Brown Sugar Shortbread Cookie {Recipe}

I've always been a big fan of shortbread cookies. They were my favorite Girl Scout cookie all along (I think I was the only one who liked 'em...everyone else loved the Thin Mints and caramel cookies.) It wasn't until last year that I decided to try my hand at making some, as I'd heard that shortbread can be very temperamental. Little did I know that with three simple ingredients you can make one of the most mouth-watering, melt-in-your-mouth cookies I've ever tasted!

Brown Sugar Shortbread Cookies
Recipe courtesy of Taste of Home

*note- the batch of cookies in my photos was made using a slightly different recipe with larger quantities of the same ingredients. I later made a batch using this recipe, and while they're very similar I prefer this recipe.

1 cup butter, softened
1/2 packed brown sugar (I used light)
2 1/4 cup flour (I used King Arthur Unbleached White Whole Wheat)

In medium bowl cream softened butter and brown sugar together with electric mixer until light and fluffy.
About to cream brown sugar and softened butter.
Add flour and stir to combine. On floured surface (or in bowl...I was lazy) knead dough until smooth. 
Mixing in flour until well blended.
Pat or roll dough into 1/3" rectangle. You'll notice mine is quite large because of the larger-quantity recipe (see note above ingredients.) Prick dough evenly with fork.

Here's the part where every recipe I've read differs. There are two ways of baking: Either cut the uncooked dough into smaller rectangles/squares (desired size of cookies) OR bake the entire dough sheet and cut immediately after baking. I prefer the latter, as it's slightly less messy and gives the edges of the cookies that "crumbly" shortbread look.

Either way, bake at 300°F for about 20-25 minutes, or until top and bottom are lightly golden brown and still soft to the touch.Let cool for about 5 minutes on-pan, then move to wire rack for cooling (or eating.)
Sheet in the process of being cut after baking.

The finished product!

I hope you and your family enjoy these delights as much as me and mine do! They rarely last longer than a few days around here...The only downside? The calories. Since they're so simple you might think otherwise, but these delicious bites are loaded with butter, yikes! We'll just pretend that calories don't matter, just for a little while.   ;)