Cookies are one such food preparation that instantly take us back to our childhood days! With the changing food trends and easy availability of convenience food, cookie dough has become more of a regular food item that we can easily find in a super market.
Though the store brought cookie dough is a very fine product but we associate the cookies prepared with the traditional cookie dough to our childhood days and with the endless memories it brings back with each bite… This recipe of shortbread cookies is for the ones that wish to recreate the same experience at their household and give their loved ones a string to put together lovely memories.
Here is a very simple recipe of the classic shortbread cookie dough, with which you can play around as per the taste preferences of the members of your household. So, you may add in a few chocolate chips or chopped nuts to the dough, to create a chocolatey or nutty version of the classic recipe. Alternatively, you may also spice it up a bit with carom seeds, cardamom powder, cinnamon powder or cumin seeds to get a spiced up shortbread cookies variation.
You may also decorate the cookies with molten chocolate, colorful sugar coated candies, thick powdered sugar paste and present them to your loved ones as well… Just make sure you cool the cookies well before you pipe down the decorating paste to create a beautiful give away.
Based on the recent tread of healthy cooking, you may also decrease the quantity of butter to about 70 g as well but it will make the final version more firm and will hold on to its molded shape much better giving a less thin final version of your favorite shortbread cookies!
Preheat the oven at 250 degrees C. Add the butter into a food processor and blend it well for 2 to 3 minutes or until the butter softens. Add the powdered sugar to the butter and pulse them together until well blended. Add flour to the sugar and butter mix and process them all together until the mixture is well blended.
Collect the dough together with dry hands and roll it into a ball with your hands. Now, line the baking tray with aluminum foil. Wrap the cookie dough in cling film and freeze the cookie dough for at least 20 to 30 minutes before using it. Cut small pieces of the dough with your fingers and place ¼ inch high small flattened discs of the cookie dough at least 3 cms away from each other over the baking tray. Now, bake the cookies in the preheated oven at 220 degrees C for 8 to 10 minutes until the cookies are cooked and gets a nice golden color on top. Transfer the cookies on a cooling rack and enjoy!
You may frost the cookies by drizzling either melted chocolate or sugar paste over the cooled cookies.
Store the cooled cookies in an air tight container and you may enjoy them even for even a week after you bake these.
You may serve these either a little warm or at room temperature with a dollop of your favorite ice cream and some fresh cut fruits, to indulge in an instant dinner time dessert!