Friday, December 16, 2011

Brown Sugar Whole Wheat Shortbread

Brown Sugar Whole Wheat Shortbread recipe by Barefeet In The Kitchen

Buttery and just barely sweetened, the brown sugar in this shortbread was a delicious change. The addition of the fresh whole wheat improved the texture and added a new dimension to the flavor as well.I am not usually a fan of basic shortbread. Yet, I kept finding myself going back for one more piece. I finally resorted to sending the rest of these home with a friend later that day.

These were not very pretty cookies, by anyone's standards. However, they were delicious. If I had taken a little more time rolling out the shortbread and then cutting it into even pieces for the oven; it is likely that I would have arrived at a much lovelier final result. Pretty or not, they were delicious!

Brown Sugar Whole Wheat Shortbread
(printable recipe)

1 cup butter
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 1/2 cups AP flour
3/4 whole wheat flour, I used freshly ground hard white wheat

Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Whisk together the flours and then slowly add the flours to the butter mixture. Combine all ingredients well.

Using your fingertips or a rolling pin, press out the dough on a silpat mat. Press the dough to about 1/3" thickness. This made a rectangle approximately 8"x10" in size. Cut into triangles or rectangles and place on a baking sheet. Dust with brown sugar and use your fingertips to smooth the sugar across the top of the cookies. Pierce them with a fork prior to baking.

Bake for 20-25 minutes, until just barely browned around the edges. Let cool on the sheet until firm enough to transfer to a wire cooling rack. Let cool completely before storing in an airtight container. Enjoy!

18 comments:

  1. The brown sugar and the whole wheat flour sounds great for shortbread...nutty and caramel flavors with butter. What shortbread lacks in visual appeal, it makes up for in taste. I love it.

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  2. Who cares what they look like, they are going to be in my stomach soon anyway!! :)

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  3. I think they look really beautiful, what are you talking about? You've really inspired me to introduce whole wheat flour into so many things, and after eating a few too many of my dark chocolate shortbreads, these are sounding pretty good to me right now.

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  4. This is unusual. I have never heard of wheat flour being used, I guess it adds a bit of nuttiness, and fiber for digestion:) BTW I think they look delicious and inviting

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  5. "These were not very pretty cookies" - Mary, how can you say that! They are gorgeous! And I always just use my hands to press out shortbread, never bother getting the rolling pin out. Might try your whole wheat recipe out to go with my next batch of eggnog!

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  6. Hey, these look better than store bought.....wholesome too!

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  7. So simple but sometimes it's the simplest things that are the best. In my opinion shortbread are best dipped in chocolate fondue!

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  8. I actually really like that rustic look with the fork pokes in them!

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  9. Hello Mary, those recipe sounds delicius, they looks olso very nice. I will try it
    sabina

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  10. They look and sound delicious.

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  11. this sounds delicious!! thank you for sharing this.

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  12. I am going to be making these very soon...maybe tomorrow! On a side note, you use a lot of freshly ground wheat flour and I am thinking of starting to do that too. Do you find that it is pretty cost effective to grind your own flour?

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  13. wat a fantastic recipe dear....absolutely divine..;)
    Tasty Appetite

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  14. I think the main things is that taste good, but I think they look just fine. Shortbread cookies are one of my favorite cookies, it sounds good with the whole wheat flour.

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  15. I've only dabbled in baking sweets with whole wheat flour so this is very intriguing to me. I'm imagining the whole wheat gives a bit of a nutty flavor and keeps the shortbread soft...? Nom nom nom

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  16. I love shortbread cookies. Slightly sweet and buttery yum! I've never thought to do a whole wheat version. I will have to try it!

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