I had a special request this past week for some homemade Girl Scout Cookies. With the ability to support your local Girl Scouts quickly dying down, and a dreary cookie-less year straight ahead, I figured this would be a fun little task. While I was looking through different recipes for all sorts of cookies, I found that quite a few of them use the same cookie base — essentially, Trefoils. So this week we’ll have a little Girl Scout theme, starting with the basic, delicious little shortbread cookie!
You will need:
1 cup butter, room temperature
1/2 cup sugar
2 cups all purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoons milk
Cream together your butter and sugar with a mixer until light and fluffy. In a separate bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, and salt. Slowly add this to the butter mixture. At low speed, add in the milk and vanilla. Separate the dough into halves (I had more separated because I doubled my recipe) and wrap in plastic. Refrigerate until the dough is as firm as a stick of butter.
Preheat your oven to 350 and line two baking sheets with parchment or silicone liners. Once your dough is firm enough to roll out sticking or falling apart (this will be quickly obvious once you try!), roll dough on lightly floured surface. This stuff gets sticky fast, so if you don’t work fairly quick, you may find yourself having to re-refrigerate midway through. Roll your dough to about 1/8″ – 1/4″ thickness, then use a cookie cutter to cut out whatever shapes you’d like. Classic Trefoils have a weird shape that you probably wont be able to match, but any shape will do 🙂
Bake for about 10-12 minutes, until the edges of your cookies have started to brown. Allow these cookies a few minutes to sit before moving them to a wire rack to cool completely.
That wasn’t so tough, right? Now with this recipe, you’ve got the perfect foundation for the rest of this weeks posts, although these are obviously completely delicious and devourable on their own — stay tuned for Samoas on Wednesday, and Tagalongs on Friday!