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Shortbread

Shortbread wedges are also known as Petticoats because they resemble a Victorian Lady's petticoat skirt. Our shortbread is delicious with a hot cup of tea or coffee.
Recipe chef is Castle Marne Bed & Breakfast Inn in Denver, Colorado
Recipe courtesy of The Historic Castle Marne Bed and Breakfast Inn
Prep Time : 10 minutes
Cook Time : 15-20 minutes. Do not over bake!
Yield : Makes 16 to 18 servings
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Ingredients
Ingredients
  • 1/2 c. butter, softened, never melted
  • 1/2 c. sugar
  • 1/2 t. vanilla extract
  • 1/4 t. almond extract
  • 1 c. all-purpose flour
  • 2 T. cornstarch
  • 1/8 t. salt

Preparation
Preparation
Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Cream butter in a medium
bowl, then add sugar and cream together until fluffy. Beat in vanilla and almond extracts. Set aside. Mix flour, corn starch and salt together in a small bowl. Work flour mixture into butter mixture with a pastry cutter. The mixture will be crumbly. Gather
dough lightly into a ball. Place dough in an ungreased 10-inch
pie pan or shortbread mold. Using fingers, press dough into a
layer of uniform thickness. If your hands are usually hot, put a piece of plastic between you and the dough. This will help keep the butter from melting at your touch. Be sure dough is well pressed down.
Use a knife to draw dough slightly away from the pan edges.
Mark with a knife into 16-18 wedges. Bake in center of oven,
until it is pale gold and feels firm when touched lightly, about 16 to 20 minutes. DO NOT let it brown, as the flavor will be adversely affected. Gently re-score the slices with a sharp knife after it has been out of the oven for approximately 10 minutes. If you wish, sprinkle with coarsely ground, colored sugar before
baking.

Variations:
1. Add 1 heaping teaspoon of cocoa to flour mixture and sprinkle
tops of shortbread with chocolate sprinkles just before baking.
2. After you make the dough, split it in half and die one half with
food coloring of your choice. Red or green works well. Then
press 1 tablespoon of the colored dough into the pan, followed by
one tablespoon of the plain dough. Alternate dough and press
together to create a marbled effect. This helps dress up the shortbread for Christmas and other special occasions..