If a thief were to break into my house and rifle through my kitchen (this is a kitchenware thief), he would find an impressive collection of cookie cutters and conclude that I baked a lot of cookies. Then he would steal my cutters. But if the thief then logged on to this blog (because now he needs cookie recipes), he would find that there are none. Perhaps you all have noticed that, too. It's not that I don't like cookies. Who doesn't like cookies? It's just that I never seem to have much luck making them. So why, you may well ask, do I have all these cookie cutters? I shall explain.
recipe because she never lets me down. She, like me, loves shortbread and she always seems to be expertly whipping up a batch of it. I imagined decorating the starfish with those adorable little dots and serving them at a late summer party. OMG, what in the hell is wrong with me??
(Slightly adapted from Barefoot Contessa)
1 1/2 Sticks unsalted butter, at room temperature
1/2 Cup sugar
1 Teaspoon vanilla
1/2 Teaspoon salt
1 3/4 Cup all purpose flour
|Picking up a few starfish at a shop in Maine|
On a well floured surface, roll out the chilled dough to approximately 1/4" thick and cut out desired shapes. I used a 3 1/2" starfish shaped cutter. Place the cookies on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and bake in a pre-heated 350 degree oven for approximately 20 minutes or until the edges of the cookies turn a light golden brown. Allow to cool before handling the cookies. Ice or dust with powdered sugar, if desired. Makes about 2 dozen cookies.