Jan 23

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Shortbread Cookie Recipe {& Alice in Wonderland Cookies}

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I have yummy news! I’m ready to share another recipe with you… A recipe I like to use as cookie decorating base… Melt-in-your-mouth, delicious, buttery shortbread.

The taste difference between it and my sugar cookie recipe is subtle, but this one definitely tastes like a traditional shortbread, and *gasp* has one whole cup of cornstarch in it! I couldn’t believe it when I first made it, and was a little doubtful about how successful the recipe would be, but it turns out that the cornstarch in this version of shortbread is what helps give the cookie a ‘melt-in-your-mouth’ sensation. Thanks to my dear friend Kim whom I adore, for sharing her family’s recipe with me… She’s not on-line, but she’s crazy about baking too, and we’ve experienced many sweet adventures together.

The original shortbread isn’t made with cornstarch and has quite an interesting history, b.t.w., and as it’s often served with tea, I thought it would be fun to make a few Alice in Wonderland decorated cookies with it.

Once Upon A Cookie

Kind of fitting with the whole tea time thing, are these Alice in Wonderland cookies. I can’t wait to make a whole series of other Alice characters, but for now I’m excited to be starting a series of just princess cookies copied from this piece of art. {Thank you, suisei-ojii-sama!} It’s the beginning of another theme I’m looking forward to playing around with… Cookies based on fairy tales, fables and nursery rhymes. There are so many inspirational images and characters out there, I’m looking forward to getting going on these! Besides making a fairytale or fable princess cookie or two each month, I’d like to also do a more extensive collection here and there, like Jack and Jill nursery rhyme cookies.

Do you have a fairytale, fable or nursery rhyme favorite? Which would you like to see cookies made of? Do you have any beautiful images of your favorites you’d like to share?

I haven’t forgotten about the travel theme either… Thanks so much for your amazing suggestions! I have so many great ideas now, thanks to you!

And before I share the yum, yum, yum shortbread cookie recipe, if you’re here trying to decide which recipe you’d like to try for your decorated cookies, I thought I’d do a little comparison between two similar recipes for you, shortbread and sugar cookies.


Cookie Recipe Comparison – Shortbread and Sugar Cookies

I noticed a few key differences between this shortbread and my sugar cookie recipe, which I’ll share with you in case you’d like to make them too:

  • The texture of the shortbread dough after mixing is smooth and easy to eat work with. The sugar cookie recipe is a stickier dough, and needs to be rolled between parchment and chilled to be able to work with. The taste is worth it though! Both taste scrumptious, in my humble opinion, but the shortbread cookie is easier to make and work with.
  • The shortbread melt-in-your mouth taste is yummy, but it means the cookies break easier, unfortunately. They’re fine to serve in a bakery, for a function, give to friends etc., but if I were shipping cookies, I would choose the sugar cookie recipe.
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Here’s the recipe if you’d like to try it out:

Shortbread Cookie {Recipe}

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Sweet of the Month & Other Sweet Tidbits

A few sweet morsels of information I’d love to share with you:

  • The Alice cookie shape was made by hand cutting the dough with a paring knife. Easy enough to do if you’re only doing a few cookies, but a heads-up in case you don’t already know, time-consuming if you’re doing a lot of them. There’s got to be a cutter out there you could use though (drop me a line please if you see one), or even just pipe her on a rectangular cookie.
  • I used a Kopykake projector to help me pipe Alice’s shape.
  • Click here for the royal icing recipe I used.
  • Wouldn’t these adorable Alice in Wonderland printables from The TomKat Studio be perfect for a Wonderland party?! I’m thinking that when I make Alice cookies again (with more of the characters and images), I’ll need to attach these sweet tags from TomKat’s shop to the cookie bags.
  • If you’d like to make these Alice cookies as a gift, but don’t have the time to make too many, wouldn’t these be a nice added touch? Just had to share with you!
  • A new Sweet of the Month is up! I’ve changed it to monthly in order to give you more time to vote and more time to prepare if you’re interested in entering. You can find more information on the Sweet of the Month in the FAQ section and can vote for your favorite sweets HERE until February 18th, and if you’d like to enter into the next contest, watch out for a post announcing the dates. I’m thinking maybe we’ll make the next one a Spring/Easter theme.

Drop me a line below, do you have a fairytale, fable or nursery rhyme favorite? Which would you like to see cookies made of? Do you have any beautiful images of your favorites you’d like to share?

Have fun baking!

xo,

Marian

 

 

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348 Comments

  1. Michelle
    February 6, 2014 at 2:16 am | Permalink
    309

    Hi Marian,

    quick question do you use salted or unsalted butter for this recipe? Thanks in advance!

  2. Zil E
    April 1, 2014 at 3:12 am | Permalink
    310

    Hi…can I substitute butter with vegetable oil or olive oil?

    • kerys
      November 8, 2014 at 12:41 pm | Permalink
      318

      Butter is one of the signature ingredients of shortbread (along with sugar and flour). I wouldn’t recommend trying to swap it out. If you were to do so, and end up with something edible, it wouldn’t be shortbread.

  3. wendy
    April 10, 2014 at 12:23 pm | Permalink
    311

    I have made your shortbread recipe MANY times for decorating. It is a great dough and the cookies are delicious. Is there a way to keep them from bubbling when baked? Some cookies always come out with air bubbles in them. I think if I pricked them with a fork the holes would show through the icing.

  4. April 14, 2014 at 4:38 pm | Permalink
    312

    What kind of flour did you use? Was it all purpose flour?

    Thanks!!

  5. April 20, 2014 at 3:16 pm | Permalink
    313

    Oh, I just love these. That little Alice cookie is darling. Where did you get that little white lacey plate?

  6. Wendy Top
    June 24, 2014 at 4:30 pm | Permalink
    314

    I am just baking my probably 30th batch of your shortbread cookies. I use a modified royal icing recipe to decorate and I always get raves. My husband especially likes, “the delicious mouth sand” the cookies make! Thanks so much for sharing your recipe! I had never cut any cookies out before and this recipe is very easy to work with. I just had to let you know you are a hero to me!!!

  7. Julie
    October 7, 2014 at 10:45 pm | Permalink
    315

    Can these shortbread be made for so done who is lactose and gluten free?
    Where can I purchase the cookie cutters like these?
    Thank you
    Julie

  8. Angela
    October 19, 2014 at 7:13 pm | Permalink
    316

    Hi!
    I was delighted to try your recipe. I had my cookies cut out, in the oven, and ready to check how long to bake, but that information wasn’t included in the recipe. How long do you bake them for??

  9. cheryl hall
    October 20, 2014 at 6:26 pm | Permalink
    317

    The site isn’t allowing me to pin to my pinterest account

  10. November 23, 2014 at 9:42 pm | Permalink
    319

    You have to think what you’re going to use while you travel with this excursion. Yes, I’m serious. You may not want to be that http://www.neuvechaussuremodel.fr individual that boards and folks roll their eyes at? I didn’t believe thus.

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