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Thursday, January 18, 2007 Homemade Shortbread Mix - Great Gift Mix (In a Jar Gift Ideas)

Shortbread Mix In a Jar Recipe
Here's another old recipe from an original 2000 Kitchen Crafts 'n' More Newsletter. It's another simple "In a Jar" recipe, and it's a smart idea to keep a jar of this on hand to whip up super fast cookies anytime company drops by unexpectedly...Only 3 ingredients in this mix recipe also makes it VERY frugal indeed!

So simple to make great gifts in a jar, without having to bake anything yourself! Or, keep jars of this in your own pantry to whip up batches of shortbread quickly and easily.

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup powdered sugar
1/4 tsp. salt

In a medium bowl, combine all the ingredients, blendingwell. Store in an airtight container - A Mason jar works perfectly for this recipe. If you're giving this as a gift, attach the following recipe to the jar.

Makes 16 pieces

1 cup butter, softened
1 package Scottish Shortbread Mix

Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F. Add the butter tothe Shortbread mix in a big bowl, and stir together with a wooden spoon. Knead the mix for about a minute, until the dough is nice and smooth. Press the dough into an 8-inch pie plate or round cake panor a shortbread mold. Bake for 1 hour, until nice and golden but not dark brown.Cut into wedges while still warm, and let cool slightly befores erving.

To store, layer the cooled cookies between layers of waxed paper in a tin and seal.


Tips, Hints and Ideas:

~ Shortbread is such a simple cookie, but one of the most delicious.It's rich in real butter, and makes a tender cookie perfect for gifts. Remember to use real butter, never margarine for thisrecipe. The flavor of the real, creamy butter is vital to the success of this recipe.

~ You can give this mix as a gift by packaging it in a beautiful jar,and adding the directions as a label on the back. Or, prepare the cookies and give them as a gift in a tin, wrapped in tissue paper.It'll be a favorite gift either way.

~ Add about one-half cup of pecans to the mix if you want a delicious pecan shortbread cookie. You can also add walnuts or almonds, but there's something about pecans that just seems to go beautifully with the shortbread.

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