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I always admire the buttery taste of shortbread cookies. My sister and I went to Scotland for a short vacation and had freshly baked shortbread cookies in a cafe. I will never forget that taste. Many times bought from the store, but that taste is not the same. So thought to bake some at home, and they turned out really awesome. On top of that made them stained glass cookies. So the cookies look colorful and funky. This is a good, fun baking project with kids. Sharing the recipes.

Prep time: 2 hours and 30 mins

Cooking time: 10 to 12 mins

Serving: 24 cookies


1 cups butter, softened at room temperature

1 cup granulated sugar

1/4 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 cups of all-purpose flour

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 tablespoon of milk

Some powder sugar to roll the dough

Hard sugar candies for the center (Take different color hard candies in a different ziplock bag and crush them up)


Take butter and sugar in a large bowl or in an electric stand mixer and beat until light in color.

Add vanilla and milk and beat to combine.

Gradually add flour, and beat until mixture pulls away from the side of the bowl.

Divide the dough in half, wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 2 hours.

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F

After two hours, take out the dough.

Sprinkle powdered sugar on a clean surface and roll out dough to 1/4-inch thick.

Put enough powder sugar underneath, and make sure it is not sticking.

Cut out a shape using a medium to the large desired shape cookie cutter.

Place the cookies at least 1-inch apart on a parchment-lined baking sheet.

Add the crushed up bits of the hard candy to the inside of the cookies. Spread evenly.

Bake for 10 to 12 minutes or until cookies are just beginning to turn brown around the edges.

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