DAY 1: Whipped Shortbread Cookies
These simple cookies have quickly made their way onto our list of family favorites. The cornstarch and powdered sugar in the dough make them practically melt in your mouth.
In addition to Christmas baking and spending time with family, this month I am choosing to participate in an initiative to “Light the World” through small and simple acts of kindness. Check out the link below for daily suggestions of ways to light the world, or to sign up for daily suggestions by text:
Whipped Shortbread Cookies
2 cups unsalted butter, softened
1 cup powdered sugar
3 cups flour
½ cup cornstarch
½ tsp salt
1 Tbs vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 300°F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone mats.
In a large mixing bowl, beat butter and powdered sugar until very light and fluffy, at least 5 minutes. Beat in vanilla. Beat in flour, cornstarch, and salt.
Using a small cookie scoop, place level scoops on baking sheets, about 2” apart (I can get 20 cookies on a baking sheet). Rub your hands with a small amount of cornstarch, and then roll scoops of dough into 1” balls; return to baking sheet. Press each dough ball with the tines of a fork dipped in cornstarch, to flatten slightly. Dust the tops of the cookies with candied sprinkles.
Bake for 14-15 minutes, or until baked through. Cookies will still look very pale. Don’t overbake. Cool on wire racks.
Makes about 5 dozen small cookies
For a wonderful new Christmas video about the birth of Jesus Christ, check out this newly produced “The Christ Child” movie: