Using Kerrygold’s pure Irish butter, these would be a perfect cookie to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.
But I wouldn’t save them for just a once a year treat. These cookies are perfect for anytime.
Special enough for company, I prefer these cookies when I need a quite moment.
I like to sit, gaze out the window, daydream of Emeralds and far away places, castles and lush greenery, tea parties and leprechauns. Paired with a steaming cup of tea is how I like to enjoy this buttery, flaky cookie.
When trying to escape reality, Calgon just doesn’t do it for me.
But a mini tea party does!
My daughter prefers them as after school snack with a giant glass of ice cold milk.
My friend Michelle prefers them before her dinner.
My husband prefers I don’t make them at all. His pants are a wee bit too tight and with these cookies, he surrenders all his willpower.
However you prefer your shortbread, this is the recipe for you!
It might not transport you to the Emerald Island, but it just might take you to greener pastures.
Irish Butter Shortbread
Recipe By Rachel Gaffney
1 cup (2 sticks) Irish unsalted butter, room temperature
1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon sugar
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for work surface
Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper; set aside. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream butter and sugar. With the mixer on low, slowly add flour. Continue mixing until dough comes together to form a ball. I had to add a tablespoon of water to get it to form a ball.
Transfer dough to a lightly floured work surface; Roll out dough to about 1/4-inch thickness, dusting rolling pin with flour as necessary to prevent sticking. Using a 2 1/4-inch round, fluted cutter, cut out dough.Transfer to prepared baking sheet, spacing about 1 inch apart. Gather up any scraps, gently re-roll, and repeat cutting process. Take care not to overwork dough.
Bake until shortbread just begins to turn golden, about 30 minutes.
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Note: I did not receive any compensation from Kerrygold. I used their butter because I like their product. All opinions expressed here are 100% mine!