Cookies are an important time of my day. With coffee for breakfast. As a pick me up in the late afternoon. And a couple with a shot of milk before bed make for a good night's sleep.
I was introduced to Sugared Shortbread by my neighbor and good friend Kathleen. She can brew a pot of coffee and have a tasty baked good ready at a moment's notice. Even if I stop by unannounced. These buttery, dense treats are melt-in-your mouth delicious and include rice flour as an ingredient. Rice flour is available at your local grocery store in the baking aisle or can be bought online. One brand I typically use is Bob's Red Mill White Rice Flour. Or make your own rice flour by grinding white rice in a coffee bean grinder.
If you start a batch of Sugared Shortbread now, it will be ready for when that next cookie attack hits.
makes 32 cookies
2 cups flour
1/4 cup rice flour such as Bob's Red Mill White Rice Flour *
1/4 cup sugar plus more for sprinkling on top
1 cup butter, melted and cooled
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line the bottom of a 8 x 8 inch baking pan with parchment paper. Set aside.
Combine the flour, rice flour and sugar. Stir in the melted butter. Add a little more flour if needed for the dough to be a firm consistency. Press into prepared pan to a thickness of about 1 inch.
Bake for about 40 - 45 minutes or until the shortbread is evenly golden brown. Cut immediately into cookie sticks and sprinkle generously with the extra sugar. Cool completely before removing from pan.
* note - rice flour can be made by grinding white rice in a clean coffee grinder.