Shortbread Cookies

I always wanted to bake cookies, but never had the cookie cutters for cutting out the cookies in shape. Finally, last week when shopping at Niligiris, I came across a small box of 6 cookie second thoughts; in goes the box into my trolley...*smiles*......
Now comes the next problem - a simple recipe!!!I browsed through many books, blogs and magazines and found a lot of recipes but I needed a simple one as this was an experiment!!!*winks*.....Lastly, when I browsed through my recipe book, I found this extremely simple and easy recipe, which I had jotted down long ago and forgotten!!!

Recipe Source: Good Housekeeping (I think so)

Butter - 1 cup
Sugar - 1/2 cup
Vanilla essence - 1 tsp (or 1 vanilla bean)
Maida - 2 3/4 cups

  • Cream the butter and sugar together till fluffy and light.
  • Scrape and put in the vanilla bean pods or essence into the butter and sugar.
  • Add the maida to the mixture and knead it till it forms a soft dough. Cover the dough with a cling film and let it chill for 1/2 hr in the fridge.
  • Roll the dough out to 1/8 inch thickness and cut into desired shapes with a set of cookie-cutter.
  • Bake in the oven at 180 C (350 F) for 20-25 minutes or till golden brown.

A Jar of Cookies