Soft, sandy, and flavored with vanilla bean, these little shortbread rounds from Frenchie are served with rhubarb and strawberries.
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These shortbread are like Irish soda bread in cookie form.
The crumbly shortbread base of these bars contrasts well with its tart lime filling; they're dense enough to be satisfying during the winter, but with enough tang to serve as a reminder that warmer days are ahead. A handful of toasted dried coconut sprinkled on top ties it all together.
French butter cookies (sables) are topped with the Middle Eastern spice blend za'atar for a savory-sweet snack that would be great as an hors d'oeuvre with wine.
These cookies feature sunny citrus, floral honey, toasty coriander, and lots and lots of wonderful butter.
Buttery, crisp wedges of shortbread that take mere minutes to make? One Bowl Baking has the recipe for blessedly simple, versatile shortbread dough sweetened with warm brown sugar.
In these decadently delicious bars, a shortbread crust is layered with spiced apples and homemade caramel then finished with a crumb topping.
This slice and bake shortbread with a crisp, sandy texture brings the bakeshop right into your kitchen.
Not your average bar cookie. Crunchy Twix bars, pecans, bittersweet chocolate, and an oozy homemade caramel all set over a buttery shortbread crust.
This dessert comes out looking impressive, but it's as mind-blowingly simple as it is complexly delicious. It would make a gorgeous end to any outdoor early summer meal. The apricots and shortbread can be done a day or two ahead, and the sabayon completed right before serving.
At parties that signal the end of an era, you tend to celebrate in the style of the thing you're leaving. For example, I found graduation parties from college involved kegs of Keystone Light, not bottles of Cabernet. At my bachelorette party, there will be late night clubbing, not
a bowl of popcorn and Netflix serene marital bliss. Baby showers seem to be the exception: you celebrate the onslaught of cute with cutsie things—like these Polka Dot Shortbread cookies.
We've featured a fair number of shortbread recipes with Bake the Book. It's for good reason: there seems to be a variety for every cook that tries to make it Cookfight features a recipe for zesty lemon shortbread fattened up with the toasty flavor of brown butter.
It doesn't get much more classically Italian than the taste and scent of aniseed. That licorice flavor is as intense as it is divisive. But this shortbread from Nigellissima has plenty of buttery crumble and a subtle sweetness that makes the aniseed component balanced, not biting. If you aren't a licorice fan, try this recipe. You might be surprised.
Some things are obviously going to be popular. Pictures of animals holding hands/playing sports/wearing clothes. Movies with George Clooney/Brad Pitt/Matt Damon and restaurants with Keith McNally/cocktails/bright young things. Sweets involving salt/caramel/nuts are also a surefire win, and I decided to play to the crowd.
Sweet-tart key limes turn shortbread coins into brightly flavored cookies.
Jensen's Rosemary's Baby Cookies are buttery shortbread flecked with finely chopped—you guessed it—rosemary and tangerine zest. The rosemary lends a lovely herbaceousness and the zest comes through sharp and aromatic.
I've recently become a full-time coupon clipper. I used to do it haphazardly, but in all honestly it was mostly limited to bringing in the voucher for a free pair of Victoria's Secret underwear or stealing the 10% off coupons that Banana Republic sent my mother in the mail. Those actually seemed like value plays—who doesn't want free cheeky bikinis?—whereas remembering to bring in the 50 cent coupon for bananas wasn't worth my time.
Next time you have a sudden urge to bake, remember this: as long as you have butter, sugar, flour, and salt, you can make one of the most beloved, classic cookies known to mankind. And while the ingredients in shortbread may be few and simple, connoisseurs of the stuff will tell you—not all shortbreads are created equal.
Even people who aren't cluttered by a nostalgia for roughly woven three-ply yarn will love these cookies. It's hard not to—they're a buttery shortbread imbued with finely diced pieces of chocolate covered toffee.
Imagine if your favorite peanut butter cups had an added layer of peanutty shortbread on the bottom. Well, that's exactly what these Peanut Butter and Chocolate Shortbread Bars from Fine Cooking Cookies are all about.