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Bainbridge Butterscotch Shortbread

Author/Submitted by: Katherine Hall Page, 1994
Servings: 36
Categories: Cookies / Desserts

1  cup  unsalted butter
1/2  cup  dark brown sugar
2  cups  flour
1/2  teaspoon  baking powder
1/4  teaspoon  salt
1  cup  walnuts or pecans, finely chopped

Sift the flour, salt, and baking powder together and set aside. Cream the butter until soft and gradually add the sugar. Add the flour mixture a little at a time and mix well. Refrigerate for one hour. Divide the dough in half and keep one portion in the refrigerator while rolling out the other to approximately 1/4" thickness. (The dough gets soft quickly.) Sprinkle the dough with the nuts and gently press them in with the rolling pin. Cut into 1-1/2" squares. Pix uses a paper pattern as she is hopeless at estimating things like this, unlike Faith. Prick with a fork and place the squares on an ungreased cookie sheet. Repeat with the rest of the dough. Bake until golden brown, approximately 15 minutes in a preheated 350F oven. Makes 6 dozen squares. This is a devastatingly rich, crumbly cookie.

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