Not unlike shortbread, these crisp buttery cookies will melt in your mouth. Add the sparkling sugar for looks and to add an additional satisfying crunch.
1 cup of softened butter
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
2 1/4 cups flour
Sparkling Sugar (Optional)
1. Preheat the oven to 275. Line baking sheets with parchment paper if desired. Cream the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. In a separate bowl, whisk together the salt, baking powder and flour. Add the flour to the butter mixture and beat until it comes together.
2. Form the doughs into balls. If using the sparkling sugar, pour some into a small bowl. Take each ball and flatten it until it's slightly less than 1/2 inch thick in the sparkling sugar. Place the cookie on the sheet sugar side up and continue until all cookies have been shaped. If not using the sparkling sugar, simply flatten the balls and place them on the sheet. This cookie puffs up slightly but does not spread which means you can put the flattened disks about an inch apart on your baking sheet.
3. Bake at 275 for 35-40 minutes. The edges won't be gold but the cookie will be firm and the underside will be golden. I prefer a crisper butter cookie and I bake mine for 40 minutes. Cool completely and serve or store in an easily accessible cookie jar!