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1996 2nd Place Winner: Shortbread Cookies

Author/Submitted by: Sandra Petrille of Naperville, Illinois, Chicago Tribune's 1996 Annual Holiday Cookie Contest
Servings: 48
Categories: Cookies / Desserts

4  cups  All-purpose flour
1  cup  Packed light brown sugar
1  pound  Unsalted butter, softened

1. Heat oven to 325'F. Beat all ingredients in large bowl of electric mixer on medium-high speed until smooth, about 4 minutes.

2. Divide dough into 4 pieces. Roll out 1 piece of dough at a time on lightly floured surface to 1/16- to 1/8-inch thickness. Cut out dough with cookie cutters.

3. Bake cookies on ungreased baking sheet until pale brown and slightly firm to the touch, 8 to 10 minutes. Remove to cooling rack. Decorate as desired.

The 2nd place winner in the Chicago Tribune's 1996 Annual Holiday Cookie Contest, a simple brown-sugar shortbread from Sandra Petrille of Naperville, Illinois.

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