies look yammy...

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  29. Silence sings, Thats really nice that u considered my suggestion, just checked ur blog its cool...Way to go!!
    Lavi, ne thane enaku baking guru yes those cookies were so tasty and just melts in ur mouth try out!

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  30. Congratulations.Very nice space...\
    Do drop by at http://anjuskitchentreasures.blogspot.com/

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  31. Wow looks so good and perfect for the event. And everthing is evently baked too.. looks crispy and loved all the click.

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  32. hey sharmilie happy bday 2 ur blog...:-)...cookies r very nice...nice shape

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  33. One of the Perfect recipes for shortbread!! I too make with cornflour added..:)!!!
    Lovely Lovely heart shaped cookies, Sharmee...
    wishing you many many more Blog Birthdays!! :)

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  34. Congrats on your blog anniversary..shortbread cookies is a family fav...adding corn flour would be great, making it even more crispier :-)

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  35. Congrats on the bloganniversary!!! The short bread cookies look so cute and yummy!!!

    http://memoryarchieved.blogspot.com

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  36. congrads on ur blog anniversary.... this shortbread looks awesome..perfect post on anniversary.. :)

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  37. Sharmilee Congrats on your blog turning one. only one complaint, you are celebrating with my most fav cookies and you dint share.....lovely recipe and awesome blog dear.

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  38. Hey Sharmi
    Congrats! Wish many more lovely years to come.

    Pretty looking cookies dear.

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  39. hi dear,

    thx for visiting my blog and for those lovely comments..u ve a great space with all yummy n delicious recipes...do keep in touch!

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  40. wish a happy b'day for your blog and wish you many many more years of blogging. Those cookies are gorgeous.

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  41. Congrats on completing a year of blogging! You have beautiful place here. :-)

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  42. are these similar to nankhatai? they look lovely :) gonna try it soon...

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  43. hai...
    can i skip salt if i'm using salted butter? Does it makes a great difference if i use salted butter?

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  44. @Tamilzhmuhil : Yes you can skip salt if you are using salted butter....

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  45. Hi sharmilee,

    Tried the Shortbread cookies and they turned out very well.This is the first cookie recipe I tried out and was very happy with the outcome. Thanks for the recipe
    Banu

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  46. Hi Sharmilee,

    Tried out the shortbread cookies and they turned out very well.This is the first cookie recipe I tried out and very happy with the outcome.Thanks for the recipe.
    Banu

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  47. @Banu : Thats great to hear...am glad it turned out well!

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  48. hi...felt it wasnt sweet enough so added powdered sugar again... but this time cookies lost shape and flowed into each other...first batch was perfect except for the sugar less taste

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  49. @Prithi : You can increase the sugar as per your preference...and chill the dough or the cut out cookies to avoid spreading.

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  50. @Prithi : Not yet but sure will post soon :)

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  51. Hi Sharmilee!! I am a newbie to baking and tried your recipe..this one came out so well and everyone at my home like id so much and want me to make more of it ... Thanks a ton for these wonderful easy to make recipes for amateurs like me..looking forward to try your other recipes too :)

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