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Trefoils or Shortbread ( a famous knockoff cookie)

And yet another knock off cookie to add to the series. This one is simple, a plain, buttery shortbread, that taste like a famous long time favorite. As you know, or may have read, I have not done this series to replace by any means the tradition of favorite childhood cookies, however once a year is not always quite enough, and just maybe these knock offs will satisfy your cravings.
Lucky for me the days are getting nicer and some of these shots really captured the great delicate color and sugary goodness of these little crunchy buttery gems.

I imagine they could make up a nice tin for gifts, they will also travel well since they are delicate in flavor and sturdy in body.


One thing is for sure you can't eat just one.... oops cheesey slogan....


Not a large cookie but you can pop them in you mouth in one bite size cookie perfect for the little ones.

Sugar topped.

Use a small cocktail fork to make the tine marks all going in one direction, then sprinkle with sugar.

Almost ready for the oven
Roll dough out on a scantly floured board, being careful not to add to much flour to the dough while rolling out.



3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) butter, softened (no substitutions)
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 1/2 cup(s) all-purpose flour
2 tablespoon finely ground semolina flour
4 to 5 tablespoon heavy cream or more depending on how the dough comes together (should be a round smooth ball not dry not sticky) easy to handle
regular granulated sugar for sprinkling on top

Directions

Preheat oven to 300 degrees F. In large bowl, with mixer at low speed, beat butter and 1/2 cup brown sugar until blended. Increase speed to high and beat until light and creamy, occasionally scraping bowl with rubber spatula add both kinds of flour. Add cream one tablespoon at a time till it forms a ball, dough should not be sticky.Roll dough out with very little flour on a board around 1/2 inch thick. Use any kind of cookie cutter you like. With small cocktail style fork, prick dough in a decorative pattern(I just used the tines three or four times in a row.) Sprinkle with regular sugar.
Bake shortbread about 15 to 20 minutes or until light and evenly browned around the edge. Let cool in pan on wire rack 10 minutes.
Remove shortbread.

Do like these? Or not your favorite? Then maybe you will like the rest of the series of knockoff cookies:

Lemon Coolers (a retired Famous knockoff cookie)

28 comments:

  1. Those trefoils look beautiful - much better than the original girl scout cookies. I was thinking of making thin mints, too. Nice photographs. Please check out my blog, too.

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  2. Shortbread cookies are one of my favorites! Yours look lovely all wrapped up!

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  3. ahhhh, this may be my favorite - a simple shortbread perfect for many desserts ... love it with a big bowl of ice cream

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  4. Thanks @Sasha, your page had no access when I click on it...would love to visit send me your web page
    @bunkycooks thanks for much for your kind words!
    @drick hmmm ice cream what kind? do I have to guess?

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  5. They look yummy. I could be eating a couple of these with my coffee this morning! I actually ordered GS cookies for the first time in years this year as one of our researcher's daughters is selling them. I'm thinking they ought to be here soon!

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  6. I love shortbread cookies! I love how simple and tasty they are and they go perfect with ice cream! beautiful pictures!

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  7. Wow Claudia, the cookies look wonderful! You did a great job. Can you send me a packet of these good looking babes? hehe....
    Have a great weekend.
    Cheers, Kristy

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  8. Mmmmm...Love shortbread. Really like the presentation, so feminine and pretty :)

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  9. Mmmmm...Love shortbread. Really like the presentation, so feminine and pretty :)

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  10. These are so pretty. I just love the pictures you take!

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  11. Beautiful cookies, you really captured the great buttery texture of the dough, I know those must taste terrific with a nice cup of tea or coffee.

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  12. Buonissmi! Your photos get more and more beautiful!

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  13. beautiful pics,delicious shortbread!

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  14. Perfect!! Love shortbread, in fact any buttery cookie does it for me!! Yours are just perfect!

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  15. Oh so wonderfully...... sweet! Love these cookies!

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  16. Your shortbread looks fantastic.

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  17. Omg, Trefoils were my favorite Girl Scout cookies as a kid!! This is awesome, really. And the photos look great, Miss Thing!

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  18. Gorgeous photos and a tasty cookie too, yummy!

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  19. OK Claudia I have a half dozen with a nice hot mug of black coffee! Your photos are great, love the lace ties.

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  20. What gorgeous cookies! They make such a beautiful gift.

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  21. I love shortbread. Yours are gorgeous and the pictures very nice. Have a nice Sunday :X

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  22. A fabulous treat! gorgeous cookies!

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  23. thanks everyone for the wonderful comments!

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  24. These are so pretty and sound totally scrumptious!

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  25. I just adore shortbread of all kinds. Being that you dont get girl scout cookies in the UK, I'd love to try these. I'm going to bookmark this, and I'm going to check out your other knockoffs.
    *kisses* HH
    p.s. this is my first time visiting your blog, its fab

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  26. Boy, do those look good. I love shortbread cookies.

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  27. These are so pretty! I love a buttery shortbread! I bet they just melt in your mouth.

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