Christmas Shortbread Cookies

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Shortbread cookies are one of the easiest cookies to make; unless you add something special they only need three ingredients, flour, sugar, and butter.

To make them a little festive this time of the year, I like to add sprinkles.

Step 1: Ingredients

1 cup or 250 ml butter or margarine softened

1/2 cup or 125 ml brown sugar

2 1/2 or 625 ml cups flour

1 egg

Sprinkles

Step 2: Utensils

Bowl

Cookie cutter or a sharp knife

Pastry cutter

Measuring cup

Rolling pin and board

Brush

Cookie sheet

Parchment paper

Cooling wrack

Step 3: Instructions

Add flour, sugar, and butter, to a bowl and mix; I used a pastry cutter and cut the butter into the dry ingredients until everything was well mixed. It should look like small balls with no powder.

Move the batter to a lightly floured flat surface and work the dough until it comes together and forms a ball. If it is too sticky, wrap in plastic and refrigerate for approximately 20 minutes.

On a lightly floured surface roll the dough to about 1/2 inch thickness.

Cut the dough with a cookie cutter or a sharp knife to desired shapes.

Using a brush, coat the top of the cookies with egg and add the sprinkles.

Place on a dry cookie sheet; since I coated the cookies with sprinkles, I placed the cookies on parchment paper.

Step 4: Baking

Preheat oven to 325° 160° C.

Bake the cookies in the preheated oven for approximately 10-12 minutes, do not let cookies brown.

Let cool on cookie sheets and then remove to wire racks.

Yields approximately 30 cookies depending on size.

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