Shortbread Cookies

This is the second of cookies I baked for Christmas,its a basic shortbread cookie recipe.I have also added some almond flour for some added texture and taste.I have also used half the dough to make jam filled cookies.This is an egg less recipe.

Preparation time:45 minutes,about 4 hours to chill the dough.
Serves:24 cookies

Ingredients:
1 cup butter
3/4 cup sugar
2 1/2 cup all purpose flour
 1/2 teaspoon vanilla essence
1/2 almond essence
1/4 cup almond flour(optional)
1/4 teaspoon salt

Procedure:
1.Whisk the butter and sugar together until well combined 2-3 minutes.

2.Add the essence and combine.

3.Sift the flour,almond flour and salt.Add the flour to the butter little at a time and mix until just combined.Slightly knead the dough to form a single lump.

4.Cover with surround wrap and place in refrigerator for dough to harden for about 2 hours.Roll out the dough into 1/4 inch thickness and cut with your favorite cookie cutters,you can also do basic square and circle shapes.

6.Place the cookies on baking sheets and place them back in the refrigerator for the dough to harden.Preheat oven to 350 F.Once they are chilled and are firm to touch take the cookie sheet and bake in oven for 14-15 minutes until edges are slightly brown.

Tips:
If you do not like almonds you can substitute almond essence for vanilla
You can also add lemon zest,lemon essence and other flavors like chocolate or coffee of your choice.
Make sure the dough is chilled well because it will start to spread in the oven if it is soft.
You can put icing sugar drizzle for decorations or royal Icing
If you like you can also sprinkle colored sugar before baking on the cookies.

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