Sometimes you just want a simple cookie. At least I know I do. A change of pace from all chips, nuts, oats, and fruit is nice. A basic cookie with a buttery flavor is good for any occasion. I had the craving for a simple cookie recently. I wanted something like shortbread but not as dense. I looked around and decided I would try adding cornstarch to a recipe and make my own version of shortbread cookies.
What was the result? Exactly what I wanted. These cookies are lighter in texture than your typical shortbread one. They are also a little thinner which gives them a certain crispiness without being crunchy. I used European-style butter which gave them the most incredible butter flavor. It also helped with the texture too. There is something to be said for the extra butter fat when it comes to baking.
Shortbread is an easy recipe. It only has a few ingredients and the most basic is butter, flour, and sugar. My recipe has the addition of vanilla for flavor, salt because it helps bring out the flavors, and cornstarch for texture. It is adapted from an Ina Garten recipe on the Food Network website. Ina has many great recipes and she always makes it look so simple to cook. Plus I love the scenes of her garden in her TV show. It is filled with incredibly beautiful flowers, herbs, and plants.
What kind of cookie do you enjoy the most? Do you bake your own or buy them in the store? I admit I do both. The homemade ones are the best though.