melt in your mouth shortbreads

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Dear Christmas,

I’m getting excited to see you again. What’s it been? A year? I thought I saw you in the grocery store around Halloween, but then I thought, “no way. Christmas wouldn’t show up before Halloween has a chance to do whatever the heck it does.”  What does Halloween do? I’m guessing they don’t cover stuff like that in school anymore, because we had a lot of teenagers at our door this year, and most of them were wearing jeans and hoodies. I don’t think we should have to give candy to those little wankers, but I know that they’ll egg our house if we don’t. And yes, I totally get that kids’ brains are the size of acorns, but still.

Things have been very busy here at the Cat Farm, so I’m feeling a little behind. 2.0 and I vowed that we would be finished with our holiday shopping by the end of November. I fear this was ambitious, as we have done nothing to prepare for your arrival as of yet. Unless you count the endless conversations about how much food we plan to shove in our faces.

I’m going to do my best to ensure that Rosie Beaucoup doesn’t barf on your big day this year. And we’ll post a Poop Progress Report on the refrigerator for you-know-who as well. (Travel belly is bound to strike again.) Also, when I get back from visiting Pussycat, I’m going to decorate the Cat Farm so it looks like you hurled all over it. That’s right. Glitter galore. And I’m going to do lots of baking. Lots and lots of it.

Speaking of baking, I made these cookies for you. They are buttery and as light as air – just the way you like them. The secret is beating them lots and lots. Rosie Beaucoup taught me that. She says you have to beat the butter for ages. Then add an egg yolk and beat forever. Then throw some sugar in there and beat for an eternity, and finally, add some flour, which, of course, you beat until the end of time. They aren’t overly sweet, and they really do melt in your mouth. Light as air! I think they are perfect with tea, and they freeze well, so you can hide them from your family and eat them all by yourself if you like.

Anyhoo, if you could bring some happiness and good health to – well, you know – bring it to those who need it most, I’d really appreciate it. And you know about my little wish, right? If you could be so kind… Finally, and I’m just wondering here, have you ever noticed how when someone says something like, “but seriously though,” it wasn’t generally preceded by something funny? Is there anything you can do about that?

Can’t wait to see you,

xox movita

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Melt In Your Mouth Shortbreads – inspired by Rosie Beaucoup – print, bake and munch

Yields approximately 3 dozen cookies.

  • 1 cup butter, room temperature
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour

Preheat oven to 325°F (160°C). Line baking sheets with parchment paper. In the bowl of your stand mixer, on medium speed, beat the butter for ages (5 minutes). Then add the egg yolk and beat forever (5 minutes). Add the sugar and beat for an eternity (5 minutes). Then add the flour in 4 parts (1/2 cup at a time), beating for 2 minutes after each addition. Then beat an additional 2 minutes for good luck.

Roll the batter into balls (scant tablespoon full for each ball) and place on baking sheets. Flatten the tops slightly with the bottom of a drinking glass (cookies should be about 1/2 inch thick). Bake for about 12-15 minutes until very slightly brown on the bottom edge.

Notes: the secret to this recipe is tremendous beating. Use pure butter – no substitutions this time! And be sure to scrape down the sides and bottom of your bowl between ingredient additions to ensure everything is combined perfectly.

37 Responses to melt in your mouth shortbreads

  1. ediblesubstance November 24, 2011 at 11:28 am #

    wow they look perfect!

  2. kydel November 24, 2011 at 3:31 pm #

    Awww I loved your little letter to Christmas. It made me feel all mushy inside. Not long now Beaucoup! It will be here!!! Banging down the door and demanding a perfect juicy turkey. Not one of them dry ones my lovely mum always makes.
    Also, I LOVE shortbread. I think I love it more than I even love you! So I’ll be making them. Off to lift weights ready for the beating. Ciao dude!

    • movita beaucoup November 24, 2011 at 5:29 pm #

      Shortbreads are the bomb! And only four ingredients – that’s usually all I’ve got in the cupboards here! And when you eat stuff at Christmas, it doesn’t count. Negative calories. Because you’re SUPPOSED to eat lots. It’s law.

  3. Cheri November 24, 2011 at 4:27 pm #

    Can you tell me how to adjust this recipe for high altitude?

    • movita beaucoup November 24, 2011 at 5:27 pm #

      Gee, Cheri, I’m not sure! There are no leavening agents in the recipe (baking powder, baking soda), so that shouldn’t be a problem. And I don’t think there’s any need to reduce the sugar. I wonder if they would take a little longer to bake?

      I’m sorry I can’t be of more assistance. If you try these, please let me know how they work out!

  4. Tamana November 24, 2011 at 5:46 pm #

    I love your recipes and always look forward to the next one. But I’ve never made any of them. This cookie recipe looks simple enough for me to try. But I have a question: what if I don’t have an electric beater? Can I hand beat the yolks to get the same consistency? Will it work?

    • movita beaucoup November 24, 2011 at 5:58 pm #

      Well, I think your arm would fall off, to be honest. If each addition takes five minutes of beating with a stand mixer, your poor arm would never keep up. Do you have a hand-held electric mixer? That might take a little longer than a stand mixer, but would work just the same. Alternatively, I’d borrow a mixer! And then give the lender a few cookies in return…

      Thanks for visiting!!

      • Tamana November 24, 2011 at 6:27 pm #

        Sadly, no hand-held device either or friend that’s willing to cook/bake. Maybe it’s time to invest in a beater. I’ve saved many if your recipes, maybe I’ll buy a beater and then start tasting your recipes.

