Sugar-and-Spice Shortbread Sticks

Rich shortbread gets a delicious twist with apple-spice seasonings and icing.

  • Prep Time 60 min
  • Total Time 2 hr 0 min
  • Servings 48

Cookies

3/4
cup firmly packed brown sugar
1
cup butter, softened
1
teaspoon vanilla
1
egg
2 3/4
cups Gold Medal™ all-purpose flour
3/4
teaspoon apple pie spice

Glaze

1 1/2
cups powdered sugar
1/2
teaspoon apple pie spice
1
to 2 tablespoons apple juice

  • 1 In large bowl, combine brown sugar, butter, vanilla and egg; beat until light and fluffy. Add flour and 3/4 teaspoon apple pie spice; mix well. Divide dough in half; shape each half into flattened disk. Wrap each in plastic wrap; refrigerate about 1 hour for easier handling.
  • 2 Heat oven to 350°F. On lightly floured surface, roll half of dough at a time to 12x6-inch rectangle. Keep remaining half of dough refrigerated. Cut dough rectangle lengthwise in half; cut each half into 1-inch-wide sticks. Place sticks 1/2 inch apart on ungreased cookie sheets.
  • 3 Bake at 350°F. for 12 to 15 minutes or until edges are light golden brown. Immediately remove from cookie sheets. Cool 10 minutes or until completely cooled.
  • 4 Meanwhile, in small bowl, blend all glaze ingredients until smooth, adding enough apple juice for desired glaze consistency. Spread glaze on tops of cookies. Let stand until glaze is set before storing.

Expert Tips

In place of 1 teaspoon of apple pie spice, use 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon, 1/8 teaspoon each of cloves and allspice, plus a pinch of nutmeg.

Use milk in place of the apple juice.

For well-shaped shortbread sticks, use the flat side of a ruler to straighten the sides of the dough into an even rectangle. Use the ruler as a guide to cut the rectangle neatly in half and to trim the halves into sticks.

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Cookie
Calories
90
(
Calories from Fat
35),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
4g
4%
(Saturated Fat
2g,
2%
),
Cholesterol
15mg
15%;
Sodium
30mg
30%;
Total Carbohydrate
13g
13%
(Dietary Fiber
0g
0%
  Sugars
7g
7%
),
Protein
1g
1%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
2%;
Vitamin C
0%;
Calcium
0%;
Iron
2%;
Exchanges:
1/2 Starch; 1/2 Other Carbohydrate; 1/2 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choices:
1
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.