Sunday, December 15, 2013

Shortbread Cookies-Perfect for Springerle, Stamped and Message Cookie Cutters

I've been looking for the perfect recipe for the Williams-Sonoma Message Cookie Cutters for years and I think this Springerle Shortbread is pretty darn close! This recipe is courtesy of King Arthur Flour and it was created to work with beautiful Springerle Molds so I knew it would have to hold it's shape well-and it did. I did a little test by chilling some of the cookies for 15 minutes before baking (not in the KAF instructions) and it did not make a difference in detail clarity, so after the initial 1 hour chill just roll, cut, press and bake! The cookies are tasty and not overly sweet.
I did notice two cookies puffed from underneath like an air bubble formed under the cookie, so you might want to brew up some coffee and plan for a couple "seconds":@) The recipe as written will make approximately 12 of the big W-S message cookies or 3-4 dozen small cookies.
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Springerle Shortbread Cookies-from King Arthur Flour
1 C butter-they don't say softened but I took a little of the chill off of it
1/2 C light brown sugar
2 tsp sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1 large egg
1 tsp vanilla
3 C unbleached A/P flour
  1. Beat butter, sugars and salt until light and creamy. 
  2. Beat in eggs and vanilla, fold in the flour. I found this to be a very dry and crumbly mix, I used my hands to help incorporate the flour but used them as little as possible. I ended up pressing it together into a disc on a piece of wax paper. 
  3. Wrap in plastic and refrigerate for at least one hour.
  4. Flour surface, roll dough to 1/4" thick. Flour cookie cutters and cut cookies. I just roll my dough between two sheets of wax paper and floured my cutters every other cookie. I also suggest making sure your cookies are 1/4", I think it will make a difference.
  5. Place on greased or parchment lined baking sheet and bake at 400 degrees for 10-12 minutes or until lightly golden around the edges.
I'm very pleased with this recipe folks and if you've been searching 
for a good one to use with detailed cutters or cookie stamps, I think you'll like it too!


  1. How very sweet! :) Just darling. :)

  2. This recipe is a keeper, I just need to get the cutters! You did a beautiful decorating job, Lynn! xo

  3. Hi Lynn. Your gingerbread men are adorable! I live in Denmark and have never seen molds like yours, so cute. I love and collect gingerbread men and every year I'm looking forward to bring them out :)

  4. These are so cute. I have often looked at these stamps in the WS catalog. Wistfully. I just don't bake enough cookies to justify it. But...I have searched high and low for a good butter cookie recipe that doesn't fall apart so I'm saving this! :)


  5. Darling cookies and it's wonderful to have a dough that doesn't spread.

  6. I'm so glad that you found the perfect recipe, Lynn. I'll have to give this one a try on my next round.

  7. SO cute! And I love how they keep their imprints so beautifully!

  8. Cookie baking is on the list as soon as school break starts. I can't wait! Keep the recipes/ideas coming!

  9. Thanks, L, I will try that one out with my stampers, I HOPE! Time is getting short!
    Your pie looks delicious too!

  10. Your stamped cookies turned out great! I bought a stamping set & it was so hard to get the letters in & out, that I threw it away.
    That pie is interesting...I've never tasted that kind before. I'm saving the recipe until after the holidays...all we've done it EAT & there is much more to come. Groan.

  11. I love your recipes - when I save them I put the name of the blog where I found them - and my daughter asked me the other day what Christmas Spritz - Happier than a Pig in Mud meant. I told her it was code for something - but I forget what - she didn't believe me. I think she's figured it out. :-)

  12. Hi Lynnie! Oh, these are so cute and sound so good. It's about time I make some cookies. Now do you have an Earl cookie cutter? :) Thanks for popping in and I hope you're doing well.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  13. Lynn, I was just thinking about adding brown sugar to a rolled cookie dough. So glad to see it worked great for you. Your cookie stamp is such fun! Love the look of these little cookie men.

  14. These are really clever. They certainly made me smile and I know several small people who would really enjoy them. Have a great holiday. Blessings...Mary

  15. They are beautiful. I normally make gingerbread cookies but this year everything is off.

  16. These look so cute with their printed message. :-)

  17. PS- I bet Earl wants you to make some sugar cookie pigs that say .... EARL.... to share with all his girlfriends (blog friends) this Christmas.

  18. They are adorable! If I ever purchase those WS cookie stamps I'll remember to come back for this recipe, Lynn!

  19. Wow .... These cookies are just PERFECT for Christmas. I will make only this cookies on this Christmas for sure.

  20. Your message gingerbread men are adorable Lynn!

  21. Cutest cookies ever! I bet they taste as good as they look too!

  22. I have those cookie cutters as well, love them, and am very happy to have a new recipe to use. The letters are so nice and crisp and the little faces make me smile.


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