Shortbread Cookie Bar

Shortbread Cookie Bar
This time of the year is when I start to gather all the cookie and bar recipes good for making during the holidays. This recipe is one of my favorite recipes. Not only does it hold well in a airtight container for about 2 weeks, but it is very easy to add your favorite combination of add ins in to the base recipe! Shortbread is a classic cookie that is just not made enough in my opinion. I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as I do.
Ingredients:
  • 1 3/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup cornstarch
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 cup salted butter, room temperature
  • 3/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla or your other favorite extract (Although, if it is almond extract I would cut it down to 1/2 tsp. as it is very strong)
  • 1 cup of your favorite add ins. (I used 1/2 cup white chocolate chunks and 1/2 cup dried sweetened cranberries)
Supplies Needed:
  • Mixer
  • Whisk
  • Dry measuring cups
  • Measuring spoons
  • Parchment or Waxed paper
  • 9 x 13 baking pan
  • Cooling rack
  • Spatula
  • Fork
Step 1: Preheat your oven to 300 degrees. Grease your 9 x 13″ pan with pan spray and line with parchment or waxed paper. You will want to leave a small overhang of your liner to help with easy removal.
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Step 2: Gather all your ingredients and supplies needed.
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Step 3: In your mixer, cream together your butter and powdered sugar for about 4-5 minutes on medium speed. Stop to scrap down the mixer bowl and finish creaming together these ingredients.
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Step 4:  In a separate bowl, mix together flour, corn starch and salt.
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Step 5: Add dry ingredients and your add ins to the mixer. Mix on low until combined.
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Step 6: Place mixture into your prepared 9 x 13″ pan and pat flat in the pan. Once flat in the pan, fork the top of the shortbread. Bake for approx. 45-50 minutes until it is golden brown on the edges. Let cool in the pan on a cooling rack for 30 minutes.
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Step 7: After cooling for 30 minutes, cut the bars while still slightly warm. Then finish completely cooling.
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Step 8: After cooled completely, you can either leave plain, dust with powdered sugar or even drizzle with chocolate. Store in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.
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Great combinations for this shortbread are:
  • Dried cherries and Dark chocolate
  • Dried raspberries and White chocolate
  • Pecans and Dark chocolate
  • Cranberry,Pistachio, and White chocolate
  • Orange and Cranberry
  • Orange and Semisweet Chocolate ( add 1 Tbl. orange zest and 1 cup chocolate)
  • Cinnamon and Pecan ( add 1 tsp. cinnamon to dry mixture and 1 cup chopped pecans, dust top of bars with cinnamon/sugar)
  • Peanut butter and Semisweet Chocolate (1/2 cup of each flavor chip)
Enjoy and happy creating!
Thank you!
Vickiann
View more of Vickiann’s yummy treats and cakes on her Facebook page.

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