I love to bake! It is one of my favourite things to do.
And the Christmas season gives me all the incentive I need to bake as much as I want!
Stay tuned, as I am going to be posting a lot of holiday treats for you to try at home! And today, I’m sharing this Whipped Shortbread recipe.
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My mom has been making Whipped Shortbread for as long as I can remember. In fact, they are the cookie that stands out the most in my mind from my childhood. When Mom would bake them, I knew that the Christmas season had arrived! These cookies are melt in your mouth amazing!
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To take this cookie up a notch, and make it a teensy bit more fancy, I added the vanilla bean to the recipe. I was a little skeptical about using a vanilla bean, as I have never baked with them before, but I will now! They are easy to use, and the taste they give is so different and so delicious! I found them at Costco for about $12 for 10 pods – not too bad.
** But don’t worry if you don’t have a vanilla bean! You can make this recipe without it as well. Just leave it out and add a 1/4 tsp of vanilla extract, or leave the vanilla out altogether if you wish! **
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The key to making this recipe successful is to make sure you beat it for 10 minutes. You’ll have to scrape the bowl a few times, but whip, whip, whip! The batter should be light and fluffy before you bake it!
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Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
Adding the vanilla bean is optional. If you are adding it, slide a knife along the outside of the vanilla bean to reveal the centre, then gently scrape out the centre of the bean. Set aside.
Using a mixer, cream together the butter, icing sugar and vanilla bean, until fluffy.
Add flour, then beat for 10 minutes.
At this point you will have to scrape your bowl often to make sure all the ingredients are being whipped.
When the batter is ready, it should be white and fluffy.
Drop by the tablespoonful onto a parchment paper lined cookie sheet.
Bake for 10 minutes, careful not to let them brown.
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Tip! With the leftover vanilla bean pod, make Vanilla Sugar!
A neat thing about the vanilla bean is, after you have scraped out the centre, you can keep the shell, and put it in some sugar to make your own Vanilla Sugar. Just cover the pod with some sugar, let it sit for a few days. Use it in your coffee, or other baking. So good!