Shortbread is a super versatile type of cookie: you can eat it with coffee or tea for breakfast, have a piece as a snack, eat one at lunch, or it can be a light dinner dessert.
What I also love about shortbread is that it can come in a million flavors, such as this orange one or, for a richer treat, you can try it dipped in chocolate!
Shortbread is also amazing because it is sooo simple to make. You only need the basics: flour, sugar, and butter. This one calls for a little bit of orange zest and a pinch of salt. Still, I think it’s astounding that only 5 ingredients are needed for these crispy buttery wonders.
For these cookies, you just need to roll out the dough, cut it before you cook it, poke holes into the dough with a fork, and sprinkle a little bit of sugar.
Take them out of the oven and let cool for just a little, and watch these disappear!
- ½ cup butter
- 4 tbsp powdered sugar
- 1 ½ cups flour
- zest of one large orange or two smaller ones
- pinch of salt
- ½ tbsp granulated sugar
- Preheat your oven to 375F. Cream the butter and sugar together. Add the zest. Add the flour and salt. Mix all ingredients until thoroughly combined and dough begins to form a ball.
- Place dough on a cookie sheet and pat it down with your hands (or a rolling pin) in the form of a rectangle about ½ inch thick. Before baking, cut with a knife into 16-18 narrow bars. With a fork, prick each bar. Sprinkle granulated sugar overtop. Bake for 15-20 minutes, keeping an eye towards the end so that they don’t brown too much.