Michelle Obama's Shortbread Cookies

Michelle Obama's Shortbread Cookies

Ready in 45 minutes

The recipe comes courtesy of Mama Kaye, the godmother of both Obama daughters. Orange and lemon zest gives the squares plenty of citrus zing.

"These shortbread cookies were terrific...they looked super, smelled awesome, and their taste was simply divine! The dough was quite easy to make. At first I was somewhat concerned at how dry and crumbly it was, but it came together nicely after a little more mixing. We baked it on the specified pan using a silpad. We found it quite easy to transfer the shortbread to a cutting board to slice into individual squares."

- sgrishka

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Ingredients

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1 1/2 cups unsalted butter; (3 sticks) softened
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 Egg yolks
2 tablespoons Amaretto; (almond liqueur)
1 teaspoon orange and lemon zest
3 cups cake flour; (not self-rising)
1/4 teaspoon Salt
1 egg white; beaten
nuts or dried fruit; Chopped

Original recipe makes 6 Servings

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Preparation

Heat oven to 325(F).

Line a 17 x 12 x 1-inch baking pan with nonstick foil. In large bowl, cream together butter and 11/2 cups of the sugar.

Slowly add egg yolks, and beat well until smooth. Beat in Amaretto and zest.

Stir in flour and salt until combined.

Spread dough evenly into prepared pan, flattening as smoothly as possible.

Brush top of dough with egg white; sprinkle with nuts or fruit (if using) and with remaining 2 tablespoons sugar.

Bake at 325(F) for 25 minutes or until brown, turn off oven and allow cookies to sit in oven (with door ajar) for 15 minutes. Cut while slightly warm.

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Buttery and delicious, these shortbread cookies are infused with citrus flavors and almond liqueur. photo by sgrishka sgrishka

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Amazing recipe! Great taste, simple to make.
manevem 1 year ago
Very bitter......
Grimball 1 year ago
Great recipe! I didn't and wouldn't change a thing.
foolishbaker 2 years ago
These shortbread cookies were terrific...they looked super, smelled awesome, and their taste was simply divine! The dough was quite easy to make. At first I was somewhat concerned at how dry and crumbly it was, but it came together nicely after a little more mixing. We baked it on the specified pan using a silpad. We found it quite easy to transfer the shortbread to a cutting board to slice into individual squares.
sgrishka 4 years ago
[I made edits to this recipe.]
hanan@home 5 years ago
[I posted this recipe.]
hanan@home 5 years ago
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