Shortbread Cookie Recipe {Plus a KitchenAid Classic Series Stand Mixer GIVEAWAY and a Cookbook} #GayLeaFoods

Shortbread Cookies


During the Holidays my grandma and my mom would make Old Fashioned Brown sugar, sugar pies, desserts using Rice Krispies, squares but no cookies. My family likes cookies a lot and I started baking them when I moved into my first home. The first kind of cookies that I have ever made was Chocolate Chips Cookies. They were much better than store-bought. Since then I have tried peanut butter cookies,  homemade oreos, snickerdoodle cookies, gingerbread cookies, white chocolate Macadamia cookies, orange Christmas cookies but no shortbread cookies. 

The first time that I tasted a homemade shortbread cookie was at a neighbor's house during the Holidays. She made the cutest shortbread cookies with red and green cherries in the middle. They were really good. I then tried to make them but was not successful. I guess the ratio butter-flour was not good. Recently I discovered a recipe that I have tweaked a bit. Instead of using all flour I did substitute some of the flour with oats that I have reduced to fine powder. The recipe also calls for powdered sugar and is baked into a square pan. What makes this recipe so good is butter; you can't make a good shortbread cookie without butter. The final result is a nutty, buttery taste. I am so glad they turned out yummy because I was asked by Gay Lea Foods to share my shortbread recipe and this one will be a repeater in the house. Since I like to give homemade gifts I will be baking these to bring to my family during the holidays. 

Decorating the cookies is always the fun part. Ask your kids to help decorate them. You can decorate your cookies with the traditional red and green cherries or use your imagination. Some of my cookies are decorated with dark chocolate, some with white chocolate and small candies and the others are decorated with white chocolate and cranberries. Your options are endless and you should have fun in the kitchen when you make shortbread this year for the Holiday. Or you can start now and give some cookies to your neighbor's on November 13 for World Kindness Day.







SHORTBREAD COOKIE RECIPE

Ingredients
375 ml All-Purpose flour
175 ml Oats 
250 ml butter at room temperature
125 ml powdered sugar
2 ml salt

Directions
1- Preheat oven to 325F.
2- In a blender reduce the oats to fine powder, about 10 seconds. 
3- In a bowl cream the butter. 
4- Sift the flour with the powdered sugar.
5- Add all dry ingredients to the butter. Blend well.
6- Pat the dough into an ungreased 9x9-inch pan and press edges down.
7- Pierce with a fork through the dough every half-inch. Bake 25 to 30 minutes.
8- Cut into squares while warm. Let cool for 2 hours before decorating.


GAY LEA'S SHORTBREAD BLISS CONTEST: (OVER)
This is a national contest running across Canada, excluding Québec, and it runs from November 1, 2013 to December 31, 2013. The contest is on Facebook and you can enter daily to win prizes like cookbooks, weekly to win prizes like KitchenAid Mixes and the Grand Prize with be A New Kitchen! You will also find an recipe advent calendar.

Please enter the Gay Lea's Shortbread Bliss Contest on Facebook.

GIVEAWAYS: (OVER)
Now the exciting news. To help you make delicious cookies this Holiday Season you can win a KitchenAid Classic Series Stand Mixer!  This is a fabulous prize and I am a bit jealous :) The second prize is 'Gay Lea: Our Table: Shared Meals' cookbook.To enter all you have to do is fill out the 2 different Rafflecopter forms below. Please note that the contest for the KitchenAid Classic Series Stand Mixer is running on 15 blogs and there will be only one winner across the 15 blogs. Please read Terms and Conditions on each Rafflecopter.


“Disclosure: I am part of the Gay Lea Blogger Campaign with Mom Central Canada and I receive special perks as part of my affiliation with this group. The opinions on this blog are my own.”






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101 comments:

  1. Usually ginerbread and shortbread that are easy to decorate. Then various bars, balls etc., based on where they need to go.

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  2. I keep looking for a great shortbread recipe, looks like a may have found one!

