*  Exported from  MasterCook  *
                        NICKY'S FAVOURITE SHORTBREAD
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 Serving Size  : 1    Preparation Time :0:00
 Categories    : Christmas                        Cookies
   Amount  Measure       Ingredient -- Preparation Method
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    1       c            Unsalted butter (room temp.)
      1/2   c            Icing sugar
    2       c            All purpose flour*
      1/4   ts           Baking powder
      1/4   ts           Salt
                         Slivers of glaced cherries
   * 1 3/4 c if measured before sifting
   Cream butter and sugar together until silky.  Add sifted dry ingredients
   and mix until blended, but just.
   Turn out on a lightly floured pastry cloth, & with lightly floured hands,
   gather into one lump.  (This may appear sloppy & maybe hopeless.  As in
   pastry, you will go wrong if you are too heavy handed or afraid of it!)
   Toss it just a bit to get it to lump and pat out into a square about 1/3
   inch thick; square off your edges with a large knife or spatula, smooth
   with a stocking rolling pin and cut into 1 inch squares.  Place slightly
   apart on ungreased cookie sheet with a sliver of cherry on each.  Bake at
   350 degrees for 15 to 18 minutes. They should be just pale brown on bottom.
   WATCH IT, THEY BURN VERY EASILY.  Remove gently please, they are still
   having birth pangs; place to cool on trays covered with waxed paper. Store
   in cans, they keep for weeks in a cool place, and their flavour mellows.
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