Try this fantastic Lemon Basil Shortbread Recipe!
Melt in your mouth shortbread cookies are practically irresistible. Loaded with butter and sugar and made with just a few simple ingredients, this Shortbread Recipe is as quick to make as it is easy to eat. This recipe incorporates our lemon sugar and also our basil powdered sugar into the shortbread cookies to turn a basic cookie into something fabulous. The light flavours of lemon and basil shine through and will delight anyone who tries these beautiful little treats.
- 2 cups butter (454 grams)
- 1 cup The Sugar Tree Lemon Sugar (200 grams)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 4 cups flour (512 grams)
- 1/4 cup The Sugar Tree Basil Icing (Powdered) sugar (50 grams)
- In mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, cream the butter and lemon sugar until very light and fluffy- you want the butter to almost turn white. Scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed.
- Add the vanilla extract to the bowl and mix thoroughly.
- Add the flour and salt and mix slowly until the flour is just incorporated and a smooth batter has formed.
- Wrap the cookie dough in plastic wrap and chill in the fridge for at least an hour or until the dough is firm.
- Roll out the dough on a floured work surface and cut into squares. Place the squares on a foil, parchment or silpat lined sheet tray. Prick the squares with a fork to make small holes in the cookie
- Bake the cookies in a 180 ̊C oven for 12 minutes. Remove from the oven and allow to cool on the cookie sheet
- Use a sifter to dust the cooled cookies with the basil powdered sugar then serve!
If you prefer your shortbreads to be a different shape you can simply roll the dough and use a cookie cutter to cut out various shapes. You can also use a cookie press or roll the dough into logs and slice round cookies.
Depending on the humidity, the Basil icing (powdered sugar) may dissolve into the cookies after a few days. Make sure anyone who will enjoy these cookies sees that beautiful light green basil sugar by dusting the cookies the day that they will be eaten.