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Video:How to Make Shortbread

with Camila

Shortbread makes a delicious breakfast or coffee treat. See how shortbread is prepared from start to finish using this simple but tasty recipe.See Transcript

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Transcript:How to Make Shortbread

Hi. I'm Camila for About.com Food. Today I'm going to show you how to make shortbread.

Shortbread Recipe Ingredients

Here are the ingredients for shortbread. You're going to need:
  • 1 stick of butter
  • 3/4 cup salted mixed nuts
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract

Prepare Shortbread Dough

First, I'm going to preheat my oven to 375. Then I'm going to put one stick of butter into a medium sized bowl and add 1/3 of a cup of sugar. Next I'm going to take a wooden spoon and start mixing it together. It takes a little patience to have the sugar combine with the butter.

After a few minutes it's going to turn creamy, and then you know you're ready to add your flour and vanilla. This is the texture you want before you add the flour and the vanilla. So I'm pouring my one cup of flour into the bowl and I start mixing. Now I'm going to add half a teaspoon of vanilla extract. Now stir just a little bit. The next step is that we're going to be mixing with our fingers so make sure you wash your hands.

Whenever I have to make dough I always feel in the first few minutes that I'm not doing it right, but after a few minutes it turns into a soft dough.

Pan Greasing Tip

I often will use the wrapper of the butter to grease the pan. That way I don't have to waste paper towels.

Add Shortbread Dough to Pan

So now I've greased my pan and I'm going to transfer the dough and start pressing down gently with my fingers to form an eight-inch square. Next I'm going to add mixed nuts. This is totally optional, so if you don't like nuts you don't need to do this. But I do suggest adding salt because what makes this really good is the mix of salty and sweet. I'm going to gently pat this down, and sprinkle one tablespoon of sugar.

Bake the Shortbread

So I'm all set to put my shortbread in the oven at 375. I'm going to leave it in for about 20-25 minutes or until it's a light golden brown. I'm going to let my shortbread cool for about 10 minutes.

Cut and Serve the Shortbread

You can cut your shortbread any way you like. I decided to go length-wise and cut it into three rows. So there you have it, shortbread. I like mine with coffee in the morning, but it's really great for any time at all.

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