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A Gift of Giving---# 5---Austrian Shortbread (worlds best)

Updated on March 16, 2011

The Gift of Giving recipe # 5

Austrian Shortbread Cookies (worlds best)

I make these shortbreads year round. They are really easy and freeze well. I just dress them up for my Christmas cookie platter. Red and green glazed cherries cut into 8th look great.

  • 1 pound good butter
  • 10 tablespoons fine confectioner's sugar
  • 3 1/4 cups cake and pastry flour
  • 2 drops of vanilla extract
  • candied fruit or other garnish


Combine all the ingredients and mix vigorously. The butter should be quite soft so that air can be worked into the mixture. Roll the dough into 1 inch balls and place them on a parchment lined cookie sheet. Squish down with the bottom of a glass, and press the candied fruit or other garnish firmly into the cookies. Bake at 350 degrees until the edges of the cookies just begin to brown. 7-10 minutes just being a guide line. I bake mine for a bit longer as I like them to have a bit of a golden color to them. Allow the cookies to cool on the sheet for a while before attempting to remove them.



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      Zsuzsy Bee 6 years ago from Ontario/Canada

      2uesday, thanks for taking a look and for commenting. I just made a triple batch yesterday to add to my Christmas giving platters

      Hope you and your family are well. Have a very merry Christmas holiday

      regards Zsuzsy

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      2uesday 6 years ago

      Nice simple recipe to follow recipe and good for gifts too.

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      Zsuzsy Bee 6 years ago from Ontario/Canada

      Stella - Internet Marketing Tips thanks for reading. This is my fav shortbread. (it freezes really well) I usually make a double or triple batch and then freeze some. Perfect for those moments when you really have a "need a snack" moment

      regards Zsuzsy

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      Stella - Internet Marketing Tips 6 years ago

      Thanks Zsuzsy, I'll try these.

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      oliversmum 7 years ago from australia

      Zsuzsy Bee Hi. This Shortbread Recipe sounds delicious and easy to make.

      Will put it in my Recipe Book.

      Thank you for sharing it with us, can't wait to try it. :) :)

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      Zsuzsy Bee 8 years ago from Ontario/Canada

      Hi Habee, I'm not sure about the Scottish shortbread because I never made any. (Don't you need to cut Scottish shortbread into wedges after it's been baked?)

      This recipe is one of my Granmas. It's written in her own handwriting on a piece of yellowed graph paper. I had to translate it from Hungarian and it's called Austrian shortbread. This is one of the cookies I remember making with my Mom even when I was a little girl and we always called them "MomsMom cookies". I was really thrilled when I found the original recipe in between the pages of her cookbook.

      Thanks for taking a look and for commenting.

      I hope you're well

      regards Zsuzsy

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      Holle Abee 8 years ago from Georgia

      These sound wonderful! How do they differ from Scottish shortbread?