These cookies are no nonsense. For real, they don't take long at all to make, and use some very simple ingredients that most of you should already have available in your kitchen. You might call them...plain. Which is totally fine if all you want is a nice, sugary cookie with a bit of a crunch to it. Because that's what these Shortbread Cookies are - simple, easy, no fuss.
Of course, you can totally get fussy and dip them in some melted chocolate. That's totally up to you. You can also grind them up and use them as a base for a pie crust. Or even as a topping for something. Or you can just keep it simple and dip them in your tea or coffee, or just eat them straight up. They're pretty versatile that way.
To be perfectly honest, these cookies would not be my first choice when thinking up a cookie to make. However, certain people in my life like these plain jane type of cookies, with nary a drop of chocolate or fancy pants anything on them, so sometimes one must oblige such cravings. That's not to say that I don't like these or anything, or I wouldn't post about them here!
Also - have you noticed my new favorite plate to take photos with? Ha, it happens to be the plate that goes with a matching teacup, but it's perfect for pictures of small baked goods such as these cookies.
- 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1 scant cup cornstarch
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- Cream together your butter and sugar until thoroughly mixed. Sift in the flour, cornstarch, and salt, then blend that together using a pastry cutter until the mixture comes together. If it won't come together, you can add a couple more tablespoons butter.
- Make that into a ball and wrap in plastic wrap. Refrigerate that for 20 minutes. Preheat your oven to 325F.
- Roll your dough out on a lightly floured surface, and cut into rounds. Place a on a parchment or silicon-lined baking sheet and bake for 20 minutes. They won't get brown, so don't overbake. You can get them pretty close together on the sheet as they don't expand a ton.