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Brown Sugar Shortbread is a simple 3-ingredient shortbread that tastes lightly of caramel from the brown sugar, and will find a place on any cookie platter. It also makes a wonderful, easy gift!
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I’ve been making these Brown Sugar Shortbread cookies for a couple of decades. They ALWAYS go over well, and invariably my guests, or the gift recipient if I have given these away, asks for the recipe. Isn’t that the highest compliment? They’re wonderful on a brunch table as a sweet treat for the end of the meal.
How to make Brown Sugar Shortbread
It’s so, so easy.
Gather your ingredients. I am using Dixie Crystals Dark Brown Sugar  from our sponsor. It’s a very high quality, non-GMO pure cane sugar with a good molasses flavor. I like the dark brown in this recipe because it gives a nice caramel undertone.
Mix them in your mixer, just until combined. They dough will look like damp sand.
Scoop it out onto a floured board. You will be patting it out to a rectangle about 1/3 inch thick, about 11 inches long by 8 inches wide. I use a ruler to get the rough size right.
I pat it roughly with my hands.
Once I have the right size, I refine the edges and pat it more smoothly.
Cut 4 long strips and then 9 horizontal cuts. This will make 40 cookies.
Sprinkle with sugar crystals. For this Brown Sugar Shortbread, I used Sweets & Treats Sea Glass sprinkles mix . Since I live at the beach, I was going for a beachy theme…I think the light brown cookies look like sand, and the colored sugar looks like sea glass. Are you with me?
Press down lightly so the crystals adhere. Poke pieces with a fork.
Transfer cookies to a silicone- or parchment paper-lined baking sheet. They should all fit on one sheet, because they will not spread while baking, so you can place them about 1/2 inch apart.
Bake, cool, and try to stay away from them until your guests come.
10 reasons why Brown Sugar Shortbread is the perfect cookie
1. They are super easy to make, with only 3 ingredients…4 if you count the sugar crystals on top.
2. Kids can help with the measuring and mixing, the sprinkles and the final poking with a fork.
3. You can poke the holes like dominoes if you’d like to amuse yourself. In the example above, I left the sugar crystals off the top, but these days I prefer the blingy cookies with the sugar on top!
4. They make a great gift for someone whose tastes you don’t quite know yet. They’re sweet and good, but not overpowering in any way, and contain no nuts or odd ingredients that might spark a food allergy.
5. They go well with a cup of tea or coffee.
6. There is nothing in them that will spoil or melt, so you can leave them in a desk drawer or tote bag all day.
7. 2 words: Teacher gift! We gave these to my daughter’s kindergarten teacher on the first day of school. Way to score points!
8. They use pantry ingredients. You will likely have everything you need already, so you might as well go turn on the oven now.
9. It pays to remember that home-cooked foods made as gifts don’t have to be expensive to be good.
10. Sprinkles! Every dang thing is better with sprinkles!
These are basically a butter-and-sugar delivery system. What’s not to like?
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More examples of shortbread done like dominoes for you!