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Martha’s Shortbread

Years ago, and I mean YEARS ago, like before my kiddos were born years. I often made Martha Stewart’s dried cranberry shortbread hearts. This shortbread was a favorite at home and at the office that I worked at, coworkers would pop by often to see what treats I had and these were always gone in a flash.

annaepp_baking_www.lifeisgoodatthebeach.ca/marthas-shortbreadI almost always used candied cherries instead of dried cranberries as they give it an extra little something. I also would cut them into hearts, but hated that I lost cookies with the trimmings, so I started to cut them into squares. Then one day I had some mini chocolate chips to use up and thought, why not? Then I cut them into rectangles instead of squares.

A few weeks ago, I wanted some cookies for a workshop I was hosting, but I didn’t want to spend too much time in the kitchen. I remembered Martha’s Shortbread and that I could whip them up in minutes. Now I can barely keep them in the house, Hubby sneaks a few, the kiddos sneak a few, then all of a sudden the tin is empty. I throw together another batch, changing it up slightly and poof! Those are gone too! Thank you Martha Stewart, for giving us quick and easy shortbread for all to enjoy!

annaepp_baking_www.lifeisgoodatthebeach.ca/marthas-shortbreadRecipe

40 minutes

serves 24

Ingredients:

1 cup of butter, softened

3/4 cup of icing sugar

1 tsp vanilla

2 cups of all purpose flour

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 cup finely chopped dried cranberries, or candied cherries, or mini chocolate chips

Instructions:

  1. preheat oven to 325.
  2. Combine butter, icing sugar, vanilla, flour and salt in a large mixing bowl or the bowl of your electric mixer. Mix until all ingredients are combined.
  3. Add cranberries, cherries, or chocolate chips
  4. Press batter evenly into 8×8 or 9×9 square baking pan. Bake until just turning golden, about 20 minutes. Place pan on cooling rack until cool to the touch, about 20 minutes. Run a knife around the edge and turn shortbread out onto a cutting board. Use a heart shaped cookie cutter to cut into hearts or cut with a knife into squares or rectangles.

 

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