Holiday Recipe from Heilala Vanilla - SHORTBREAD

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As you prepare for holiday meals we wanted to share with you some fun recipes, brought to you by Heilala Vanilla! 




1 stick  (1/2 cup) unsalted butter, softened

¼ cup superfine granulated sugar

1 teaspoon Heilala Vanilla paste

1/8 teaspoon salt

1 cup all-purpose flour

½ cup chopped toasted almonds (or any nut will do)


Preheat oven to 375 degrees F


Blend together butter, sugar, vanilla paste and salt in a bowl with a fork.

Sift in flour and blend in with a fork until mixture forms a soft dough.

Transfer dough to an ungreased large baking sheet, then pat into a 9 by  4 ½ - inch rectangle.

Crimp the edges decoratively and prick dough all over with fork.

Score dough crosswise with the back of a knife into 8 sections. Sprinkle with nuts and press gently into dough with your fingertips.


Bake in the middle of oven until edges are golden about 15 minutes. Cool shortbread on baking sheet on a rack for 10 minutes, then cut into slices with a sharp knife while still warm. Transfer the slices with a spatula to a rack to cool completely. For an special treat drizzle with melted  dark chocolate.