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Unless you’re a LifeStyle FOOD addict like me, you’ve probably never heard of Anna Olson. Anna may not be a household name like Nigella (well in Australia anyway), i believe she is just as good in the desserts and pastry department. She hosts a show called Sugar and makes the most divine desserts. Each episodes features a star ingredient which she turns into all sorts of wonderful creations.

A while ago, Anna had an episode featuring butter and make what looked like the best shortbread cookies. Needless to say, i’ve just baked these goodies and tried one and they are delish! The 1/2 teapsoon of salt really adds to the flavour counteracting the sweetness. Nicky, this ones for you 🙂

Shortbread Cookies

Shortbread Cookies

Shortbread Cookies

  • 225 grams unsalted butter (at room temperature)
  • 1/2 cup + 2 tablespoons icing sugar
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch or rice flour
  • 1/2 cups plain flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Method

  1. Pre-heat oven to 170C
  2. Beat butter until light and fluffy
  3. Sift in icing sugar and beat again until light and fluffy, scraping down sides of the bowl often
  4. Sift in corn starch or rice flour and blend in
  5. Sift in plain flour and salt and mix until dough comes together (it will be soft)
  6. Stir in vanilla
  7. Spoon large teaspoons of dough into the palm of your hands and roll into a ball onto greasepoof paper, leaving enough room for the dough to expand whilst cooking
  8. Bake for 18-20 minutes or until golden lightly
  9. Remove from tray and let them cool
  10. Decorate with icing sugar or chocolate, or leave it as it is

This recipe is not ideal for rolling out and using cookie cutters and the dough is very soft.

Recipe adapted from Anna Olson

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