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The Confederate Widow's Shortbread

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“"The Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All" is an unlikely place to find a shortbread recipe. I have adapted the recipe which is found in the novel written by Allen Gurganus, 1984, page 761 (paperback version). Alfred a Knopf Inc., publisher. You can use all flour instead of the flour and cornstarch. Using the combined flour and cornstarch gives shortbread a melt-in-the mouth buttery goodness,”

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  1. Sift the flour, cornstarch, powdered sugar and salt.
  2. Blend in the butter, to form a smooth mixture, stir in the vanilla.
  3. Divide the dough into 2 portions, roll, or pat, each portion into a 1/2" thick round.
  4. Outline six wedges into each round, with the tines of a fork.
  5. Place on a buttered, or parchment lined, cookie sheet.
  6. Bake 325 degrees, 20-25 minutes.
  7. Cool on wire racks.
  8. "Decorate tops with almonds, bits of cherries, angelica or citron", if desired. (I never do.).
  9. When cool, separate along the fork-outlined wedge lines.
  10. Store in an airtight container,.

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