I must admit that shortbread is not one of my favourite cookies, unless perhaps it is combined with chocolate! However, it is a staple within our Stewart family Christmas cookie selection. My dad is a particularly big fan of shortbread and of course, he was the first to taste test this batch.
My mum has tried numerous recipes over the years, but this one is her current favourite. This recipe comes from the Harrowsmith Cookbook Volume 1, which I just noticed was printed before I was even born!
1/2 lb butter
1/2 cup cornstarch
1/2 cup icing sugar
1 cup flour
Beat butter until light and add remain ingredients one at a time, beating well after each addition. Roll into small balls and flatten with fork (note: we dipped the fork in some flour to help prevent the fork from sticking).
Bake at 300 degrees F for 30 minutes. Makes about 3 dozen cookies.