I have been playing around with shortbread recipes recently because I love the light creamy flavor of shortbread but I personally don’t love how dry and flavorless they can be. SO I have done 3 things to combat these problems.
- I swapped the usual milk for sweetened condensed milk which gave me a cakey texture
- I whipped the soft soft butter and sugar for a long time to get a lot of air bubbles in it to loosen up the dough
- I piped the dough into florets for stability
These turned out so beautiful and so so tasty. Perfect for any icing, jam or frosting to top it for any party.
- 1 1/3 cups of all purpose flour
- 3 tbs cornstarch
- 1 tsp salt
- 3/4 cup unsalted butter — sooooft – overnight soft if you remember
- 3/4 cup powdered sugar
- 1 1/2 tbs sweetened condensed milk
- 1 tsp vanilla, or any other flavor if you would like to add flavored extract – this is where
- Whisk flour, cornstarch and salt in a medium bowl and set aside
- In mixer bowl, whisk butter and sugar for a few minutes… scrape the sides down and keep whisking. Whisk until the combination is very light and airy. Then whisk some more.
- Add sweetened condensed milk and vanilla and mix to combine
- Sift in the flour mixture and with a spatula fold in to combine, make sure not to mix out all of the air you just got from whisking so much by stirring the mixture too hard. Try scraping the bowl around the edges and then cut through the middle. Be sure to get underneath.
- Place mixture into a piping bag fitted with a large star tip.
- If you are using parchment paper, trace an upside down cup for circles and flip the parchment upside down, pipe dough in those circles. I used a macaron mat for my circles but this can be done either way.
- sprinkle with any sprinkles or edible glitter you have.
- Bake on 325 for 17 minutes or until lightly browning – tan even – I like mine under baked so we stopped just before this step, maybe 15 minutes and left them on the mat to bake through from the heat there.
- If you want- now would be a good time to add a jam or frosting (1 cup powdered sugar, 1 tsp vanilla, 1-2 tbs milk or sweetened condensed milk until it is the consistency you want) to run down the grooves of the cookie. Some powdered sugar sifted over top would be pretty too- this cookie really lends itself to a lot of options.