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  3. I always bake a lot of cookies and candies and give them out as gifts

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  4. Even though I rely on my mother's recipe, I still try new ones! Thanks.

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  5. My Mum's shortbread recipe is amazing.But I must try yours...

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  6. My mum's shortbread is amazing.But I can't wait to try yours...

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  7. I love baking chow mein clusters,eggnog loaf and cookies galore...

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  8. one of my faves is shortbread with almond.

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  9. i have never made shortbread - but i do love to buy the ones in the store with the icing and sprinkles
    (stacey h)

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  10. Yes my favourite shortbread cookie recipe is a whipped drip shortbread. So light and buttery.

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  11. I make a walnut shortbread that always well received.

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  12. My grandmas shortbread recipe is the best!

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  13. I like this recipe- http://southernfood.about.com/od/buttercookies/r/bl40318i.htm

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  14. I've been making lots of Shortbread lately I'll have to try this recipe. It sounds very good!

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  15. We do gifts of baking- butter tarts, Nanaimo bars, short bread, butter cookies....

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  16. I'm baking shortbread and cheesecake.

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  17. Biscotti, sugar cookies, dark chocolate chip cookies, peanut butter reindeer and pinwheels.

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  18. No I don't. I have never had the courage to make it.

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  19. I *LOVE* shortbread, but have never made it. Yours looks delicious!

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  20. I usually bake Peanut Butter Squares, Lemon Squares and fudge.
    angela mitchell

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  21. I will be making fudge, whipped shortbread and hopefully gingerbread cookies

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  22. Love oatmeal raisin cookies and shortbread

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  23. Shortbread cookies.
    Tom Ds on rafflecopter

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  24. I make everything, but I really love Rumballs, and have my eye on an eggnog cake recipe this year.

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  25. Any recipe that involves food is a good recipe.

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  26. I havent made shortbread lately, and I really like the most plain recipes.

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  27. I like any shortbread cookie :D

    Justin B.

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  28. Love trying new ideas for shortbread and just any new recipes I can find

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  29. I have never been able to nail shortbread -- it seems so easy, but it's one of the few baking recipes that never turns out perfect for me! Hopefully this one will be the one!

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  30. I don't have anything to add but this all looks delicious!

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  31. I'm baking pies and sugar cookies. I love chocolate chip cookies and Nanaimo bars.

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  32. I don't have a favorite. I have tried several but they always turn out to firm for my taste. Your looks great.

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  33. My favourite shortbread recipe is my Grandmothers. I wish I inherited her skills in the kitchen though.

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  34. I'm always looking for a "better" shortbread recipe. Yours is the next one I'll try.

    Diana Corlett dianacorlett[at]gmail.com

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  35. I make Peanut Butter shortbread cookies and will be doing up lots for Christmas

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  36. I love to bake so many things during the holidays...cakes, cheesecakes, pies, shortbread, cookies, squares, scones...I love to bake.

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  37. Definitely baking lots of sugar cookies over the holidays!

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  38. I dont have a favourite yet but im looking for one!

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  39. First I have to comment on the sugar pies. My francais quebecois grand-mama always made sugar pies and they are mmmmmmmm good and sucre a creme....OMG. I've made shortbread a few times. My cousin in England sent me a recipe book with great shortbread recipes. They use castor sugar so I always put my sugar through my little food processor first to get it super fine. The only packaged cookies I buy are shortbread cookies since they have such few ingredients and are pretty "clean" in ingredients...but now you've inspired me to make my own again. Maybe this week!

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  40. I bake all year round. I make a lot of cookies. It's just a family favourite. Like your shortbread I bake a lot with pulverized oats. I usually sub out half my white flour with it. I make mostly low sugar cookies, cookies with stevia, applesauce and everything has to have lots of dark chocolate chips because I need chocolate every day :)

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  41. I love shortbread with cranberries in it! yummy

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  42. I love my grandmother's shortbread recipe and it is a must make every Christmas! And of course, I always have to make mincemeat tarts for my Dad :)

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  43. i love to make chocolate chip cookies! i wish i had a favourite shortbread recipe...

