"Come let us have some tea, and continue to talk of happy things" - Isn't that your favorite things to do too? And what's the perfect addition to the tea? These rustic shortbread bars! They are sweet, buttery, and utterly melt-in-your-mouth-delicious!
This classic biscuit (which has been baked since the 12th century!) is easy to make, takes little time and preparation, and you most likely already have all the ingredients in your pantry. Try this recipe, you won't be disappointed!
RUSTIC SHORTBREAD BARS
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
1/4 cup confectioners' sugar
1/4 cup granulated sugar plus 1 tbs for sprinkling
2 tsp vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1/4 tsp salt
1. In your electric mixer bowl, cream your butter on high speed until it's light and fluffy. Add the confectioners' sugar and the 1/4 cup granulated sugar, and mix until smooth. Add vanilla extract.
2. Next, sift your flour and salt and begin adding them to your butter mixture, until well incorporated.
3. Line a 9-inch pan with parchment paper, and with your fingers (make sure you keep running them under some water so they don't stick to the shortbread mixture) press the mixture into it. Sprinkle with 1 tbs of granulated sugar.
4. Preheat your oven to 300 deg F, and bake for about 1 hour, until golden, and immediately cut into strips using a sharp knife. Using a toothpick or fork, make holes into each piece for decoration. Cool before eating, and serve with tea, of course!
Happy Baking, Everyone!
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