Yield: Yields 40 rectangular cookies or 24 cookie wedges
Adding a touch of cornstarch and using confectioners’ sugar instead of granulated makes these cookies tender and crumbly, and a full teaspoon of salt is key to their sweet-salty flavor balance. You can make the shortbread into rectangular cookies or into wedges, a classic shortbread shape known as petticoat tails. These cookies are best served the day after baking.
Make Ahead Tips
Once the dough is pressed into the pan and cut, it can be wrapped and refrigerated for 1 day or frozen for up to 1 month. If freezing the dough, thaw it overnight in the refrigerator before baking.
Baked and cooled cookies can be layered between sheets of parchment or waxed paper in an airtight container and stored at room temperature for up to 4 days.
For chocolate-dipped shortbread: Melt 6 oz. chopped bittersweet or white chocolate with 1 tsp. canola or vegetable oil. Brush any lose crumbs from cooled shortbread and dip two-thirds of each cookie into the chocolate. Dry on a cooling rack until chocolate firms, about 45 minutes.
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