With only four ingredients, it's easy to remember. Sometimes I make a whole batch of dough, divide it in half, bake one half and freeze the rest. That way if company is coming, I defrost the dough and pop some in the oven. Or, I'll just make half the recipe for a quick couple of dozen. This is not a hefty sugar cookie recipe to be used as a vehicle for gobs of icing and decorations. It's a delicate shortbread that is good completely naked or with a few sprinkles like I've shown here. I usually mix a couple tablespoons of powdered sugar with a bit of water to create a glaze of sorts. I brush this on when the cookies are still slightly warm. This helps the sprinkles stick to the top of the cookie.
A good batch will crunch around the outside, and still be a bit soft in the center. You can roll them out and use your favorite holiday cookie cutters, or shape the dough into a 2 inch diameter log, chill for about a half hour in wax paper, then slice into 1/4" rounds.
4 cups of flour
4 tablespoons of cornstarch (secret ingredient that makes them melt in your mouth)
sift the flour and cornstarch together and set aside
1 pound of butter (4 sticks) room temperature
1 cup of sugar
cream these together
Now start working the flour into the butter/sugar mixture. It takes a while, roll up your sleeves, and use your hands until everything sticks together and makes a nice round of dough.
Roll out on a lightly floured surface to about 1/4" thick and cut out with cookie cutters.
Bake on parchment paper at 325 degrees for at least 10 minutes. All of our ovens are different, so add a few minutes to your baking time if you need to. Take them out when they just start to get light brown around the edges. If you turn your back on them, they can quickly go from "almost done "to "what-the-heck-just-happened" in a short time. They're sneaky like that.
Decorate as I did above, or just leave 'em alone. Make sure you have coffee, tea, or a big glass of milk on the side. Eat at least 4 at once. No regrets.
here. I used some leftover Cotton Ease and an H hook. I haven't decided if I'm going to make the basket that goes with them or not. It does make a cute little set.
I'll have another cookie and think about it.