So last week I got another item of Christmas baking completed. I made a large batch of shortbread cookies. I think shortbread is one of my most favourite Christmas cookies. This a cookie that we only ever make at Christmas time and I love the way it just melts in your mouth. This is the recipe that my mother made. It was also found on the back of a box of cornstarch for many years. Some people fancy them up by adding candied cherries, sprinkles or other things but for me I just prefer them plain.
Here is the recipe:
1/2 cup cornstarch
1/2 cup icing sugar
1 cup flour
3/4 cup butter, softened (not melted)
Sift dry ingredients together then add butter. With large wooden spoon work butter in thoroughly. Work with hands until soft, smooth dough forms. Shape into 1 inch balls. Place 1 1/2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheet, flatten with lightly floured fork. Bake in 300*F oven for 15-20 min. or until edges are lightly browned. Store in tightly covered container.