Friday, February 10, 2012

On Being Short….

Yes, I admit it. I’m short! My 13-year-old grandson is taller than I am. When I go to the family reunion a very tall uncle calls me “Shorty”. In school, when we lined up for anything by height, I was second to last – followed only by a boy named Lyle.

But I don’t really mind. If I can’t reach something in a store, I find a nice tall person to reach it for me. And buying clothes could be a problem, but thank goodness for Petites!

This brings me to some favorite foods…..shortcake, shortbread, etc. These treats are usually high in butter and lower in sugar. And their rich goodness is superb!

Here is a favorite bar cookie recipe I’ve made many times. I'm not sure where it came from - it's written on an old 4" x 6" index card. They’re very quick and easy, and delicious with a cup of coffee.

SHORTBREAD BARS

2 sticks (1 cup) butter, softened
1/2 cup sugar (I used 1/4 cup sugar blend)
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Beat butter until creamy. Gradually add sugar, beating until fluffy. Mix in vanilla extract. Gradually work in flour, a little at a time, without overworking the dough.

Turn dough out on lightly floured board, kneading in any remaining flour. Spread in pan. Lightly score where you want to cut after baking, and pierce each “piece” lightly with fork.

Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, or until light golden brown. Cool in pan; cut where scored.
 
 
A variation would be to cut them into squares, then in half diagonally to form triangles. Dip one side into melted chocolate and place on wax paper until chocolate is firm. Or just drizzle them as I’ve done here. These may not be the most fancy-looking cookies, but they are yummy!
 
 
Give these a try and let me know how you like them. Enjoy your day!

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