Whipped Shortbread Cookies

Whipped Shortbread Cookies are a delightful treat, perfect for the holiday season or any time you crave something light, buttery, and sweet. Here’s an expanded version of the recipe you provided:

Ingredients

  • Unsalted Butter: 1 cup (room temperature)
  • Powdered Sugar: ½ cup (also known as confectioners’ sugar, for a smooth texture)
  • All-Purpose Flour: 1 ½ cups (for structure)
  • Cornstarch: ¼ cup (makes the cookies tender)
  • Salt: ¼ teaspoon (balances the sweetness)
  • Vanilla Extract: 1 teaspoon (for flavor)
  • Sprinkles: For decoration (choose festive colors or designs)

Instructions

  1. Preparation:
  • Preheat your oven to 300°F (150°C). This lower temperature helps the cookies to bake evenly without browning too quickly.
  • Line your cookie sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats. This prevents sticking and ensures easy removal of cookies after baking.
  1. Cream Butter and Sugar:
  • In a large mixing bowl, beat the butter and powdered sugar together. Use an electric mixer on medium speed for at least 5 minutes. This step is crucial; it makes the cookies light and airy. The mixture should become very fluffy, almost like whipped cream, and pale in color.
  1. Incorporate Dry Ingredients:
  • Gently mix in the flour, cornstarch, and salt into the butter mixture. Add these gradually to avoid clumping and ensure even mixing.
  • Stir in the vanilla extract for a nice aroma and flavor.

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  1. Forming Cookies:
  • Lightly dust your hands with cornstarch to prevent the dough from sticking.
  • Take small amounts of dough (about 2 teaspoons to 1 tablespoon in size) and roll them into balls.
  • Place the dough balls on the prepared cookie sheets, ensuring enough space between them for slight spreading.
  1. Decorating:
  • Gently press down the top of each cookie using a fork. Dip the fork in cornstarch between presses to prevent sticking.
  • Sprinkle the tops of the cookies with your choice of decorative sprinkles.
  1. Baking:
  • Bake in the preheated oven for about 10-15 minutes. Watch for the tops to look set but not browned; these cookies should remain light in color.
  • Allow the cookies to cool on the baking sheets for a few minutes before transferring them to a wire rack to cool completely.
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Tips and Variations

  • Butter: Make sure your butter is at room temperature for easy creaming.
  • Flavorings: Experiment with other extracts like almond or lemon for a twist.
  • Decorations: Use colored sugar, chocolate chips, or a cherry half for different looks.

Enjoy these light, crumbly, and delicious Whipped Shortbread Cookies, a perfect accompaniment to your holiday festivities or a cozy evening at home! 🎄🍪

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