Brown Sugar Shortbread

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1 cup (2 sticks) salted butter, slightly softened

1/2 cup light brown sugar, packed

2 Tablespoons sugar

2 cups and 2 Tbsp all purpose flour

1 Tablespoon cornstarch

1/4 tsp ground cinnamon

pinch of salt

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1.  Cream butter until soft and smooth.  Add sugars and mix just until incorporated.

2.  In a separate bowl, sift together remaining ingredients.

3.  With a mixer on low speed, add the dry ingredients all to the butter mixture and process just until incorporated and dough comes together.

4.  Turn out dough onto a lightly floured surface and knead 5-10 times, just to smooth.  You can use the dough immediately, but you will get better results if you chill it until firm before rolling and cutting.

5.  For cookies, bake in preheated 325 F degree oven for 15-18 minutes;  for traditional shortbread, bake at 350 for 15 minutes – turn pan (hitting the pan on the rack to remove air bubbles) and bake another 15 minutes until lightly browned around the edges.


Makes 1 dozen large cookies.

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Author: Tamzin

Food activist and childhood nutrition advocate Tamzin Cochrane helps the busiest of people to cook up something healthy and delicious, even after a long day. She also helps companies and schools educate around—and create a culture and environment that truly supports healthy eating. Decades in the foodservice and hospitality industry have given Tamzin a well-rounded perspective on mealtime. She is passionate about bringing back the lost art of families and friends cooking together, and she loves seeing people enjoy the amazing tastes and textures of their communal effort. Inspiring children to cook and expand there horizons on food is very important. She shares this message through virtual coaching and video courses, by speaking at corporations, schools, and events, and through her recently-released video courses. Tamzin is found most often at The Pinny and Trowel Cooking School, which she opened in early 2020, it is located in Austin TX. Tamzin was born in England, grew up in Scotland, and now lives in Austin, Texas with her husband (who incidentally, is Scottish but grew up in England) and their children.

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