Monday, February 18, 2013

Shortbread Cookies Recipe - Easy Eggless Vanilla Cookies

Shortbread Cookies Recipe
Shortbread cookies always remain a special place in my baking journey....Yes it was one of the first few cookie recipes that turned out perfect the first time itself. Last time when I made these sugar cookies , mittu enjoyed it...so with confidence made these cookies and she absolutely loved these too.
Shortbread Cookies Recipe
Its simple, easy and quick too with no additional baking powder and baking soda too..how cool is that?! Its perfect for your kids too. With just 4 base ingredients, these cookies are amazing I would say.
Easy Eggless Vanilla Cookies

Shortbread Cookies Recipe - Ingredients

Preparation Time : 10 mins | Cooking Time : 30 mins | Makes : 25 to 30 cookies
Recipe Category: Cookies | Recipe Cuisine: World | Recipe Reference: Joyofbaking

Maida(All purpose flour) - 1 cup(135 gms)
Unsalted butter - 1/2 cup (100 gms)
Powdered Sugar - 1/4 cup (40 gms)
Vanilla essence - 1/2 tsp
Salt - 1/8 tsp

Method:

  1. In a separate bowl whisk flour with salt, keep aside.In another bowl beat butter and sugar well until creamy with a whisk. Then add vanilla essence and give a quick stir.Gently add in the flour mixture.
    How to make  shortbread cookies - Step1
  2. Combine to form a soft dough - If it doesnt come together add just few drops of water/milk.Flatten the dough, wrap it in plastic wrap and chill it for atleast an hour(this is for making the dough firm so that while baking it doesnt spread but I was in a hurry so skipped the chilling part).Then on a slightly floured surface / place a butter paper like I did, roll out the dough to 1/4 inch thickness, then cut using your favourite shaped cookie cutters. Collect the scraps, roll again until you finish the entire dough.If you feek sticky then slightly flour the cookie cutters before using it.Meanwhile preheat the oven at 177 deg C for 10mins.
    How to make  shortbread cookies - Step2
  3. Line butter paper on the cookie tray and transfer the shaped cookies to the butter paper - I chilled the cookies at this stage for 10 mins while the oven was preheating. Once the oven is preheated,bake the cookies at the same temperature for 10-12 mins(mine took 15mins) or until the edges start turning golden brown.Cool down completely on a wire rack.
    How to make shortbread cookies - Step3
The cookies may look soft, once cooled down it becomes crisp.
Easy Eggless Vanilla Cookies

My Notes:

  • You can have this as a basic cookie recipe and have many variations.The cookies are mildy sweet and has a slight salt taste too that makes them unique.
  • Add 1/4 cup chocochip (or) a tsp of lemon / orange zest.
  • The texture of shortbread can also be changed by replacing 1/8 cup maida with rice flour for a slightly crunchy texture.For a melt in the mouth texture, replace 1/4 cup of the all purpose flour with cornstarch (corn flour).
  • You can even use 3/4 cup of maida and 1/4 cup wheat flour for a more healthy version.Dont think half and half will work.
  • Dip the shortbreads in melted chocolate for a glaze.
  • Salt is added just to lift the sweetness. You can skip that too.
Shortbread Cookies Recipe

50 comments:

  1. they look lovely, absolutely delicious...could you tell me the make of the oven.
    Thanks in advance.

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    1. Please check my oven post in the site for my oven details

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  2. This is a great idea and recipe ...
    Compliments - beautiful and elegant work and performance.
    Greetings and a nice new week, Diana

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  3. delish cookies and they are looking so cute.

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  4. Easy to follow recipe, with step by step instructions, Nice pics

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  5. Looks very cute and the clicks are too good :)

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  6. yummy cookies...its so easy to prepare...

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  7. wonderful presentation and clicks.. :)

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  8. Looks amazing!!!!
    Prathima Rao
    Prats Corner

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  9. Scrumptious cookies, quite addictive.

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  10. Super tempting clicks and yummy cookies

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  11. they are super easy to make and its better not to avoid salt sharmie because shortbread cookies needs a salt taste in them, that differentiates their taste from other cookies.

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  12. these cookies look great and seam to be simple to prepare

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  13. cookies looks so cute.. like the raw dough texture. it looks tempting..

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  14. These look great. have a doubt ? What is the texture like? Is it crispy on the outside and chewy on the inside or fairly crispy throughout?
    http://foody-buddy.blogspot.com/

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  15. They are very easy to make, simple and quick accompaniment for tea or coffee.

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  16. very delicious and addictive cookies...lovely presentation!

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  17. Very cute and great presentation and I lov shortbread cookies but I don't make often cos of the butter needed to make it..

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  18. i love the flavour of shortbread, especially the buttery-ness :)

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  19. Hi,Can we bake the cookies in Cooker?

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  20. Hi!!!!
    Its easy to prepare recipe! Very nice pics!

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  21. hi sharmilee
    this recipe s nice....i saw ur next recipe is egg curry....can u post some more egg recipes...i mean egg roll recipe.thanks.jayanthi.

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    1. Sure Renu am also planning to post more egg recipes after many requests from readers...so keep watching! :)

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  22. Hi Sharmilee,

    Can we use custard powder for this recipe?

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  23. Cookies look divine! Wonderful pics.!

    http://www.rita-bose-cooking.com

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  24. Hi can We bake them in Microwave ( in which Pre heat option is not there)?

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    1. As far as I know preheating is a must for any baked goodie....check for alternates to preheat in ur oven type

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  25. tried out these cookies today sharmi and they came out too gud...all at home simply luved them...thanks for such an easy recipe....:) :)

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  26. Looks so perfect. This cookies is one of my favorites too :)

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  27. Hi Sharmi...i tried these yesterday..... they taste good.Period! :)
    a little on the saltier side..i think i added more than a pinch....
    Also..i reduced the butter qty to a little less than 75 ml..
    Ive even tried ur eggless vanilla cake.....there also i reduced the amount of oil...the cake turned out good...n tht was my first time in baking...Thank u! :D

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  28. I tried them too!!!!its yummy!!!!
    Special treat to my mom on Mother's day!!! Thank you sooo much for sharing:)

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  29. Lovely recipe, looks easy too. Shall be trying them soon :)

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  30. hi..how long would these cookies last? I want to post it to a friend living abroad, wich mite take 10-20 days...would they last that long? also, can i decorate these with royal icing decorations?
    thank you

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    1. Without icing it will stay good for about a week...not sure beyond that...

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  31. can oil be substituted instead of butter.If yes then how much.

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    1. I am not sure of the oil substitute measure....sorry

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  32. nice recipe going to try them today.
    how much in advance can i make them?

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    1. It stays good for 1 week in room temperature

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    1. Yes you can use ...in that case skip salt.

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  34. Lovely recipe. I made it and was a hit in my house. I've posted it on my blog today mentioning the recipe source. Thanks.

    my blog - http://priyakitchenette.blogspot.com/

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