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  44. I don't have a fav recipe - but I love shortbread!

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  45. Shortbread cookies, peanut butter squares and peppermint bark!

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  46. Millionaire's Shortbread is delicious!
    http://www.nigella.com/recipes/view/millionaires-shortbread-1659

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  47. I inherited my grandmothers whipped shortbread recipe. The shortbread melts in your mouth and is just delicious. I look forward to trying the recipe here with the oats too, sounds yummy.

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  48. MY shortbread has orange zest in it and a little sugar on top of each cookies.

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  49. Not yet, but if I win this mixer, I probably will!

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  50. Don't have a favourite shortbread recipe...but like all shortbread...yummy!

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  51. I bake a gingerbread house

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  52. We are baking, I adore my husband's shortbread cookies as well as my step grandma's lazy day cake. My step sister makes killer fudge omg!

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  53. These are absolutely gorgeous! I've never tried shortbread with oats in it before. Sounds like it would be delicious.

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  54. I do not but I'm looking for one.

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  55. I have Baked Healthy peanut butter cookies. I rather eat than bake since my measurements are pretty bad.

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  56. I like pistachio nut shortbread.
    Donna L.
    naloe@hotmail dot com

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  57. my fave is cranberries shortbread cookies.
    Marjorie L.
    thealoes@rogers dot com

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  58. shortbread with pecans.
    nick a.
    thealoesr@rogers dot com

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  59. I don't have a particular favorite shortbread recipe, I just end up using whatever I find at the time when I want to make it :)

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  60. I'll most likely make some apple pie and sugar cookies

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  61. The pictures look delicious. I don't have a favorite recipe, I just love them all.

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  62. We make sugar cookies and decorate them.

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  63. Our family favourite shortbread recipe is for a refrigerated rolled dough. That way it is easy to just bake the cookies "fresh." My siblings and I used to sneak hunks of dough from the rolls.

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  64. We will be baking caramel corn.

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  65. my grandma's original scotch shortbread is a favourite, but we love the fluffy shortbread too, very easy to make and melts in your mouth.

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  66. I have a long list of what is to be bake! about 20 different cookies to start, including short bread (several types) gingerbread/cookies to basic sugar cookies. I will also be making candies, chocolates, tarts and squares!

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  67. My favorite shortbread recipe is just four ingredients - butter, sugar, flour and vanilla. It's simple but tender and it comes together so quickly. We love it.

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  68. So far my holiday baking plans included gingerbread houses, shortbread snowmen, coconut squares and nutella mint macarons

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  69. I don't have one, wish I had. Trying to find one I like.

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  70. Butter shortbread is always my favourite to have with a cup of tea (with milk).

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  71. I've never made shortbread, but I have friends who make wonderful shortbread and are kind enough to share their baking with me.

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  72. I don't have a set shortbread recipe... bad, but I usually Google it. It's all about the icing and decoration anyway!

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  73. My favourite shortbread recipe is just the classic recipe - but adding chocolate chips and chopped pecans...Yum!

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  74. I have actually never made shortbread.

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  75. Honestly I haven\t ever tried any. But this article has inspired me. Maybe that'll be my next baking project ......

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  76. I don't have a shortbread recipe

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  77. I love baking cookies, especially for the holidays when I hand them out as gifts to friends and family. These really caught my eye because they’re so pretty and will absolutely make a lovely presentation to hand out. :) Plus, you really can’t go wrong with shortbread. ;)

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  78. my shortbread recipe does not include oatmeal like yours does. I have put cranberries in the mix to make a festive cookie. Yours look awesome. I will definetly try the recipe

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  79. my mum has a great short bread recipe and i love to make gingerbread cookies!

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  80. My wife makes great shortbread chocolate cookies!

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  81. I like baking all kinds of cookies. My favourite is a thimble cookie with jam in the middle.
    Cheers.

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  82. I love Nanaimo bars at Christmas - I can't make them, but I love to eat them!

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  83. Grandma's shortbreads arfe the best!

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  84. Can't tell you,secret family recipe

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