Happy Shortbread Day! 6 January is a day just for enjoying shortbread (not shortcake!). This sweet biscuit is traditionally made with one part sugar, two parts butter and three parts white flour. And for those that want to add a bit of a twist, chocolate chips (dairy-free) can be added to the mixture.
Immediately after baking cut them into squares and allow for them to cool. It can be enjoyed with a cup of tea, coffee, hot chocolate or simply on its own. Just a bit of a warning, once you start you won’t stop -it’s that good!
Shortbread is one of life’s luxuries that many people associate with good times that are remembered with fondness. Why not, therefore, sit back with a large piece of shortbread and think for a moment about this lovely treat? Happy Shortbread Day!
To celebrate this day here a great recipe to make that is dairy free.
Dairy Free Shortbread Cookies
Author: Ashley Adams
The following recipe make 36 cookies.
- 1 cup dairy-free soy margarine
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/4 t. salt
1. Preheat the oven to 350 F. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
2. In a large bowl using an electric hand mixer, beat the dairy-free soy margarine for about 3-4 minutes on a high speed setting, or until “fluffy”. Add the confectioners’ sugar, beating until well combined. Add in the flour gradually, about 1/2 cup at time, and the salt, mixing until the mixture holds together as a soft dough.
3.Spread the batter onto the prepared sheet so that it is about 1″ thick. (I usually use about 1/2 of a baking sheet, but you can also use a 9″ x 13″ casserole dish if you prefer.)Prick the surface lightly every few inches with a fork. Bake for about 17 minutes in the preheated oven, or until lightly golden brown. Allow the shortbread to cool on the pan for about 10 minutes. While the shortbread is still in the pan, cut into bars about 1 inch wide and 2 inches long. Let the cookies cool completely in the pan on a wire cooling rack. Shortbread cookies will keep for about 5 days in an airtight container, with layers of wax paper between each layer of cookies, in the refrigerator.
Happy Shortbread Day!
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