        Keep up the great work! If it’s ok with you, I’d like to add your blog to my blogroll.

  5. Savory Simple November 24, 2011 at 11:01 pm #

    These are perfection! What a beautiful cookie. Shortbread is always a winner.

  6. Kim Bee November 25, 2011 at 2:04 am #

    Great shortbread and as always you crack me up.

  7. hoiningyau November 25, 2011 at 12:27 pm #

    its cute. your letter to christmas 😀 and I will try to make them this year upon the arrive of our christmas.. thanks a bunch 😀

  8. Ashley - Baker by Nature November 25, 2011 at 2:18 pm #

    Yumm! I love shortbread cookies!

  9. glutenfreezen November 26, 2011 at 12:45 am #

    They look beautiful and perfect! Love, love, love, shortbread. I miss being able to bake something up several times a week! I think we’re going on two and a half weeks or so of no appliances. (Yes, I’m whining.) They’re getting delivered tomorrow, but won’t be hooked up to gas until Monday. Just purposefully taunting me!

    I agree with you about Christmas. I had hoped to be all done by the end of November but today was my maiden voyage out into the Christmas shopping world. Slow it down, please!

    • movita beaucoup November 27, 2011 at 8:54 am #

      Only one more sleep until appliance heaven…

  10. Alli November 26, 2011 at 8:10 am #

    I will definitely be trying these!!! We made your slow cooker beef stew the other day…you were right co-workers were envious!

    • movita beaucoup November 27, 2011 at 8:53 am #

      Yay! I’m so glad I could help you to make your co-workers feel bad…

  11. Ann November 26, 2011 at 3:48 pm #

    Baked perfectly! They look amazing. 🙂 Shortbread always reminds me of Christmas, so this post came at the perfect time!

  12. "The Neighbour" November 27, 2011 at 5:31 pm #

    Scrumptious, simply scrumptious!!! Incredibly fragile though – had to eat them all before they crumbled….did I beat them too much?!?!?!

    • movita beaucoup November 27, 2011 at 6:00 pm #

      I don’t think you can beat them too much – but I’ve been wrong before! Maybe if you made them thicker? Oh dear, neighbour. I hate to think of you suffering with a belly full of shortbreads…

      • "The Neighbour" November 27, 2011 at 6:36 pm #

        They were lovely regardless of their fragileness (is that a word?), melt in your mouth buttery goodness. Everything is better with butter (and bacon!).

  13. Shelly December 6, 2011 at 5:50 pm #

    I just found your blog via this recipe post on Pioneer Woman’s Tasty Kitchen site. Shortbread cookies are my absolute favorite, and not just at Christmas time! I will be making a test batch of these this weekend, but I am wondering if you use salted or unsalted butter in your recipe? So happy to have found your blog! It’s on my favorites list now!

    • movita beaucoup December 6, 2011 at 9:48 pm #

      Yay! Always glad to have a new friend! I use unsalted butter, but I have a friend who only uses salted. So, I think you could go either way. My mother, for example, made these for years with salted butter. Mine were just as tasty with the unsalted. So, buy whichever is on sale or whatever you find at the back of your fridge!

  14. Karen @ Karen's Kitchen Stories November 3, 2013 at 1:17 pm #

    That last paragraph of your letter got me all mushy. Hope your little wish comes true.

  15. Anonymous December 22, 2013 at 4:23 pm #

    You dont specify powdered confectioners sugar or granular i used standard granular will this screw up or is this what u meant?

    • movita beaucoup December 22, 2013 at 10:23 pm #

      Use regular sugar!

      • Anonymous December 22, 2013 at 11:22 pm #

        Great i used regular granular sugar they were fine. Powdered sugar may be quite melt in your mouth as well since most shortbread is made with powdered sugar. Good recipe thanks

        • movita beaucoup December 23, 2013 at 8:21 am #

          I agree – I was thinking I should try them with confectioner’s sugar at some point! I’ll have to experiment… more test cookies to eat!

  16. Lisa January 2, 2014 at 8:24 pm #

    Thank you for this recipe!!! I just made these yesterday morning for a New Year’s open house we were going to and they were perfect! They were tender and flakey with just the right amount of sweetness, and they really do melt in your mouth just like my favorite bakery cookie. I was so proud of them that I made everyone who stopped by the desserts try one lol. This is the second recipe that I tried from your blog and both have been huge hits. The other is the banana bread which I always bake as muffins. They are my son’s favorite muffin and the only way he’ll eat bananas =)

    • movita beaucoup January 3, 2014 at 11:22 am #

      Lisa, thanks so much for stopping by to leave this comment! Totally made my day! I’m so glad you liked the recipe(s) – they’re two of my favourites as well…

  17. Michelle F February 5, 2014 at 12:25 am #

    could you roll this out to make cutouts?

    • movita beaucoup February 5, 2014 at 8:24 am #

      Hi, Michelle – no, you couldn’t. They are a shortbread – not a sugar cookie – it’s softer (thus the melt-in-your-mouthness) and they wouldn’t hold a clean shape. If you go to a site like Bake at 350, you’ll find some great recipes for cut-out cookies. Good luck!

  18. Ragan June 18, 2014 at 6:37 am #

    I just made these & they are beautiful! I made them a bit bigger & cooked them a bit longer & they are perfect! Thank you!

    • movita beaucoup June 19, 2014 at 6:27 am #

      This is wonderful to hear! So glad yo liked them…

  19. movita beaucoup June 2, 2015 at 7:14 am #

    Comments on this post are now closed as it was published in November 2011. Happy baking!

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