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sugar vs shortbread

BellaDolce22 Jan 16, 2008 12:05 PM

What is the difference between a sugar cookie and a shortbread cookie?

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    milklady RE: BellaDolce22 Jan 16, 2008 12:22 PM

    Basically, the proportions are different. Shortbread has a lot more butter. Therefore, it tastes better, but performs differently from sugar cookies. Shortbread cookies are generally crumblier, and also can be harder to decorate (they often need to be double coated with royal icing if you're trying to make, say, decorated christmas cookies).

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      BellaDolce22 RE: milklady Jan 16, 2008 07:23 PM

      Thanks so much!

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        babette feasts RE: milklady Jan 17, 2008 02:09 AM

        Also, sugar cookies usually have an egg or yolks to bind them and make them sturdier, shortbread generally does not.

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