GIRL SCOUT COOKIES TREFOILS/SHORTBREAD COOKIES

Because Girl Scout Cookies are produced at two different bakeries, many of the cookies have two names, such as the Peanut Butter Patties/Tagalongs, the Samoas/Caramel deLites, and this very popular shortbread cookie, also called Trefoils. A trefoil is a design of overlapping rings that makes up the symbol of the Girl Scouts and you’ve seen it at least a million times. You can duplicate this shape on your homemade Trefoils by making four indentations on the round punched-out dough using the sides of your fingers. Or you can choose to simply leave them round. Either way, they will have a taste reminiscent of the famous little boxed shortbread cookies sold every March. You can use parchment paper to line your baking sheet, but if you’ve got a silicone baking mat, use it. It’s nonstick, but it also helps prevent the bottoms of the cookies from over-browning.

½ cup shortening
3 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
½ cup plus 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
1½ teaspoons vanilla extract
½ teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
10 ounces (2 cups) all-purpose flour
¼ cup milk


Cooking method

1-Cream together the shortening, butter, and sugar in a large bowl with a mixer on high speed for 1 minute. Add the vanilla and salt and mix for another minute. Mix the baking powder into the flour in a medium bowl and add it to the wet ingredients along with the milk. Mix well by hand until the dough can be formed into a ball. Cover the dough with plastic wrap and chill it for 1 hour.

2-After 1 hour, preheat the oven to 325 degrees F.

3-Roll the dough out on a flat, floured surface to between ⅛ and ¼ inch thick. Use a 2-inch biscuit cutter or round cookie cutter to punch out rounds of the cookie dough.

4-Place all of the cookie dough rounds ½ inch apart on parchment paper– or Silpat pad–lined baking sheets. Use the sides of the tips of your index fingers to make four indentations in the edges of each cookie.

5-Bake the cookies for 12 to 16 minutes. The cookies will be just very lightly browned on the bottom when done.

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