Iced Scottish Shortbread Bars
July 23rd, 2010
Do you have the time but no patience for baking? Then you will want to make these Iced Scottish Shortbread Bars.
The recipe requires only 4 necessary ingredients and 2 that are optional. Also important – a whole lotta time. It only bakes for 30 minutes, but you will need to let it cool completely and throw it in the fridge, if necessary, before cutting these bars.
I stress again – these must cool completely before cutting!!! Chill them in the fridge if you want to speed up the cooling process.
I hope you like them as much as my family and co-workers did!
- 1-1/2 cups flour
- ¾ cup butter, cold
- ⅓ cup sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla (optional)
- Pinch of salt (optional)
- Cream Cheese Frosting
- Preheat oven to 300 degrees and grease a 9×9 baking pan.
- Cut cold butter into small cubes for easier mixing.
- In a mixing bowl, mix together sugar and flour.
- Mix in butter and optional ingredients. You will probably want to wash and dry your hands thoroughly because mixing the butter using your hands (kneading) is considerably easier than any other method. Or you can start with a mixer to break up the pieces a bit and then continue with hand mixing/kneading.
- The mixture will be stiff so you will need to press it by hand into the baking pan.
- Bake for 30 minutes.
- To apply frosting: Do not spread on frosting, it may tear up the top of your cookie. Spoon desired amount of frosting onto the cookie while still warm. Allow to melt. Using potholders, carefully tip cookie pan from side to side to spread frosting.
- Chill in the fridge until completely cooled. Cut into squares.