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2022 February 25

Shakespeare cookies again

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I last baked Shakespeare cookies almost 18 months ago (Shakespeare cookies (whole wheat)).  I lost the cookie cutters for over a year and found them again this month (precisely where they were supposed to be—I don’t know why I hadn’t been able to find them the last time I looked).

I made some more today using my standard shortbread recipe:

½ cup butter
1 cup pastry flour
¼ cup powdered sugar

Sift the flour and sugar together.  Soften butter slightly in microwave, beat into flour-sugar mixture with a fork, and shape the dough into a smooth ball by hand. (I did not soften the butter in the microwave this time, which caused me problems—the dough would not stick together. It took a lot of working it with my hands to get the butter soft enough to hold the flour together, and then it started sticking to the rolling pin. The room temperature is lower than the summer-time cookies I made in the past, which probably increased the problem.)

On a silicone baking sheet, roll out dough to 6mm thick (using cookie sticks to set the thickness).  Cut the cookie outlines and remove dough between cookies.  Stamp the facial features. Put silicone sheet on an aluminum baking sheet. Bake at 300°F for about 60 minutes.

I made 9 cookies with this recipe (plus a little bit left over to make a small rectangular cookie).  The recipe has 480 calories for the flour, 810 for the butter, and 120 for the sugar, totaling 1410 calories, which comes to about 150 calories per cookie.


These are the best-looking 3 of the cookies.

What prompted this indulgence in shortbread is that Santa Cruz Shakespeare is having a “Wireside Chat” tonight (a benefit for the more generous donors), where we’ll discuss “The Life and Death of King John”, which has been performed in three Zoom installments, ending yesterday. Because this Zoom chat will have live cameras, I’ll want to have something to show in the background!

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