Christmas Memories: Ivy Daly’s Shortbread Cookies
One of my favorite Christmas memories as a child was making my Nana’s shortbread cookies. She would travel from Michigan to Arkansas to visit us at Christmas and my brother, sister and I would help her make the cookies. We decorated them with red and green sugar, but you can use any decorations you like. I hope you enjoy them!
1 cup sugar
1-pound butter at room temperature (no substitutes)
4 cups all-purpose flour
Cream butter and sugar together until well mixed. Add flour, 1 cup at a time, beating between additions. The dough will be stiff.
On a floured surface, roll dough to 1/8-inch thickness (or thicker if you want). Cut out cookies with cookie cutters and place them on an ungreased baking sheet. Prick with a fork 2-3 times.
Bake at 350 degrees for 8-12 minutes. Cookies should be barely brown at the edges, and they will be soft when removed from oven. Let cookies sit on the cookie sheet for 1-2 minutes; then transfer to a cooling rack. Decorate as desired.
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With over a million copies sold, Kathleen Fuller is the author of several bestselling novels, including the Hearts of Middlefield novels, the Middlefield Family novels, the Amish of Birch Creek series, the Amish Letters series, the Brides of Birch Creek series, the upcoming Mail Order Brides of Birch Creek, as well as a middle-grade Amish series, the Mysteries of Middlefield. She has also contributed to numerous novella collections.
She and her husband James live in Arkansas and have three adult children. When she’s not writing, Kathleen is avidly crocheting, reading, and traveling, sometimes all at the same time. She runs the Facebook group Books & Hooks, which combines her love of books, crochet, and collecting recipes that she’ll never have enough time to make.