And perhaps the most delicious. If, you love them like my fiance, who informed me that he would always wait for me to enjoy a plate of cookies...unless it was shortbread.
I'm going to be sure to hide them before he returns from work.... :)
These tasty morsels are only three ingredients -- flour, sugar and butter. That'll be 2 1/2 cups, 1/2 cup and 1 cup, respectively. (DO NOT substitute margarine in this recipe. You will be none too happy with yourself for it.)
If you don't mind getting your hands a little messy, the best way to mix this up is with your nimble fingers. Make sure the butter is softened a bit. Mash it up really well, then add in the sugar. Keep squashing and turning your mound of butter until all the sugar is absorbed into it. Next, the flour; same thing. It will need to chill for about an hour. Then, press it into a small baking dish and cook at 300 degrees F for about 20 minutes.
Shortbread makes a great gift as they stay fresh for at least two weeks. Package them up really nicely and your friend can enjoy them with a cup of tea or coffee after the new year. Sometimes it's good to spread the sweets out just a bit.... ;)