1996 2nd place winner: shortbread cookies

Yield: 48 Cookies

Measure Ingredient
4 cups All-purpose flour
1 cup Light brown sugar, packed
1 pounds Unsalted butter; softened

The 2nd place winner in the Chicago Tribune's 1996 Annual Holiday Cookie Contest, a simple brown-sugar shortbread from Sandra Petrille of Naperville, Illinois.

1. Heat oven to 325'F. Beat all ingredients in large bowl of electric mixer on medium-high speed until smooth, about 4 minutes.

2. Divide dough into 4 pieces. Roll out 1 piece of dough at a time on lightly floured surface to 1/16- to ⅛-inch thickness. Cut out dough with cookie cutters.

3. Bake cookies on ungreased baking sheet until pale brown and slightly firm to the touch, 8 to 10 minutes. Remove to cooling rack.

Decorate as desired.

Source: Chicago Tribune, December 4, 1996

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