A time like Christmas.
Makes about 60 small bite-sized cookies (recipe is easy to halve, double, or increase by 50%):
- 3 cups flour
- 1/2 cup cornstarch
- 1 cup icing sugar
- 1 lb butter (approx 450 grams or 1 cup - half a "pack" here in Canada)
Whip the butter in a stand mixer. Trust me, you will want a stand mixer or your arm might fall off.
Add the rest. Leave it whipping in the mixer for anywhere from 5 to 10 minutes, literally. This needs to fill with air. The dough will look very fluffy and white, somewhat like frosting or like meringue peaks.
It's as easy as scooping with a fork onto a pan and baking at 350 degrees for up to 20 minutes. My oven cooks hot - check after 12 minutes or so and ensure the bottoms aren't browning. These need to cook through but over baking will dry them out.
Sometimes I even cook a half recipe (my husband doesn't like shortbread) and that makes 30 small cookies.
Enjoy with milk!