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Latte Stand Shortbread Cookies With Pink Frosting Recipe

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A basic shortbread cookie requires no eggs. In fact, in the original Greek translation, “shortbread” means “no eggs”. Okay, not really, I just love to play Balderdash once and awhile off the game board. I also like to talk like Raj from Big Bang theory, but that doesn’t read as easily in a blog post. I do not like to be plain…

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… unless, of course, it involves these cookies. You can never go wrong with a basic shortbread cookie.

If you know someone has nut allergies, you can make these with vanilla extract instead of almond. 

Shortbread Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup butter (one stick)
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 cup flour
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 tablespoon almond extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Preheat oven to 350F. Cream together butter and powdered sugar.

Gently mix in flour, almond extract and salt.

Roll out dough on a floured surface. Cut into large hearts (or circles).

Place on cookie sheet and bake for about 10 minutes or until light golden brown.

Allow to cool on a rack or a clean kitchen towel.

After cooled, frost with happy pink frosting. Makes about one dozen 5 inch cookies.

Pink Frosting

  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • Dash of sea salt
  • A dash of pink food coloring (or tiny amount of red food coloring)

Combine frosting ingredients in mixer then add pink food coloring & continue to mix in until frosting is beautiful pink color.

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Deanna’s love for baking and cooking first began when she sat upon a baker’s stool as a little girl. Her love for people grew in the midst of church potlucks. Today, she expresses these loves creatively through speaking engagements and food writing. Deanna hosted guests, including celebrities, at her award-winning B&B in the Snoqualmie Valley. Deanna has been seen on both local and national television with her Saucy Balsamic Burgers which knocked 'N Sync's Joey Fatone to his knees. Besides her children, Deanna’s mud pie is one of the most beautiful things she has ever created.

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