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Crystallized Ginger or Candied Citrus Shortbread Cookies

Crystallized Ginger or Candied Citrus Shortbread Cookies

Crystallized Ginger or Candied Citrus Shortbread Cookies

Recipe By Elizabeth Bannas, daughter of Savory Spice Shop—Sellwood/Portland, OR owners Jim & Anne Brown

Yields

1 dozen

Prep Time

15 Minutes

Cooking Time

18 Minutes

Recipe By Elizabeth Bannas, daughter of Savory Spice Shop—Sellwood/Portland, OR owners Jim & Anne Brown

You won't find these at your typical cookie exchange! This is a quick recipe, so it's easy to make all three versions of this shortbread for a fun and sophisticated way to present a revamped classic cookie.

Ingredients

For dough base (makes one version):

1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened

1/2 cup packed light brown sugar

2 cups all-purpose flour


For crystallized ginger version:




3 Tbsp. brown sugar

For candied orange version:





Savory Spice ingredients in this recipe

  • Mayan Sea Salt

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  • Natural Vanilla Flavor

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  • Ground Ginger

    Our quality Ground Ginger is freshly ground & is an ideal ingredient for most of your favorite baked goods recipes. Ground ginger powder is als...

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  • Cubed Crystallized Ginger

    Crystallized Ginger, or candied ginger, is young, fibreless ginger that has been steeped in cane sugar syrup and therefore crystallized. Our crysta...

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  • Pure Orange Extract

    Our baking extracts are getting an upgrade! The labels look different, but the flavors are the same. Find them at a local spice store near you comi...

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  • Baker's Brew Coffee Spice

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  • Candied Orange Peel Strips

    Our Candied Orange Peel Strips are intensely flavored for culinary use. These thinner orange peel curls are easy to incorporate into your baking, l...

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  • Black Onyx Chocolate Sugar

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Directions

Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Cream butter and sugar until smooth and fluffy, about 5 min. Stir in extract from the version of cookie you're making. Combine flour, kosher salt, spice and candied ginger or orange option in a small bowl, reserving sugar for later use. Slowly stir dry ingredients into butter-sugar mixture until barely combined then beat until a smooth dough comes together. Roll dough into 1-inch balls and flatten to 1/2-inch disks. (The dough can also be refrigerated then rolled as cutout cookies.) Dip disks in bowl of sugar for the version you're making to lightly coat each side then set on parchment-lined baking sheets. (For candied lemon version, also sprinkle tops of cookies with a small pinch of the sea salt.) Bake for 13 to 18 min. or until pale golden. Cool completely on baking sheets before serving.