22 April 2005

Formula: Short Dough Cookies

Here is a formula for short dough cookies. These are perfect for icing with royal icing, poured fondant or decorating with buttercream.

Shortbread by lilivanili
 Done in a 20 QT mixer. This is a large batch so I would do about a 1/3 or even a 1/4 of this formula for home use.

[# = lb]
  • 6 # butter
  • 3# sugar
  • 3/4 oz salt
  • 1# 2oz. Eggs
  • 2 oz B & V (is a flavored powder with lemon, rum & vanilla) [you can add liquid vanilla etc.]
  • 9# pastry flour
Cream butter, sugar & salt till light . Add eggs & flavoring.
Add pastry flour a little at a time. (has a tendency to plum in a 20 QT bowl, so carefully add)

Put onto a floured [unpapered] pan.Flatten with hands, cover w/ plastic & retard[refrig.]

Take pan from the retarder (a.k.a refrigerator). Take a bench scraper & cut out 1/3 of the pan of short dough. Flour your work space. put your chunks of dough onto the flour space & taking a rolling pin holding with both hands, firmly hit the dough with a down sloping motion. Continue to rock & roll back & forth until dough is no longer cold & firm.

Flour your dough , and the bench again, if needed. Roll the dough out until it has reached 1/4 -1/2 inch. Place a cookie cutter over dough & press firmly. Make as many whole shapes as you can with your dough.

Remove the scraps . To prevent the dough from being over handled (so the butter is warm enough for cookies to wilt) Take a clean bench scraper - run the corner under the edge of your cut out shape.

The dough may stick to the bench} Run the scraper blade under the cookie until it moves freely. IF making larger cookies it is best to slide the scraper under the cookie & let it rest on the blade & part of your hand, this way you can safely transport the cookie to the pan without it losing shape

Bake at 350 - 375 F. Until lightly browned.

Let cool completely. Then ice .



12:03 PM, April 21, 2009 Reply  

Nice, easy to make recipe. Certainly good for beginners like me. It is a must-try and once I have tried making this one I will definitely post the results over here.

7:33 AM, November 08, 2009 Reply  

What is "2 oz B & V (flavored powder of lemon, rum & vanilla) [you can add vanilla etc.]". I love to bake, and I am learning about these things. I'd like to make these for Christmas. I will need to cut back the recipe. Thank you very much.

12:22 PM, November 08, 2009 Reply  

@ Anonymous - Thanks for asking questions, it is very good to clarify ingredients when trying a new recipe.

B & V is a powder used by commercial bakeries - it is a powder flavored with vanilla, lemon & rum. When making bigger batches in production - powders can be useful because they will incorporated more thoroughly while mixing.

There are several products for home use that are similar:

1.) Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Powder (a little more expensive @ $17.95 USD)

2.)Authentic Foods Vanilla Powder (less expensive @ $7.95 USD)

You can always just use standard liquid vanilla - just be sure that your measurements are all equal to the scaled down amount that you divided from the main formula (i.e 2oz. divided by 4). When following a formula like this - adapting from a commercial formula, getting measurments right is very important so that the end result is tasty :)

I have found you can find allot of specialy ingredients for reasonable prices through Amazon Gourmet Grocery, and you can get allot in bulk - which is nice for specialty flours, and doing lot's of baking.

Hope that answered your questions.

5:03 PM, November 09, 2009 Reply  

Thank you for your input. It was very helpful. Do you have a recipe that is already scaled for home use? I am afraid that I will not get the recipe exactly right.

2:53 AM, February 02, 2010 Reply  

Looks very interesting.My kids love cookies.I am surely going to try this recipe at home today..

7:54 PM, June 09, 2010 Reply  

I found a lot of food recipes in this blog. Although I am not a good cook, sometime I will try your recipe this. Thank you. :)

12:15 PM, July 25, 2010 Reply  

Everyone loves cookies, and make a cookie dough can be fun :)
Everyone wants great holiday cookie recipes. Your recipe is a recipe for basic cookie dough and very useful before we'll make a lot of variations of cookie...

1:20 PM, July 25, 2010 Reply  

It is sometimes difficult to make cookies dough. Sometimes we are wrong in determining the dose of the ingredients. It certainly affects the sense of the ultimate outcome. For me that was just learning to make cookies, your recipe is very helpful to me. Thank you.

Do you have recipe for oatmeal cookies? I really love cookies but I want those healthy and low fat cookies.

7:36 AM, July 21, 2011 Reply  

awesome recipe...ours is similar!

7:18 AM, May 14, 2012 Reply  

I will certainly try this recipe. I like to bake dough cookies and my kids love them too. It'a very simple and fun to make them, and the success is guaranteed.

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