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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
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
With a wire whisk, mix together the flour and the sugar.
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How to Make Shortbread - Step Three - Add the Butter
Add the cold cut pieces of butter.
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How to Make Shortbread - Step Four - Cut in the Butter
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
The butter mixed into the flour/sugar mixture should like this, like peas.
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How to Make Shortbread - Step Six - Addens
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
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 RecipesContinue to 9 of 12 below.
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How to Make Shortbread - Step Eight - Press Pastry Into Pan
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
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
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!
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.