This was my first shortbread recipe. I’ll never forget it. It sparked a creative explosion of flavor exploration and care package-sending. Try making them and let your creativity and go wild. After trying a few different recipes, I got down the basics they all had in common: 1 stick of butter, 1/4 cup of something sweet (maple syrup, powdered sugar, honey), 1 1/4 cup or so of flour, and perhaps a 1/4 teaspoon of salt if it goes with your flavor profile. From there – get creative! Tip – taste the dough to see if you added enough of each creative ingredients to get the flavor you want. Remember you can always add more, but it’s pretty tricky to extract something once it’s mixed. Eager to hear what combinations you’ll come up with!

My list of taste-tested flavors is below:

  • Maple Bacon dipped in chocolate [this was divine]
  • Lemon Rosemary [a favorite thus far]
  • Fig + Honey [very subtle flavor]
  • Pecan [toast the pecan before and the flavor is outstanding]
  • Earl Gray + Vanilla Bean [use tea straight out of the tea bag]
  • Lavender + Grapefruit [an unexpected but delightfully fresh flavor combination]
  • Coconut + Chocolate Chip [toast the coconut]

I did all the mixing in my KitchenAid (first cream butter + something sweet, then add flour, finally add creativity!), rolled out and cut into circles, and baked on parchment for 10-12 minutes at 350 degrees. It really is that easy.

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