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Darienne

Shortbread cookies - mixed by hand or machine

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A friend recently gave me her Mother's wonderful shortbread cookie recipe and advised me that that the sugar and butter had to be creamed by hand and then the flour mixed in by hand also...or else the cookies would not be the same as her Mother's were.

Could this be true? And why should it be so?

BTW, I creamed by hand mixer and mixed by hand and the shortbreads were exquisite.


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I've always used a mixer and mine comes out just fine.


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Did you notice a difference between the ones you creamed by hand and the ones you made with a mixer? It doesn't seem that your friend was saying they wouldn't be good if you used a mixer. They'd still be good, just not the same as her mother's. The difference would be in the texture, since using a mixer would incorporate a bit more air. If your friend is used to eating them the way her mother always made them, she might be able to tell the difference whereas others might not.

I keep searching for the "perfect" shortbread cookie. I've never met a shortbread I didn't like, but I have yet to find one that made me feel the search was over. Are you able to share your friend's recipe?

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Sorry, perhaps I wasn't clear enough in my first post. I creamed the butter and sugar by hand mixer and then mixed the flour in by hand. Two processes in one batch of cookies.

And my friend pronounced my cookies as excellent. She doesn't have time to make cookies this year and so maybe she was just being a tad kind. Don't know.

I'll pm you the recipe.

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I always make shortbread in the mixer. No way am I creaming butter by hand. My arm would give out first.

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Thanks all. I suspect we are talking 'urban myth'.


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Or "Old Wives Tale" since Granny didn't have a mixer.

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I would love to have the recipe too :)

please.

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I always make shortbread in the mixer. No way am I creaming butter by hand. My arm would give out first.

I can't believe that at one point I used to do all my baking by hand. I must have had muscles!

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I'm gonna go bake something…

wanna come with?

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