Shortbread Cookie Recipe for Pig Lovers

Written by Lillian Tram on May 25th, 2014

 

Everyone loves Shortbread Cookies!

 

Shortbread Cookie Recipe

 

Iced shortbread cookies are an absolute favorite of mine and I am sure you will agree that these pink piggys look positively scrumptious.  With some cute pig shaped sprinkles, you can make these cookies even more pig-tastic!  These are from Amazon – aren’t they adorable?!

 

Pink and White Pig Sprinkles

 

Shortbread Cookie Recipe

 

  • Cooking spray, if you do not have parchment paper on hand
  • 2 cups of unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 1/2 cups of confectioners’ or powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons of pure vanilla extract
  • 4 cups of southern all-purpose flour, plus a bit more for rolling out the dough
  • 2 teaspoons of baking powder – check the date to make sure it’s fresh enough for shortbread

 

Line your baking sheets with parchment paper or use a generous amount of cooking spray.  Using the paddle attachment on your mixer, beat butter and sugar on high until fluffy.  Add pure vanilla extract and continue to beat until combined well.

In another bowl, stir the flour and baking powder together and add the flour mixture to the butter mixture – slowly while the mixer is on a low speed.  Stop beating when the flour is mixed in.

Do NOT over beat or your cookies will be tough rather than soft!

Form the shortbread dough into a round shape and cover in plastic wrap.  Refrigerate for one hour.

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and lightly flour a smooth surface to roll out the dough to one quarter of an inch in thickness.

Use a delightful pig shaped cookie cutter to cut the shortbread cookies.  Next, carefully transfer the pig shaped cookies to the prepared baking sheets and place them about one half inch apart.  Combine the dough scraps and continue to cut cookies until all the dough has been used.

Bake until light brown around the edges, approximately ten to twelve minutes. Cool on baking sheets for about ten minutes, then transfer to wire racks before icing cookies.

When the cookies are cool, dip them face down in the pink icing, recipe below. Set cookies on the parchment paper to allow the icing to harden before decorating.

 

Icing Recipe for Pig Shaped Shortbread Cookies

 

  • 2 cups of confectioners’ or powdered sugar, sifted well
  • 1/4 cup of whole or 2% milk
  • 1 teaspoon of pure vanilla extract
  • Pink food coloring

 

In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the following ingredients: powdered sugar, milk, and vanilla extract.  Tint with food coloring until you get the perfect pink pig color and mix well.

 

These shortbread cookies will be a family favorite and it is very doubtful they will last long.  This recipe is much cheaper than purchasing overpriced shortbread cookies in your favorite grocer’s bakery.  In addition, it is not likely you would find these adorable pig shapes!

 

Do You Love  the Way Shortbread Cookies Seem to Melt in Your Mouth?

 
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