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5-Ingredient Cookie Recipe

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What’s a tea party without these classic shortbread cookies? They’re a snap to make and so buttery they practically melt in your mouth. And remember: The freshest ingredients make the best-tasting cookies.
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These cookies are so easy to make that your kids can make them with little supervision. Two tips: Take the butter out of the refrigerator about an hour ahead of time—it will be easier to cream the butter and sugar together. Dip your cookie cutter in a shallow dish of flour so the dough falls right out of the cookie cutter onto the baking sheet.


What You’ll Need
  • ½ pound butter, softened
  • 2½ cups flour
  • 1 cup confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
What to Do
  1. Preheat the oven to 325°F and lightly grease a cookie sheet.
  2. Use a mixer to beat the butter until light and creamy. Add the remaining ingredients and mix.
  3. Knead the dough until smooth.
  4. Divide the dough in half. Sprinkle just a little extra flour on the table, and use a rolling pin or a bottle to roll the dough to ¼ inch thick.
  5. Cut out the cookies using a heart-shaped cookie cutter, or trace around a cutout paper heart. Place them on a lightly greased cookie sheet and bake for 12 to 15 minutes. The cookies will look almost white when done.
  6. Let cool on cookie sheets for 5 minutes, then transfer cookies to wire racks and cool completely. Cookies can be stored for up to a week in an airtight container.

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