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YIELDS:

3 Dozen

PREP TIME:

0 hours 20 mins

COOK TIME:

0 hours 10 mins

TOTAL TIME:

1 hours 30 mins

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ingredients

1 Cup butter, softened

1 1/2 Cups Confectioners’ sugar, sifted

1 Egg

2 1/2 Tsp. Pure Vanilla extract

3 1/4 Cups All-purpose flour

1/2 Tsp. Kosher salt

DIRECTIONS

1) Preheat oven to 350°F.

2) Using a stand mixer, cream the butter and sugar together. Add the egg and extract and mix until well combined. Sift in flour and salt and mix well.

3) Divide the dough into 4 pieces. Form into flat disks. Wrap each piece in plastic wrap and refrigerate the dough for 30 minutes.

4) Lightly flour a regular rolling pin and the surface you’ll be rolling the dough out on. If dough seems too firm to roll, allow it to soften for a few minutes at room temperature. Add one piece of dough to floured surface and with the regular rolling pin, roll dough out to just over ¼” thick and about the width of the embossing rolling pin. Sprinkle the top of the dough lightly with flour.

Also, lightly flour the embossing rolling pin. Take your embossing rolling pin and press down hard so you can really see the design when finished. Slowly roll the Embossing Rolling Pin evenly over the dough.

5) Use a 3-inch round or square cutter to cut out cookies from the printed dough. Re-roll scraps of dough with the regular rolling pin, dust with flour and repeat with the embossing rolling pin and cutter.

6) Place the cooking on a baking sheet covered in parchment paper and put in the refrigerator for 20 minutes to let the cookies set.

7) Bake cookies for 12-15 minutes or until edges are slightly browned. Remove cookies and place on a cooling rack to cool.

8) Repeat all steps with remaining dough, rolling one piece of dough at a time. Serve and enjoy!

NOTES:  Everyone loves a shortbread cookie.  They are buttery and slightly crisp on the outside.  Always reminds me of the holidays since so many people will make batches of these as gifts.  If you want to really impress those on your cookie gift list, embossing them is the coolest thing you will ever do.  It is easy, adds no extra work to making your cookies and only requires a special embossing rolling pin.  They aren’t expensive at all and they come in all different kinds of prints so you can use them all year round.  Personally, I think they are genius.

This is a basic recipe and very hard to mess up… LOL.  So make a batch (or several) and enjoy them yourself or gift wrap them as gifts.  For tips on wrapping your cookies, head over to my post on Wrapping Candy, Nuts & Baked Goods for some inspiration.  Have fun with this recipe, your friends, family and coworkers are going to love these.

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