How to Make Shortbread Easy With Three Simple Ingredients

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    Shortbread

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    Shortbread. Photo by Carroll Pellegrinelli

    Shortbread can be made with as few as three ingredients: butter, flour, and sugar. Here are the simple steps for making homemade Shortbread.

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    How to Make Shortbread - Step One - Gather the Ingredients

    SBS Shortbread - Step 1 - Ingredients (c) by Carroll Pellegrinelli, licensed to About.com
    SBS Shortbread - Step 1 - Ingredients. SBS Shortbread - Step 1 - Ingredients (c) by Carroll Pellegrinelli, licensed to About.com

    The majority of shortbread recipes used the same three basic ingredients: flour, sugar and cold butter. Cut up the butter and place it back in the refrigerator until needed.

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    How to Make Shortbread - Step Two - Mixing Ingredients

    SBS Shortbread - Step 2 - Whisk Ingredients (c) by Carroll Pellegrinelli, licensed to About.com
    SBS Shortbread - Step 2 - Whisk Ingredients. SBS Shortbread - Step 2 - Whisk Ingredients (c) by Carroll Pellegrinelli, licensed to About.com

    With a wire whisk, mix together the flour and the sugar.

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    How to Make Shortbread - Step Three - Add the Butter

    SBS Shortbread - Step 3 - Add Butter Photo (c) by Carroll Pellegrinelli, licensed to About.com
    SBS Shortbread - Step 3 - Add Butter. SBS Shortbread - Step 3 - Add Butter Photo (c) by Carroll Pellegrinelli, licensed to About.com

    Add the cold cut pieces of butter.

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    How to Make Shortbread - Step Four - Cut in the Butter

    SBS Shortbread - Step 4 - Incorporate Butter (c) by Carroll Pellegrinelli, licensed to About.com
    SBS Shortbread - Step 4 - Incorporate Butter. SBS Shortbread - Step 4 - Incorporate Butter (c) by Carroll Pellegrinelli, licensed to About.com

    Use a pastry blender, your fingers or even a food processor to cut in the butter.

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    How to Make Shortbread - Step Five - Incorporated Butter

    SBS Shortbread - Step 5 - Mixed (c) by Carroll Pellegrinelli, licensed to About.com
    How to Make Shortbread - Step 5 - Mixed Ingredients. SBS Shortbread - Step 5 - Mixed (c) by Carroll Pellegrinelli, licensed to About.com

    The butter mixed into the flour/sugar mixture should like this, like peas.

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    How to Make Shortbread - Step Six - Addens

    SBS Shortbread - Step 6 - Added Ingredients (c) by Carroll Pellegrinelli, licensed to About.com
    SBS Shortbread - Step 6 - Added Ingredients. SBS Shortbread - Step 6 - Added Ingredients (c) by Carroll Pellegrinelli, licensed to About.com

    For shortbread recipes that have additional ingredients like chocolate chips, nuts and so on, stir them in at this step.

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    How to Make Shortbread - Step 7 - Place Shortbread Pastry in Pan

    SBS Shortbread - Step 7 - Place in Baking Pan (c) by Carroll Pellegrinelli, licensed to About.com
    SBS Shortbread - Step 7 - Place in Baking Pan. SBS Shortbread - Step 7 - Place in Baking Pan (c) by Carroll Pellegrinelli, licensed to About.com

    Dump the mixed shortbread pastry ingredients into a lightly greased pan. To lightly grease a pan, I use cooking spray and then wipe it out. As I wanted to make two types of shortbread at a time, I divided the pastry into 2 parts. I then added the chocolate chips to one half.Shortbread Recipes

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    How to Make Shortbread - Step Eight - Press Pastry Into Pan

    SBS Shortbread - Step 8 - Press Into Pan Photo (c) by Carroll Pellegrinelli, licensed to About.com
    SBS Shortbread - Step 8 - Press Into Pan. SBS Shortbread - Step 8 - Press Into Pan Photo (c) by Carroll Pellegrinelli, licensed to About.com

    Use your hands to press the pastry into the pan.
    Bake for 350 degrees F. for 25 to 30 minutes.

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    How to Make Shortbread - Step Nine - Bake Shortbread

    SBS Shortbread - Step 9 - Baked Shortbread (c) by Carroll Pellegrinelli, licensed to About.com
    SBS Shortbread - Step 9 - Baked Shortbread. SBS Shortbread - Step 9 - Baked Shortbread (c) by Carroll Pellegrinelli, licensed to About.com

    The shortbread should be slightly brown on top when removed from the oven.

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    How to Make Shortbread - Step Ten - Cut and Sugar

    SBS Shortbread - Step 10 - Cut Shortbread Photo (c) Carroll Pellegrinelli, licensed to About.com
    SBS Shortbread - Step 10 - Cut Shortbread. SBS Shortbread - Step 10 - Cut Shortbread Photo (c) Carroll Pellegrinelli, licensed to About.com

    While still warm, cut the shortbread into squares and cut diagonally to form triangles. Sprinkle top with sugar.

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    How to Make Shortbread - Step Eleven - It's Shortbread!

    Shortbread Photo (c) by Carroll Pellegrinelli, licensed to About.com
    Shortbread. Shortbread Photo (c) by Carroll Pellegrinelli, licensed to About.com

    As you can see, it's very easy to make your own shortbread. Shortbread is perfect alone or with tea and/or coffee. Put some in a pretty container, and you've got the perfect homemade gift.

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