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I met a darling baker on Memorial Day.  Jennifer sells her delectable cookies at the Fishers, Indiana, Farmers’ Market which runs from the end of May to the end of September on Saturday mornings.  Indy friends, please look for her at her Sugar4 booth, and let her know I sent you.  I tasted her incredibly decadent chocolate brownies and asked her if she’d like to share a recipe for my blog.  Her choice was her popular Shortbread Hearts…which she often dips in or decorates with chocolate.

As I’m not so arsty, I decided this was the perfect opportunity to try out my “Biscuit Press Sets” which I won on a blog giveaway from my sweet friend, Maya, of Foodiva’s Kitchen.  Please visit her gorgeous blog…Maya has a true knack for food styling…everything she posts is both delicious and stunning.  Maya is from Brunei, in Southeast Asia, and it doesn’t look like these fabulous cookie presses are not available in the US, but you may be able to find something similar.  They worked like a charm and made such cute cookies.  I’ve promised to make these again soon…and sandwich two around some chocolate frosting.  I simply glazed this batch with a mixture of powdered sugar, milk and vanilla paste.  Every single family member loved these…and that’s saying A LOT!  Great cookies, Jennifer~

Cookie presses can be purchased here.

Jennifer’s Shortbread…recipe courtesy of Jennifer Terrell/Sugar4

1 pound unsalted butter at room temperature
1 cup powdered sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 vanilla bean cut and scraped
Sift together:
4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon fine grain sea salt

Jennifer makes the dough the day ahead because she likes it really chilled prior to rolling out but you can make it the same day and chill the dough for about an hour.

Preheat oven to 350ΒΊ.

In a mixing bowl beat the butter until light and fluffy. Add the powdered sugar and beat again.  Make sure that you scrape down the sides of the mixing bowl.  Add the vanilla and the vanilla bean. Mix in flour mixture until everything comes together into a thick dough.

Wrap and put in fridge for an hour or overnight.  When the dough is chilled, use a rolling pin to roll the dough out 1/4-1/2-inch thick. Use cookie cutters to make your favorite shape.

Bake on parchment of a silpat for 10 minutes or until the edges are golden.  Decorate, if desired.

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46 comments on “Jennifer’s Shortbread”

  1. Those shortbread cookies look so beautiful
    it was really nice of her to share the recipe πŸ™‚

  2. They look pretty and i like the flower shape.

  3. These are so pretty. I need to bookmark this recipe and find the cookie press for when I make a gift basket soon. Sounds like a winning cookie recipe. Yummy!

  4. I love shortbread. The cookie press designs make it really special. Great post.

  5. I love good shortbread, so simple yet so delicious. Its amazing how you can make something so delicious with so few ingredients

  6. What a clever way to dress up the shortbread cookies Lizzy. They are lovely. I also like the idea of making the dough ahead. Saves so much time, especially if you’re making these for company.

  7. Hi Lizzy, I’m so intrigued by the use of powdered sugar in this recipe, I’ll be baking a batch up soon. As a frequent patron to Farmer’s Markets, I truly appreciated the local aspect of your story and for a moment I felt as if I was strolling through the market alongside you. Thank you for sharing the recipe and thanks for the smile!

  8. These are beautiful and I love shortbread! I haven’t made any in a while and I think I now have the perfect excuse, a new recipe!

  9. Oh those are so pretty πŸ™‚ So cute!

  10. Lizzy, these look so beautiful! I love shortbread, so simple, but yet SO delicious!
    A big thank you to Jennifer for sharing!

  11. I have never seen such beautiful shortbread. That’s really neat!

  12. What pretty cookies and fun cookie presses!

  13. nice way of creating a beautiful recipe with the flower design, like it so much Lizzy and your creativity.

  14. Shortbread is one of my favourite cookies. Love your pretty little ones.

  15. Cutest little cookies ever! Love the little presses.

  16. These shortbread cookies are very cool, love the press and the design.
    Thanks to Jennifer for sharing her wonderful recipe, love the use of vanilla bean in a shortbread cookie. Beautiful job on the cookies Lizzy;-)

  17. Oh those are so beautiful πŸ™‚

  18. Wow love those flower shapes

  19. Those are adorable! How I wish I have one of that biscuit press!

  20. Oh yes, I love Maya’s site – her creation is always unique and beautiful. Now your shortbread looks very pretty! I love shortbread more than regular cookies, actually, and these nice flower shape biscuits are wonderful for gifts etc.

  21. So pretty! I made shortbread yesterday, but didn’t even think about shaping it!

  22. So so pretty with the flower shape!

  23. These cookies look so classy and pretty! I love them and shortbread is still my favourite cookie dough! Simple and delicious!

  24. delicious shortbread looks wonderful with pattern

  25. I love the shape of this shortbread! Plus, I love shortbread in general, so it’s even better. πŸ˜€ These look great!

  26. oh my goodness Lizzy, the cookies are so pretty!! I love the flower shape. if only those cookie shapes were available in US. Going to see what I can find on Amazon!

  27. Look beauty Lizzyy!!

    (you dont believe that I have the same plates or very similar!! love them, LOL

  28. These look incredible! I’ve never seen a press that would do that. I now have it on my wish list.

  29. Lizzy these cookies are too cute and sound delish!

  30. Stunning….thanks for such a great recipe!

  31. Lizzy, the flower shape is very pretty!

  32. Loved those designs on the shortbreads! The recipe sounds appealing!! You are a great baker, for sure.

  33. Love the cookie press, and the yummy cookies. Looks so easy to make. Such a great giveaway win, Lizzy!
    Also love the cobalt blue design plate, as well!

  34. Oh these are just adorable. Oh yes double the cookies and sandwich them with a sweet concoction. I admit I was jealous when you won them from Maya, love what she did with them too. Very pretty.

  35. I love shortbread so much! The flower shapes are so cute!

  36. I am a shorbread lover and these come out so beautiful in the press. I need one of these. Joni

  37. Lizzy these are beautiful! Almost too pretty to eat, but since I love shortbread they would be gone very quickly at my house ;)!

  38. hi! This looks amazing! I would love for you to come over and link up to my Tasty Tuesday Party…
    Hope to see you and your tasty goodness next week.

  39. Hi Lissy,
    What a beautiful shortbread cookie. It looks so delicate and I am sure would be delicious.Hope you are having a great week end and thanks for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    See you soon!
    Miz Helen

  40. They are very cute. Is it just me or does changing the shape somehow make them taste different, in a better kind of way?

  41. Sandra, this was the tastiest shortbread I’ve ever made πŸ™‚ Maybe it was the shape~

  42. Hello, these short bread cookies look incredible and I have to try them.

  43. Just found these and Raime loves shortbread…a must try for this house…and I so love flower shapes!

  44. Lizzy, dearest, I’ve recently tried making shortbread like this one (the ingredients were identical to these) and when I put the cookies in the oven they melted and I got a big shortbread rectangular πŸ™‚ I saved the day by cutting it into squares as soon as it was baked, but is it possible that these shortbread recipes are missing an egg? I put the dough into fridge before baking and baked it on 350 degrees so I’m not sure what I did wrong? But the taste was amazing though, and I’m posting it soon at Face πŸ™‚ Today I posted there my pear muffins.

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