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Shortbread Cookies
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Shortbread cookies

yields 9 triangles of the size shown in picture.


  • 1 cup all purpose flour,
  • 1/3 cup rice flour,
  • 1/4 cup + 1 tbsp granulated sugar,
  • 1/2 cup (4 oz) unsalted butter softened,
  • a pinch of salt,
  • some sugar to sprinkle on top of the cookies.


  1. Preheat oven to 315° F/160° C.
  2. Combine and sift the flours.
  3. Mix butter and sugar. Cream with an electric mixer until light and fluffy. This takes approx 10 minutes.
  4. Add the flours, salt to the creamed butter and sugar mixture in batches, mixing alternately.
  5. Form a smooth dough with hands, tightly cover it with a plastic wrap and refrigerate for 20 minutes.
  6. Remove and place it on a baking sheet, press the mixture into a circle of 8 inch diameter and 1/2 cm thickness.
  7. With a sharp knife, score marks from the center to the edge of the circle to form 9 triangles. Punch with a fork at several places (as shown in the picture).
  8. Sprinkle with sugar and if you like, flute the edge by making impressions along the edge with your thumb.
  9. Transfer the baking sheet into the preheated oven and bake for 30 minutes or until light golden. While still hot, cut along the marks to get 9 triangles. The cookies will appear soft initially but become crisp once cool.
  10. Store them in an airtight container.

1)You may use 1 tsp vanilla essence or ground cardamom (for a little Indian twist) in this recipe.
2)If the dough appears crumbly or dry, add 1 tsp milk.
3)You can form even square or circle shaped cookies.