March 15, 2009

Erin Go Bragh!

St. Patrick's Day is this week, so I thought I would post my favorite recipe for classic Irish shortbread cookies. With only three ingredients, you can make these simple yet delicious cookies anytime of the year!

3-Ingredient Shortbread Cookies

2 cups unsalted butter, softened (no substitutions!)
1 cup granulated sugar
5 cups all-purpose flour

1. Heat oven to 275 degrees. Grease four 8-inch round cake pans; set aside.
2. In a large mixer bowl at medium speed, cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in flour, one cup at a time, until well mixed.
3. Divide dough into 4 equal pieces. Pat each piece evenly into bottom of pan. (If you only have 2 pans, refrigerate half the dough and bake half at a time). With tines of fork, prick dough all over to prevent bubbles from forming during baking. Bake for 1 hour or until pale and golden. Do not allow to brown. Cool in pans 10 minutes; remove from pans and cut each into 8 wedges. Makes 32. The wedges will keep for a long time, covered in a cookie tin.

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