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Brown Sugar Shortbread

Brown Sugar Shortbread 36.000

Jonathan Ernst for The Washington Post

Holiday Cookies 2009 Dec 9, 2009

This is a simple and consistently delicious shortbread recipe.

Make Ahead: The shortbread can be stored in an airtight container for up to 5 days.


Servings: 36 cookies
Ingredients
  • 8 ounces (2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups flour

Directions

Position an oven rack in the middle of the oven; preheat to 325 degrees. Have an ungreased 9-by-13-inch baking pan at hand

Combine the butter and both sugars in the bowl of a stand mixer or hand-held electric mixer; beat on medium speed for about 1 minute, just until blended. Scrape down the sides of the bowl, then add the vanilla extract and salt. Add the flour in 2 additions, beating just until incorporated.

Use your fingers or a sturdy rubber spatula to press the dough evenly over the bottom of the pan. Bake for about 40 minutes or until the shortbread is golden brown; start checking at 35 minutes. it will look darker than regular shortbread. The edges will be slightly darker; do not underbake. Transfer the pan to a wire rack; let cool in the pan for 5 to 10 minutes.

Use a sharp, thin-bladed knife to cut the shortbread, still in the pan, into 36 rectangles. Let cool completely in the pan before serving or storing.


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Adapted from "Sweet Gratitude," by Judith Sutton (Artisan, 2005).

Tested by Lois Baron.

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Nutritional Facts

Calories per cookie: 84


% Daily Values*

Total Fat: 5g 8%

Saturated Fat: 4g 20%

Cholesterol: 14mg 5%

Sodium: 4mg 0%

Total Carbohydrates: 9g 3%

Dietary Fiber: 0g 0%

Sugar: 4g

Protein: 1g


*Percent Daily Value based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Total Fat: Less than 65g

Saturated Fat: Less than 20g

Cholesterol: Less than 300mg

Sodium: Less than 2,400mg

Total Carbohydrates: 300g

Dietary Fiber: 25g

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