Sunday, March 27, 2011

Take A Bite Of: Vanilla Bean Shortbread

How about something easy and delicious? Nothing is better than this crisp and delicate cookie unless of course, it is several of them. Since you may already be overdosing on chocolate via Easter candy that is already on shelves (whether you celebrate Easter or not) here is something a little more vanilla. And it is actually better for you because it comes from Cooking Light. From my kitchen to yours, enjoy every bite.

Vanilla Bean Shortbread


Ingredients
9 ounces all-purpose flour (about 2 cups)
1/4 cup cornstarch
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup canola oil
1/2 cup sugar
1 vanilla bean, split lengthwise


1. Preheat oven to 350°. Line bottom and sides of a 13 x 9–inch baking pan with foil; coat foil with cooking spray, and set aside.

2. Weigh or lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Combine flour, cornstarch, and salt in a large bowl; stir with a whisk.

3. Place butter in a medium bowl; beat with a mixer at medium speed 2 minutes or until light and fluffy. Add oil; beat with a mixer at medium speed 3 minutes or until well blended. Gradually add sugar, beating well. Scrape seeds from vanilla bean, and add seeds to butter mixture; discard bean. 


4. Add flour mixture, beating at low speed just until blended. Spoon dough into prepared pan. Place a sheet of heavy-duty plastic wrap over dough; press to an even thickness. Discard plastic wrap. Bake at 350° for 30 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Cool in pan 5 minutes on a wire rack; cut into 32 pieces. Carefully lift foil from pan; cool squares completely on a wire rack.